Verlander takes mound for Detroit
Detroit Tigers ace starting pitcher Justin Verlander will head back to the hill on Thursday afternoon as his team closes out its MLB betting series on the road against the Seattle Mariners.
Verlander is 2-1 with a tiny 1.96 ERA on the season heading into Thursday's start, and he gave up just one run on three hits over his six innings of work against the Athletics last time out. The righthander has fanned 17 batters in 18 1-3 innings this season.
Seattle hands the ball to starter Hisashi Iwakuma in this one and he'll try to improve on his 2-0 mark on the year. Detroit counters with Justin Verlander, who will try to quiet the fans and the Mariners bats at the same time.
Bettors looking to side with the Mariners in this matchup found them as +151 underdogs on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.
This game puts the Mariners, most recently No. 12 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate an American League No. 1 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Seattle's No. 13 ranked American League offense (3.7 runs per game) against a Tigers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the American League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Mariners have been averaging 7.3 hits per game, less than the Tigers have managed so far this season (11.4 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Seattle has the American League's No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Tigers own the American League's No. 4 mark in runs allowed.
The Tigers were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at -116 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Max Scherzer blew away 12 Seattle batter in the Tigers' last start, leading them to a 2-1 win over Seattle on Wednesday at Safeco Field.
A few Tigers at Mariners trends to consider:
Detroit4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Detroit is 2-6-1 SU in its last 9 games ,when playing Seattle
Seattle6-2-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Detroit
Seattle is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games ,when playing at home against Detroit
Seattle is 2-5-1 SU in its last 8 games ,
Seattle is 2-5-1 SU in its last 8 games ,at home
Detroit at LA Angels, Friday, April 19
Seattle at Texas, Friday, April 19