Taijuan Walker (2-4, 2.70 ERA) takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners (28-20) as they meet Ricky Nolasco (1-3, 5.54 ERA) and the Minnesota Twins (14-34) in the last of a three-game series at Safeco Field. The Twins won the last game 6-5, and Minnesota leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and will air on FSN and RTNW.
In his most recent outing, Walker pitched 7.1 innings, giving up five, striking out six and walking one in a 5-0 loss to the Athletics. Robinson Cano (.293, 32 Rs, 14 HRs, 43 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Twins were also unsuccessful the last time Nolasco pitched. He struggled, going 2.2 innings, allowing six runs, striking out three and walking two in a 10-4 loss to the Royals. Eduardo Nunez (.333, 20 Rs, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Twins, going 4 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Mariners -180 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
So far this season, the Twins are 2-0 against the Mariners.
Predictions: SU Winner - SEA
The Twins won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Mariners are 10-7. The Twins are 5-9 in close games this season.
The Mariners managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 4-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Twins have a slight leg up on the Mariners, as the Twins have won their last three games while the Mariners have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Twins are 9-5. The Mariners have a 23-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th in runs, Minnesota has earned 180 this season. Seattle ranks eighth with 227 runs.
Ranking 19th, Minnesota is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 144 this season. Seattle ranks in the top half at 14th with 158.
When the Mariners hit at least one home run, they are 24-13. When the Twins hit at least one homer, they have a 12-20 record.