Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles Game 2 – MLB April 13

7:35 p.m. ET – Mariners at Orioles (-125) O/U: 7

The 5-4 Mariners will open up their four-game set against the 4-5 Orioles with a doubleheader on Tuesday following Monday night’s game being rained out and pushed to 4:05 Tuesday afternoon. Seattle had won three of its last four games prior to the first game of Monday’s impromptu twinbill, with each win coming against a 2020 playoff team. That included the Mariners winning their last two as heavy underdogs in Minnesota against the Twins over the weekend. Baltimore enters this series trending in the other direction, getting swept at the hands of the Red Sox over a three-game set last weekend when they were outscored 27-16.

Here is the breakdown for the nightcap of tonight’s doubleheader:

About the Mariners

Seattle Mariners LogoLast season shined a potential light toward the end of the tunnel for Seattle’s rebuild with outfielder Kyle Lewis bringing home the American League Rookie of the Year award following a tremendous season. Unfortunately for Lewis and the Mariners, he suffered a knee injury during spring training and is expected to miss a decent chunk of the beginning of the season.

Seattle still has Kyle Seager leading the way and playing the hot corner, batting .314 with two home runs and eight RBI to start the season. Former All-Star outfielder Mitch Haniger (he made the AL squad in 2018) is looking to return to form this season and the Mariners are going to need him if they harbor any legitimate hope of competing in the loaded American League West.

About the Orioles

Baltimore Orioles LogoSimilar to Seattle, the Orioles are in the middle of a rebuild and have their fair share of young talent. The surprise of the season for Baltimore so far has been center fielder Cedric Mullins, who is batting .459 through the first nine games. Right fielder Trey Mancini has returned to the diamond this year following his triumph over colon cancer that cost him his 2020 season.

The Orioles rank 22nd in home runs hit this season, but 13th in runs scored due to their style of play which consists of putting the ball in play and moving base runners over. Baltimore does not have the big bats to beat you with the long ball, but are adept at attempting to win via small ball.
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Seattle Mariners +1½ (-190) +115 O 7 (+100)
Baltimore Orioles -1½ (+160) -135 U 7 (-120)

The Starting Pitching Matchup

Left-hander Nick Margevicius will be getting his first start of the season for Seattle in Game Two of the doubleheader. In 4.2 innings pitched of relief work so far this season, he has allowed four earned runs over two appearances. The Orioles also are turning to a long reliever in Dean Kremer. The right-hander has appeared in only one game this season and allowed three runs over three innings of work. Both of these pitching staffs rank in the bottom five in the majors in Earned Run Average so far this season.

What’s the Bet?
The best bet for the second leg of Tuesday’s doubleheader is to ignore the Moneyline and Run-line completely and focus on the Over/Under total in a game that could be decided by a coin flip. Both pitching staffs are weak enough at full strength, much less when they have been depleted by having to play one additional game earlier in the day. The bats on both sides are not great, but in a hitter’s ballpark where both pitching staffs give up the long ball at an insane clip, there are bound to be some fireworks Tuesday night. Take the over of 7 runs between two teams that should be near the bottom of the American League standings all season long due to their lack of pitching depth.
The Bet
Over 7 Runs

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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