A pair of American League teams in drastically different situations close out a set in the Twin Cities. The Seattle Mariners are on the road for the finale of a three-game set with the Minnesota Twins Thursday afternoon. In the opening game of the series, it was Minnesota rallying for a 6-5 victory on Tuesday night. First pitch in the contest was scheduled for 8:10 pm ET.
Seattle Mariners Continuing to Fall Apart
Seattle started the season like gangbusters, winning 13 of their first 15 games: since then, they are 15-40 after giving away Tuesday’s series opener. The Mariners entered Wednesday in the basement of the AL West, 19 games behind the Astros. Seattle got three hits from Domingo Santana (two runs) while Mallex Smith (two runs) and Kyle Seager (RBI) each added a pair in the loss. Mike Leake turned in a quality start, throwing seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts, but ended up with a no-decision. Brandon Brennan (2-5) took the loss in relief: he allowed three runs on two hits with a walk without retiring a hitter.
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Yusei Kikuchi is on the mound for his 15th major league start for the Mariners after coming over from Japan. He is 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA, a 1.422 WHIP, 20 walks and 51 strikeouts over 70.1 innings of action this year. Kikuchi took the loss in his last start, which came Saturday on the road against the Angels. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with three walks and one strikeout as the Mariners were drubbed 12-3. Kikuchi is 0-3 with a 14.40 ERA, a 3.50 WHIP, six walks and two strikeouts over 10 innings in his last three starts. He beat the Twins in his lone career start against them, which came May 19. In that contest, he threw six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a 7-4 Mariners win. Kikuchi makes his first career start at Target Field in this contest.
Minnesota Twins Look to Keep Mashing, Extending AL Central Edge
Minnesota needed a late rally but came up with the timely hits to win for the fourth time in five games Tuesday night. The Twins entered Wednesday with a 10.5 game advantage over the Indians in the AL Central race. Minnesota got three hits in the game from Jorge Polanco (run, RBI) while Jason Castro (his eighth) and Jonathan Schoop (his 12th) each homered in the victory. Martin Perez recorded a no-decision as he allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. Matt Magill (2-0) earned the win with a scoreless eighth while Trevor May worked the ninth for his first save of the year.
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Michael Pineda makes his 13th start of the year for the Twins in this contest hoping to improve his numbers a bit. He comes in 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, 11 walks and 53 strikeouts over 64 innings of work this season. Pineda recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Friday at home against Detroit. He allowed three runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings in an eventual 6-3 Twins victory. Pineda is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, two walks and 12 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. He is 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA, a 1.274 WHIP, six walks and 23 strikeouts over 24.1 innings in four career starts against the Mariners. Pineda is 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA, a 1.292 WHIP, five walks and 39 strikeouts over 45.2 innings in nine career starts at Target Field.
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- Mariners are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Twins are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. American League West
- Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter
- Twins are 4-1 in their last 5 Thursday games