It was a tough night in Minnesota for the Seattle Mariners last night. In something that has become too familiar to Mariners’ fans, the Twins scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th to erase a 2-run Seattle lead. Final score 6-5 in favor of the Twins. Mike Leake pitched a nice game across 7 innings, but the wheels came off late for Brandon Brennan.
He didn’t allow a run while allowing 2 hits and 3 runs. That’s how you put a dent in your own ERA. Leake had to be frustrated with how that game transpired. He hasn’t had the best season and that could have been a nice win for him. A win against the best offense in baseball wouldn’t hurt confidence levels.
As was the case, though, the Mariners had to watch a win evaporate in rather quick fashion. The Mariners are now a 28-42 club, as their season continues to get more embarrassing by the day. They did get screwed on a strike call to Edwin Encarnacion in the 9th inning. The Mariners should have had the bases loaded with no outs, but the ump awarded a punchout instead of giving Encarnacion a free base. Trevor May then settled in and took care of the rest.
Knowing the Mariners, they likely would have blown the game in the 9th inning anyway. The Mariners own the longest postseason drought in North American sports and it’s not coming to an end this year. Their last trip to the postseason was in 2001, which happened to be Ichiro’s rookie season.
Veteran Tommy Milone, who has been giving the Mariners some solid innings, will take on ace of the Twins, Jose Berrios. Berrios has had a nice coming out party in 2019 and will look for more on Wednesday to beef up his All-Star resume. Get our free Mariners vs. Twins pick below.
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The Mariners aren’t pleased with how this season is going. Needless to say, it’s been another throwaway year for the Mariners. Acquiring Robinson Cano didn’t help them reach the postseason in his time here, and the Edwin Encarnacion deal is going nowhere as well. His power numbers are up with 21 long balls, but what’s the point in paying him on this losing team.
They might come out as winners in a trade for Encarnacion, though. If some prospects pan out in a deal involving him, then mission accomplished for Seattle. He’s currently stuck on a club who keep finding a lot of different ways to lose ball games.
Milone has been a pleasant surprise for the Mariners, though. He’s been pitching above expectations and could be a trade chip as well. He enters Target Field on Wednesday with an ERA of 3.10 and 1.08 WHIP, which is more than the Mariners could expect out of him.
There is a caveat here that Milone must be leery of going into this contest. The Twins have been murdering left-handed pitchers this season. And as a lefty, Milone has to be cautious with his pitch selection against the Twins.
Overall on the year, Minnesota are hitting lefties at a clip of .302. In their last five games, they’ve nailed them for a batting average of .351. They lead the major leagues with an average of 5.97 runs scored per contest. Expect Milone to run into issues here despite decently enough this year.
He’s only made one start on the road so far this season and that was back on May 21st. Berrios is going to have the upper hand at Target Field, where he’s posted a sharp ERA of 2.72 in 39.2 innings. Consider going with the Twins to win by at least 2 runs on Wednesday.