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Mariners preview: Looking ahead to the next 5 matchups

Looking Ahead

The Seattle Mariners continued their rough streak of play against the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers, dropping two embarrassing games to the Angles while having 2-of-3 taken away from them at home.

Fortunately enough, Seattle ended their disastrous eight-game losing streak last night in 13 innings.

After another impressive start that saw Hisashi Iwakuma surrender just five hits and two runs over the course of eight innings, Seattle’s bullpen did their job while Raul Ibanez helped keep the Mariners in the game. Putting a run on the board in the eleventh to make it look like Seattle was destined to lose their ninth-straight game, Ibanez crushed the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the eleventh to see the Mariners even and extend the game.

Though Jason Bay would come inches away from launching a walk-off home run later in that inning, he would eventually see himself as the hero on the day, singling home Kendrys Morales with two outs in the 13th to send Seattle home with a 4-3 win.

A clear momentum shift occurring yesterday, let’s hope the Mariners can use this win to get back on track and really take advantage of their schedule in the coming days. Looking ahead, here’s a preview of Seattle’s next five games.

vs. San Diego Padres (May 27, 2013) – 1:10 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN

Hopefully Harang can suck a little less tonight (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

Hopefully Harang can suck a little less today (Joe Nicholson/USA Today Sports)

If you’re looking to head out and watch some quality pitching, it’s likely you won’t be heading to this game. A matchup that screams ‘run-fest 2013′, this game pits Clayton Richard of the Padres against Aaron Harang. Before addressing Harang, let’s get to Richard.

A players with five years of experience in the bigs, Richard has been less than impressive in 2013 after having a respectable ERA throughout his career. Boasting an 0-4 record with an 8.54 ERA, he has given up 37 hits, 28 runs, and seven home runs in 26.1 innings of work.

Harang, meanwhile, has been just as awful for Seattle. Looking like a pitcher who really just doesn’t care how bad he looks on the hill, Harang has a 1-5 record with an 8.58 ERA in 28.1 innings of work. He’s given up 39 hits, 27 runs–all earned–and eight home runs this year.

Let’s just hope this slugfest will end in favor of Seattle, who will have a little momentum after their win last night.

vs. San Diego Padres (May 28, 2013) – 7:10 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN

Like the previous matchup, don’t expect pitching to be stellar on Tuesday night, though both pitchers are more than capable of turning out good performances.

Edinson Volquez is one of those guys you can never rely on to give you a quality start. While ha can turn out brilliant performances and really stifle opposing pitchers, most of the time you will see his bad side. This year he has a 3-5 record with a 5.76 ERA in 10 starts. Though he’s not as prone to the long ball as Richard or Harang, he has given up 61 hits in 54.2 innings of work, a pretty big number that Seattle will hopefully capitalize on.

Brandon Maurer is king of like Volquez but just a lot less experienced. Boasting a top fastball and the tools to really turn out an impressive game on the mound, Maurer’s lack of experience has clearly hurt him this season.

He currently has a 2-6 record with a 6.80 ERA but I’ll actually expect him to turn out his best performance in awhile against the Padres.

at San Diego Padres (May 29, 2013) – 7:10 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN

It’ll be a quick turnaround to San Diego but the Mariners should look to still benefit from playing the lowly Padres, though that will depend on if Joe Saunders can turn out a decent performance on the road. Establishing a 3-5 record on the year with a 6.09 ERA overall, Saunders has been well-documented to pitch much better at Safeco than anywhere else. In fact, he currently has an 0-4 record with an 11.25 ERA on the road, ghastly numbers compared to his 3-1 record and 2.41 ERA at home.

Saunders will be opposed by Eric Stults, a player who has been in the league since 2006 and is having a so-so year in 2013. He currently has a 4-4 record with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts. Not surrendering too many home runs (just five in 59.2 innings of work), he’s given up 61 hits and 28 runs.

Hopefully the Mariners can turn it around on the road and get a needed win.

at San Diego Padres (May 30, 2013) – 12:40 pm – Root Sports/710 ESPN

Felix Hernandez 1500 K's

Can the King return to prime form in San Diego? (Photo: mlbblogs.com)

Happy Felix Day, everybody. Let’s hope Felix Hernandez can get back on track in this game, as his past two starts really haven’t been the best of his career. Tallying a loss in each of his last two appearances, Felix is now 5-4 on the year with a 2.51 ERA. He’s surrendered five earned runs in his past two starts and will hopefully get back into prime form against the Padres.

Andrew Cashner will oppose The King on the mound, and has been one of the better pitchers for San Diego this year. Starting just five games last year, Cashner already has seven starts in 2013 and is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA. He’s given up 45 hits, 21 runs, and five home runs in 50.2 innings of work.

at Minnesota Twins (May 31, 2013) – 5:10 pm – Root Sports/710 ESPN

The Mariners will have a quick turnaround after their two-game series in San Diego, heading to Minnesota overnight to take on the Twins the next day.

A game that will close out the month of May for Seattle, this game sees Hisashi Iwakuma pitted against Mike Pelfrey. 

If there was any game in the coming week that could potentially result in a dominant performance for the Mariners, it’s this one.

Iwakuma has been stellar and got back on track yesterday against the Rangers after a rough start in Cleveland. He has a 5-1 record with a 2.35 ERA and will look for his sixth victory against Pelfrey, who hasn’t had a good year.

He’s currently 3-5 on the year with a 6.85 ERA. Look for Seattle to capitalize on his inconsistency in Minnesota while giving Iwakuma room to work with.

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