by GT Staff | Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins (-200, 8½): Minnesota is 41-22 at the Metrodome and suddenly finds itself in the midst of a heated pennant race in the AL Central with the White Sox. In these dog days of summer, it is not a bad idea to back both teams which are battling, knowing they are thinking of each other and fueled by fear that the other will catch them, take their playoff spot or that this will be the game – should they lose – that will be the one that knocks them out of that postseason possibility.
New staff ace Francisco Liriano, 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA since returning from his rehab stint in AAA, gets the ball tonight for the Twins. The crafty lefty will face Seattle’s Carlos Silva in a game way more important to the home team than it is to the visitors.
The Mariners have the AL’s worst record (46-74) and do not travel well, going a weak 22-36 away from the Emerald City. As is a becoming a Friday tradition in this Play of the Day column, let’s back the big favorite. Perceiving value with a big underdog is only a perception if the ticket doesn’t cash.
In their only meeting of the year, the Mariners took two of three earlier this month in Seattle. But these three are in Minnesota… TWINS.