Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners 5-26-2018




Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners 5-26-2018

Minnesota Twins (21-24) vs Seattle Mariners (29-19)

Date : 05/26/2018
Time : 10:10 pm EST
Location : SafeCo Park, Seattle, Washington

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Minnesota Twins vs Seattle Mariners

Game 2 of a 3-game set between the visiting Minnesota Twins and the Seattle Mariners will take place on Saturday night at 10:10 pm EST at SafeCo Park in Seattle, Washington.  The Twins are in 2nd place in the AL Central while the Mariners are in 2nd place in the AL West division.  This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with both teams getting the split in a 3-game set earlier in the season where game 2 being postponed due to weather.

Minnesota Twins's Latest Performance :

The Minnesota Twins come into this game winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Twins would tie a 2-game home series versus the St. Louis Cardinals on 5-16-2018.  They would then go on to lose a 3-game home set to the Milwaukee Brewers on 5-20-2018.  They did, however, returned to form in winning a 3-game home set versus the Detroit Tigers on 5-23-2018.

For the season, the Twins are averaging 4.18 runs per game (19th) with a team batting average of .241 (17th), 46 homers (24th) along with 16 stolen bases (27th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.29 (19th) with 415 strikeouts (15th) along with 17 quality starts on the year (22nd).

Eduardo Escobar (.278 BA on 162 AB), Joe Mauer (.283 BA on 138 AB), Max Kepler (.248 BA on 157 AB), and Brian Dozier (.238 BA on 185 AB) have been consistent within the Twins offense this season; However, Eddie Rosario (.295 BA on 176 AB) has been instrumental in their offensive attack as well.

Pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-3, 56 IP, 26 R, 46 H, 5 HR, 27 BB, 58 SO, 3.17 ERA) and Jose Berrios (5-4, 61.1 IP, 26 R, 44 H, 8 HR, 12 BB, 59 SO, 3.82 ERA) have led the Twins pitching staff thus far.  Jake Odorizzi (3-2, 54 IP, 21 R, 45 H, 10 HR, 23 BB, 55 SO, 3.17 ERA) has also been solid for Minnesota this year.

Seattle Mariners's Latest Performance :

The Mariners have won their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  Recently, Seattle picked up a win over the Minnesota Twins by a score of 1-0 on 5-14-2018.  Nonetheless, they would go on to tie a 2-game home set versus the Texas Rangers on 5-16-2018.  In their following 4-game home series versus the Detroit Tigers, the Mariners won the last 3 games to win the set on 5-20-2018.  They would take this momentum into their next series versus the Athletics and picked up a 3-2 game 1 win on 5-22-2018 while picking up the 1-0 victory on 5-23-2018.

For the season, the Mariners are averaging 4.48 runs per game (12th) with a team batting average of .254 (10th), 55 homers (14th) along with 35 stolen bases (4th).  Their pitching staff has certainly been inconsistent on the year with an ERA of 4.12 (17th) with 426 strikeouts (12th) along with 21 quality starts (14th).

Dee Gordon (.304 BA on 184 AB), Jean Segura (.308 BA on 201 AB), and Mitch Haniger (.296 BA on 169 AB) have been solid at the plate for the Mariners thus far.  Kyle Seager (.222 BA on 189 AB) has also been pivotal to Seattle’s success this season.

Mike Leake (4-3) has pitched 57.2 innings while allowing 37 runs on 68 hits, 8 homers, 16 walks, and 37 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.46 while James Paxton (3-1) has pitched 62.2 innings while allowing 23 runs on 44 hits, 7 homers, 20 walks, and 79 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.30 for the season.  Finally, Felix Hernandez (5-3) has pitched 55.1 innings this year while allowing 35 runs on 54 hits, 10 homers, 25 walks, and 49 strikeouts with an ERA of 5.53.

How Minnesota Twins & Seattle Mariners Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Twins are 26-19 ATS while the O/U is 22-22-1.  On the other hand, the Mariners are 27-21 ATS while the O/U is 27-21.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This matchup will be interesting in that you have two teams that are on fire as of late and look to continue their hot stretch for yet another game.  The starting pitcher for Seattle is yet to be determined, however, Jake Odorrizi (3-2) will be coming to the mound for the Twins.  Odorizzi has been solid in his past few outings, however, in his career, he has not fared well against many of the heavy hitters within the Mariner lineup.  It will also be interesting to see how the Twins, who have only given up 1 run per game in their last 3 wins, respond to a lineup that has had so much success against the opposing pitcher.

Against The Spread Selection: Seattle Mariners

My reason for the pick :

Coincidentally enough, ever since the Robinson Cano suspension, the Mariners have been playing stellar baseball.  As I stated in earlier articles, this occurrence may have given them a sense of urgency along with something more to play for, altogether.  Seattle has not been overly dominant at SafeCo this year; However, they certainly have tons of momentum at their back to which they will unveil once again on Saturday in game 2.  Expect the Mariners to have another great showing in front of their fans.

Betting trends for Minnesota Twins:

  • Betting Trends for Minnesota Twins

    • The Twins are 7-10 in last 17 road games
    • The Under is 4-2-1 in Twins last 7 road games

Betting trends for Seattle Mariners:

  • Betting Trends for Seattle Mariners

    • The Mariners are 4-2 in last 6 home games
    • The Under is 4-2 in Mariners last 6 games

Falepa

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