In the last of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (7-10) and the Minnesota Twins (7-10) at Safeco Field, Roenis Elias (first start) and Kyle Gibson (1-2, 5.87 ERA) get the ball. The Twins won the last game 8-5 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and will air on FSN-N and ROOT-NW.
Elias is starting in place of Hisashi Iwakuma, who is on the disabled list, and is up against a struggling Minnesota offense that's hitting just .226 on the year. Nelson Cruz (.324, 11 Rs, 9 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs. In his career against the Mariners, Gibson is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Brian Dozier (.215, 11 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.
Seattle, a -138 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Minnesota. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Mariners are 6-6 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -415. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 6.6 strikeouts per home game. Seattle's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 2.80 team ERA at home. The Mariners don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Safeco Field, ranking fourth in the AL with only 7.4 hits allowed per home game.
Across the field, the Twins have a subpar record of 6-9 when they are the underdog and are -274 overall with the money line. They also allow just 2.8 walks per game, good for fourth in the AL.
The Mariners will take on a right-hander (Gibson) in this game and have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Iwakuma will take the mound against the Twins, who have a 2-4 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Under
For the first time this season, the Mariners registered at least two errors.
The Twins are 1-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Mariners are 2-1 in such matchups.
The Twins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 3-8 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 4-2. The Twins have a 5-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Minnesota sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 56 this season. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 65.
Seattle and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Seattle sits at 26th with 40 this season and Minnesota ranks 23rd with 45.
The Mariners are 7-5 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 6-2 when they hit at least one homer.