After rattling off three straight wins– two of them headed by offensive outbursts– the Mariners send Hisashi Iwakuma to the hill tonight against the White Sox in the hope of making it 4 straight victories. They are trying to keep pace with the Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays for the 2nd Wild-Card spot in the American League.
Seattle Mariners (60-54). Last 10: 6-4.
Chicago White Sox (55-61). Last 10: 4-6.
Game time: 7:10 pm Pacific. Location: Seattle, Washington; Safeco Field.
EDGE: Iwakuma. Quintana has had a solid season in the rotation despite is losing record. But ‘Kuma has simply been better. He doesn’t walk people and makes teams earn every single run. And the way the Mariners have been pitching and hitting this last week, the Sox may not have enough fire power to make it competitive.
Of Note: the Mariners uncorked the offense last night, exploding for 13 runs on 12 hits and 4 homers. Dustin Ackley has continued his hot hitting, as his average and power numbers continue to climb.
Adam Dunn DH
Of Note: The Sox did manage 3 runs on 5 hits in last night’s contest, but they just didn’t have enough fire power to compete with the juggernaut that is the Mariners’ offense– I couldn’t even write that with a straight face. But Abreu continues his absurd rookie season, still batting over .300 on the year.
Iwakuma has a very ‘Kuma-esque night at Safeco Field, and the Mariners do enough on offense to stay in the win column for a 4th straight night. Don’t expect the Mariners to run away with this one though. The offense has a knack for quickly falling back to earth after stellar offensive play.
Mariners 4, White Sox 2.