Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins
|Date & Time||Thursday June 13, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)|
Over: 10 (-110) / Under: 10 (-110)
The Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins meet in the rubber match of their three game set in MLB action from Target Field on Thursday.
The Seattle Mariners will look to win the series after taking game two on Wednesday, evening the series at one win apiece following a 9-6 win in 10 innings. Shed Long had a home run and three RBIs while Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and Daniel Vogelbach added a solo home run. Dee Gordon went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Domingo Santana had an RBI as well in the victory. Mallex Smith went 3 for 5 with a double while Omar Narvaez went 2 for 4 with a double of his own to round out Seattle’s offense as a team in the win. Anthony Bass picked up the win in relief to improve to 1-1 on the year while Roenis Elias picked up his 6th save of the season. Yusei Kikuchi will start game three and is 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. This will be Kikuchi’s second career start against Minnesota.
The Minnesota Twins will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Wednesday. Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton each had a home run and two RBIs while Max Kepler had a solo home run and Mitch Garver went 2 for 5 with an RBI to round out Minnesota’s scoring as a team in the loss. Miguel Sano went 2 for 4 with a double while C.J. Cron, Nelson Cruz and Jorge Polanco each had base hits as well in the defeat. Jose Berrios allowed one run on seven hits while striking out six over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tyler Duffey took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year in the process. Michael Pineda will start game three and is 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Seattle.
Seattle is 2-9 in their last 11 games against the AL Central and 15-40 in their last 55 games overall while the over is 11-1-1 in Kikuchi’s last 13 starts overall. Minnesota is 0-4 in Pineda’s last 4 home starts and 20-6 in their last 26 game three matchups while the over is 4-0 in Pineda’s last 4 starts against the AL West. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This is a hard game to call as Minnesota is the better team here in better form, but the Mariners have picked up their play lately and still have the ability to put runs on the board. Instead of trying to pick a side here, I’m going to side with the over. Kikuchi has allowed 18 runs, 16 earned, in his last three starts spanning just 10 innings of work while Pineda has given up three or more runs in each of his last ten starts. This is a high total, but if both pitchers continue to hurl the way they have been lately, this one should easily hit double digits.