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Mariners Game #35 Preview: 5/6/24, SEA at MIN

The good news is that after an oddly rare divisional matchup in the previous series, the Mariners get to play another AL opponent for the next four games. The bad news is that it’s the Twins, perhaps the most popular baseball team in recent weeks.

Tonight’s match, headlined by Luis Castillo vs. Simeon Woods Richardson, is the only game the Mariners would actually want to win. (Once again, Logan Gilbert drew the toughest opponent against the other team’s ace in Pablo López and got the worst odds of the series. We saw how that turned out last time; hopefully Walter will be just as motivated this time.)

Setups:

Luis Urías will sit again as Haniger returns to the lineup and Raley will leave the man – probably not the worst idea not to test Rojas on the left in the spacious Target Field, but it does feel like a poor reward for Urías who came through yesterday with a hit the clutch base.

The Twins are running Ryan Jeffers among their best hitters, in favor of Christian Vázquez’s less powerful bat but superior glovework. The Mariners really need to take advantage of this version of the Twins lineup because things will get tougher from here.

Game information:

Game time: 4:40 PT

TV: ROOT Sports NW, with Mike Blowers and Aaron Goldsmith

Radio: 710 AM Seattle Sports, with Rick Rizzs and Dave Sims

Today in Mariners history:

  • 1982: Gaylord Perry wins his 300th game, only the 15th pitcher to win 300 games.
  • 1990: Edgar Martinez’s record-breaking four-error game. Still, he turned out to be okay.
  • 2000: Kazuhiro Sazaki’s gets his first MLB win.