2019-09-01 15:00:00 EDT
The Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers will match up on the MLB diamond to close out their series Sunday.
The two teams split the first pair in this set, with Seattle winning Thursday and the Rangers getting the Friday game. On Saturday, the Rangers secured a comeback 3-2 victory with a walk-off win.
The Mariners will send out Yesei Kikuchi in the start on Sunday. Over 139.1 innings and a 5-9 mark so far, Kikuchi has a 5.36 ERA with 104 Ks and 46 BBs.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re sending out Mike Minor on Sunday. In his 174.1 innings and 11-8 record this season, Minor has a 3.25 ERA with 175 Ks and 57 BBs.
The Mariners are 4-0 in Kikuchi’s last four starts with four days’ rest and 5-11 in his last 16 overall. Seattle is 2-6 in Kikuchi’s last eight road starts and 0-8 in his last eight versus the AL West.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 2-5 in their last seven Sunday games and 8-24 in their last 32 in game four of a series. Texas is 5-2 in Minor’s last seven starts with four days’ rest and 2-6 in his last eight versus the AL West.
Kikuchi has been all over the place recently, but he did have a complete-game shutout in Toronto on August 18. After that he gave up five to the Yankees in 4.0 innings.
As for Minor, he’s given up 10 earned over his last two starts in a span of 12.1 innings. Prior to that he had a string of three quality starts, though.
I’m not super thrilled with either starter right now, but Kikuchi has enough talent for me to take a chance on Seattle here.