MLB Betting at BetAnySports — Iwakuma Looks to Get Mariners Going Against Orioles

It looks as if the Seattle Mariners are going to be in a playoff dogfight all season long, and the same can probably be said about the Baltimore Orioles. These teams will line up against each in the start of a four-game series, as MLB betting action will get underway at 10:10 PM ET at Safeco Field.

The Mariners are 53-48, which means that they would be the American League’s second wild card team if the season ended today, but that doesn’t mean that they are on easy street. Indeed, there are no less than four different teams that are within four games of them in that chase. There have been a lot of rumors about the M’s hunting around for help to bolster their starting rotation, and there is no question that the starter for Thursday, Hisashi Iwakuma, has offered some encouragement for them.

The Orioles are 55-45, and they lead the American League East by three games over Toronto and the New York Yankees. Their starter is Wei-Yin Chen, who has a fine record (10-3) but an ERA that has been rather permissive (4.21). Iwakuma is 8-4 with a 2.95 ERA.

In the MLB betting odds that have been posted by the people at BetAnySports, the Mariners are the favorites at home:

Seattle Mariners (Iwakuma – R) -139
Baltimore Orioles (Chen – L) +129

Under 7 Runs -135
Over 7 Runs +115

The Orioles are a strong offensive team, particularly on the road, where they have batted .271 and averaged five runs a game. This is what could be a source of difficulty for Iwakuma, who has been an extremely effective pitcher of late. Over his last four starts, he has allowed just five runs in 28-2/3 innings, and has struck 28 batters without even once allowing a walk. BetAnySports customers who have bothered to take a long look would see that Iwakuma’s control has been sensational all year long, in that he has permitted just eight walks in his 103-2/3 innings. And he has kept his WHIP ratio at 0.99.

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Chen’s control has not been too bad either. He has a ratio of more than four strikeouts for every walk, and he has kept that up on the road, where he is 5-1, but he has been rather mediocre over his last couple of outings, as he has permitted six runs in 10-2/3 innings. MLB bettors will see if he gets some support from his teammates, who are 30-22 on the road and have gone 3-3 on this current road trip, going up against the teams that have the two best records in all of baseball (Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels).

The Mariners are said to be looking for some pitching help, with the name of David Price being prominently mentioned, but this team also needs some offensive pop, as they have scored just 3.4 runs per game at home. As losers of five of their last seven games, they are going to be hard-pressed to stay in this wild card race if they can’t push some more base runners across the plate.

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