|SEATTLE ( KIKUCHI )|
MINNESOTA ( PINEDA )
|917||SEATTLE||+175||Ov 9,-105||+175||Ov 8,+100|
|918||MINNESOTA||-185||Un 9,-115||-185||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-1.1||4-1||4.2||0.215||0.312||0.350||0.662||6.6||0.276||0.345||0.547||0.892|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-2||4.1||0.209||0.305||0.320||0.625||6.1||0.266||0.352||0.488||0.840|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-0||+2||1-1||6.5||0.329||0.356||0.571||0.928||2.0||0.238||0.294||0.397||0.691|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||4-3||6.6||0.278||0.350||0.494||0.844||3.1||0.212||0.268||0.331||0.598|
|4/1/2021||GONZALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUSMAN(R)||8-7||W||+100||8 ov||O||5||9||1||10||7||1|
|4/2/2021||KIKUCHI(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CUETO(R)||3-6||L||-115||8.5 un||O||6||5||0||8||6||0|
|4/3/2021||FLEXEN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||WEBB(R)||4-0||W||+105||8.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||8||0|
|4/5/2021||SHEFFIELD(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||0-6||L||+110||8 ov||U||3||9||2||10||9||1|
|4/6/2021||PAXTON(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||4-10||L||+135||7.5 un||O||9||9||1||10||7||0|
|4/7/2021||DUNN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||KEUCHEL(L)||8-4||W||+130||8 ov||O||9||6||0||6||9||2|
|4/8/2021||GONZALES(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||2-10||L||190||8 ev||O||7||7||0||16||10||1|
|4/10/2021||KIKUCHI(L)||@ MINNESOTA||PINEDA(R)|| |
|4/11/2021||FLEXEN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|4/16/2021|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/17/2021|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|4/1/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||WOODRUFF(R)||5-6||L||100||7.5 un||O||10||13||2||11||10||0|
|4/3/2021||BERRIOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURNES(R)||2-0||W||125||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||1||3||0|
|4/4/2021||PINEDA(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HOUSER(R)||8-2||W||100||8 ev||O||11||6||1||5||7||1|
|4/5/2021||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ DETROIT||URENA(R)||15-6||W||-155||8.5 ov||O||14||9||0||8||4||1|
|4/6/2021||HAPP(L)||@ DETROIT||MIZE(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 un||U||9||10||0||10||9||1|
|4/7/2021||MAEDA(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||3-2||W||-170||8.5 un||U||7||3||1||8||4||0|
|4/12/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/16/2021|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/17/2021|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|SEATTLE: He's Here: LHP James Paxton, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Keynan Middleton, RHP Chris Flexen, OF Mitch Haniger, OF Taylor Trammell, RHP Logan Gilbert.
He's Outta Here: INF/OF Tim Lopes, INF/OF Dee Strange-Gordon, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Yoshihisa Hirano, RHP Carl Edwards Jr.
Projected Lineup: SS J.P. Crawford (.255, 2 HRs, 24 RBIs), RF Mitch Haniger (.220, 15, 32 in 63 games in 2019), CF Kyle Lewis (.262, 11, 28, .801 OPS, AL Rookie of the Year), 3B Kyle Seager (.241, 9, 40), DH Ty France (.305, 4, 23 in 20 games with San Diego and 23 with Seattle), 1B Evan White (.176, 8, 26, 84 Ks), 2B Dylan Moore (.255, 8, 17), C Tom Murphy (.273, 18, 40 in 75 games in 2019) or Luis Torrens (.257, 1, 6 in 25 games with San Diego and Seattle), LF Taylor Trammell (.234, 10, 43 at Double-A in 2019) or Jake Fraley (.154, 0, 0 in 7 games).
Rotation: LH Marco Gonzales (7-2, 3.10 ERA, 64 Ks, 7 walks in 69 2/3 innings), LH Yusei Kikuchi (2-4, 5.17), LH James Paxton (1-1, 6.64 in 5 starts with Yankees), RH Chris Flexen (8-4, 3.01 in 21 starts for Doosan in KBO), LH Justus Sheffield (4-3, 3.58 in 10 starts), RH Justin Dunn (4-1, 4.34) or LH Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57).
