The Seattle Mariners powered through the Minnesota Twins the last couple of nights, thumping them for a 12-3 final at Safeco Field on Tuesday, and then a 6-5 win last night. The Mariners haven’t had many reasons to smile this season, but this series they’ve had some fun at the expense of the Twins. With the loss, the Twins have fallen to 29-26 and sustain a 1 game lead on the Indians. The Tigers are knocking at the door as well, with a 1.5 game deficit behind the Twins. The public perception regarding the Twins is that they were going to slide back eventually. It may be sooner rather than later that they’re bumped off that perch.
The Twins have only three wins in their last ten games. It almost feels like the air is being let out on their season, and it’s only June 8th. Yeah, teams go on dips and dives all the time, but are the Twins a team who will be able to turn around and put 8 or 7 wins up on the board following a cold week? I don’t feel they have the talent to do that too often. What will eventually catch up to them, I believe, is their pitching. And their offense isn’t a high-powered unit that can put an average of 6 runs on the board consistently. The ensuing result should be a scenario where they cough up the lead in the American League Central.
They’ll try and stop the minor bleeding against the Mariners, as they seek to avoid their third loss in a row in Seattle. The offense has come to life for the Mariners over the last week or so. In fact, Seattle will be going for their fifth win in a row tonight, and 9th win in their last ten outings. We’ll see if it continues tonight for Cano and company. They’ll be backed by Christian Bergman, while Kyle Gibson gets the call for Thursday night. Get our free Twins vs. Mariners pick below.
Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners Pick
Kyle Gibson (2-4, 7.23 ERA) vs. Christian Bergman (3-2, 4.36 ERA)
The Mariners have been swinging the bats extremely well. Note that in their last ten games they’ve averaged 7.5 runs per game. In two of those games they scored 12 runs each. In their last five games, the Mariners have scratched an average of 9.2 runners across the plate.
Cano’s numbers are rising, as he holds a BA of .288, along with 11 long balls on the season. The win last night brought the Mariners to 30-30, a starting point which hopefully springboards them forward. Nevertheless, they may be second in the American League West, but the Astros hold a rather convincing lead of 12 games in the division.
Bergman has been inconsistent, though. The Mariners’ hurler enters Thursday evening with an ERA of 4.36. His last three starts have produced an ERA of 6.35, along with a shaky 1.85 WHIP. You don’t need me to tell you that isn’t good. However, it was one start that did him in, as he allowed 10 runs in one game, skewing his numbers considerable. That was three starts ago. In his last two he gave up just 2 runs in total. Additionally, Bergman has been fire at home, with a 1.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.
For Kyle Gibson, he’s been a dumpster fire everywhere. If it weren’t for no depth in the minors, Gibson would have been sent down by now. He enters tonight with a 7.23 ERA, including a 1.89 WHIP. On the road he owns a 7.20 ERA and 1.60 WHIP. So, if you want to call that an improvement? Short price in this game which I think should be more expensive. I see the Mariners as the best MLB pick Thursday night.
PICK: MARINERS (-120)