Seattle Mariners at Baltimore Orioles 8/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/1/2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 7:05 PM on ROOT, MAS2
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Seattle Mariners - Paxton, J (2-0) vs. Baltimore Orioles - Gonzalez, M (5-5)
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Saturday night, the Seattle Mariners will take the field behind James Paxton (2 - 0, 2.25 ERA) as they take on the Baltimore Orioles and Miguel Gonzalez (5 - 5, 3.77 ERA). Paxton makes his 3rd start and Gonzalez makes his 18th start and 19th appearance.
James Paxton looked good enough in his last rehab start to get the call for this game. He appears to be over the back problems that have kept him off the hill since April. Paxton won his last start on April 8th after giving up 3 runs and 4 hits (including 2 home runs) in 5 innings. He struck out 4 without issuing any walks. Paxton has never lost a Major League game as he went 3 - 0 with a 1.50 ERA in 4 starts during his rookie campaign in 2013.
Last season, Paxton didn't face the Orioles and he has only seen one hitter on the Baltimore roster before. Delmon Young is 0 for 3 with a strikeout against Paxton.
Miguel Gonzalez turned in a decent effort in his last start but walked away without the decision. In that outing, Gonzalez surrendered just a run on 8 hits in 6 innings as he walked 2 batters and struck out 1. His record might not show it, but Gonzalez has given Baltimore some good innings in his last few starts. He hasn't allowed more than 2 runs in a game since the end of June. Last season, Gonzalez was 11 - 8 with a 3.78 ERA in 28 starts and 2 relief appearances.
In 2013, Gonzalez didn't face the Mariners but he just saw them in his last start. If he can repeat his efforts in this start and he gets some run support, he could come away with a win.
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
Seattle Mariners are 40-63-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Seattle Mariners is 0.5
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
Baltimore Orioles are 46-58-2 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Baltimore Orioles is 0.3
Injuries to Watch
07/25/14 SS Willie Bloomquist Knee 15-day DL (7/24)
07/11/14 CF Michael Saunders Side 15-day DL (7/10)
04/16/14 P Blake Beavan Shoulder 60-day DL (4/15)
04/09/14 P James Paxton Back 60-day DL (4/8)
07/30/14 1B Chris Davis Flu questionable
07/29/14 P T.J. McFarland Personal on the bereavement list
07/11/14 P Ubaldo Jimenez Ankle 15-day DL (7/11)
06/17/14 C Matt Wieters Elbow 15-day DL (5/11), out for season
06/03/14 P Johan Santana Shoulder 60-day DL (6/2), out for season
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
Tony's Pick: Take Baltimore
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