TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION MONDAY, JUNE 27TH
#918 SEATTLE with Kirby (-158) over Baltimore with Wells at 10:10 PM EST
After taking three of four from the Pale Hose in the Windy City, the O’s will travel out West and have issues against the M’s. Seattle has quietly won five of its last six games and, off yesterday’s 2-1 road loss to the Halos, manager Scott Servais and his troops will bounce back nicely here.
Hitting the hill for the home team will be young right-hander George Kirby. With nine career starts posted this season, No. 0 has been solid on the mound allowing only 17 earned runs and 49 hits in 49.0 innings. Kirby fanned 47 and issued just six free passes on his way to a 2-2 record with a 3.12 ERA. In his last three outings, George has shown improvement too. Matched up against the A’s, Angels, and Red Sox, Kirby was nicked for five earned runs and 17 hits in 17.0 frames. That equates to a 1-1 mark with an elite 2.65 ERA.
The Orioles will send righty Tyler Wells to the bump. So far this year, No. 68 has made 14 starts and been punched for 24 earned runs and 55 hits in 64.2 innings of work. Wells struck out 40 and walked 16 on his way to a 5-4 tally and a 3.34 ERA. On foreign soil, Tyler has been at his worst. With 36.0 road innings in the bank, Wells has been waxed for 17 earned runs and 36 hits. After the math, that adds up to a 3-4 record with a 4.25 ERA.
There are a number of solid team trends that support this investment. Seattle has tasted victory in seven of its last 10 in the first game of a series, nine of its last 13 when coming off a loss, 10 of its last 14 after scoring two runs or less last, and 14 of its last 19 at home in this series. On the other side of the yard, Baltimore has been bounced in 81 of its last 118 when facing a foe that scored two runs or less last, 125 of its last 179 in the first game of a series, and 73 of its last 103 as a guest.
Resting 6.0-games under the .500-mark and 12.0-games back in the division, the Mariners need to play well at home against losing teams in order to make improvements in those areas. Take Seattle with Kirby. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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