Christian Friedrich (1-1, 1.65 ERA) and Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a two-game series between the San Diego Padres (20-33) and the Seattle Mariners (30-21) at Petco Park. Action begins at 10:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 1 and can be seen on FSSD and RTNW.
Friedrich pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks. Matt Kemp (.229, 25 Rs, 13 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hernandez went 6.0 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out six and walking one in a 7-2 defeat to the Twins in his last outing. Nelson Cruz (.295, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs.
The odds for San Diego and Seattle are Mariners -170, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 7.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Mariners won their last game by a 12-run margin. In games decided by a margin of 10 runs or more, the Padres are 1-3. The Mariners are 4-0 in blowouts this season.
The Padres are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded four strikeouts. The Mariners have a record of 6-1 when opponents' pitchers have four strikeouts or less.
It looks like the Mariners have a slight leg up on the Padres, as the Mariners have won their last two games while the Padres have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Mariners are 25-5. The Padres have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 194 this season. Seattle ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 256.
Ranking 25th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 134 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 11th with 172.
When the Padres hit at least one home run, they are 16-12. When the Mariners hit at least one homer, they have a 26-14 record.