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The Seattle Mariners are looking to get back on track at home against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night. Both teams are struggling, especially the Orioles, who have lost eight straight games.
Orioles continuing to tumble fast
It has been another troubling start to the season for the Orioles that has seen them hold one of the worst marks in the majors. They have struggled to gather any sort of consistent footing on the year with them having plenty of issues on the mound and at the plate. This has all contributed to their continued fall down the standings in the process being one of the least effective teams currently being completely out of the playoff picture while this trend has continued to be the case having dropped eight straight in the process. They had a tremendous amount of trouble finding their way on the field that has seen them hold one of the worst pitching staffs in the majors. Baltimore is currently ranked last in the league in ERA, 27th in opposing batting average, last in slugging percentage, 27th in hits allowed, and last in home runs given up.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 19, 2019
The Orioles have been an utter punching bag on the mound that doesn’t appear to have an end in sight. Although they don’t have a starter named yet for Thursday’s game, it will likely be one of their struggling arms. Baltimore hasn’t been able to count on any of their starters outside of John Means this year, which has been a key reason for them falling further south down the standing as the season has worn on. They haven’t fared much better at the plate being amoung he least productive teams in the majors. Baltimore has had their issues in pushing their way forward in that regard as they haven’t had any significant production from any of their bats. First baseman Chris Davis has been a clear representation to their struggles hitting the ball as he’s batting .160 with five home runs and 18 RBI on the season. Ultimately, if the Orioles move past the Marines, it will need them to put forth a strong pitching performance on the road.
Mariners hoping to find momentum
Following a hot start to the season, things have continued to trend south as the Mariners have fallen completely under the .500 mark. It has seen them turn into complete sellers prior to the All-Star break next month as they have already moved on from the likes of first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in a trade to the New York Yankees this past week. Seattle has had issues having any type of momentum having dropped six out of their last 10 games including their past two straight contests. This has been linked to their lack of pitching stability with them ranking 29th in ERA, last in opposing batting average, 29th in opposing slugging percentage, given up the most hits and doubles, and second-most home runs. They have had extremely similar pitching woes to what the Orioles have experienced this year having fallen to being one of the worst pitching staffs that the league has had. There doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for them to find some consistency.
Absolutely crushed. 💪 pic.twitter.com/y6lonTJ6qE
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) June 18, 2019
The Mariners are set to send veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc to the mound on Thursday night as he holds a 3-2 record with a 6.20 ERA in his first nine games played with six starts this season. LeBlanc has struggled to find his level of consistency through the campaign as he’s coming off a disastrous start against the Oakland Athletics where he went just 2.2 innings giving up six runs on eight hits. His play has been difficult to rely on which means that their bats will have to carry them at home against the lowly Orioles. This has seen Daniel Vogelbach step it up with his play in the month of June as he’s batting .302 with two home runs, eight RBI, and nine runs scored. With Encarnacion out of the pitch, this will need players like Vogelbach to step it up in the process to be their primary offensive talents as he’s batting .253 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI on the year, which are career-best numbers. The Mariners will need their bats like Vogelbach to continue to step it up if they want to grab a win over the lowly Orioles at home. This will be the difference in the contest at T-Mobile Park on Thursday night.
- Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Orioles are 6-21 in their last 27 games against a left-handed starter.
- Orioles are 12-44 in their last 56 road games against a team with a losing record.
- Orioles are 10-42 in their last 52 during Game 1 of a series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
LeBlanc has had his fair share of struggles this season, but he has a matchup against the Orioles. It could be his chance to turn things around at home against one of the worst teams in the league. Keep in mind, the Orioles are 2-10 in the last 12 meetings in Seattle.
Full-Game Total Pick
Although the Mariners have the upper hand in this matchup, each of these teams has had their fair share of issues on the mound. It should once again flare upon on Thursday night. The over is also 5-1-1 in Orioles’ last seven games overall.