#978 Seattle Marinersvs.#977 Chicago White Sox
Written by Chris Kubala
Chicago White Sox (17-21 SU, 20-18 RL, 17-18-3 O/U) vs. Seattle Mariners (19-22 SU, 20-21 RL, 21-20 O/U)
MLB: Friday, May 19, 2017, Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington, 10:10 pm ET
Lines: Seattle -110, Chicago +100; Over/Under: 8
It’s the second game of a weekend series between a pair of teams up in the Pacific Northwest. The Chicago White Sox try to stop the bleeding as they face the Seattle Mariners Friday night. Chicago came into the series losers of three straight and eight of 10 as they were swept by the Angels on the road following a 12-8 road defeat Wednesday. Seattle took the rubber game of their three game set at home against the A’s, winning 4-0 Wednesday. The pitching matchup Thursday night in the opener was a battle of rookies: Dylan Covey took the mound for the White Sox against Seattle’s Sam Gaviglio with first pitch set for 10:10 pm ET.
Chicago had some offense in the finale of the set with the Angels but the pitching wasn’t there. It all added up to an eighth loss in 10 games for the boys from the South Side of Chicago. The White Sox led 4-0 in the game only to give up the next 12 runs: their attempts to rally fell short. Avisail Garcia (run, two RBI) had three hits to lead Chicago in the loss. Todd Frazier, Tim Anderson (RBI), Jose Abreu (two runs, two RBI), Melky Cabrera (run) and Yolmer Sanchez (run, RBI) each had two hits for the White Sox. Miguel Gonzalez (3-4) saw his recent struggles continue as he took the loss: he allowed five runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
Jose Quintana makes his ninth start of the year for the White Sox as he looks to build a little momentum. He is 2-5 with a 4.38 ERA, a 1.419 WHIP with 23 walks and 46 strikeouts over 49.1 innings of work. Quintana took a tough no-decision his last time out, which came Sunday at home against San Diego. He threw seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts. After trailing 3-1, the White Sox scored eight times in the eighth to take a 9-3 win. Quintana is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, nine walks and 16 strikeouts over 20 innings in his last three starts. He makes his ninth appearance and eighth career start against the Mariners here. Quintana is 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 41.2 innings of action. He is 1-1 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.543 WHIP over 11.2 innings in his two career starts at Safeco Field.
Seattle continues to battle injuries but for one night at least, they got a solid showing from their pitching staff. As a result, the Mariners won their series at home against the A’s. Seattle finished with six hits in the game with Ben Gamel (run) the lone player with two hits in the contest. Jean Segura (two RBI) extended his hitting streak to 16 games while Nelson Cruz drove in the other two runs for the Mariners in the game. Christian Bergman (1-1) turned in his best start at the major league level to get the win. He threw 7.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.
Ariel Miranda is on the hill for his ninth start of the season for the Mariners in this contest. He is 3-2 with a 4.79 ERA, a 1.331 WHIP, 14 walks and 38 strikeouts over 41.1 innings of work this year. Miranda took a no-decision his last time out, which came Sunday on the road at Toronto. He threw five innings, allowing one run on three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Seattle lost the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2, in the bottom of the ninth. Miranda is 1-0 with a 6.46 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, seven walks and 14 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts. He lost his lone career start against the White Sox, which came August 27, 2016 on the road. Miranda allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout over four innings of a 9-3 Seattle loss. He is 6-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.074 WHIP over 58.2 innings in 11 appearances, nine starts, at Safeco Field.
Seattle won their series against Oakland but some of that can be chalked up to a weak Oakland offense. The A’s did literally nothing in the finale against Bergman, which had to be a nice boost for the Mariners, who continue to try and get by with their patchwork rotation. Quintana has pitched well of late though it didn’t reflect in his record after his last start against the Padres. The White Sox have been scoring runs of late: if Quintana can keep the Mariners from crooked numbers, Chicago gets the edge here.
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Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. He keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college, the NHL, the NBA and college basketball and MLB.