In the first of a two-game series between the San Francisco Giants (34-30) and the Seattle Mariners (34-30) at AT&T Park, Tim Hudson (4-5, 4.60 ERA) and Taijuan Walker (3-6, 5.40 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 10:15 p.m. ET on Monday, Jun. 15 and will air on ROOT-NW and CSN-BAY.
Hudson is 13-6 with a 3.17 ERA against the Mariners in his career, and is up against a struggling Seattle offense that's hitting just .234 on the year. Brandon Crawford (.282, 30 Rs, 9 HRs, 40 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4. The Mariners were victorious over the Indians 9-3 the last time Walker pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking two. Kyle Seager (.272, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
San Francisco is a -132 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Giants have a 16-18 record and overall money line at +180. They stand undefeated as the favorite with a 3-0 record, though they have a less impressive record SU (4-1) against the American League. San Francisco's offense has been playing lights out against teams in the AL, putting up an average of 4.8 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.1. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, leading the NL with an average of only 6.7 strikeouts per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Giants rank fifth in the AL in home ERA with a 3.08 team average. The Giants don't give up many hits to opposing batters at AT&T Park, ranking third in the NL with only 8.3 hits allowed per home game.
Moving on to the away team, the Mariners come into this game with a win percentage of .417 when playing as the underdog (10-14) and an overall money line of -1,118. Against interleague opponents, they are 1-4 SU and have a poor 0-2 record when they were an underdog to win. During the last 10 games, they averaged 2.4 runs per game, below their 3.4 season average. Seattle's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play NL opponents. They've allowed an average of 5.0 runs per game against teams from the NL, higher than their season average of 4.1.
The Giants will take on a right-hander (Walker) in this game and have a 26-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Mariners will be the right-hander Hudson. They sport a 23-28 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - SF, O/U - Under
For the fourth time this season, the Giants registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Giants play into extra innings, they have a 3-1 record. The Mariners are 4-5 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Mariners are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Giants have a 10-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 15-12. The Giants have a 29-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, Seattle sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 216 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 258.
San Francisco and Seattle both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. San Francisco sits at 16th with 183 this season and Seattle ranks 17th with 176.
The Giants are 23-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Mariners perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 24-15 record.