Two American League teams with identical 36-35 records will square off Wednesday as Seattle gives the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma (6-5, 4.18) to pitch against Detroit’s rookie right-hander, Michael Fulmer (7-2, 2.43 ERA).
The Tigers are 7-1 in their last 8 games with Michael Fulmer as the starting pitcher.
The Mariners are 1-3 in their last 4 games against the Tigers.
The Tigers are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a moneyline favorite of -125 or less.
Iwakuma has been a lock to go seven innings in his past five games. He has however, also been a lock to give up at least three runs. One thing Iwa has going for him is the right-handed dominant batting lineup of the Tigers. Right-handed batters are hitting .239 on Iwakuma compared to the gaudy .308 lefties are hitting off the veteran Japanese international.
Michael Fulmer was a highly touted prospect in the Tigers organization and through ten starts, he has proved the hype is real. Fulmer has allowed one – yes, one – run total in his last five starts and has only allowed two runs in his last 40 innings pitched. In two starts at home, the rookie is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA.
With Iwakuma’s efficiency against righties and Fulmer’s dominance over his last six starts, a bet on the UNDER of the 8.5 run total may be pretty safe.