A full card of action on Tuesday greets us after a relatively quiet Monday. Bigger sample sizes usually lead to better opportunities, so let’s hope that rings true for us tonight. We head to the west coast again on Tuesday night, as the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners meet for the first time since September of 2016. The Mariners have played eight more games than the Twins, but have less wins than them. The Twins are 29-24, while the Mariners are 28-30. Minnesota have been the surprise darling of the American League Central, thus far anyway.
We all know how quickly things can change in baseball, and the Twins are still in the infancy of their attempt at becoming a contender in the division. In recent memory, the Royals, Indians, and Tigers have had their time in the spotlight. If we want to go all the way back to 2005, the White Sox won the World Series. The last time the Twins made a World Series was in 1991. They do have a couple of AL Central crowns in 2009 and 2010, but other than that, they don’t have any bragging rights over the rest of the division.
The Mariners have never won a World Series or won a World Series. They are one of two teams who have never gone the distance to the championship. The other team is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals look like a team who are going to be playing in a World Series sooner than later. The Mariners, though?
Not so much. I’m afraid that within the next five years or so, the Mariners are going to be the only team in the majors to never go to a World Series. At least when Ken Griffey Jr. was around, the Mariners were an exciting team to watch with potential. All I have to say about the most recent era for the Mariners is that Felix Hernandez went to waste. That about sum it up. The Mariners acquired Robinson Cano a few years ago, but he hasn’t been the fix to put them over the top. Get our free Twins vs. Mariners pick at The Sports Geek below.
Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Ervin Santana (7-3, 2.44 ERA) vs. James Paxton (4-0, 1.26 ERA)
At 5 games above .500, the Twins can easily hit go on a snide and fall back. There are plenty of teams in the AL Central ready to pounce on them if they fade. I do think this divisional race is going to be quite exciting, perhaps coming down to the last day or two of the regular season.
And no, I don’t believe the Twins are going to be the team coming out of the AL Central. Ervin Santana has been pitching pretty well for the Twins this season. Like a fine wine, he has gotten better with age. Santana currently holds an ERA of 2.44. If he were to hold strong here, it would make for the best year of his career.
Santana is coming off a horrid start, though. Note that he allowed 7 runs against the Angels across 4 innings of work. He allowed just 1 run in his previous two starts before that wreck. The bad starts have been the exception for him, though. And on the road, he’s been fantastic, with a 2.18 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.
His start against the Angels was his only below average outing on the road. James Paxton will counter for the Mariners. Paxton seems to be the next big pitcher to come around Seattle. They are always good for producing a good pitcher every three or so years. Paxton posted an ERA of just 0.51 in his last three showings. Additionally, his ERA is only 0.35 in Seattle. This pick should produce a winner on the UNDER for us on Tuesday night.
PICK: UNDER 8 (-115) *NO PLAY (PITCHING CHANGE)