Hot lines: Tuesday's best MLB bets
Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers (-180, 8.5)
The Tigers had a disappointing series over the weekend, dropping three of four to one of the teams they figure to be battling in October -- the Rangers. Especially disappointing was an extra-inning loss on Sunday in which the winning run crossed on a squeeze play that replays revealed should have been a foul ball. The Mariners had an even worse weekend, getting swept at home by the White Sox and enduring Philip Humber’s perfect game on Saturday afternoon.
The Mariners were among the worst teams in the majors last season but did manage to have some success against the Tigers, winning the season series 6-4. They averaged a robust 5.4 runs in the 10 games while holding Detroit to 3.7.
Seattle starter Jason Vargas is coming off his strongest outing of the
season, a seven-inning effort against Cleveland in which he allowed one
run on four hits while striking out seven.
Seattle's Justin Smoak (hamstring) got the day off Sunday but should be available for Tuesday
The Tigers have been struggling at the plate since their hot start. A tough weekend has dropped their team average down to .246. Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson is in a 2-for-27 slump.Pick:
MarinersWashington Nationals at San Diego Padres (110, 6.5)
The Nationals are off to their best start since moving from Montreal and seek to continue their solid play when they open a three-game series at San Diego on Tuesday. Washington is 6-2 in one-run games.
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez has hurled seven innings of two-hit shutout ball in each of his last two starts and will be well-rested after Sunday’s postponement.
The Padres have their first two-game win streak of the season after beating the Phillies Saturday and Sunday. San Diego scored 11 runs in those wins after scoring just eight runs over their previous four contests. Catcher Nick Hundley homered and had a career-best four RBIs on Sunday.
Padres starter Clayton Richard Richard has allowed 16 runs (12 earned) in his last two starts and has given up four homers in 18 1/3 innings.
Washington’s Ian Desmond has two homers in 12 career at-bats against Richard.