Felix Hernandez (9-3, 3.38 ERA) and the Seattle Mariners (29-36) meet Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 3.16 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants (35-31) in the first of a two-game interleague series at Safeco Field. The game gets underway at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 17 and will air on CSN-BAY and ROOT-NW.
Hernandez is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA against the Giants in his career, but faces a strong San Francisco offense that's hitting .269 on the year. Kyle Seager (.275, 26 Rs, 11 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Mariners, Bumgarner is 0-0 with a 1.12 ERA, four strikeouts and one walk. Buster Posey (.294, 29 Rs, 9 HRs, 36 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Seattle is a -121 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at six runs. The Mariners are 18-21 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -1,009. They come into the game with concerning records of 1-2 as the favorite and 2-4 SU against the NL. Seattle has averaged 5.0 runs per game during interleague play, higher than its season average of 3.5.
Switching gears, the Giants come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-66) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the underdog (18-11). Against teams in the American League, they are 4-2 SU and 1-1 as the underdog. The Giants average just 6.8 strikeouts per game, good for least in the NL. The Giants are one of the top pitching staffs in the NL, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of 4.0 runs allowed per game.
This game will feature Bumgarner (LHP) on the mound against the Mariners, who have a 5-7 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Giants will be the right-hander Hernandez. They sport a 26-26 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Seattle is 10-8, while San Francisco is 10-9.
The Mariners managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Giants who are coming in with an 11-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 3-19. The Mariners have a 10-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 21st in home runs, San Francisco has hit 53 this season. Seattle ranks eighth with 68 home runs.
Ranking 13th, Seattle is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.97 per game. San Francisco ranks in the top five at second with 9.29.
Ranking 26th, Seattle is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.676). San Francisco ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .729.
When the Giants allow at least one home run, they are 17-20. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have an 11-31 record.