The Tigers continue to trade wins while hoping to compete in the AL Central, can they find success against a rookie, who is off to a strong start in his big league career?
The Tigers will face Bryce Miller of the Mariners, a bright young pitching prospect that has allowed one earned run in 12 innings of his big league career. Detroit's offense continues to be below the big league average, but can Alex Faedo, who is in his second year in the bigs, find an answer?
It's a pair of young pitchers on the mound Saturday, who will have the upper hand? Here are the odds:
Mariners vs. Tigers odds, run line and total
Mariners vs. Tigers prediction and pick
Let's start with Faedo, who struggled in 12 big league starts at times last season as a rookie, but looked more comfortable in five minor league starts (2.50 ERA). After getting called up last week, Faedo pitched less than five innings and allowed two earned runs, but should look better against a Mariners lineup that is hitting only .225 (28th in MLB).
However, Miller should be up to the task as well. The Tigers are slightly ahead of the Mariners in terms of batting average at .233 (25th in MLB), but the team isn't much of a threat at the plate to draw walks either. Overall, the team is 28th in wRC+, which quantifies the quality of run scoring chances a team generates.
The Tigers offense is poor, but Faedo could offset some of its issues with his emergence on the mound. However, Miller looks to be an elite prospect, posting a 15-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio through two starts, and will have the edge on Detroit's bats.
All of this leads me to the under with two young pitchers on the mound.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.