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Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins Preview and Predictions 06-13-2019 in MLB


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.

WALK-OFFS

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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Target Field
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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Last Injuries

Minnesota Twins

  • Ehire Adrianza

    Abdominal
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Adrianza has been designated for the 10-day injured list with an abdominal issue. He will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Marwin Gonzalez

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Gonzalez is on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Blake Parker

    Personal
    Out indefinitely | out

    Parker has been placed on the family medical emergency list, and he is permitted to miss up to a maximum of seven days.

  • Adalberto Mejia

    Calf
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Mejia has been transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list due to a right calf strain. He is not expected to rejoin the team prior to the start of July.

  • Byron Buxton

    Wrist
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Buxton has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right wrist contusion, and it is unclear how much time he will miss.

  • Taylor Rogers

    Back
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Rogers has been held out of the past three games due to a stiff back, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Royals on Friday.

  • Nelson Cruz

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Cruz is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Royals as he is likely to be given a day of rest.

  • Jorge Polanco

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Polanco is unlikely to suit up against the Tigers on Sunday due to a day of rest.

Seattle Mariners

  • Ryon Healy

    Back
    Mid July | 10-day IL

    Healy has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to spinal stenosis. He is expected to miss three to four weeks.

  • Felix Hernandez

    Back
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Hernandez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 lat strain and has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation. He is not expected to return until at least the beginning of July.

  • Brandon Brennan

    Back
    Mid Aug | 10-day IL

    Brennan is on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain and is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action.

  • Edwin Encarnacion

    Acquired
    Prob Mon | probable

    Encarnacion was recently acquired via trade and is expected to join the team prior to Monday's matchup against the Rays.

  • Dee Gordon

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gordon missed the last game with a bruised right wrist, and it is unknown if he will be available for Sunday's contest against the Athletics.

  • Edwin Encarnacion

    Back
    Out Sat | out

    Encarnacion sat out the previous two games nursing a back injury, and is not expected to play against the Athletics on Saturday.

  • J.P. Crawford

    Ankle
    Prob Fri | probable

    Crawford has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recovering from a left ankle sprain. He is expected to suit up for Friday's game against the Athletics.

  • Hunter Strickland

    Back
    Late June | 60-day IL

    Strickland has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a Grade 2 right lat strain and is likely to be on the shelf until at least the end of June.

minnesota-twins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Luis Arraez 11 7 26 7 10 2 0 1 3 15 1 1 0 .385 .577 .469
Jorge Polanco 69 68 282 45 92 21 5 10 37 153 2 45 3 .326 .543 .387
Mitch Garver 36 29 123 27 37 7 1 11 28 79 0 35 0 .301 .642 .386
Max Kepler 65 62 251 49 70 18 0 18 49 142 1 45 4 .279 .566 .362
Nelson Cruz 47 44 176 27 49 11 0 13 34 99 0 60 0 .278 .563 .363
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Ryne Harper 31 0 87 28 0 23 3 0 7 0 0 0 6 468
Trevor May 31 0 76 25 1 20 1 0 10 0 0 3 14 496
Blake Parker 27 0 76 20 1 22 6 0 13 0 0 0 10 434
Taylor Rogers 27 0 93 40 3 29 4 1 7 0 0 0 7 488
Matt Magill 21 0 63 26 2 24 2 1 14 0 0 0 12 384
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jason Castro 35 33 0 16 2 1 0 3
Mitch Garver 36 29 0 6 4 3 0 3
Willians Astudillo 33 27 0 6 2 0 0 0
Byron Buxton 65 61 0 0 0 2 5 0
C.J. Cron 64 61 0 0 0 6 0 0

seattle-mariners Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Austin Nola 3 2 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Omar Narvaez 60 51 199 33 57 6 0 10 25 93 0 44 0 .286 .467 .364
Dee Gordon 52 49 188 19 52 6 2 3 22 71 13 28 2 .277 .378 .303
Domingo Santana 73 71 294 38 80 14 1 13 49 135 5 93 2 .272 .459 .333
J.P. Crawford 22 22 80 9 21 8 0 1 9 32 0 25 1 .263 .400 .344
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Cory Gearrin 32 1 82 30 3 27 2 0 14 0 0 4 14 476
Brandon Brennan 30 0 102 35 0 27 4 4 22 0 0 4 20 553
Roenis Elias 28 0 96 32 0 29 4 1 19 0 0 3 16 562
Shawn Armstrong 17 0 54 21 1 10 2 1 4 0 0 2 9 315
Marco Gonzales 16 16 270 62 4 98 10 1 58 0 0 5 27 1418
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Omar Narvaez 60 51 0 30 7 5 0 2
David Freitas 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Brandon Brennan 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Dee Gordon 52 49 0 0 0 4 0 0
Domingo Santana 73 71 0 0 0 9 2 0