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Two teams hoping to make this year's postseason field will square off in Phoenix on Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks (71-56) host the Seattle Mariners (72-56) as solid home favorites at sportsbooks.Despite having one more win http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/baker-mayfield-jersey , the Mariners find themselves 5.5 games behind the World Series champion Houston Astros in the American League West, while the Diamondbacks lead the National League West by 1.5 games over the Colorado Rockies thanks in part to a three-game winning streak. MLB betting line: The Diamondbacks opened as -157 favorites (wager $157 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 4.0-2.4, Diamondbacks (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news.Why the Mariners can pay on the MLB linesSeattle simply cannot afford to lose any series the rest of the regular season in order to make the playoffs as one of the two AL Wild Card teams. The Mariners trail the Oakland Athletics by 4.5 games for the second and final wild-card berth, and they will send 28-year-old Nicaraguan Erasmo Ramirez (0-2, 5.49 ERA) to the hill in hopes of winning the series opener.While his numbers do not look good overall on paper Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , Ramirez has pitched well in his last two starts and allowed just one run and seven hits in 10 innings, with Seattle winning both games against the Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. Why the Diamondbacks can pay on the MLB linesArizona will have a definitive edge in the pitching matchup with Zack Godley (13-6, 4.44 ERA) toeing the rubber at home. The 28-year-old has performed much better at Chase Field than he has on the road, going 6-2 there with a 3.33 ERA.In the previous three seasons, Godley was a better pitcher away from home, so he seems to have turned things around. He has been outstanding in his last two home starts too, giving up a total of two runs and seven hits in 14.1 innings versus the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. Both resulted in team wins, although he walked away with one no-decision.Smart betting pickThe Diamondbacks have gone 8-5 in their last 13 interleague games Greg Joseph Jersey Elite , according to the OddsShark MLB Database, after winning their last three against AL West opponents. Meanwhile, the Mariners have struggled in interleague play this season, losing nine of their past 12 versus NL foes. That is a clear advantage for Arizona in this spot. MLB betting trendsSeattle is 2-4 in its last six games.Seattle is 1-5 in its last six games when playing Arizona.Arizona is 4-1 in its last five games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. Bob Levey/Getty ImagesAfter investigating allegations that the Houston Astros have been stealing signs during this year's postseason, Major League Baseball will not fine or penalize the Astros.MLB released a statement announcing the investigation has been closed, via Mark Feinsand of MLB.com:"Before the Postseason began, a number of clubs called the Commissioner's Office about sign stealing and the inappropriate use of video equipment. The concerns expressed related to a number of Clubs http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/greg-joseph-jersey , not any one specific Club. In response to these calls, the Commissioner's Office reinforced the existing rules with all playoff Clubs and undertook proactive measures, including instituting a new prohibition on the use of certain in-stadium cameras, increasing the presence of operations and security personnel from Major League Baseball at all Postseason games and instituting a program of monitoring Club video rooms."With respect to both incidents regarding a Houston Astros employee, security identified an issue, addressed it and turned the matter over to the Department of Investigations. A thorough investigation concluded that an Astros employee was monitoring the field to ensure that the opposing Club was not violating any rules. All Clubs remaining in the playoffs have been notified to refrain from these types of efforts and to direct complaints about any in-stadium rules violations to MLB staff for investigation and resolution. We consider the matter closed."Astros general manager JeffLuhnow told reporters this team was "playing defense," adding, via Daniel Gotera of KHOU-TV:Daniel Gotera DTGoteraKHOU#Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on allegations of his club stealing signs using technology: quot;I think what happens is when a team has success Authentic Greg Joseph Jersey , there will be a lot of other people looking at them to see whats driving their successquot; eDPa73HhpgAs for the allegations, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported: "The Boston Red Sox were warned that a man credentialed by the Houston Astros might try to steal signs or information from their dugout after the Cleveland Indians caught him taking pictures of their dugout with a cellphone camera during Game 3 of the American League Division Series."However, Alex Speier and Andrew Mahoney of the Boston Globe reported that MLB's investigation discovered the Astros employee in question was trying to determine if the Red Sox "were using dugout video monitors to steal signs from the Astros" and wasn't stealing signs and relaying them to the dugout.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not believe the employee's alleged actions factored into the Astros' Game 1 win againstBoston, per Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal: "It was caught early in the game. It did not cost us anything."According to Passan's report, the Los Angeles Dodgers suspected the Astros of stealing signs during last season's World Series, and the Oakland Athletics believed the Astros were stealing signs this season.He also outlined that opposing players have believed actions taken by the Astros in the dugout in the past, such as banging on trash cans or clapping before pitches, is a form of relaying stolen signs to the batter.While teams decry having their own signs stolen Myles Garrett Jersey Elite , it technically isn't against MLB rules."Sign-stealing is not an uncommon practice and there in fact is not a rule against it," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in 2017, per Speier and Mahoney.It isn't ideal for the team having their signs stolen, however, and Boston manager Alex Cora commented on the recent reports of sign stealing and the precautions the team takes throughout the season."I'm always concerned about that throughout the season," he told reporters. "So I mean we do a good job changing sequences and paying attention to details. And we don't get caught up on the whole paranoia thing of the signs. We try to slow it down. If we feel there's something going on we switch signs."

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