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Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: Root Sports | NBCSCHSafeco Field Seattle

973Chicago White Sox
974Seattle Mariners

OP
-142
8.5
CU
-1.5 +110
9o 104
ML
290
325
Partials
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0
0 0 1 0 0 7 0 0 0
Score
4
8
Recap

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It would be hard to find a better-hitting catching corps than what Tony La Russa has with the Chicago White Sox.

Zack Collins homered and drove in three runs in a 10-4 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, a night after Yasmani Grandal did the same, as the White Sox have taken the first two games of the series at T-Mobile Park. The three-game set is scheduled to wrap up Wednesday afternoon.

Collins and Grandal's accomplishments pale in comparison to third-string catcher Yermin Mercedes, whose story White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti has called "Hollywood golden ridiculous."

Mercedes, a 28-year-old who had just one major-league at-bat before this season, became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) with hits in each of his first eight at-bats of the season. He was honored as the American League's Player of the Week.

Mercedes, who has been used as the White Sox's designated hitter in place of the injured Eloy Jimenez, singled in the ninth inning Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to all five games in which he's played in 2021. He is 13-for-23 batting (.565) on the young season.

Mercedes said Grandal gave him an important piece of advice in spring training: just be yourself.

"He talked with me and said keep doing what you are doing all the time," Mercedes said. "Don't try to change if somebody tells you to change this or change this. He said, 'Keep it Yerm�n.'

Grandal said he's never seen a run like Mercedes' at the major-league level.

"Even in spring training, even when he was going bad there, I had to kind of put him on the side and kind of give him a kick in the behind, you know, so he could get it going," Grandal said. "We all know he could hit, and we needed somebody to step up after Eloy and it excites me that he was the one that kind of took over that role."

La Russa had said he planned to sit Mercedes in Wednesday's series finale against Mariners right-hander Justin Dunn, but left the door open.

"It's really important for him to know he's got to earn," La Russa said. "If he has a good day (Tuesday), he may play Wednesday."

Although the White Sox have yet to play at home, Mercedes already has become a fan favorite. Mercedes will likely be in the lineup on Thursday when the White Sox host the Kansas Royals in their home opener.

"I'd be booed in the introductions (if Mercedes wasn't playing)," La Russa said.

Dunn (4-1, 4.34 ERA last season) will be facing Chicago for the first time.

The White Sox are set to start lefty Dallas Keuchel (0-0, 6.75), who is 9-8 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 career appearances against Seattle.

Tuesday's loss was costly for the Mariners, as left-hander James Paxton left after just 1 1/3 innings with a forearm strain in his pitching arm, and left fielder Jake Fraley exited with a left hamstring strain after making a diving catch in the fifth inning.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said both players would undergo MRIs on Wednesday morning.

"Obviously you are disappointed when you lose a ballgame, but even more disappointing when you lose a couple players," Servais said.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

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5 5
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  • @Boston L 4 - 11
  • @Boston W 5 - 1
  • @Boston W 3 - 2
  • @Boston L 4 - 7
  • Cleveland L 4 - 2
  • Cleveland W 0 - 8
  • Cleveland L 2 - 0
  • Cleveland W 3 - 4
  • Kansas City L 4 - 3
W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • LA Dodgers L 1 - 0
  • LA Dodgers W 3 - 4
  • Houston W 2 - 7
  • Houston L 1 - 0
  • Houston W 5 - 6
  • @Baltimore W 2 - 1
  • @Baltimore W 4 - 2
  • @Baltimore D 0 - 0
  • @Baltimore L 6 - 7
  • @Baltimore W 4 - 3

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Last Meetings

  • White Sox @ Mariners 4-8
  • White Sox @ Mariners 10-4
  • White Sox @ Mariners 6-0
  • White Sox @ Mariners 6-7
  • Mariners @ White Sox 2-2
  • White Sox @ Mariners 10-11
  • White Sox @ Mariners 1-2
  • White Sox @ Mariners 9-7
  • Mariners @ White Sox 12-5
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American League

