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Rockies vs Mariners – MLB Odds & Picks

Written by on August 7, 2020

Rockies vs Mariners – MLB Odds & Picks

Off a very successful homestand, the Colorado Rockies head out for a three-game trip to Seattle starting Friday night. It’s the only scheduled meeting of the season between the NL and AL West Division teams. It’s basically a pick’em on the MLB odds.

Rockies vs Mariners – MLB Odds & Picks

How to Bet Rockies at Mariners MLB Odds & TV Info
  • When: Friday, 9:40 PM ET
  • Where: T-Mobile Park
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Antonio Senzatela/Yusei Kikuchi
  • TV: MLB Extra Innings
  • Stream/gameday audio:
  • Opening MLB Lines: Rockies -107, Mariners -103 (total 9)
Why Bet on Colorado?

Colorado remains without closer Wade Davis, who is yet to even resume throwing. Davis is still undergoing treatment as he recovers from a right shoulder strain. Jairo Diaz is filling in as the Rockies’ closer. Setup man Scott Oberg was recently transferred to the 45-day injured list with blood clots in his right arm. It’s the same thing that prematurely ended Oberg’s 2019 season, and it will probably end his 2020 campaign, in all likelihood.

On Wednesday, All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado extended his home run streak to three games, his ninth career home run streak of three or more games. It was his second career home run streak of three or more games against San Francisco (also: four games, June 28-Sept. 5, 2015).

Charlie Blackmon extended his current hitting streak to nine games after going 1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout. He is batting .459 with seven runs, two doubles, one home run, 12 RBI and one walk over the streak. Matt Kemp has made five starts at DH with the Rockies going 5-0 in those games. He has gone 5-for-18 (.278) with two home runs and six RBI as a starter.

It’s Antonio Senzatela (2-0, 2.45) in this one. Senzatela was dominant in Sunday’s victory over the Padres, racking up six strikeouts over six innings of one-run baseball. The right-hander scattered just four hits and walked one. The only blemish on his day came on a run-scoring double off the bat of Manny Machado in his final inning of work. Senzatela has yet to allow a homer this year.

The 25-year-old native of Valencia, Venezuela, has gone 0-2 vs. the Mariners, both times pitching in Seattle (11.0 IP, 10 ER). He lost 5-0 on May 31, 2017 (5.0,5,4,4,2,7) and 6-4 on July 8, 2018 (6.0,5,6,6,3,2). Senzatela is 4-4 with a 5.76 ERA (50.0 IP, 32 ER) vs. the American League, including 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA (27.1 IP, 22 ER) at Junior Circuit ballparks. He … has gone 10-13 with a 5.13 ERA (168.1 IP, 96 ER) on the road in 44 games, 30 starts.

Why Bet on Seattle?

The Mariners gave red-hot outfielder Kyle Lewis the day off from the starting lineup Thursday just as a breather. Lewis has batted .385/.439/.577 with three home runs, 10 RBI, one stolen base, and nine runs scored through 13 games this season. He is the current MLB leader in hits with 20.

On Wednesday vs. the Angels, third baseman Kyle Seager unloaded on a Ryan Buchter offering with two runners on to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead over the Angels. That homer was the 200th in his career, and he’s just the fourth Mariner to reach that mark. After struggling for most of the past two years, Seager has had a strong start to his 2020 campaign with a .327/.406/.565 line. Seager has 1,233 career hits, 22 shy of tying Jay Buhner (1,255) for 4th in club history.

Mariners batters have a .304 on-base percentage this season when leading off an inning. That ranks 3rd in the American League, trailing only Houston (.333) and New York (.330).

The team has optioned reliever Bryan Shaw to their alternate training site. Shaw signed a one-year contract with Seattle just before Opening Day after getting released by the Rockies. The 32-year-old setup man has allowed a whopping 10 earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings of relief this season for the Mariners.

It’s Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.66) on the bump. Kikuchi didn’t allow a run over six innings with nine strikeouts in a no-decision against the Athletics on Saturday.  Kikuchi deserved better but Seattle gave him just two runs of support, and after the southpaw left, Chad Pinder tied the game with a two-run homer in the seventh. It was arguably the Japanese left-hander’s most impressive since joining the Mariners last offseason.

Kikuchi will be making his 35th Major League start and his 1st career start against the Rockies. Last year, he went 6-11 with a 5.46 ERA (98 ER, 161.2 IP) with 50 walks and 116 strikeouts in first Major League season. He led American rookies with 161.2 innings pitched, ranking 4th in strikeouts (116).

Game Trends
  • Under is 3-1-2 in the last 6 meetings in Seattle.
  • Rockies are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Expert PredictionRockies 4, Mariners 3