Baltimore Orioles (13-15) vs. Seattle Mariners (16-13)
It is a battle in the American League when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Seattle Mariners. Baltimore is coming off a 7-5 loss to Oakland on Sunday. Seattle blanked the Angels on Sunday, 2-0.
Seattle is the favorite at -132 while the odds are set for Baltimore at +110. Seattle defeated Baltimore the last time these teams met, beating them 2-1 back on April 15. That was their second straight victory against the Orioles and their third out of the last four. The Mariners are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
A’s Rally to Down OriolesThe Oakland Athletics erased a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the final two innings to defeat Baltimore, 7-5. Trey Mancini drove in three runs for the Orioles and added two hits. Ryan Mountcastle also had two hits for Baltimore. Austin Hayes hit his fourth homer of the year.
Baltimore is 25th in runs per game at 3.82 and is 16th in runs allowed per contest at 4.21. They are 18th in team batting average at .228 and are 24th in homeruns per game at 0.96.
Baltimore will start right-hander Jorge Lopez. Lopez is 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA in five starts. In his last start, he gave up two runs on four hits in four innings pitched but has only pitched as much as 5.0 innings just one time this season.
Trey Mancini leads the Baltimore offense with five homers and 21 RBI. Cedric Mullins is hitting .321 with four homers and nine runs driven in. The Orioles will be without Chris Davis and Anthony Santander.
Sheffield, Mariners Blank AngelsJustus Sheffield allowed two hits in six shutout innings to lead Seattle to a 2-0 victory over Los Angeles. Mitch Haniger and Dylan Moore drove in the two runs for the Mariners. Rafael Montero came on in the ninth inning to toss a scoreless frame for his fourth save of the season.
Locked in. Lights out. pic.twitter.com/PRT9X27sO8— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 3, 2021
Seattle is 17th in runs per game at 4.10 and is 14th in runs allowed per contest at 4.17. The Mariners are hitting .210 as a team, 28th overall, and are 18th in homeruns per game at 1.07.
The Mariners have not named their starter for this contest, as Marco Gonzales was lost and was likely going to be the starter for this contest. This could be a day where the Mariners use a number of relievers in the contest.
Haniger leads the team with seven homers and 21 runs driven in. Kyle Seager has four homers and 20 RBI. They are two of only four regulars hitting above .200. The Mariners will be without Jake Fraley and Shed Long.
- 5-16 in the second game of their last 21 series.
- 2-5 in their last seven games on a Tuesday.
- 65-165 in their last 230 games against a team with a winning record.
- 5-1 in their last six games when they are the home favorite.
- 15-6 in their last 21 games at home against a right-handed starter.
- 6-2 in their last eight games as the favorite.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Mariners are 13-5 in the last 18 meetings between these teams and are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings in Seattle. I’m a little concerned about Seattle not having a starter named, but that can often work to the advantage of a team as well. Baltimore will not have the opportunity to adjust to the starter for the evening, which could get their lineup off their game.
Lopez has pitched poorly this year. They cannot expect him to call much more than four innings in a game, and the Orioles bullpen has not provided much relief. This is definitely Seattle’s game to lose.
Full-Game Total Pick
Seattle has gone under in four straight games against teams with a losing record while Baltimore has gone under in 12 of their last 17 games.
I expect Lopez to struggle a little, but he is not going to be rocked in this game. Neither of these teams have a particularly potent offense, so taking advantage of struggling starter is not going to be the story of the evening. Instead, I look for Seattle to squeak out a victory.
Take the Mariners to win, 5-3.