Baltimore and Seattle will both be looking to make up ground in their respective American League divisions on Wednesday afternoon. The Orioles picked up a 5-3 win in the first game of the three-game series on Monday. They met again late Tuesday evening, but this story was published prior to that contest.
Mullins leads surging OriolesBaltimore has picked up the pace after falling four games under .500 with an 8-12 record following a loss to Oakland on April 24. The Orioles have won four of their last five games, including a 5-3 win at Seattle on Monday night. They took two out of three at Oakland over the weekend. Baltimore entered Tuesday in last place in the AL East, but it was only three games back of division-leading Boston in the standings. The Orioles have been slightly below average offensively, listed at No. 19 in the MLB with a team batting average of .228.
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Center fielder Cedric Mullins is off to a blazing hot start, batting .333 with 38 hits. He is tied for the team lead in home runs with five. Right fielder Trey Mancini has 26 hits, including five homers of his own. Third baseman Maikel Franco has added 25 base knocks. They will be facing a Seattle pitching staff that is No. 13 in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.88. Left-handed pitcher John Means is expected to make the start for Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon. Means allowed two runs across seven innings in his last start against Oakland. He has been fantastic this year, coming into this outing with a 1.70 ERA that spans six starts.
Kikuchi coming off excellent startSeattle’s 13-8 start to the season was one of the most surprising developments in the month of April. The Mariners proceeded to lose their next four games, but they steadied the ship with wins in three of their next four contests. They were unable to maintain that momentum, losing Monday’s game in a 5-3 final. Seattle took a 1-0 lead into the eighth inning, but Baltimore poured in five runs in that frame. The Mariners have been able to overcome an offense that is the second-worst in the MLB with a team batting average of .207.
Right fielder Mitch Haniger leads the team with 30 hits, including eight homers. Third basemen Ty France and Kyle Seager have 28 hits each, while shortstop J.P. Crawford has 25 base knocks. They are going to face a Baltimore pitching staff that is No. 16 in the MLB with a team ERA of 4.06. Left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is expected to take the mound for the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. He is coming off the best start of his career, where he threw seven innings of one-hit baseball at Houston. Kikuchi is 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA and 27 strikeouts overall this season.
- 5-0 in Means' last five starts following a quality start in his last appearance
- 4-1 in its last five games on grass
- 0-6 in its last six home games vs. a team with a losing record
- 2-8 in Kikuchi's last 10 home starts
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Baltimore’s start to this season is less of a fluke than Seattle’s. The Mariners are one of the worst offensive teams in the MLB that have been propped up by an unlikely pitching performance. Baltimore is balanced and is the better team with the better starting pitcher in this matchup, which makes them a steal as the underdog. Means has been one of the league’s best starting pitchers this season and has gone 5-0 in his last five starts following a quality start. I expect him to mow down Seattle’s lineup and the Orioles will do enough on offense to grab the win.
Full-Game Total Pick
This is the second-lowest total on the board on Wednesday, but it should be juiced even more than it is. Means has been absolutely fantastic this season and now he gets to face the worst lineup he has seen all year. Seattle’s offense is atrocious and should not score more than two runs in this game. Kikuchi is coming off what his manager called the best start of his career, so he should be confident. Baltimore’s offense is capable of scoring runs, but it does not have the big-name bats that are capable of hanging a crooked number on any given day.