In an M. Night Shyamalanesque twist that nobody saw coming, the Baltimore Orioles appear to be in the middle of a hot streak over the last couple of weeks.
Now, Baltimore is still last in the NL East at 35-40, but, they also had the second-best record in the division over the last 10 games behind the 8-2 Red Sox. In the last 10 days, Baltimore has gained a few games on the Rays and Blue Jays and could make a run down the stretch. By this, of course, I mean a run to fourth place, but that would be a big deal for them.
Today they are sizable road underdogs at Seattle in a decent spot to steal a win from the Mariners.
Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Orioles vs. Mariners Odds, Run Line, and Total
- Orioles: +1.5 (-155)
- Mariners: -1.5 (+127)
- Orioles: +148
- Mariners: -158
- Total 7.5 (Over -110/Under -110)
Orioles vs. Mariners Prediction and Pick
As I mentioned above, the Orioles are actually playing very well right now.
They are 10-5 in their last 15 and nearly swept the White Sox in four games over the weekend. A lot of this comes down to their pitching staff and their success over the last two weeks.
A big part of this surge has been Dean Kremer who will make his fifth start of the season tonight for Baltimore. Kremer boasts an impressive 1.71 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in limited action this year. He’s not given up a run over his last two starts and just one home run since his debut on June 5. The current Mariners have gone hitless against Kremer in nine at-bats.
Squaring off against Kremer tonight will be veteran lefty, Robbie Ray. Ray enters this game at 6-6 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.18 ERA in 90 ⅔ innings. But, Ray has looked very good in recent starts after finishing May with a 5.34 ERA. So far this month, his ERA is 2.70 and Ray has allowed one or fewer runs in three straight starts. It was a pleasant return to form for Ray who had given up three or more runs in his five prior starts. However, I wonder when he will regress back to an ERA in the 3.50 range.
Considering how well the O’s are playing right now, I think they are worth taking a chance on at these odds. Kremer has been great in limited action and I don’t think Ray can keep up playing this well for much longer.
Pick: Orioles +148 ML
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