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A big-time pitching duel is on tap Wednesday in Seattle when San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner opposes Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the third of four consecutive games between the two clubs. Bumgarner was the World Series hero last year as the Giants won their third title in five seasons while Hernandez is aiming to become the American League’s first 10-game winner in 2015.
Hernandez is coming off the worst outing of his career as he gave up eight runs in one-third of an inning while losing to Houston on Friday. The two hurlers squared off once in 2012 and neither was part of the decision as Bumgarner allowed one run and three hits in eight innings and Hernandez permitted one run and six hits in seven frames. The teams split two games in San Francisco as the Giants posted a 6-2 victory on Tuesday to halt a nine-game home losing streak. Third baseman Matt Duffy is 4-for-8 in the two contests and 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs on Tuesday to help end San Francisco’s five-game slide.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area (San Francisco), ROOT (Seattle)
LINE HISTORY: Oddsmakers opened the Mariners -130 and the total at 6.
INJURY REPORT: Giants – RF Hunter Pence (DL-Wrist), CF Gregor Blanco (Out-Concussion) Mariners – LF Mark Trumbo (Doub-Back)
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Giants got first no-hitter of the season from an unlikely source (Chris Heston), and continue to stay within shouting distance of the more talent-laden Dodgers in the West. But OF Pence is back on the DL and this team can hardly afford to lose him as the offense has started to sputter. Acquisition of power-hitting IF/OF Mark Trumbo hasn’t helped and M’s have him batting as low as seventh in the order. (Last) Week ended with 13-0 drubbing to the Astros and tough homestand of Giants, Astros, and Royals is coming up. McLendon on hot seat with this under-achieving bunch.” Covers Expert Big Al McMordie.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Giants LH Madison Bumgarner (7-3, 3.16 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (9-3, 3.38)
Bumgarner lost to Arizona 1-0 in his last start to halt a string of four consecutive victorious decisions. He is 5-1 with a 3.92 ERA in six road starts while walking just four over 39 innings. In Bumgarner’s 2012 no-decision versus the Mariners, he retired 18 consecutive batters during one stretch and struck out four against one walk.
Hernandez is just 3-3 after a scintillating 6-0 start and he was touched up for two homers during his short stint against Houston. He has been roughed up in June — 1-2 with a 12.00 ERA – while allowing 23 baserunners in just 12 innings over three outings. Hernandez is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three career starts against the Giants.
*Mariners are 5-16 in their last 21 games with Welke behind home plate.
*Giants are 5-2 in Bumgarner’s last 7 interleague starts.
*Under is 8-1-1 in Hernandez’s last 10 home starts.
*Over is 6-0 in Bumgarner’s last 6 starts with 4 days of rest.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 52 percent of users are on the Giants.