On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners (3-1) will travel to take on the San Francisco Giants (2-3) at AT&T Park with a first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm ET. This is the second game in a short, two-game series that featured the Mariners winning the opening game 6-4 on Tuesday. The matchup will feature Felix Hernandez (1-0) for the Mariners taking on Johnny Cueto (0-0) for the Giants.
According to BetOnline, the moneyline for the game is set at Seattle Mariners +112 and the San Francisco Giants at -122. The over/under is set at 7.
Felix Looks To Build Off Of Strong Opening Day Start
“King” Felix pitched well in his Opening Day start over the Indians, allowing two hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He had two walks and four strikeouts in the opener. Long the ace of the Mariners, Felix struggled with injuries during the 2017 season. Landing on the disabled list at different times with both right shoulder inflammation and right biceps tendinitis, Hernandez was only able to throw 86.2 innings, going 6-5 with a 4.36 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 4.03 xFIP and a 8.1 K/9.
He also missed part of spring training after being struck with a comebacker on his throwing arm. As a result, he missed ten days, which is part of the reason that he was limited to only 83 pitches on Opening Day. From an offensive perspective, the Mariners took a bit of a hit on Tuesday, putting designated hitter, Nelson Cruz, on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle that he suffered in the season-opening series against Cleveland. The move was retroactive to April 1st, but Nelson Cruz will be out for the game on Wednesday.
Even without Cruz, the Mariner offense can still be potent led by Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, and offseason acquisitions, Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon. On Tuesday, Gordon was the star performer, going 3 for 5, with one run and two stolen bases. On the season he is hitting .412.
Panik and Cueto Look To Continue Hot Start
Through five games, Joe Panik is leading the Giants in most statistical categories including batting average (.421), runs (3), homeruns (3) and runs batted in (3). In fact, without Panik, the Giants might be winless. The Giants won both of their first two games of the season over the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0, with the lone run in both games coming off Joe Panik homeruns. In the first game of the series against the Mariners, Panik added his third homer of the season off of Seattle’s starter Marco Gonzales.
In one of those 1-0 victories over the Dodgers, Johnny Cueto threw an absolute gem against the defending N.L. champions. Cueto had a perfect game going until the sixth inning when Chris Taylor hit a single to right-center field. With the lone run not coming until later in the game, Cueto did not get a decision, but he threw 7 innings of shutout ball, striking out four, walking none and only allowing the lone hit. As he showed in his first outing, he is still capable of being dominant, but in 2017, his numbers did not show as much. He finished the season 8-8 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 4.45 xFIP and a 8.31 K/9.
Mariners Down Giants
Even though they were able to scrape together four runs today, the Giants offense has been scuffling to begin the season having only scored only six runs total in their first five games. If Felix Hernandez can continue to show the signs of being a staff ace like he did in his first start, this might not be the game that the Giants bust out. Also, with a shaky bullpen that has already seen closer Mark Melancon put on the disabled list, I don’t trust their bullpen late in the game either.
From an over/under perspective, I am going with the under. Again, with both Hernandez and Cueto going, runs could be at a premium. I anticipate the Mariners being more likely to push across some runs than the Giants, but I don’t see them combining to get to the seven runs. My Pick: Seattle Mariners at +112