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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.

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

  • Jaylin Davis

    Wrist
    Out indefinitely | out

    Davis is sidelined due to a left wrist contusion, and there is no definitive timetable for return.

  • Ehire Adrianza

    Oblique
    Early Oct | out

    Adrianza is dealing with a right oblique strain. He is expected to return in early part of October.

  • Max Kepler

    Shoulder
    Ques 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.

  • Sam Dyson

    Bicep
    Out 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.

  • Max Kepler

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Kepler is not expected to play Tuesday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • Marwin Gonzalez

    Abdominal
    Prob Mon | probable

    Gonzalez is sidelined due to a right abdominal strain, but he is likely to return to action Monday against the White Sox.

  • Michael Pineda

    Suspension
    out 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.

  • Byron Buxton

    Shoulder
    out 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.

Seattle Mariners

  • Domingo Santana

    Elbow
    Prob 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.

  • Jake Fraley

    Thumb
    out for season | out

    Fraley has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to soreness in his right thumb.

  • Dee Gordon

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Gordon is not expected to play Sunday against the White Sox due to a day of rest.

  • J.P. Crawford

    Hamstring
    day-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.

  • Mitch Haniger

    Groin
    out 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.

  • Roenis Elias

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | out

    Elias has a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Dee Gordon

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Gordon is not expected to play Thursday against the Reds due to a day of rest.

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 86 76 298 51 103 19 1 3 24 133 2 28 2 .346 .446 .412
Jorge Polanco 147 144 608 102 182 39 6 22 78 299 4 113 3 .299 .492 .361
Nelson Cruz 114 108 431 74 129 24 0 39 103 270 0 127 1 .299 .626 .383
Eddie Rosario 131 126 538 89 149 24 1 31 101 268 3 84 1 .277 .498 .300
Mitch Garver 89 73 300 68 83 14 1 31 67 192 0 81 0 .277 .640 .369
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
Trevor May 62 0 184 76 3 41 8 1 24 0 0 6 25 1113
Ryne Harper 60 0 160 48 1 52 7 0 24 0 0 3 10 852
Taylor Rogers 57 0 200 88 6 55 7 2 17 0 0 0 10 1026
Tyler Duffey 54 0 161 74 3 41 7 1 21 0 0 0 14 922
Blake Parker 37 0 109 34 2 34 7 0 18 0 0 1 16 632
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jason Castro 74 68 0 28 7 1 0 7
Mitch Garver 89 73 2 27 6 6 0 7
Willians Astudillo 52 42 0 11 3 3 1 0
Byron Buxton 87 78 0 0 0 2 5 0
C.J. Cron 121 110 0 0 0 8 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
Kyle Lewis 10 9 40 10 13 3 0 6 12 34 0 16 0 .325 .850 .349
Omar Narvaez 125 104 414 63 117 12 0 22 55 195 0 89 0 .283 .471 .356
Dee Gordon 111 103 381 36 105 11 6 3 34 137 22 59 5 .276 .360 .304
Shed Long 34 31 121 15 33 9 0 4 13 54 3 32 3 .273 .446 .343
Austin Nola 71 57 214 35 58 10 1 10 29 100 1 56 0 .271 .467 .346
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
Shawn Armstrong 47 0 152 56 2 51 7 1 29 0 0 7 24 954
Anthony Swarzak 40 0 109 30 0 33 6 2 16 0 0 2 19 622
Brandon Brennan 40 0 133 45 0 33 6 4 25 0 0 5 21 681
Marco Gonzales 32 32 567 139 6 202 21 1 103 0 0 6 51 3027
Yusei Kikuchi 31 31 467 112 5 189 36 0 107 0 0 7 50 2618
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Omar Narvaez 125 104 0 56 13 5 0 3
Austin Nola 71 57 0 3 0 2 0 1
David Freitas 13 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Braden Bishop 24 15 0 0 0 0 1 0
Brandon Brennan 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0