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MLB Betting Preview: Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners- May 31st, 2014

The series between the Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners didn’t exactly start off the way that the Mariners had hoped on Friday. With a tough decision in the fifth inning, the Mariners decided to walk Miguel Cabrera, and bring up Victor Martinez to the plate. Martinez then hit a three-run home run that broke open the game and gave them a 6-3 win when all was said and done. The Tigers have now won back to back games, and the Mariners are looking to get back to the winning ways, and also to avoid falling three games below .500 for the first time in close to a month. This game is set to start at 10:10pm EST, and Seattle gets the home field in this series.

The Tigers had lost 8 of 10 games before winning two back to back as previously mentioned. They are sending Drew Smyly to the mound, who had a rough game in his previous start. He’s 2-3 on the year with a 3.86 ERA, and gave up four home runs while losing to the Athletics this past Monday. This was his worst outing of the season as he gave up six runs and eight hits in just five innings of work. It was also his second straight loss, but he has gone 1-0 against the Mariners in his career over four starts, and has an ERA of 2.00.

For the Mariners, the decision to walk Cabrera in that spot wasn’t quite as hard as it may have seemed honestly, as he had homered in his at-bat before that one. Seattle has been without their star in Robinson Cano over the last two games due to a bruised hand and an illness, but they are hoping to get him back tonight. Cano has put up impressive numbers with 12 RBIs and a .409 batting average in his last 17 games. The team has dropped both of their last two without him on the field. Seattle is sending Chris Young and his 4-2 record with a 3.30 ERA to the mound tonight though, and he just had a strong win against the Angels, giving up just one run and two hits. He struggled before that start, but it seems as though he may have turned it around.

Consensus

I actually like the underdogs here in the Seattle Mariners at home, especially if Cano plays. The Mariners are sending a pitcher with some confidence to the mound, and I think they’ll bounce back after last night. We’re getting odds of +121 as well, so that’s a nice bonus.

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