Seattle won eight consecutive games but before they get the chance to move into the double digits area, they need to sweep Cleveland. The Indians did the same earlier this season, but tonight they can only hope to win the final game of the series.
Odds: Winner Sports 2.00
The Mariners will have Joe Saunders on the mound and just like his team, the starting pitcher is riding a winning streak. He won his last four starts and conceded less than two runs per game, which makes him a worthy opponent for a team who struggles to score runs. Seattle won both games of the series by a single run, and conceded several in the last couple of innings due to a less than stellar bullpen.
The visiting team will count on their own relievers to hold their ground while they reverse their fortunes in the final innings, but in order to get that far they will need a solid performance from Scott Kazmir. He was red-hot before the All-Star break, and unlike his counterpart he found a way to extend that winning streak. He posted an ERA of 1.95 in his last six starts which is downright impressive and means that he will only require a minimal support from his teammates.
Every winning streak eventually ends and Seattle will see its own coming to an end, so punters should be on their toes. The odds for an away victory are not spectacular, but 2.00 with Winner Sports is high enough to justify a wager against the hottest team in Major League Baseball. Unlike other games where it is recommended to place a bet right away, in this case punters might benefit from slightly better odds if they wait for the kickoff to draw near.