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Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners,
5-17-2018 - Expert Prediction

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#967 Detroit
Tigers 8.5
#968 Seattle
Mariners -180

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:10pm

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Game Stats

Detroit Tigers
M. BOYD

19 - 23

2
W's
3
L's
3.21
ERA
1.05
WHIP

Seattle Mariners
M. GONZALES

24 - 18

3
W's
3
L's
4.65
ERA
1.5
WHIP

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Detroit and Seattle begin a four-game set on Thursday night at Safeco Field. The duo played just last weekend with the Tigers taking two out of three there. The Mariners’ hot streak has cooled off a bit with them alternating wins and losses over the last week and a half.

Tigers hope for similar success against Mariners as last weekend

Detroit’s offense is consistently putting up runs, but it’s not always collecting victories. Over the last seven games, they have won more than lost (4-3) and have scored 37 total runs in that stretch. Outfielder Nicholas Castellanos (.326 avg) didn’t play in the last two games against the Mariners and is dealing with a finger injury (2-for-4 in first DH game on Saturday).

Probable starter: To be announced

Jordan Zimmermann’s injury and weather issues have thrown a wrench into the Tigers’ starting rotation. Should they put in a spot starter for the series finale against Cleveland, it’s likely that lefty Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.21 ERA) would get this start. He participated in the double-header last Saturday against Seattle, allowing three earned runs in six innings. He did get the win.

Mariners have seen their offense fizzle a bit, alternating W-L

Seattle has seen their offense cool off recently. They’ve had a couple of nine-spots in the last few weeks, but they’ve been held to four runs or less in 6 of their last 10 games. They average 4.6 runs per game this season (11th overall). The team has received a blow to their offense with Robinson Cano suspended for 80 games testing positive for banned substances.

Probable starter: Left-hander Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31 ERA)

Gonzales would have normally pitched on Wednesday, but that would have been short rest after playing in a double-header on Saturday. In that outing, he took a loss, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits through six innings of work. He’s now allowed one home run in each of his last three starts, though he has had a good ratio of 14 strikeouts to 4 walks in that stretch.

Trends

Tigers are:

  • 31-63 in their last 94 overall

Mariners are:

  • 7-3 in their last 10 during game 1 of a series

Seattle has been stellar when opening up a series, and they have a figured starter compared to a spot starter for Detroit. Gonzales may not be the best player in the rotation, but him and the offense should do enough to get the job done here.

Pick: SEA

Brian Spaen

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