jimmythegreek Posts:10782 Followers:378
On 06/17/2014 02:56 PM in MLB

TUESDAY FIRST 5 INNINGS PLAY (YTD 14-12)

San Diego/Seattle over 3.5 -115:
In the opener of this Interleague 4 game series on Monday night, Kyle Seager hit a 3 run HR and Chris Young pitched 6 innings of scoreless baseball as the Seattle Mariners (36-34) silenced the San Diego Padres (29-41) 5-1 at Safeco Field. Young improved to 6-4 and won over Tyson Ross, who yielded all 5 ER on 7 hits in 5 and 2/3 innings issuing 7 free passes against 6 strikeouts. It was the Mariners' second straight win following a 5 game losing streak. The pitiful Padres have now lost 7 of their last 8 and trail the NL West leading San Francisco Giants by 14 games. Seattle moved to within 6 games of AL West leading Oakland.


As the baseball world was saddened due to the death of Tony Gwynn from cancer early yesterday, not much has gone right for the Padres organization as of late. San Diego sends Eric Stults (2-8 5.79) to the hill this afternoon. Stults has lost his last 3 outings yielding 14 ER in as many innings on 21 hits as his ERA has now ballooned to his highest level all season. This afternoon the 34 year old southpaw faces a Mariners lineup hitting just .238 on the season averaging about 4 runs per contest. While their starting pitching is near the top of the league sporting just a 3.34 ERA, they've squandered numerous opportunities to score big innings with runners on base. Robinson Cano (.327 3 37) is second in the AL in batting behind Detroit's Victor Martinez (.335), his production has been far limited compared to his years at Yankee Stadium due to the unfriendly confines of Safeco Field. Seager (.261 10 45) has been the primary source of power for the M's and is 9 for his last 23 (.391). Justin Smoak (.208 7 29) and Mike Zuzino (.221 7 22) have shown some pop but are having trouble hitting their weight. Michael Saunders (.272 4 25) has been out with a shoulder injury but is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this week. James Jones (.281 0 6) leads the team with 10 stolen bases in a limited role, and has made the most of his opportunities when starting or coming off the bench.

Seattle counters with Roenis Elias (5-5 4.13) who endured a rough outing last week against the Yankees. The 25 year old lefty gave up 6 ER on 6 hits over 6 IP in a 6-3 defeat, his first loss since 5/27. Elias faces a Padres lineup that is dead last in mostly all offensive categories hitting a collectively paltry .215 with 51 HR averaging just below 3 runs per contest. Traditionally this San Diego bunch has had much better success away from Cathedral like Petco Park, but they are actually 3 games better at home this season. Seth Smith (.286 6 21) leads the club in hitting but is mired in a 4 for 23 slump (.174) over the past week. Chase Headley (.201 6 23) had a productive second week in June moving just north of the mendoza line. Yonder Alonso (.229 5 22) has been inconsistent all season and is capable of producing much more in comparison to his career marks. Everth Cabrera (.223 3 11) has 13 steals but is struggling getting on base at the top of the lineup. Jedd Gyorko (.162 5 24) has been on the DL suffering from plantar fasciitis and hopes to return soon.

We get a reasonable price and a low number by Safeco standards given this is one of several parks which covers a ton of ground to all fields as well as provides a challenge for tape measure shots on either side. While both of these teams do have some pop, the earlier start means that the ball does have a tendency to carry more efficiently down the corners and in right center. Both teams do have some quality starting pitching, but with a couple of starters trying to find their rhythm, this could be the best chance for both teams to break out of their season long doldrums at the plate. Scoring more than 4 runs just once in their last 8 games, San Diego can hopefully rally playing the rest of the season for Gwynn. Meanwhile Seattle has plenty of time to threaten for the division lead and wildcard chase, and Cano has the remainder of the summer to heat up as do the Mariner bats. Best of luck however you play!

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06/17/2014 03:04 PM

Thanks JTG and good luck! Everyone note the early start for a Tuesday for this one.....3:40 Eastern.....

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jimmythegreek Posts:10782 Followers:378
06/17/2014 05:16 PM

Talk about a roller coaster ride! 3 runs in the first 2 innings and then nothing until my favorite trader Robinson Cano clocks a 2 run HR in the bottom of the 5th to cash my second straight! Thanks and congrats to those that followed!

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