Seattle at Washington MLB Prediction & Expert Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on May 24, 2017 in

The Washington Nationals (27-17) host the Seattle Mariners (20-26) in the finale of their midweek series on Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have a two-game winning streak going, including a 10-1 romp in the opener of this series. The Mariners have dropped four in a row, losing three of four to the Chicago White Sox at home before heading to DC. It seems it will be one sided towards the Nationals, but can the Mariners get back on track and lift their division rankings? Midseason is coming soon, so let’s take a look at the predicted MLB lines for the game.

Seattle at Washington MLB Prediction & Expert Betting Pick

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 4:05pm ET
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Radio: Seattle / Washington
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Pitching Matchup: Ariel Miranda (3-2, 4.28 ERA) (SEA) vs Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 2.86 ERA) (WAS)

Why should you bet on the Mariners?

Jean Segura has brought a hot bat to the leadoff spot, hitting a sizzling .433 when he is at the top of the order. Ariel Miranda, Thursday’s starter for the M’s, had a terrific outing his last time out, limiting the Chicago White Sox to a single run in seven innings, fanning nine batters. Miranda was a great trade-deadline acquisition last season; in 19 starts since coming over from Baltimore, he has posted a 7-4 record and a 3.83 ERA. If the Mariner bats — Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz come to mind — can come alive a bit, the Mariners have a chance in the finale.

Why should you put your money on the Nationals?

Gio Gonzalez used to see the Mariners a lot when he pitched for their American League West foes in Oakland. However, he has not pitched against Seattle since September 2011 — he threw 8 shutout innings and fanned 11 in that outing — but the fact that only three Mariners have ever faced him gives him an advantage. Bryce Harper is raking at a much better clip this year — he hit his 14th home run of the year on Tuesday. Last year, he didn’t hit his 14th home run until June 16. Anthony Rendon clobbered a pair of home runs in Tuesday’s win as well, so Washington definitely has the offense humming.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I enjoy watching Ariel Miranda pitch, but Gonzalez has the higher ceiling — and the Nats have the better offense. I predict a 6-3 win for Washington.