Mike Montgomery (1-1, 1.89 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (30-36) go up against Ryan Vogelsong (4-5, 4.81 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (35-32) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 2-0 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 18 and will air on CSN-BAY, ROOT-NW and MLB.
In his last start, Montgomery pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking three in an 8-1 victory over the Astros. In his pitching opportunities against the Mariners, Vogelsong is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA. He gets a struggling Seattle offense that's batting just .233. Buster Posey (.293, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 36 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Seattle, a -135 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against San Francisco. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Mariners have an 18-22 record and overall money line at -1,127. They come into the game with concerning records of 1-3 as the favorite and 2-5 SU against the National League. Seattle's offense has been playing lights out against teams in the NL, putting up an average of 4.6 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.4.
On the other side, the Giants have a nice record of 19-11 when they are the underdog and are +42 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 3-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 4-6. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the San Francisco batters, who average an NL-low 6.7 strikeouts per game. The Giants are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 3.9 runs allowed per game.
The Mariners are 2-1 against the Giants this season. This game will feature Vogelsong (RHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 24-29 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Montgomery will take the mound against the Giants. Against lefty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 9-5 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Under
Seattle earned its fourth shutout of the season in its last game. San Francisco has been shut out seven times this season.
The Giants are 3-1 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 4-5 in such matchups.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Giants are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Mariners have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 16-12. The Giants have a 30-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Seattle has earned 225 this season. San Francisco ranks 18th with 265 runs.
Seattle and San Francisco both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 18th with 182 this season and San Francisco ranks 16th with 189.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 25-16, well-matched with the Giants who are 24-11 when hitting one or more homers.