Seattle Mariners: What To Watch For This Weekend

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1- We’re Going To See the Twins

Yes that’s right, the Mariners make their only trip to Minnesota this weekend to take on the lowly Twins. Wait, what’s that you say? The Twins aren’t as lowly this year?

That’s right. Minnesota is 19-20 on the young season – only a 1/2 game worse than Seattle – and they have scored more runs than Seattle (184-165). I guess the good news could be that the Twins have also allowed more runs so far this season (195-160).

Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Twins are an even 10-10 at Target Field so far this season. The Mariners are 12-10 away from Safeco. The weather calls for low-50’s at game time with a chance of rain. You know, just like Seattle in May.

In Game 1, the Mariners send Chris Young to the mound to face Kyle Gibson. Young has been a pleasant surprise for Mariners fans so far this season (3-0, 2.63) and looks to continue building on each outing. Gibson hasn’t had as much success. Gibson is 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA but is 0-2 with an ERA of almost 7 in his last three starts. Gibson lasted just two innings in the shortest start of his young career against the Tigers. He allowed six runs on seven hits, including a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera.

In Game 2, the Mariners send Roenis Elias to the hill against Samuel Deduno. Deduno made only his second start of the season last weekend, allowing three runs in six innings. For the season, Deduno is 0-2 with a 3.64 ERA in nine games. Elias had a rough outing against the Royals, but the Mariners rallied and Elias ended up with a no decision. This should be a fun game between the two youngsters.

Which leads me to Numbers 2 and 3.