It is the finale of a three-game series between the two teams. The Mariners started slowly this season but in the past couple of weeks they have played well and now they are getting some attention in the baseball betting odds.
MLB gambling favors Seattle in this Thursday night matchup but the odds are not that high. The Orioles started the season red-hot but then went into a big slump. They have been up and down since that time. Baltimore simply has not had the offense to make up for a poor pitching staff.
The Orioles are scoring just four runs per game and that is not going to be enough in the American League. Their pitching staff is giving up 4.6 runs per game so it is easy to see why the Orioles have struggled. Baltimore has just been an average team at home this season so they don’t get that much respect in MLB lines from the oddsmakers.
Seattle is likely to go with Jason Vargas on Thursday as the Mariners move up Felix Hernandez to Wednesday. Vargas was excellent last Thursday as the Mariners won 3-1 against Texas. Vargas went 7 2/3 innings and allowed just six hits. Vargas is 2-2 on the season with a 4.68 ERA.
He has pitched well in his career against the Orioles with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 2.35. Seattle has finally gotten some offense as Justin Smoak is beginning to look like the player the Rangers thought he was before they traded him to Seattle last season.
The Mariners are still below average on offense but having Smoak hitting the ball has definitely helped. Seattle’s pitching has been okay as they are 16th in the league led by Hernandez and a bullpen that has been very good at the back with Brandon League. Vargas still doesn’t get a ton of respect in MLB gambling so the Mariners will be road underdogs on Thursday.
Before this series began earlier this week the Mariners had won six of the last ten vs. the baseball betting odds at Baltimore. Six of the ten meetings last year went under the total in MLB betting including both of the games in which Vargas was on the mound. Make sure to open an account today at Sports Gambling so you can bet on this game.