The slumping Seattle Mariners are stuck in last place in the American League West, but they can boast of one thing in common with the surging San Francisco Giants – each team recorded a no-hitter in a six-day span this month. Seattle has not won since Kevin Millwood and five relievers combined on a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Friday. The Mariners have dropped five straight following a three-game sweep at home at the hands of the lowly San Diego Padres.
The euphoria of Matt Cain’s dazzling perfect game Wednesday night was doused in Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the Houston Astros, preventing a three-game sweep and sending the Giants to only their fourth defeat in 13 games this month. The one bright spot was first baseman Brandon Belt, who has homered in three straight games. Belt went 4-for-10 with seven RBIs in the series.
Giants Mariners Betting
When: 10:10 PM ET, Friday, June 15, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, ROOT (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants RH Ryan Vogelsong (5-2, 2.26 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Jason Vargas (7-5, 3.90)
Vogelsong has won his last two starts and is coming off a superb performance, limiting the Texas Rangers to one run on three hits in a season-high 7 2/3 innings. He has not lost since May 3, going 5-0 in his last seven starts and allowing only nine runs in that span. Opponents are batting only .219 against Vogelsong, who will be facing the Mariners for the first time since June 2004.
Vargas is coming off an 8-3 home loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up five runs in six innings. He has allowed a season-high nine hits in each of his last two starts and continues to be plagued by the long ball, surrendering at least one homer in each of his last six outings. He ranks among the top 10 in the American League with a 1.13 WHIP.
1. Giants 1B Aubrey Huff may be unavailable for the series. He underwent an MRI exam Thursday after bruising his knee when hopping over the dugout railing following the final out of Cain’s masterpiece.
2. Seattle, which has scored only 11 runs during its five-game skid, has a major league-low 10 home wins.
3. Of their 38 losses, the Mariners have led in 19 of them.