Hisashi Iwakuma (6-6, 4.45 ERA) and Jonathon Niese (6-5, 4.93 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners (38-38) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (37-40) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 28 and can be seen on RTNW and RTPT.
Iwakuma pitched 4.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-1 defeat to the Tigers. Nelson Cruz (.285, 45 Rs, 19 HRs, 51 RBIs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Niese went 6.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Giants in his last outing. Starling Marte (.326, 39 Rs, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 20 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Mariners are a hefty -145 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - Sea
In their last game, the Pirates lost by a margin of one run. The Mariners are 12-15 in one-run games. The Pirates have an 11-11 record in close games.
The Mariners are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 4-8 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 8-30. The Mariners have a 7-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 73 this season. Seattle ranks in the top five with 112.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 237 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 257.
The Mariners are 33-28 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Pirates are 26-17 when they hit at least one homer.