Interleague play resumes this weekend and in Seattle we have two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum and standings going into tonight’s opener. The first pitch at Safeco Field is scheduled for 10:10ET.
The visiting Los Angeles Dodgers have been performing well in the post Frank McCourt ownership era, entering the series leading the National League West. In Seattle we have as almost post Ichiro Suziki unit in last place of the American League West, in a battle with Oakland for the bottom spot.
The Dodgers have not only been performing well of late, but are coming off a very impressive sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies in the City of Brotherly Love. It had been sixty six years since the Dodgers, then residing in Brooklyn, swept a series in the home of the cheesesteak.
This apparently was not lost on L.A. manager Don Mattingly when advised by reporters of this accomplishment said “pretty cool.”
The first three games were one run affairs and yesterday the Dodgers came out on top 8-3. This one too, was a one run game, until the Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth to ice it. Four Dodgers had 2 hits apiece and Jerry Hairston and Andre Ethier each had 2 runs batted in. The sweep feat however, must be tempered some, by the Phillies recent rash of injuries to key players.
L.A. owns the best sports betting record in the majors at 37-21 and even with the four in a row against Philly are an even 5-5 in their last 10, while
16-12 away from Hollywood. The Mariners did conclude a nine game road swing by taking 2 of 3 from the Angels in Anaheim. They are, however, the worst hitting team in the majors at home this year sporting all of a .193 average at Safeco.
Tonight’s pitching probables are righthander Nate Eovaldi for the Dodgers who is 0-2 with a respectable earned run average of 2.84 versus another righty, the Mariners Kevin Millwood (3-5, 3.90 ERA).
Seattle is a home favorite at -$120, while L.A. Is +$110. The over/under moneyline is $130/$100 and set at 7.5 total runs.