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  W: W. LeBlanc (6-1)   L: J. Shields (4-11)   S: E. Díaz (37)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, July 20, 2018
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 43,331

Mariners aim to regain momentum vs. White Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Mariners took two of three from the White Sox in late April, losing the series opener before rattling off two wins. Chicago has limited the M's offense in Seattle in recent years -- over the last 10 seasons, the Sox have allowed 3.2 runs per game in Seattle, their fourth-lowest at an opponent in the AL (min. 10 GP).
  2. Chicago has won three of its last four games directly on the heels of a six-game losing streak. Over the last four games, the White Sox have outscored opponents 23-12, picking up 40 hits while allowing 25.
  3. The Mariners have gone 21-8 against AL Central opponents this year, which is on track for their second-best record against the division in franchise history (2001, 31-10).
  4. Yoan Moncada has drawn seven walks over his past five games, including a career-high three in the South Siders' 9-6 win over Kansas City on July 13. Moncada had drawn just seven walks in his previous 35 games.
  5. Nelson Cruz has hit 148 home runs in 543 games with Seattle. If he hits two this series, he will reach 150 HR in his career with a single AL team in fewer games than all but four players -- Babe Ruth (411), Alex Rodriguez (465), Roger Maris (508), David Ortiz (522) and Jimmie Foxx (533).
  6. Chicago's James Shields has allowed 1.84 home runs per nine innings on the road, compared to 0.66 at home. Seattle's Wade LeBlanc has seen his team go 10-4 in his starts this year, good for the fifth-best team record in starts in MLB (min. 10 starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/20/2018 thru 7/22/2018

The Seattle Mariners did not exactly head into the All-Star break with momentum.

The Mariners, who have not made the playoffs since 2001 and are trying to end the longest postseason drought in the four major professional sports, lost their last four games before the break, including a three-game interleague sweep at Colorado.

Still, Seattle (58-39) holds a three-game lead over the suddenly surging Oakland Athletics for the American League's second and final wild-card berth.

The Mariners come out of the break with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, starting Friday night at Safeco Field.

"I think we've had an awesome first half of the season," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's a credit to our players. We've certainly faced some adversity. Injuries, losing Robbie (Cano) and things like that. So, to be in this position, I couldn't be any happier.

"Now I say that and you're always a little disappointed because we're in a little bit of a swoon and haven't played that well recently. But you have to look at the big picture here. You have to stand back and say, 'When we left (spring training), what were we shooting for What were we hoping for."

The Mariners have certainly exceeded preseason expectations. They were represented at the All-Star Game by outfielder Mitch Haniger, shortstop Jean Segura, designated hitter Nelson Cruz and closer Edwin Diaz.

Offseason acquisition Dee Gordon has provided a spark at the top of the lineup and made a seamless transition from center field back to second base after Cano was suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs.

"We've played hard this first half and we've played well, too," Gordon told "Everybody needs a break. We're going to enjoy it, recharge our batteries and get ready for the second half."

The White Sox (33-62) set a franchise record for most losses before the All-Star break.

"It wasn't a very good first half in wins and losses, but I think that's part of the process," White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada told through an interpreter. "We're all trying to do our best. We improved during the first half, and I think in the second half we'll be much better."

All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu, who undoubtedly will be the target of other teams in trade talks as the July 31 deadline nears, said the team needs to keep a simple focus in the second half.

"Our mindset has to be: just improve," Abreu told "Be better. Be better and keep working. Come here every day to do our best."

The White Sox are set to send right-hander James Shields (4-10, 4.43 ERA) to the mound in the series opener against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc (5-1, 3.63).

Shields is 5-8 with a 4.66 ERA in 19 career starts against the Mariners, including a 4-3 home loss on April 25 in which he allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.

LeBlanc, in his second stint with Seattle, is coming off his first loss in 22 starts with the team. He's 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA in four career appearances against the White Sox, with one start. LeBlanc pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief at Chicago on April 23, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

Updated July 19, 2018

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