American League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Kansas City Royals96 .6000.04.24.2 7-42-26-0-4
Cleveland Indians87 .5331.03.83.5 4-14-66-0-4
Chicago White Sox89 .4712.04.84.1 3-35-65-0-5
Minnesota Twins68 .4292.54.84.4 2-54-33-0-7
Detroit Tigers610 .3753.53.45.2 3-33-73-0-7
American League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Boston Red Sox116 .6470.05.64.0 5-56-17-0-3
Tampa Bay Rays98 .5292.04.24.8 3-46-46-0-4
Baltimore Orioles79 .4383.54.04.3 1-66-33-0-7
Toronto Blue Jays79 .4383.54.13.6 3-34-64-0-6
New York Yankees510 .3335.03.74.3 3-62-42-0-8
American League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Seattle Mariners116 .6470.04.44.5 6-45-28-0-2
Oakland Athletics97 .5631.54.35.0 5-64-19-0-1
Los Angeles Angels86 .5711.55.45.3 5-33-35-0-5
Texas Rangers89 .4713.03.84.4 3-65-35-0-5
Houston Astros78 .4673.04.84.4 1-56-33-0-7

National League

National League CentralWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Milwaukee Brewers97 .5630.04.33.3 4-55-26-0-4
Cincinnati Reds87 .5330.56.14.5 6-32-44-0-6
St. Louis Cardinals88 .5001.05.25.2 2-46-44-0-6
Pittsburgh Pirates79 .4382.04.15.1 4-33-66-0-4
Chicago Cubs69 .4002.53.44.9 4-52-43-0-7
National League EastWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Philadelphia Phillies88 .5000.03.63.8 7-31-53-0-7
New York Mets74 .636-1.53.43.4 4-13-36-0-3
Miami Marlins78 .4670.54.44.2 3-64-26-0-3
Atlanta Braves79 .4381.05.15.2 3-44-55-0-5
Washington Nationals59 .3572.03.65.2 3-52-44-0-6
National League WestWL PCTGBRFRA HOMEAWAY L10
Los Angeles Dodgers134 .7650.05.53.3 6-07-48-0-2
San Francisco Giants106 .6252.53.22.9 5-15-57-0-3
San Diego Padres108 .5563.53.93.3 5-65-25-0-5
Arizona Diamondbacks610 .3756.54.65.2 2-34-74-0-6
Colorado Rockies412 .2508.54.14.8 4-60-62-0-8

Last Injuries

Seattle Mariners

  • Tyler O'Neill

    Groin
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    O'Neill has wound up on the 10-day injured list with right groin tightness, but he is expected to be activated prior to Friday's clash with the Reds.

  • Nick Margevicius

    Arm
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Margevicius was removed from the previous game with left arm fatigue, and it is unknown if he will make his next scheduled start against the Red Sox on Sunday.

  • James Paxton

    Elbow
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Paxton has been ticketed for the 60-day injured list after undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

  • Kyle Lewis

    Knee
    Prob Tues | probable

    Lewis has been activated from the 10-day injured list after recovering from a right knee injury, and he is expected to make his season debut Tuesday versus the Dodgers.

  • Ty France

    Forearm
    Out Tues | out

    France was lifted from the last game with a right forearm contusion, and he will not suit up for Tuesday's battle with the Dodgers.

  • Shed Long

    Shin
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Long has wound up on the 10-day injured list while recovering from offseason shin surgery, and he will not take the field until the latter part of April.

  • Anthony Misiewicz

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Misiewicz is on the COVID-19 injured list, and it is up in the air if he will return to the lineup.

  • Jake Fraley

    Hamstring
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Fraley has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain, and it is projected that he will not return until late April.

Chicago White Sox

  • Lance Lynn

    Back
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Lynn is on the 10-day injured list due to a strained right trapezius, and he will be sidelined until the latter part of April.

  • Yermin Mercedes

    Undisclosed
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Mercedes was forced from the previous contest with an undefined injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Indians on Wednesday.

  • Adam Eaton

    Suspension
    day-to-day | questionable

    Eaton has been handed a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field altercation. He is appealing the decision and will be allowed to play until the league makes a final ruling.

  • Dylan Cease

    Illness
    Prob Sat | doubtful

    Cease has been added to the COVID-19 injured list, but it is projected that he will be available for Saturday's battle with the Red Sox.

  • Jace Fry

    Back
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Fry has been posted to the 10-day injured list with a back injury, and he will be out of commission until the end of April.

  • Adam Engel

    Hamstring
    Late April | 10-day IL

    Engel has ended up on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, and it is projected that he will return to action by the end of April.

  • Tim Anderson

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Anderson has been activated from the 10-day injured list with left hamstring tightness, but it is expected that he will be activated in time for Thursday's clash with the Indians.

  • Carlos Rodon

    Stomach
    Prob Wed | probable

    Rodon missed the previous game due to an upset stomach, but he is projected to take the mound against the Indians on Wednesday.