MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 3 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 10100
Seattle0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 491
  W: L. Giolito (1-0)   L: N. Margevicius (0-1)
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)8:10 PM CT, April 6, 2021
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 7,980

Mariners welcome back starter James Paxton, host White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

  1. Since midseason 2017, the Mariners are 11-4 against the White Sox and have not lost consecutive games to the South Siders. During that stretch, Chicago is 0-8 versus Seattle when scoring four runs or fewer.
  2. In their four-game road series against the Angels, the White Sox scored 12 runs in their lone victory and a total of 10 runs in their three defeats. Sox pitchers allowed the Halos to hit .321 (9-for-28) with four home runs with men in scoring position.
  3. The Mariners are 2-1 despite hitting only .202 and homering twice. Their pitchers yielded six homers but limited the Giants to a .184 average with runners on base, as five of the six homers were solo blasts.
  4. Yermin Mercedes' nine hits are tied for the most ever by a White Sox player in his first three games of a season, matching Darrin Jackson's start in 1999. After opening the season 8-for-8, Mercedes has one hit in his last six at-bats.
  5. Mitch Haniger and Ty France have the Mariners' two home runs and are the only Seattle players hitting at least .300. Haniger is a .184 hitter versus Chicago in his career (7-for-38), but four of his seven hits have gone for extra bases (two doubles, two homers).
  6. Limited to two starts last season, Carlos Rodon seeks his first win in 717 days. Rodon has a 1.89 ERA in three starts versus Seattle but has not faced Seattle since 2016. Justus Sheffield is coming off an excellent September: 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/5/2021 thru 4/7/2021

Seattle left-hander James Paxton will make his season debut Tuesday night when the Mariners host the Chicago White Sox in the second installment of a three-game series.

The 32-year-old Paxton returned to the Mariners as a free agent this February after spending the past two seasons with the New York Yankees. He began his career with Seattle, where he notched 41 victories across his first six seasons from 2013-18.

"It's great to have him back," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "I know what he's going to mean to our ballclub this year. We've got to keep him healthy, keep him going, making every turn. You're going to look up at the end of the year and he's going to have a big season. There's no question in my mind."

Paxton will face a tough challenge in his first outing of 2021. He has fared well against Chicago in his career, going 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in four starts. That included one outing apiece in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

The White Sox are coming off a 6-0 win in Monday's series opener. Yasmani Grandal homered and drove in three runs, and Billy Hamilton and Andrew Vaughn notched one RBI apiece.

However, the top story in Chicago's lineup has been to Yermin Mercedes. The rookie went 3-for-4 with a double on Monday, boosting his batting average to .667 (12-for-18) in his first four starts.

"We need the lift, and he's given it to us," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "He's such a fun-loving kind of person. His story, having to play in the minor leagues and different leagues, to finally get here and have success, I mean everybody is enjoying it.

"I'm not sure the camera catches all of it, but when he's had that string of hits, the guys go nuts. It's partly because it helps us, but it's fun to see a guy like him enjoy the success that he's worked hard to get."

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (0-0, 3.38 ERA) will make his second start of the season. He was sharp in his first outing, limiting the Los Angeles Angels to two runs on two hits in 5 1/3 innings on Thursday. He walked two and struck out eight.

The key to Giolito's success in the opener was his changeup, which kept Angels hitters off balance.

"It plays off my fastball," Giolito said. "I try to live top of the strike zone with the fastball. So the changeup, generally, I'm trying to throw it down in the zone."

In one career start against Seattle, Giolito took the loss while giving up five runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. The outing marked a rare blemish during his 2019 season, during which he went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and earned a selection to the All-Star Game.

The Mariners will look to jump-start their offense against Giolito after managing only three hits in the series opener.

Paxton is eager to get started in his second go-round with Seattle.

"It's a really young team, but a very talented team," he said. "Obviously, there's tons of talent around here (with) pitching, defense and hitting. I think it's going to be a really good team. We've got a chance to surprise some people this year."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 6, 2021

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