Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33 ERA) and James Shields (2-6, 3.06 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners (29-21) and the San Diego Padres (20-32) at Safeco Field. The Mariners won the last game 9-3, and Seattle leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 31 and can be seen on FSSD and RTNW.
Iwakuma pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out four in a 13-3 win over the Athletics. Nelson Cruz (.289, 26 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Shields went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Giants in his most recent start. Wil Myers (.264, 27 Rs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Seattle and San Diego are Mariners -180, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 as of now.
The Mariners have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
Seattle recorded at least two errors for the seventh time this season.
The Mariners are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Padres have an 8-22 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Padres are 6-23. The Mariners have a 4-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Seattle ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 72. San Diego ranks near the bottom at 23rd with 47.
Ranking 26th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.69 per game. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 8.70.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.648). Seattle ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .764.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 10-20. When the Mariners allow one or more homers, they have a 19-16 record.