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Series Preview: Minnesota Twins @ Seattle Mariners

Seattle: 26-28
Minnesota: 27-28


-41.2 (27th)
25.3 (5th) MIN
10.7 (7th) -6.5 (20th) SEA
13.7 (8th) 12.4 (9th) SEA
-11.6 (26th) -4.4 (23rd) MIN
-28.4 26.8 Minnesota

I am tired of playing the Twins. Good news for me because this is the last time that we will.

Mariners got better in all three categories over the series with Baltimore, which is not too surprising when you win a game comfortably, take the series and your only loss came on a 1-0 shutout. In total, Seattle gained about six runs over the three games.

The difference between our offense and Minnesota's is laughable. Beyond the two obvious threats, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Denard Span are all potent threats with Delmon Young's rapidly decaying career doing its best to drag them all down.

It is weird to see a Twins bullpen only as good as mediocre. Joe Nathan continues to do his best Mariano Rivera career path impression as he just never seems to get worse, but this year's supporting cast has been downright crappy.



Game 1: Felix Hernandez vs. Francisco Liriano*
Game 2: Jarrod Washburn* vs. Nick Blackburn
Game 3: Erik Bedard* vs. Kevin Slowey

The last time we played the Twins, we faced Baker, Liriano and Backburn. The first time we played the Twins we faced Liriano, Blackburn, Slowey and Perkins. We have faced Liriano and Blackburn each time. We have had good success against Liriano in the two starts so far while Blackburn alternated walking people and getting hit with then shutting us down completely in the second go around.

Felix could face some problems from Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer but Washburn and Bedard might be the best two starters on our team to throw at those two given how Washburn has been handling left handers this season.



Infidel Lime IPA
Trade Route Brewing Company. Seattle, WA

An IPA brewed with kaffir lime leaves it is pretty much exactly what you might imagine, hoppy bitter combined with a touch of citrusy sour. They pull it off well with balance.