Now that the NFL Draft is over we’ll get back to these.
The Twins come to town sporting an absolutely awful 6-18 record. That’s the worst record in baseball. Both the Twins and Mariners are pretty much middle of the road offenses, but while the Mariners are also about average in terms of pitching, the Twins are quite awful. Scott Baker is already out for the year after having Tommy John surgery, and though the Twins have a couple of young pitchers, but are mainly sporting a bunch of league-average veterans. They’ve lost a lot in their bullpen recently, namely Joe Nathan, and new closer Matt Capps has been pretty bad this year.
All three Twins starting pitchers that the Mariners will face are both right-handed, and pitch-to-contact pitchers. That bodes well for a team that strikes out a lot, and is heavily left handed.
LHP Jason Vargas (4.10 xFIP in 37.1 IP)
RHP Carl Pavano (4.08 xFIP in 33.0 IP)
RHP Felix Hernandez (3.30 xFIP in 44.1 IP)
RHP Jason Marquis (3.87 xFIP in 17.1 IP)
RHP Hector Noesi (5.47 xFIP in 23.0 IP)
RHP Nick Blackburn (4.08 xFIP in 20.1 IP)