The Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners open a four-game set on Thursday at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
Michael Pineda will get to start on top of the hill for the Twins on Thursday. The 30-year old right-hander has started a total of 8 games this season and has put up a record of 2-3 with an ERA of 5.85, WHIP of 1.45 and BAA of .302. The Twins have a 0-5 SU record in Pineda’s last five starts.
The five-year pitcher from the Dominican Republic has allowed a total of 27 runs (26 earned) from a total of 49 hits with 10 home runs. Pineda has walked a total of 9 batters and has struck out 35 in 40.0 innings of pitch work. In his last outing, Pineda allowed three earned runs on three home runs and a total of six hits in 6.0 innings during the Twins’ 3-5 loss to the Tigers last May 10th.
Jorge Polanco leads Minnesota with his .327 batting average while Eddie Rosario leads the team with a total of 33 RBIs and 13 home runs on the season. As a team, the Twins are batting at .261 and have scored a total of 214 runs.
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For the Mariners, it will be Erik Swanson who will start against the Twins. The 25-year old from Terrace Park in Ohio has pitched six times this season, including five starts. Swanson has a record of 1-4 with an ERA of 6.35, WHIP of 1.27 and BAA of .263. The Mariners are 1-4 SU in his five starts this season.
The right-hander has given up a total of 24 runs (20 earned) from a total of 31 hits with seven home runs. Swanson has struck out 21 batters while also walking 5. In his last start, Swanson gave up seven earned runs on seven hits with two home runs in just 4.2 innings of work during the Mariners’ 1-14 loss to Boston last May 9th.
Dee Gordon has the best batting average on the team at .304 while Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion leads Seattle with a total of 12 home runs this season. Encarnacion also has 28 RBIs for Seattle. Domingo Santana is 2nd in the American League with a total of 37 RBIs on the season. As a team, the Mariners have scored a total of 240 runs and are batting at .242 on the season.
Minnesota is 6-4 SU in their last 10 games played. The Twins are 3-1 SU in their last four road games played and 18-6 SU as baseball betting favorites. Seattle is 4-6 SU in their last 10 games played. The Mariners are 2-0 SU in their last two home games played. Head to head, the Mariners are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against the Twins. Seattle is also 5-1 SU in their last six home games against Minnesota.
The Twins are 10-23 SU in their last 33 games against the American League West Division, 0-5 SU in Pineda’s last five starts and 0-5 SU in Pineda’s last five starts on grass. Seattle is 5-1 SU in their last six Thursday games, 13-7 SU in their last 20 games against the American League Central Division and 5-0 SU in their last five games against the Twins.
Minnesota has lost five in a row to Seattle and the Twins have also dropped five out of their last six games in Seattle. This isn’t the best pitching match-up for both teams but with Seattle playing at home and having the benefit of rest, they should take care of business against the Twins. I’m picking the Seattle Mariners to beat the Minnesota Twins on 5/16/19.
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The under is 7-2-1 in the Twins’ last 10 games played. The total has gone under in three out of Minnesota’s last four games played on the road. The over is is 7-3 in the Mariners’ last 10 games played. The total has gone over in 12 out of the 20 home games played by Seattle so far this season. Head to head, the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
O 9 -110
U 9 -110
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The over is 11-8-1 in the Mariners’ last 20 games against the American League Central. The under is 4-2-1 in the Twins’ last six games against the American League West. The under is 4-0 in their last four games in Seattle and 4-0 in their last four meetings overall. These are two of the highest scoring teams in the Majors with Seattle being the league-leader in total runs scored at 240 and the Twins at #8 in that category with 214. As for the Pitchers, Pineda has given up a total of 12 runs in his last three starts while Swanson has coughed up 16 runs in his last three stars. These are two unsteady pitchers facing high-scoring opponents. Prediction: Over 9