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Hernandez and Liriano Both in Search of Brighter Skies

The Mariners and Pirates will set sail on an interleague series tonight as they each send pitchers to the mound – Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.23 ERA) and Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96 ERA) – who are merely shadows of their former selves.

SHARK BITES
  • The Mariners are 5-0 in their last 5 games after a loss.
  • The Pirates are 3-7 in their last 10 games with Liriano as the starting pitcher.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Mariners' last 9 games against the Pirates.

Seattle is 9-3 in interleague play this season and will be hoping for the real Hernandez tonight to keep that train rolling. In his first start back from a lengthy DL stint, King Felix got slapped around for 10 hits at Safeco Field. Hernandez seems to have dropped off a cliff this year and has lost a ton of velocity on his fastball. Things aren’t looking good, but the man he will face tonight has looked even worse.

If Hernandez fell off a cliff this year, Liriano fell off a mountain – and he didn’t land inside the strike zone. The lefty’s ERA has hovered around five all year and he has a WHIP over 1.50 – that’s awful. He has been limiting teams to a few fewer runs recently but it’s hard to have confidence in a guy who leads the league in issued walks.

This is an ugly one that seems like a coin flip. It may be a safer play to try a total bet – I’m thinking the OVER.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as -106 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 8 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.7-3.2 win for the Mariners on Tuesday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Seattle Mariners vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Pirates bring a 51-47 record to the battle against the 50-48 Mariners. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs Seattle injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 11 and the Seattle Mariners at No. 12 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 10 ranking for hits at 9 per game. By contrast, the Seattle Mariners are rated No. 14 in the same category at 8.93 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Pittsburgh has the No. 18-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Mariners own the No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Seattle didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by J Happ in a losing cause, 2-0, against Toronto on Sunday.

The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating Vincent Velasquez and the Phillies 5-4 on Sunday at PNC Park.

Betting Trends
  • Seattle is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Seattle's last 6 games
  • Seattle is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Seattle is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Seattle at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 27th

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