Mariners (51-44, 22-24 road) at Rockies (41-54, 32-20 home)
- Time: 12:10 PST, 2:10 CST, 3:10 EST
- Place: Coors Field, Denver, CO
- TV: ROOT Sports NW, AT&T SportsNet-RM, MLB Extra Innings
Some afternoon intra-league hardball as the Mariners and Rockies finish a four-game series with the Mariners up 2-1 after a 6-4 win last night.
Seattle has is 6-2 in it’s last eight games and the Mariners have closed to within 6.5 games of first place Houston. With that, the Mariners have a chance to put themselves into position to be players in the AL West as Oakland and the Astros visit Seattle for seven games starting with the Athletics tomorrow night.
Colorado is a tough matchup at home and the Rockies are 5-5 in their last 10 games. With nine road wins, they go to Los Angeles for three each against the Dodgers and Angels and then four in San Diego over the next ten days.
Last Time Out:
Cal Raleigh had a two-run double and Kyle Moore followed with a two-run homer as the Mariners defeated the Rockies, 6-4, Tuesday evening.
Marco Gonzalez tossed six innings for Seattle to pick up his second win of the season while Kyle Graveman nailed down his ninth save.
The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth when rookie Connor Joe hit is first career home run.
German Marquez fell to 8-7 with the loss as he gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out five.
Mariners (53-41, ATS)
- The OVER has been the call in 12 of the Mariners’ last 18 games
- Seattle is 4-9 SU in their last 13 games vs. the Rockies
- The Mariners are 5-1 SU in their last 6 road outings
Rockies (48-47, ATS)
- The UNDER has been the call in 6 of Colorado’s last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 Rockies-Mariners games
- The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Colorado’s last 11 games at Coors Field
Team Stats Sketch:
Seattle has a home run hitting squad with 116 (14th/MLB); yet the Mariners still hit around .220 which is 30th, dead last in the bigs.
The Mariners’ bats have picked it up in formidable fashion since the All-Star break. In these five games, they are hitting .283 (40×143) with 4.6 runs per game. Seattle also has hit five doubles, six home runs, 21 RBI and 13 walks.
Seattle is looking for some consistent pop in it’s lineup with Cal Raleigh and Dylan Moore checking in with homers last night. Raleigh was pretty consistent as he reached base for the first time on a walk and then the second was his first career hit. He exacted the trifecta with his first career home run in his third at bat.
Moore’s two-run shot last night gave Seattle the lead and the things it accentuates is his clutch hitting ability. It was his fifth go-ahead RBI of the season and the third game-winning RBI.
Colorado’s bullpen is where it has problems because it is last in the bigs with a 5.46 ERA and a 16-19 mark with 16 saves in 33 opportunities. As for the overall staff, the Rockies have a 3.55 ERA at home and they are at a 5.40 mark on the road.
The Colorado Rockies .244 batting average is tenth in the majors, but what is really the story is the fact that with Coors Field being a home run hitters’ heaven the Rockies have only 88 homers (28th/MLB). It is interesting then that 32 of their 41 wins have still been at home, given those numbers.
Rookie Connor Joe also had a milestone last night with his first career home run. The Rockies also have had stellar play from rookie Raimel Tapia, who is batting .311 at home with five home runs and he has become a threat on the base paths with 15 stolen bases. Tapila had a 22-game on base streak in June that encompassed an 18-game hitting streak.
Seattle has been good out of it’s pen all season as the Mariners place a 4.16 ERA (T/15th) while winning 24 games and styling 26 saves. Kendal Graveman and Rafael Montero continue to anchor the pen with nine and seven saves, respectively.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Seattle Mariners||+1½ (-140)||+125||O 11 (-115)|
|Colorado Rockies||-1½ (+120)||-140||U 11 (-105)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
Keynan Middleton (0-0, 3.75 ERA) vs. Austin Gomber (6-5, 3.68 ERA)
Middleton threw pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Angels on July 17 as he has recorded four scoreless appearances in his last five opportunities. Middleton is a relief pitcher by definition as he has four saves in four opportunities and it looks like he will be used in the role of an opener today for the Mariners.
Gomber is back from the 10-day IL as he was placed there with forearm tightness on June 20. He has gone 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his previous eight starts as he has given up only eight earned runs in 44.1 innings, therein. Gomber has also gotten his control and placement on the same page as he walked 19 batters in his first four starts, but has only walked four in his last 10 trips to the mound.