Mariners look to take series after offensive outburst
After a 10-0 win last night, the M’s look to win game 2 behind Tai Walker.
The Seattle Mariners (22-16) will face the Baltimore Orioles (23-14) at 4:05 pm PT. The M’s will send Taijuan Walker (2-2, 2.63) to the mound to face Chris Tillman (5-2, 2.58).
In his last start, Walker went 5.2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits against Tampa Bay. After only walking 3 batters the whole season prior to this game, Walker walked 3 in one inning and then surrendered a grand slam that put a damper on his otherwise excellent start. I think Walker will return to form and will allow few, if any, walks while making good pitches to work through this Baltimore lineup.
The Orioles acquired Tillman from the Mariners on February 8, 2008 in the Eric Bedard deal and he has blossomed into one of the O’s best starting pitchers. Tillman went 7 shutout innings in his last start against the tigers, only allowing 5 hits while striking out 7. Despite his success this season, I think the Mariners lineup will get to him and make him work, getting baserunners on often.
Here are your lineups as announced by managers Scott Servais and Buck Showalter:
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Pick to Click
Robinson Cano has been on fire in the month of May, hitting .409/.418/.697 with 4 home runs and 12 RBI. Taking that into account, his 3-4, 2 RBI performance last night, and his track record against Tillman, batting .333 in 24 at-bats with 2 homeruns and 6 RBI, he should be primed for a big night. I think Cano will have another 3-4 game with a 3-run homerun to put the M’s on top and secure the win.
Final Score Prediction
Taijuan Walker has been very consistent this year and I expect him to have another solid outing allowing only 2 or 3 runs over 7 innings. With the Mariners hot bats on the road, I think they will beat the Orioles 6-3 to take the series.
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You can watch tonight’s game locally on Root Sports Northwest, and MLB.tv subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices. Fans can also listen to the game live on 710 ESPN. And be sure to follow SoDo Mojo on twitter for live updates throughout the game, and check back after the final out has been recorded for a full recap. Go Mariners!