Free play: DBD's "MLB Dog of the Day"
DBD's Dog of the Day has won 3 of 4 as of September 12
Play on: Seattle Mariners +105
We'll take the small underdog Seattle Mariners tonight at 10:10pm ET with Justin Dunn (NR) in his major league debut. The Mets took Dunn with the 19th pick in the first round of the 2016 draft, but traded him to Seattle in the Robinson Cano deal. No one in major league history has used more players (65) than the Mariners in 2019, and Dunn is auditioning for next year's 5 man rotation in Seattle.
The Mariners have lost 6 of their last 8, but get a Cincinnati Reds team tonight that has struggled against them as the Reds are 2-15 against the Mariners in their last seventeen games head to head, and the Reds have only won two games in their last six inter-league match-ups overall. This series has been close, but Seattle won the first two games of the three game series 4-3 and 5-3.
The Reds will be fighting to avoid the sweep tonight with 11 loss starter and right-hander Tyler Mahle (2-11, 4.94) who has now lost 10 games in a row, but with the ERA of sub 5.00 -- plus the fact the guy pitches on a team with 79 losses -- you can see there has been some hard luck this season and not just your typical double-digit loss pitching. Mahle has one more strikeout than innings pitched, and has 4 no-decisions in his last 10 games.
Mahle is giving up an average of 4 runs a start in his last 4 games and has been trending down all season in innings pitched. If he gets chased in the 4th or the 5th as expected, here comes the fading Reds' bullpen and it's 5.90 ERA over its last 29 innings. The Mariners are hitting an abysmal .162 vs. right-handers in their last 10 games which is troublesome, but look for them to get that fixed tonight early vs. Mahle and for the promising rookie Dunn to give the home folks in Seattle something to look forward to in 2020.