Felix Hernandez (2-0, 2.37 ERA) and Phil Hughes (0-3, 5.30 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Seattle Mariners (6-9) and the Minnesota Twins (6-9) at Safeco Field. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on FSN-N and ROOT-NW.
Hernandez is 7-5 with a 2.08 ERA in his appearances against the Twins, and goes up against a below-average Minnesota offense which is batting just .228 this season. Brad Miller (.298, 4 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs) kept up his hot start Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. Against the Mariners, Hughes is 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts. Torii Hunter (.250, 4 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 Wednesday with one run.
The odds for Seattle and Minnesota are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Seattle's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.4 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses that come to Safeco Field have been stifled by the Mariners, who have a team ERA of only 3.11 at home. The Mariners are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.7 hits per game to their opponents this season.
The Mariners have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Hughes takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Twins, who have a 4-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
After last game's shutout win against the Kansas City Royals, the Twins now have two shutouts this season. The Mariners have been shut out in two games 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 into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Mariners have a 2-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 3-2. The Twins have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Minnesota sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 48 this season. Seattle ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 58.
Both Seattle and Minnesota are tied at 24th in walks with a total of 38 this season.
The Mariners are 6-4 when they hit at least one home run. The Twins perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 5-2 record.