Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins Preview and Predictions 06-13-2019
Daniel Vogelbach is finding Minnesota pitching to his liking and will look for another productive outing on Thursday when the Seattle Mariners close a three-game set against the host Twins. Vogelbach recorded his first career four-hit game, one being a homer, in Seattle's 9-6, 10-inning win on Wednesday and is 9-for-20 with three homers and seven RBIs against Minnesota this season.
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Vogelbach's blast was his 17th of the season, just four behind teammate Edwin Encarnacion's American League-leading total as the Mariners improved to 3-2 on a nine-game road trip. Shed Long hit a three-run homer - his first big league shot - while Mallex Smith is 5-for-10 in the series to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. The Twins rallied from a 6-1 eighth-inning deficit to tie the score but committed three of their five errors in the 10th to fall for just the seventh time in the past 26 contests. Marwin Gonzalez continued his pattern of hammering Seattle pitchers by slugging his 19th homer against the Mariners, his most against any franchise.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), FS North (Minnesota)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Yusei Kikuchi (3-4, 4.99 ERA) vs. Twins RH Michael Pineda (4-3, 5.34)
Kikuchi has lost three straight starts and lasted just 3 1/3 innings in each of the outings. The native of Japan, who turns 28 on Monday, has served up six homers and been roughed up for 18 runs (16 earned) and 29 hits during the 10-inning stretch. Kikuchi's last victory was against the Twins on May 19 when he allowed three runs (one earned) and five hits over six innings.
Pineda is 2-0 over his last five starts and allowed three runs in each of the turns. The 30-year-old has walked just two batters in 30 innings during the stretch and didn't give up a homer in his last two outings after serving up 10 over his previous five starts. Pineda defeated the Mariners on May 16 when he gave up three runs and five hits over seven innings to improve to 2-1 with a 5.18 ERA in four career outings against Seattle, his first major-league team.
1. Mariners 3B Kyle Seager, who struck out three times in five hitless at-bats on Wednesday, is 5-for-8 with a homer against Pineda.
2. Minnesota CF Byron Buxton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth on Wednesday and is 12-for-34 with four homers and nine RBIs in June.
3. Seattle SS J.P. Crawford (ankle) is finishing up a minor league rehab stint and could return as soon as Friday.
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Key Players to Watch
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- WristOut indefinitely | out
Davis is sidelined due to a left wrist contusion, and there is no definitive timetable for return.
- ObliqueEarly Oct | out
Adrianza is dealing with a right oblique strain. He is expected to return in early part of October.
- ShoulderQues Sat | probable
Kepler has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games due to a rhomboid muscle strain, and it is unknown if he will participate in Saturday's contest against the Royals.
- BicepOut indefinitely | out
Dyson is out of commission with soreness in his right biceps. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.
- RestQues Tues | questionable
Kepler is not expected to play Tuesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.
- AbdominalProb Mon | probable
Gonzalez is sidelined due to a right abdominal strain, but he is likely to return to action Monday against the White Sox.
- Suspensionout for season | out
Pineda is serving a 60-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He will miss the remainder of the 2019 season.
- Shoulderout for season | 60-day IL
Buxton is expected to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list after having surgery to fix the labrum in his left shoulder.
- ElbowProb Tues | probable
Santana has been activated from the 10-day injured list after right elbow inflammation. He is likely to suit up for Tuesday's game versus the Pirates.
- Thumbout for season | out
Fraley has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to soreness in his right thumb.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Gordon is not expected to play Sunday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.
- Hamstringday-to-day | questionable
Crawford sat out the last game due to a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return to the field Friday against the White Sox.
- Groinout for season | 10-day IL
Haniger has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a ruptured testicle, for which he has undergone surgery. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
- HamstringOut indefinitely | out
Elias has a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss an undetermined length of time.
- RestQues Thurs | questionable
Gordon is not expected to play Thursday against the Reds due to a day of rest.
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