The Seattle Mariners vented all of the frustration built up over a seven-game losing streak, coasting to a 7-0 win on Saturday behind four RBIs from Kyle Seager and eight innings of one-hit ball from Felix Hernandez. With the Mariners ending their skid, Minnesota Twins takes over the title of baseball’s coldest team – the Twins have lost 10 of their last 12 and been shut out in their last three defeats.
Though cold bats haven’t helped, Minnesota also ranks last in the majors in most pitching categories – including ERA and opponent batting average. The rotation has turned in just seven quality starts through 25 games, with two of those coming in the first two contests of this series against a Seattle club that was the lowest-scoring team in the majors last season. The Mariners have shown flashes of life offensively this season, averaging six runs a game in their 12 wins. They have also been shut out four times, including once as the victims of a perfect game by Chicago’s Philip Humber.
Twins Mariners Betting
When: 4:10 PM ET, Sunday, May 6, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports North (Minnesota), ROOT Sports (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Twins RH Nick Blackburn (0-3, 6.64 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Hector Noesi (1-3, 7.83 ERA)
Minnesota has lost all four of Blackburn’s starts this season, which isn’t surprising considering he has permitted 15 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings. He matched his deepest outing of the year by going six innings in an April 30 loss at Los Angeles, giving up three runs. Blackburn has had more success against Seattle, going 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in seven lifetime starts.
With the exception of his eight shutout innings against Oakland on April 14, Noesi has been the weak link in an otherwise solid rotation. Over his other four starts, Noesi has surrendered 20 runs in 15 innings. Noesi has faced the Twins just once, giving up a hit and a walk while fanning two in one inning of relief last year.
1. The Mariners have lost 10 games this season in which they led at some point, most in the majors.
2. Seattle C Miguel Olivo has hammered Blackburn, going 10-for-21 (.476) with three home runs and six RBIs. Utility man Chone Figgins is 11-for-26 (.423) against the right-hander.
3. Minnesota is 15-48 in its last 63 games overall and has lost 28 of its last 34 against teams with losing records.