Friday, August 26th, 2016

MLB 2016 Game #11: Mariners vs. White Sox

Great pitching matchups don't come along every day. Most starts are the run-of-the-mill variety. When I noticed tonight's probable starters, I was intrigued.

Tonight's game is a battle between two teams headed in different directions. The Seattle Mariners (67-60, .528) sit in second place in the American League West, but they trail the Texas Rangers by 7.5 games. The odds of winning a division title appear slim with slightly more than one month of regular season games remaining. They do have a shot in the AL wild card race being only three games behind the second slot. But several teams are tied atop their division and could fall into the wild card race.

However, the Chicago White Sox (61-65, .484) sit in fourth place in the AL Central and 11 games behind the front-running Cleveland Indians. The AL wild card race doesn't offer any relief. Currently, they sit 8.5 games back. And being honest, the White Sox have received more coverage lately after rebranding their ballpark.

The Mariners will send Felix Hernandez (8-4, 3.26 ERA), the 30-year-old righty, to the mound. In his last three starts, Hernandez has pitched deep into games and logged two wins. The White Sox will counter with the 27-year-old Chris Sale (15-6, 3.15 ERA). Clearly, the team's most dominant pitcher, Sale is several weeks removed from the scissor incident.

Fun Fact: Speaking of great pitching matchups, the last time I saw the Mariners play was against the Milwaukee Brewers in Miller Park on June 26, 2010. Seattle sent Doug Fister to the mound to battle Milwaukee's Randy Wolf. That was the opposite of a great pitching matchup.

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