Seattle Mariners (2-1) at San Francisco Giants (2-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 4:35 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: San Francisco Giants -140 / Seattle Mariners +130 --- Over/Under: 8
We have some interleague action on tap Tuesday, as the Seattle Mariners and the San Francisco Giants kick off their mini two game set from AT&T Park.
The Seattle Mariners will look to build some steam after their series win against the Cleveland Indians, taking the finale by a final score of 5-4 on Sunday. Mitch Haniger led the M’s with a home run and two RBIs, while Dee Gordon belted a solo shot and Jean Segura and Kyle Seager each added a double and an RBI to round out the scoring for Seattle in the win. David Freitas chipped in a double while Robinson Cano went 2 for 3 to finish off the offensive output for Seattle in the victory. Mike Leake got the win to improve to 1-0 this season after giving up a pair of runs on five hits while walking three and striking out four over seven innings of work. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the 9th for his 2nd save of the year. Marco Gonzales will start the opener for the Mariners and was 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA and 32 strikeouts last season. In his career, Gonzales is 0-1 with a 10.38 ERA and 2 strikeouts against San Francisco.
The San Francisco Giants will be looking to bounce back after earning a series split with the Los Angeles Dodgers despite scoring just two runs in the entire series thanks to a pair of Joe Panik solo home runs to win games one and two. The Giants were forced to settle for a split after being shut out in the final two games of the series by a combined score of 14-0, including a 9-0 beatdown in the series finale on Sunday night baseball. Buster Posey led the Giants by going 2 for 4 with a double, while Brandon Belt added a double as well as the aforementioned Panik, Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford each chipped in a base hit to round out the offensive output for San Francisco. Chris Stratton gave up three runs on five hits while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Ty Blach will start game one and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Blach’s first career start against Seattle.
Seattle is 5-1 in their last 6 interleave road games and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the NL West while the over is 5-1-2 in their last 8 games overall. San Francisco is 1-5 in Blach’s last 6 starts and 4-9 in their last 13 games against a left-handed starter while the over is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games against the AL West. Seattle is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
San Francisco stifling the Dodgers in the first two games was impressive, but I think the Giants’ true colors and the Giants that we expected to see came out in games three and four. I’m not the only one on here that noticed that if it wasn’t for Panik, the Giants would most likely have been shut out for the entire four game series against L.A. Gonzales didn’t have much luck in his lone start against the Giants, but this San Fran team is much different than the last time Gonzales faced them, and not in a good way. Seattle battled against and took the series from a very good Cleveland team, and I think that’s enough to push the needle towards Seattle and the plus money in the opener here.