Mariners at White Sox Preview
Mitch Haniger hopes to continue a power surge when his Seattle Mariners visit the slumping Chicago White Sox on Monday for the opener of their three-game series. Haniger, who is among the major-league leaders with 22 RBIs, has homered in three straight contests and is 9-for-19 during his five-game hitting streak after launching a two-run shot during Sunday’s 7-4 loss at Texas.
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The 27-year-old Haniger has led the way for a star-studded lineup that includes Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager with seven homers, and he is batting .314 after the Mariners took two of three in Texas. Mike Leake will try to give Seattle a boost on the mound when he starts the opener, while Miguel Gonzalez looks to turn around his season for the White Sox. Chicago has lost seven straight games – allowing a total of 61 runs – and 12 of 13, with poor pitching being the biggest culprit (league-worst 6.20 ERA). Jose Abreu is 8-for-25 during his six-game hitting streak and Avisail Garcia recorded two hits in Sunday’s 7-1 loss to Houston after going 2-for-32 in his previous eight contests for the White Sox, who are 1-8 at home.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), NBCS Chicago
Mariners RH Mike Leake (2-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Miguel Gonzalez (0-3, 12.41)
Leake suffered his first loss of the season on Wednesday as he allowed five runs and seven hits over six innings against Houston, but he did register the 1,000th strikeout of his career. The 30-year-old Arizona State product recorded two quality starts and a pair of victories in his first three outings, giving up seven runs over 18 innings. Welington Castillo is 4-for-20 with two doubles against Leake, who will be facing the White Sox for the first time in his career.
Gonzalez has struggled in his first three starts, putting forth his worst performance on Tuesday, when he was touched for eight runs and eight hits in three frames. The 33-year-old Mexican has completed five innings once in his three turns and opposing hitters are batting .400 with four homers. Ichiro Suzuki is 6-for-19 with three doubles and a pair of homers versus Gonzalez, who is 1-2 with a 6.49 ERA in five career games against Seattle.
1. Chicago 1B-DH Matt Davidson leads the team with five homers and 11 RBIs but is batting just .207.
2. Cruz is 8-for-18 with a home run and two RBIs during his four-game hitting streak.
3. The Mariners took four of five from the White Sox last season, including a three-game sweep at Chicago in July.