Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers, 5-13-2018 - Expert Prediction

James Paxton took a no-decision for the Mariners in his first start since his no-hitter

James Paxton took a no-decision for the Mariners in his first start since his no-hitter

Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano fractured the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand when he was hit by a fastball in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The public betting now has 60 percent of the wagers going on the Tigers at home.

The Mariners scored two runs in the seventh to cut the Tigers lead to 4-3 and loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Tigers closer Shane Greene induced a groundout to first base to end the game. The Mariners have opened the season with a 22-16 record.

In the other dugout, Seattle's pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.87 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.82 K/9.

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The Tigers are coming off a 5-4 loss at Texas. Overall, the pitching has improved, but the Tigers have not been scoring as much as in years past, especially of late as they have averaged just 3.70 rpg in their last 10 games (prior to Saturday). He is 1-3 through six starts this season. The club's starting pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96, a WHIP of 1.24 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2.

The Mariners have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. Even with a shaky starter, I will take the Mariners to win this opener.

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