MLB picks: Twins@ Mariners; 10:40 PM

night. After having the feel of their longest winning streak of the season coming to an end, the Seattle Mariners will definitely look for bouncing back against the Minnesota Twins. However, both of the teams could again be devoid of important pieces in the series opener. Mariners’ manager Eric Wedge is out and Twins All-Star Joe Mauer is not quite certain of playing when these clubs play the game tonight. Seattle (48-53) had, however, posted eight consecutive wins by a 50-24 margin before managing to get two singles in Wednesday's 10-1 loss to Cleveland. The Mariners will have to play without Wedge, who had suffered a very mild stroke on Monday. He is anticipated not to play in this series as well as a six-game road trip which lies ahead.

Baseball predictions expert informs that the Twins (43-55) could miss Mauer, who was set on the paternity list on Wednesday. Minnesota had won six out of seven, including a season-best four straight on the road, before dropping one on Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Doug Bernier and Aaron Hicks each singled one for the clubs' two hits. However, it is anticipated that the Twins could have a tough time while regrouping against Hisashi Iwakuma who is 9-4 with a 2.99 ERA. Iwakuma is leading the AL with a 5.71 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander is surely looking for a win which could be the season high-tying third consecutive start after producing two runs in seven innings on Saturday in a 4-2 victory at Houston.

Free MLB picks insider reports that Iwakuma has been exceptionally active while winning each of his three career starts against Minnesota. He allowed a pair of unearned runs in 20 2-3 innings in that stretch. He has also donated seven hits in 7 2-3 innings in a 3-0 road win on May 31. Justin Morneau is 1 for 8 while Ryan Doumit is now at 0 for 8 with five strikeouts in their matchups. The Twins will give the ball to Kevin Correia who is 7-6 with an ERA of 4.17, and who yielded a pair of runs and three hits in six innings on Saturday in a 3-2 win over Cleveland. Correia is now at 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in his three career starts against Seattle. He had surrendered a total of four runs and a season’s high-tying three homers - two out of which were to Jason Bay - in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-4 walk-off win for Minnesota on June 1. Correia will also have to be alert against Raul Ibanez, who is now at 5 for 10 with a homer and two doubles in their matchups. Ibanez had mired in a 3-for-18 funk, and he could be back in the lineup after getting an off on Wednesday.

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