James Paxton (0-1, 8.40 ERA) and Trevor May (1-1, 4.76 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (7-9) and the Minnesota Twins (6-10) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 2-0 and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on FSN-N and ROOT-NW.
Paxton pitched 2.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering seven runs and striking out one in an 11-10 defeat to the Rangers. Nelson Cruz (.328, 11 Rs, 9 HRs, 18 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. May went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 7-2 win over the Indians in his most recent start. Trevor Plouffe (.264, 6 Rs, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Twins, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
Seattle is a -155 favorite against Minnesota and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Mariners have an overall money line of -515 and a record as the favorite of 5-6. The Mariners are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits at home with a phenomenal 9.0 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Safeco Field have been stifled by the Mariners, who have a team ERA of only 3.11 at home.
In games where it is the underdog, Minnesota has a 6-8 record and an overall money line of -174.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Mariners have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when May takes the mound. Paxton (LHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 2-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA, O/U - Over
Seattle won its last game in a shutout, its first of the season. Minnesota has been shut out three times this season.
When the Twins play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Mariners are 2-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Twins are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 1-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 4-2. The Twins have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Seattle and Minnesota both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Seattle sits at 21st with 60 runs this season and Minnesota ranks 28th with 48.
Both Seattle and Minnesota are tied at 25th in walks with a total of 38 this season.
The Mariners are 7-4 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 5-2 record.