Two teams moving in different directions finish off their series on Sunday afternoon, as the San Diego Padres play host to the Seattle Mariners. The Padres have won the first two games of the series by a combined score of 22-5 and will look to stay hot by completing the sweep on Sunday.
San Diego Padres Preview: All About Yu
The Padres are easily the hottest team in the National League right now. They’ve won eight games in a row and 11 of their last 12, putting them into first place in the NL West and giving them the best record in the majors. Of course, the Dodgers and Giants are both just one game off the pace in the NL West, so the Padres are under a little pressure to keep winning.
Fortunately for San Diego, Yu Darvish will take the mound on Sunday. Over his first nine starts of 2021, Darvish is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA, as he’s putting together perhaps the best season of his career. He’s allowed one run or less in seven of his nine starts and is coming off seven scoreless innings against the Rockies in his last start.
Offensively, the Padres have been tough to stop during their current winning streak. They’ve scored at least five runs in six of their last eight games. Over the past week, role players Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar have done most of the damage, although almost everybody in San Diego’s lineup has contributed.
Seattle Mariners Preview: Get It Dunn
A somewhat promising start to the season has turned into a nightmare for the Mariners during the month of May. They are currently in the midst of their second five-game losing streak of the month. Seattle has just three wins in 13 games, dropping four games under .500 and 6.5 games off the pace in the AL West.
Over the last three weeks, the Mariners have been no-hit twice, as their offense has disappeared. During their current five-game losing streak, the Mariners have scored just eight total runs, half of which came during Saturday’s 6-4 loss. While injuries have played a role in Seattle’s offensive struggles, nobody but Mitch Haniger has provided consistent production this year.
With runs at a premium these days, the Mariners will need a strong outing from Justin Dunn on Sunday. In seven starts this year, Dunn has been one of Seattle’s best pitchers, going 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA. He’s given up three runs or less in each of his starts this year, giving the Mariners a fighting chance of winning every game.
Mariners vs. Padres Betting Odds & Lines
GTBets has the Padres as heavy -255 favorites on Sunday, while Seattle’s moneyline is listed at +215. There is also an over/under of seven runs in this game.
Free Betting Pick
Obviously, taking a chance on the Mariners would offer a lucrative payout if Seattle can pull out a win. However, Darvish has been incredibly consistent this year while the Mariners have been atrocious offensively lately. There just isn’t enough to warrant taking a flyer on Seattle, so play it safe with the Padres.