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Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners,
5-17-2018 - Expert Prediction

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#967 Detroit
Tigers 8.5
#968 Seattle
Mariners -180

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10:10pm

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The red-hot Detroit Tigers finish their four-game series with the Seattle Mariners, who are dealing with Robinson Cano‘s 80-game suspension for a violation of MLB’s drug policy.

Boyd has quality start against Mariners

Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.21 ERA, 1.05) beat the Mariners last Saturday, after giving up three earned runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings of a 4-3 victory.

Boyd retired the first eight batters he faced and had his fifth quality start of the season. The left-hander is posting an impressive 5.0 percent home run to fly ball ratio (HR/FB).

Key stats of the Detroit Tigers:

  • 188 runs (13th)
  • .263 batting average (3rd)
  • 4.30 earned run average (17th)
  • 1.35 WHIP (20th)

Players to watch:

Jeimer Candelario (5 HR, 16 RBI)

Leonys Martin (5 HR, 15 RBI)

Nicholas Castellanos (.324, 4 HR, 24 RBI)

Gonzales falls to Tigers

Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) struggled against the Tigers last Saturday, when he allowed four earned runs on 10 hits (one home run) with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings of a 4-3 setback.

Gonzales has surrendered five home runs in eight starts and opponents are hitting .325 against him.

Key stats of the Seattle Mariners:

  • 193 runs (10th)
  • .261 batting average (6th)
  • 4.60 earned run average (23rd)
  • 1.31 WHIP (16th)

Players to watch:

Mitch Haniger (10 HR, 32 RBI)

Ryon Healy (8 HR, 20 RBI)

Kyle Seager (7 HR, 27 RBI)

MLB Trends:

The Detroit Tigers are:

  • 4-1 in their last five overall

The Seattle Mariners are:

  • 1-4 in Gonzales’ last five starts during game 1 of a series

Gonzales has a 7.07 ERA in three home starts while Boyd has a decent 3.63 FIP (Fielder Independent Pitching on an ERA scale) and issues just 2.57 walks per 9 innings (BB/9).

The Mariners are 7-2 in the last nine meetings but I like the betting value on the Tigers on the road with Boyd, who beat Seattle last week.

Pick: Tigers

Jake Walker

I'm a sports writer based in Costa Rica with 10 years of experience as a handicapper and a die-hard New York Yankees, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Lions, Anaheim Ducks and Oregon Ducks fan but my love for my teams never influences my picks. I've been watching sports since 1991 and you can follow me on Twitter here: @Walker_J23

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