This week’s two game series between the Giants and the Mariners is still on with a twist: the games will be played at Oracle Park in San Francisco, but Seattle will be the “home” team on the scoreboard. The reason for the shift in the series is the poor air quality because of the fires raging in the Seattle area. This could end up being an advantage for the Giants, who are fighting for their playoff lives.
The Giants enter this series 2-0 against Seattle this season, having swept them in San Francisco last week. Those wins helped thrust the Giants into the final wildcard spot, and they currently occupy that spot with a 1.5 game lead over the Cincinnati Reds. Coming into Wednesday’s matchup against the Mariners, the Giants had lost three straight to the red-hot San Diego Padres. Getting back on track is going to be key for San Francisco if they are to keep their current position.
The Mariners are pretty much out of the race, although not mathematically eliminated. Seattle has already started shifting playing time to younger starters, using the latter part of the 2020 season as an opportunity to evaluate talent for future roster decisions. The Mariners have won six of their last 10 games, but two of those losses came against the Giants just last week.
Anderson, Giants Look to Snap StreakThe San Francisco Giants are one of the surprise teams in the bigs this season. No one expected them to contend for a playoff spot, but a surprisingly good offense has carried the club through this shortened season, and has put the Giants in position to make the playoffs. Wilmer Flores has been hot over the past seven games, pacing the Giants with a .400/.500/1.000 slashing line, one homer, and a 1.500 OPS. Watch out for Donovan Solano, who hits lefties at a .349 clip while hitting .333 at Oracle Park.
Tyler Anderson will make his second consecutive start against the Mariners. Last week, Anderson earned the win by pitching six innings of three hit, shutout baseball while striking out four and walking just one. Anderson’s 4.55 FIP and 1.348 WHIP are around the league average, while his 5.9 K/9 rate is the lowest of his career.
Mariners Move “Home” Game to San FranciscoA week ago, the Mariners lost 10-1 and 6-5 to the Giants in San Francisco. Today’s game is a rematch between San Francisco’s Tyler Anderson and Seattle starter Nick Margevicius. Margevicius gave up seven runs and six hits in 4.2 innings last week in the 10-1 loss, and is looking for a better outcome this time around.
Unfortunately, the Mariners have struggled somewhat offensively, posting just a .215/.305/.407 slash line with a .241 BABIP over the past seven games. Jose Marmolejos has been hot, however, pacing the team with a 1.189 OPS (.368 average) and two home runs over that stretch. JP Crawford hits .295 away from Seattle, but no Mariner hits over .250 against left handers.
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