San Diego Padres @ Seattle Mariners 8/8/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

San Diego Padres (55-58) at Seattle Mariners (60-52)

Game Info: Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 at  9:40 p.m. EST (T-Mobile Park)

Betting Odds: Mariners ML (-155) - Over/Under (8)

Pick: Mariners ML (-155)

Tuesday night takes us to the Pacific Northwest where the Seattle Mariners face off with the San Diego Padres. These two teams have been on a similar path this season as they both have high expectations coming into the year, but both of them have been underwhelming throughout the season. Both teams were expected to be featured in the postseason this year and at the moment both of them would be sitting at home during the month of October if current results were to hold throughout the remainder of the regular season.

The San Diego Padres were expected to be one of the favorites to win the National League pennant coming into the 2023 Major League Baseball season. After they went all in at last year’s trade deadline to make a run at a World Series and they came up short, people have high expectations for them coming into the 2023 season. However, they have been severely underwhelming this season and at the moment they are in danger of missing the playoffs unless something changes rather quickly. There were even rumors that the San Diego Padres would become the sellers at the trade deadline although that ended up not happening. However, depending on how the remainder of the regular season plays out for San Diego, there is real potential that they could be sellers over the off-season and their big money signing, Juan Soto could be one of the first names on the chopping block for the Padres.

San Diego comes into the opening game of the series on Tuesday night after getting blown out in the finale of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon. It was their second consecutive blowout, lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers as they looked lethargic on Sunday night baseball over the weekend as well. San Diego now finds themselves three games below .500 with a record of 55-58 through the first 113 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. They are in fourth place of the National League West division at the moment and they are 11 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place. However, if they can manage to get things turned around quickly, they are still within striking distance to grab one of the three wild card spots in the National League as they are only four games out of the third spot at the moment.

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Much like their opponents in this series, the Seattle Mariners have been underwhelming this season as well. After two consecutive seasons of 90+ victories in a playoff appearance last year that broke a two decades long drought, they have been a complete disappointment this year. They were expected to be a legitimate contender for the American League West division title, and a potential Darkhorse to bring home the American League pennant as well. However, neither of those things have been anywhere close to true this season as they currently find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff race with less than two months remaining in the season. Seattle is in a similar position as they will have to turn things around quickly if they want to have an opportunity to make the playoffs this season. 

Although Seattle comes into this game eight games above .500 with 60 victories in their first 112 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season, they are currently a handful of games behind the third wildcard spot in the American League. That is because the American League East has been the best division in all of baseball this season and two of those teams take up two of the wild card spots. The third wildcard spot belongs to their arch rivals and the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros. Seattle has been getting hot as of late, which is good for their own sake, as they are currently on a five game winning streak coming into the opening game of this series against the San Diego Padres. It will be looking to keep the momentum rolling here on Tuesday night as they look to overtake Toronto for that third wildcard spot.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Seattle is 28-22 as a home favorite this season 

- San Diego is 8-12 as a road underdog this season 

- Seattle is 9-5 after a day of rest this season

I look for Seattle to pick up their sixth victory in a row here on Tuesday night over the San Diego Padres at T-Mobile Park at home. Seattle has all the momentum coming into this series and San Diego is coming off of two consecutive rough performances against the Los Angeles Dodgers. I expect San Diego’s tough stretch of play to continue and for Seattle to get a huge victory here on Tuesday night in the opening game of this three game interleague series.

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