MLB Preview 2012: San Francisco Giants vs. Seattle Mariners

The San Francisco Giants (37-29) and Seattle Mariners (28-39) will close out a three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10 ET

San Francisco Giants at Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners SP Felix Hernandez is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts against the San Francisco Giants

San Francisco has won 10 of its last 15 games despite suffering a 7-4 setback to Seattle on Saturday night, as the club looks to improve upon its 6-2 record in rubber games.  The Giants have managed to hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, which is even more impressive when you consider they hit just six in their previous 21 contests.  San Francisco is 19-11 in day games this year, with the “under” going 15-14 in that situation.

Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (8-4, 3.08 ERA) has won his last three starts, including a 6-3 home victory over the Houston Astros last time out, giving up two runs (one earned) and six hits over 7.2 innings.  The left-hander has tallied an even 3-3 mark and 3.89 ERA in seven road outings, but has surrendered six home runs in 44 frames.  Bumgarner has never faced the Mariners, as he looks to improve upon his 1-2 record and 5.82 ERA in four interleague outings.

Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak with last night’s victory, improving to 5-6 in interleague play.  The Mariners collected 12 hits in the middle game of this series, with catcher Jesus Montero leading the way in finishing the night 3-for-4 from the plate.  The club managed to hit two home runs in a game at Safeco Field for just the third time this season.  Seattle is 7-11 against left-handed starters this year, with the “under” going 10-8 in those contests.

Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (4-5, 3.70 ERA) has watched the club drop his last three efforts, allowing 14 runs and 24 hits over 17 innings in that span.  The right-hander is 2-3 with a 2.72 ERA in six home outings, issuing 12 walks and striking out 44 batters in 43 frames.  In two career starts versus the Giants, Hernandez has produce a perfect 2-0 record and 3.21 ERA, with both outings coming at his home ball park.

Bettors will likely back the Giants due to their 14-6 mark in Bumgarner’s last 20 starts as an underdog, while the Mariners are 1-6 in Hernandez’s last seven outings as a home favorite.

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