While the New York Yankees were expected to challenge for a berth in the 2018 World Series after coming up agonizingly short a year ago, the Seattle Mariners have been an absolute revelation in leading the AL West for the vast majority of the regular season.
While the M’s were recently overtaken for the division lead by the incendiary World Series champion Houston Astros, they’ve still got some legitimate World Series hopes as we move closer to the midway point of the 2018 regular season.
Now, with New York set to host Seattle in the opener of a tree-game set on Tuesday, let’s find out where the best MLB odds value is for this intriguing pairing.
Seattle Mariners (46-26) at New York Yankees (46-21)
When: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7:05 PM ET
Where: Yankee Stadium
TV: RTNW, YES
Live Stream: MLB.tvMLB Odds: New York Yankees -163 / Seattle Mariners +153
Seattle: Marco Gonzales – L – (7-3, 3.08 ERA)
NY Yankees: Domingo German – R – (1-4, 5.23 ERA)
Why Bet On The Seattle Mariners?
Why should you consider betting on the Mariners on Tuesday night? Well, there are several good reasons. Seattle is playing solid baseball right now, having split a four-game set against Boston over the weekend en route to a positive 7-3 record over their last 10 games. The M’s have also been very good on the road this season (21-12) and will be going up against a starting pitcher that hasn’t exactly been pitching lights out over his last few starts.
Another good reason to back Seattle is that they rank a stellar third in team batting average (.260), seventh in OPS (.746) and sixth in quality starts (35). Last but not least, Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales has been absolutely phenomenal in going 4-0 with a stupendous 1.41 ERA over his last six starts. He’ll have some extra motivation too after giving up three runs in a five-inning no decision the last time out.
Why Bet On The New York Yankees?
Why should you consider betting on the Yankees in this series opener? There are a bunch of good reasons. First, the Yankees are playing at home where they’ve gone a stellar 26-11 so far this season. Next, New York has already beaten Seattle three times in four meetings this season. And last but not least, the Bronx Bombers have gone 4-1 in their last five games, so they’re pretty hot right now! While right-hander Domingo German has given up three earned runs in each of his last two starts, the Yankees have gone on to win both games.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know the Yankees are playing at home where they’ve been outstanding all season, but I like Seattle to get the road win in this series opener behind gifted southpaw starter Marco Gonzales. First of all, Seattle apparently likes playing on Tuesday nights, seeing as how they’ve gone 7-1 over their last eight Tuesday night matchups. Seattle is also a scorching hot 13-3 in their last 16 road games against a right-handed starter and 7-3 in their last 10 road games. The mariners are 5-0 in Gonzales’ last five starts and 4-1 in his last five road starts.
I know New York has gone 22-8 in their last 30 games versus a left-handed starter, a scorching 36-17 in their last 53 in series openers and 13-6 in the last 19 games against team from the AL West, but I’m expecting Marco Gonzales to silence their bats in this one while leading Seattle to the win and Run Line cover.
MLB Betting Pick: Seattle 5 New York 2