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Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – August 16, 2017

Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners Predictions, Picks and MLB Preview – August 16, 2017

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners Preview

Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, WA

When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 3:40 PM ET

Line: Baltimore Orioles (-106) at Seattle Mariners (-104); total: 10.0 – view all MLB lines

TV Broadcast: MASN 2, ROOTNW


Betting on the Baltimore Orioles (59-61)

Moneyline: -106

The Baltimore Orioles couldn’t prevent the Seattle Mariners from winning their head-to-head race towards 60 wins this season, as the former fell to the latter on Tuesday, 3-1.

Over their last 12 games, the Orioles needed five or more runs to come away with a victory and pulled through with six wins during than span. However, they’ve also lost all six of those other games after they failed to reach the five-run mark, including Tuesday’s defeat.

It’s tough to gauge which side of Baltimore’s offense we’re about to see this Wednesday, so perhaps it’s up to veteran starter Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.25 ERA) to pitch the team to victory. Jimenez threw a season-high 11 strikeouts in his last start, but was also hit by a ball in his right calf to cut his outing against the Oakland A’s short to just 5.1 innings last Friday.

Betting on the Seattle Mariners (60-61)

Moneyline: -104

Not only did the Seattle Mariners snap their five-game losing streak with Tuesday’s win, they also gained a half-game lead over the Orioles for the final AL wild card spot.

The M’s are no stranger to losing close decisions, but Tuesday’s two-run lead may signal the start of better fortunes once more. Prior to their five-game skid, six of their most-recent wins were decided by three runs or less. What’s even better is that they came out on top with star third baseman Kyle Seager absent from Tuesday’s contest with a stomach virus.

Seager may have to sit out Wednesday’s clash against the Orioles again, but at least fellow teammate, Robinson Cano, has had Baltimore’s upcoming starter’s number. Cano has a glowing .643 batting average along with two home runs and four RBIs lifetime against Jimenez.

Rookie Marco Gonzales (0-0, 8.49 ERA) will be making his second big-league start for Seattle, and his debut from last Friday is rather promising. Gonzales gave up just one run on four hits in 4.1 innings of work against playoff-hungry division rivals the Los Angeles Angels.

Writer’s Prediction

The Mariners (-104) take the rubber match in their three-game set versus the Orioles in nail-biting fashion, 4-3.

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