Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins 4/8/22 MLB Picks and Predictions
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Minnesota Twins (0-0) vs Seattle Mariners (0-0)
Game Info: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 4:10 pm (Target Field)
Joe Ryan (0-0) (0.00) vs Robbie Ray (0-0) (0.00)
Betting Odds: Minnesota Twins -112 / Seattle Mariners -105 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Seattle Mariners face the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at Target Field for an MLB Opening Day matchup.
The Seattle Mariners finished the 2021 regular season with a 90-72 record and only two games out of the final wild card spot for the American League. With the expanded wild card spot implemented this season, the M’s should have large expectations about the 2022 campaign. The Mariners made a splash in the offseason when they signed the AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray to a five-year deal. Ray owned an impressive 13-7 record, a 2.84 ERA, a 1.045 WHIP, and led the league in strikeouts with 248. Ray also amassed a strong 6.7 WAR (wins above replacement) which was his career-best by far. Ray will get the nod on opening day as he will look to put together another strong season for his new team. The Mariners do have to replace a good amount of production from last year’s team as long-time third baseman Kyle Seager retired, all-star starter Yusei Kikuchi went to the Blue Jays, and other pitchers in the rotation and bullpen did not resign in free agency. The Mariners owned a team OPS of (on-base plus slugging) of .687 which was actually 27th in the MLB in 2021. The pitching staff fared better as it owned the 16th ranked team ERA of 4.30.
The Minnesota Twins were one of the more disappointing teams in the league last year, as they entered the 2021 season with a lot of expectations and failed to meet any of them. The Twins were the third-worst team in the AL owning a 73-89 record, which was a big surprise after Minnesota had the second-best record in the AL in 2020 and won 101 games in 2019. The Twins went out and got a big fish in shortstop Carlos Correa, as he signed a three-year deal. Minnesota also got some much-needed help in the rotation and bullpen with the signings of Dylan Bundy, Chris Archer, and former Mariner Joe Smith. Minnesota was 26th in the league in team ERA last year, which will have to improve if the Twins want to make a run in an interesting AL Central this season. The Twins’ bats were ranked 11th in baseball in team OPS, so the offense was there, but was not enough to override the struggles on the mound and on the field, as the Twins made the third-most errors in the field in 2021. The Twins’ opening day starter looks to be former Rays prospect Joe Ryan. Ryan pitched 26.2 innings last season for the Twins and in that short period of work, Ryan earned a 2-1 record with a modest 4.05 ERA and a really strong 0.79 WHIP. The Twins will look for Ryan to take the next step in his developmental process, and the team could really use a solid season from the 25-year-old right-hander.
I think the price is right on the home team Minnesota Twins here. The Mariners were exceptional in close games last year and although it is important to pick up wins any way you can, the M’s 2021 performance was a bit unsustainable and I worry about this team in 2022. The Twins look to be making moves in the right direction and we cannot forget how good this team was only a few years ago. One poor campaign does not have me worried for Minnesota going forward, and I like the Twins to earn the win on opening day.
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