Detroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners
The Detroit Tigers will win at home against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
When pundits talk Tigers pitching so much focus has gone to either Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander, but it’s this game’s starter, Anibal Sanchez, who has been the club’s most consistent pitcher.
Sanchez leads the American League with a 2.50 ERA and has been on his game as of late. In his past two starts, he’s 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA. He also picks a good time to face the Mariners, who are struggling tremendously this month. In the team’s first 14 September games, Seattle has gone 4-10. They’ve also lost six of seven coming into this series.
Moreover, the Mariners’ starter, Brandon Maurer, doesn’t instill too much confidence. In 19 appearances, Maurer is 4-8 with a 7.18 ERA. Road contests have been a particular debacle for the pitcher. Away from Safeco Field he owns a 7.71 ERA. Pick the Tigers at 1.35.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Diego Padres
In Pittsburgh, the Pirates will keep grinding toward a spot in the post season with a win versus the San Diego Padres.
The tough part about pitching for the Padres is that, while it is very comforting to throw at the offence-adverse Petco Field, going on the road can be difficult. Just as San Diego’s starter Eric Stults. When given the opportunity to pitch at home, he’s a very respectable 5-4 with a 3.17 ERA. Give him an assignment in an away game and it’s not good – 3-9 with a 4.91 ERA.
The Pirates counter on the pitcher’s mound with Jeff Locke, who is coming off of his best start in a month (seven innings pitched; one run allowed). Locke’s big problem is that he’s been unable to go deep in too many games (he has a tendency to walk too many batters). In fact, before his last outing, he hadn’t gone even six innings in a contest since July 26.
So why do the Pirates win? The answer: a great bullpen. Pittsburgh’s relief corps is second in the National League when it comes to fewest runs allowed. As a result, even if Locke isn’t on his game, his teammates will have his back. Take the Pirates at 1.55.
Detroit Tigers to beat the Seattle Mariners at 1.35.
Pittsburgh Pirates to beat the San Diego Padres at 1.55.
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