***This was originally written for yesterday but that game was PPD until today***
It’s the continuation of a series between American League teams on the diamond in Charm City. The Seattle Mariners are on the road as they play the second game of a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday night. Seattle won the rubber game of their three-game set with the Twins as they claimed an 8-6 victory Sunday on the road. Baltimore was swept at home in their weekend set with the Red Sox as they were drubbed 14-9 in the finale Sunday afternoon. The pitching matchup for the series opener Monday night saw Justus Sheffield take the mound for the Mariners against the Orioles’ Dean Kremer. First pitch from Oriole Park at Camden Yards was scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.
Seattle Mariners Look to Keep RollingSeattle won two of three over the weekend over Minnesota on the road as they rallied from a 6-0 hole to win the rubber game Sunday afternoon. The Mariners entered Monday third in the AL West, one game behind the Astros and Angels for the top spot. On Sunday, Seattle got four hits from Kyle Seager (two runs, four RBI) while Ty France (two runs), J.P. Crawford, Luis Torrens (run) and Taylor Trammell (run, three RBI) each had two. Seager homered twice, giving him two on the year, including a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth inning, while Trammell hit his second of the year. Chris Flexen didn’t factor in the decision as he threw five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Drew Steckenrider (1-1) threw a scoreless eighth, walking one and striking out one, for the win while Rafael Montero threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.
2021comebackreel3.mp4 pic.twitter.com/6yryIpOsPZ— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) April 11, 2021
Nick Margevicius is expected to make his third appearance and first start of the season for the Mariners in this contest looking to keep Seattle going in a positive direction. He is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA, a 1.071 WHIP, one walk and four strikeouts over 4.2 innings of work on the year. Margevicius took the loss in his last outing, which came in relief against the White Sox at home last Tuesday. He threw 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a 10-4 Mariners defeat. Margevicius, in his 30th career major league appearance and his 20th start, pitches against the Orioles for the first time. As a result, this marks his first career outing at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Baltimore Orioles Hoping to Get Back to Winning WaysBaltimore was swept over the weekend at home by Boston as the Red Sox avenged a sweep at Fenway Park in the opening weekend of the season. The Orioles entered Monday tied for second in the AL East, two games behind the division-leading Red Sox. In Sunday’s game, Baltimore trailed 9-1 after five innings and got as close as 10-7 before Boston put things away. Ryan McKenna (two runs) and Maikel Franco (run, four RBI) each had two hits in the game for the Orioles. Franco (his first) and Trey Mancini (his second) each homered in a losing effort. Jorge Lopez (0-2) took the loss on the mound as he gave up seven runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts over four-plus innings of work.
BOOMER HAS LEFT THE YARD 💥— Baltimore Orioles 😷 (@Orioles) April 10, 2021
HE'S ALL THE WAY BACK! pic.twitter.com/BBa7Js0EsG
John Means gets the call for his third start of the season for the Orioles in this contest. He comes in 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA, a 0.857 WHIP, two walks and nine strikeouts over 11.2 innings of work on the year. Means didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came against the Yankees on the road Wednesday night. He threw 4.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in a game the Orioles eventually won 4-3 in 11 innings. Means beat the Mariners in his lone career start against them, which came at home on September 22, 2019. He threw seven innings, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a game Baltimore won 2-1. Means is 9-8 with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.021 WHIP, 22 walks and 96 strikeouts over 113.2 innings in 24 career appearances, 22 starts, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Mariners are 0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record
- Mariners are 0-4 in Margevicius' last 4 starts during game 2 of a series
- Orioles are 5-1 in Means' last 6 starts with 5 days of rest
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
We saw Seattle rally to down the Twins in Sunday’s game but this one could be a little tougher. The Mariners are sending Margevicius to the hill for this one in place of the injured James Paxton, who is dealing with a forearm strain and could be staring at Tommy John surgery. Baltimore was lit up by the Red Sox over the weekend but Means is their best pitcher. He was sharp in his two starts so far on the year and handcuffed the Red Sox and Yankees in those outings. Seattle has to try and get a decent outing out of Margevicius and that could be an uphill climb. Give the upper hand to the Orioles here as Means does the job so the bats can deliver a win.
Full-Game Total Pick
Seattle has seen the over hit in six of their nine contests on the year. The Mariners are tied for 12th as they put up an average of 4.56 runs per game this season. The Mariners stand 26th in the majors by giving up a hefty 5.78 runs a night. That gives them an average total of 10.34 runs a night this season. Baltimore has seen the over hit in five of their nine games on the year. The Orioles are 16th in the majors as they average 4.44 runs per contest this season while they stand tied for 22nd by allowing 5.44 runs per game. That gives them an average total of 9.88 runs per game on the year. Means has been solid early and the Mariners have some capable bullpen arms that can step in if Margevicius falters. With neither team boasting a ton of veteran pieces, this one ends up short of the mark.