MLB Betting Preview: Seattle Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins – May 16, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington
Date & Time: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10:10 PM ET
Moneyline: Seattle Mariners -103
Over/Under Total: 9.5
The Twins lead the AL Central by 4.5 games over the Cleveland Indians but have gone just 3-3 over their last six outings.
Seattle has won two straight but still sits a game under .500 and 7.5 games behind the first-place Houston Astros in the AL West standings.
Minnesota will send right-hander Michael Pineda to the mound for the opener against the team that he started his career with. Seattle counters with rookie right-hander Erik Swanson, who will be facing the Twins for the first time.
The moneyline for Thursday's series opener has the Seattle Mariners -103. The over/under for the contest is set at 9.5 runs.
Pineda Looking For Better Results
Twins starter Michael Pineda will look to snap a personal three-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak for the team in games that he's started. On the season, Pineda is 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA, having struck out 35 and walked nine in 40.0 innings of work. But he was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA after his first three starts of the season, and he's allowed at least three earned runs in each of his last five starts.
Minnesota's offense will get a boost with the likely return to the lineup of third baseman Miguel Sano, who has yet to play this season after suffering deep laceration on his heel in January during a celebration of his Dominican team's winter league championship. Sano batted .199 in 71 games last season, but he had a .316 batting average with two home runs and nine RBI in 10 rehab games over the last two weeks.
Swanson will be making his sixth start and seventh appearance of the season in Thursday night's game. He enters with a 1-4 record and 6.35 ERA, striking out 21 and walking just five in 28.1 innings of work.
He's coming off his worst outing of the season at Boston last week, giving up seven hits and seven earned runs in just 4.2 innings. That came just one start after he shut down the Indians on one hit over six innings in his only win of the young campaign.
The Seattle offense features a lot of power — the Mariners are tied with Houston for the most home runs in baseball with 83 — but the team is also tops in the majors with 437 strikeouts, which means it's a lot of hit or miss at the plate. Edwin Encarnacion and Jay Bruce lead the team with 12 home runs apiece, with Mitch Haniger and Daniel Vogelbach just behind with 11 apiece. Rightfielder Domingo Santana is actually the team's RBI leader, knocking in 37 runs with his 11 doubles and eight home runs on the season.
Twins Take Opener
Minnesota has a comfortable lead in the AL Central currently, but the Twins also know that Cleveland could catch fire at any moment. The Twins are starting a seven-game road trip with this game, so getting off to a good start will be important for rookie manager Rocco Baldelli's squad. Pineda should be able to keep the Mariners' big bats in check in this one. I'm taking the Minnesota Twins -107.