Today, the Mariners enjoy a bit of a breather between powerhouse opponents. After last night’s staggering 21-run game, I’d say they’ve earned it.
Current record: 29-22
Last game: vs. Rays. Sporting a 3-1 lead in the 4th, starting left-hander Jose Quintana was ejected immediately after throwing behind Ben Zobrist. Manager Robin Ventura followed him shortly after arguing the ejection with the home plate umpire.
With yesterday’s modest 4-3 win, the White Sox not only swept Tampa Bay, but cemented first place in the AL Central with 8 consecutive wins.
It’s worth noting that the only other MLB team currently riding an 8-game win streak is the Angels.
Last series against Seattle: April 20 – 22, 2012. Any sweep is difficult to watch, but this one was especially disheartening. Philip Humber tossed MLB’s 21st perfect game on April 21, Brendan Ryan lost an argument over his final checked swing, and the Mariners sunk to 6-3 in their first homestand of the season.
Pitching matchups: Friday — Felix Hernandez vs. RHP Jake Peavy. Peavy has a 3.26 SIERA, 2.93 FIP, and 5.33 K/BB through 10 starts and 70.1 innings. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings for 6 hits, 7 earned runs, a walk, 9 strikeouts, and his sixth season win.
Saturday — Hector Noesi vs. RHP Gavin Floyd. Floyd is 4-5 on the season with a 3.63 SIERA, 4.17 FIP, and 3.18 K/BB in 10 starts and 61 innings. He has not lasted more than 5 innings since May 16, and notched his fourth win in with 10 hits, 5 earned runs, and 4 strikeouts in 5.0 IP.
Sunday — Kevin Millwood vs. LHP Chris Sale. Sale made his last start on Monday, going 7.1 innings for 3 hits, an earned run, 2 walks, and a stunning 15 strikeouts—the most since his 11-strikeout performance in Seattle last April. He currently holds the lowest SIERA (2.90) and FIP (2.45) in Chicago’s rotation, as well as the highest strikeout to walk ratio (3.81).
Expected result: The White Sox have taken 9 of their last 10 games. The Mariners have taken 4 of their last 10 games. The White Sox are batting .286/.356/.436 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners are batting .224/.297/.329 with runners in scoring position.
Then again, do we really not have faith in a team who beat the Texas Rangers 21-8?
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