Minnesota is virtually eliminated from the playoffs race, but the Twins are enjoying their best stretch of the season these days. The best Seattle can do is to tie the four game series at Safeco Field, after losing consecutive games due to a faltering offense and sub-par pitching.
Bet: Over 8.5 runs
Odds: Winner Sports 1.95
Felix Hernandez is the only starting pitcher in the Mariner’s rotation who still delivers consistent results these days, while other starters don’t last more than five innings. The last two defeats were particularly painful, and the struggling bullpen only amplifies their pitching issues. To expect Kyle Gibson to pitch deep into the game and contain Minnesota is more or less wishful thinking, as he split his four decisions and conceded an average of six runs per game in 2013.
The only way, Seattle can prevail tonight is by scoring one more run than the opponent and the objective is within reach. The visitors will once again give the ball to Erasmo Ramirez despite the fact that he posted an ERA of 5.71 in his three starts this season. The young player competed mostly in the minors but enjoyed surprisingly high support from his teammates in all three starts. This explains why his record reads 1-0 despite lasting less than five innings in each game and allowing an average of nine runs.
Safeco Field is not traditionally an arena where plenty of runs are scored, but with these two starting pitchers, a line of 8.5 runs could be surpassed. Winner Sports offers odds close to evens for this outcome, which makes it worth taking the leap of faith with these otherwise low-scoring teams.