This is the finale of a four-game series between the two teams. The Mariners have struggled for the most part this season vs. the baseball wagering odds and even Hernandez has had his difficulties.
MLB wagering odds might still favor Hernandez since he is at home. He is 2-4 this season but his ERA is still good at 3.50. He is coming off his best outing of the season as he allowed just one run over eight-plus innings, with seven strikeouts against the Angels. The Mariners could only get him one run though as he got a no decision. He is winless in his last seven starts. He is 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA in nine career starts against the Twins.
Minnesota is expected to counter with Carl Pavano on Thursday. He is 5-5 on the season with a 3.99 ERA. He held the Rangers to two runs on seven hits last time out. He has had a similar season to Hernandez as he is pitching well but not getting much run support. In fact, he gets the least amount of run support of any Minnesota starter. He has allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his ten starts.
Before this four-game series began, the Twins had won 11 of the last 20 against the Mariners. Before this series, the last time they met in Seattle was almost a year as the Mariners won two of three. All three of those games went under the total in MLB wagering.
Minnesota has been very good at home and around .500 on the road. That is the mark of a playoff team. The Twins are in the top ten in run scored and in ERA and that is another good sign for a team that wants to make the playoffs.
Seattle has at least been competitive at home this season as they are around the .500 mark. They have struggled mightily away from home. The Mariners are still having troubles scoring runs as they are near the bottom of the league. Their lineup has been a little better of late with Mike Sweeney and Milton Bradley in the middle but overall the Mariners still don’t have a lot of power.