Mariners Preview: Porcello Is Hot, Seattle Is Not
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(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners, who secured another losing season on Friday by dropping their 82nd game in 2013, go up against Rick Porcello in Detroit tonight. The Tigers’ starter is coming off his first career complete game.
While Seattle attempts to save face, Detroit is rolling into what could be another postseason appearance — Porcello has been helping the momentum. The 24-year-old won for the third time in his past four starts with a one-run effort against the White Sox on Tuesday. Porcello worked around seven hits and a walk while striking out six in going the distance for the first time.
The right-hander has not faced Seattle this season, but does own a 3-2 career mark against them with a mediocre 3.79 ERA.
On the other hand, Joe Saunders will get the start for the Mariners. The lefty has lost four of his past five decisions with a 7.53 ERA over that seven-start span.
Saunders, 32, is 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in nine lifetime meetings with the Tigers and faces them for the first time since 2011.
Regardless of how well Saunders throws Monday, he’ll be doomed if the Mariners’ offense continues its lackluster output. For the month of September, Seattle is averaging roughly three runs per game. And, when the Mariners have scored three runs or less this season, they’re 19-61.
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