Key Relievers: RH Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.08, 8/8 saves with Texas), RH Kendall Graveman (1-3, 5.79), RH Keynan Middleton (0-1, 5.25 in 13 games with Angels), LH Anthony Misiewicz (0-2, 4.05).
Outlook: The Mariners believe they are on the cusp of contention and this season will be the litmus test of whether that's accurate, or if their rebuild still has more stages to come. Lewis is the first Rookie of the Year for Seattle since Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 and combined with Gold Glove winners Crawford and White gives the Mariners a solid defensive foundation. The starting rotation has potential if Paxton can rediscover his past form and if the Mariners have unearthed a gem in Flexen. Bullpen has been remade, and along with depth of the batting order, will be key in just how competitive Seattle is in 2021. There is still the pending arrivals of prospects Jarred Kelenic, Logan Gilbert, Cal Raleigh and Julio Rodriguez on the horizon that Seattle believes could push its rebuild into being contenders. When and if they arrive in 2021 could be the difference in Seattle ending the longest playoff drought in baseball or if there will be at least one more year of waiting. The Mariners will open the season with a capacity of 9,000 fans at T-Mobile Park.
|MINNESOTA: He's Here: SS Andrelton Simmons, RHP Alex Colom', LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Shaun Anderson, OF Kyle Garlick, OF Keon Broxton.
He's Outta Here: LF Eddie Rosario, RHP Sergio Romo, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jake Odorizzi, INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Rich Hill, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Matt Wisler, INF Ehire Adrianza, C Alex Avila.
Projected Lineup: RF Max Kepler (.228, 9 HRs, 23 RBIs), 2B Jorge Polanco (.258, 4, 19), 3B Josh Donaldson (.222, 6, 11 in 28 games), DH Nelson Cruz (.303, 16, 33, 33 runs, .992 OPS), 1B Miguel San' (.204, 13, 25, 90 strikeouts), LF Alex Kirilloff (rookie) or Brent Rooker (.316, 1, 5 in 7 games), CF Byron Buxton (.254, 13, 27 in 39 games), C Mitch Garver (.167, 2, 5 in 23 games), SS Andrelton Simmons (.297, 0, 10 in 30 games with Angels).
Rotation: RH Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA), RH Jos' Berr'os (5-4, 4.00), RH Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.38 in 5 starts), LH J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.47 for Yankees), RH Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 in 6 starts for Blue Jays).
Key Relievers: RH Alex Colom' (2-0, 0.81, 12/13 saves for White Sox), LH Taylor Rogers (2-4, 4.05, 9/11 saves), RH Tyler Duffey (1-1, 1.88, 24 strikeouts in 31 innings), RH Hansel Robles (0-2, 10.26 in 16 2/3 innings for Angels), RH Jorge Alcal' (2-1, 2.63).
Outlook: The Twins have returned largely the same team that won the last two AL Central titles, aiming to end their major league-record 18-game postseason losing streak. The pitching staff was superb during the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule, and Happ and Shoemaker have added value and experience to the rotation with Randy Dobnak moving to a long-relief role after making 10 starts last year. Maeda and Berr'os make for a solid one-two punch, but whether the pitching is deep enough for a postseason run remains to be seen. Signing away Colom' from their primary division competitor ought to pay off over the long haul, but to stay ahead of the White Sox, the offense will have to produce more like 2019 than 2020. Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs after tearing up the team's alternate training site with an otherworldly hitting display. The Twins could keep him in Triple-A to start and let Rooker, another of the organization's top prospects, show off his bat. Garlick or Broxton could stick around for depth in the meantime. Keeping Buxton and Donaldson healthy figures to be the biggest key to success for the lineup, after a balky calf kept Donaldson from doing much in his debut with the Twins last year. The arrival of Simmons has given the infield defense a big boost and allowed the offense-oriented Polanco to move to a position that's a more natural fit. There should be a winning team waiting for Twins fans who file back into Target Field, starting at about 25% capacity. What ultimately matters, though, after the summer fun is whether this talented club can finally win a game in the fall.
|Last Updated: 5/16/2021 3:53:10 AM EST|