The Mets and Diamondbacks did their best to let our UNDER wager get away; tallying a combined seven runs in the final four innings, but fortunately starting pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Harvey were good enough for long enough to keep things in check and help us notch a much-needed win.
Meanwhile, what the heck is going on in Detroit? The Tigers lost their seventh straight game, getting swept by the struggling A’s. Detroit is just a single game over .500 and in third place in the division. They are just a single game ahead of surging Cleveland and even the White Sox are looming just two games behind them. In short, the best division in baseball might just be a five team race and provide the best entertainment this summer has to offer.
Meanwhile, we get a fresh slate of series to sift through for the weekend, so let’s dive into a nice Friday night matchup and see if we can get a little less-stressful winner than last night’s.
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Today’s Free Pick:
Tampa Bay Rays -107 at Seattle Mariners +101 (Total: 7)
Jake Odorizzi vs. J.A. Happ
Odorizzi was mired in a long losing streak, despite an excellent ERA before snapping it with a win in his last outing; albeit giving up the most runs he’s allowed in a start all season. Baseball’s a funny game sometimes, but there is no denying Odorizzi has been the anchor of a good Rays staff, despite not getting a lot of wins. His 2.65 ERA and 1.01 WHIP rank 6th and 5th respectively in the American League.
Even better for the Rays, Odorizzi has been great against the Mariners, going 1-1 with a 0.69 ERA and a .140 opponent batting average in two starts. There’s a good feeling that the Rays can continue the Mariners losing streak tonight with this guy dealing.
He will opposed by J.A. Happ, who has been solid this season with a 3.70 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, but is certainly a pitcher Mariner opponents look forward to facing – if for no other reason that it isn’t Felix is Ishikawa. I like the Rays chances to win a close game tonight. I don’t think their offense will explode, but they are markedly better against left-handed pitching, averaging nearly a run more a game at 4.34.
The Mariners haven’t scored more than three runs in nine consecutive games, and they have their work cut out for them tonight against one of the better young pitchers in the league. I like Odorizzi to have a solid outing, making the Rays a great value at near even-money.