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The Cardinals and Mariners will be meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle this weekend for a three-game series, their first meeting since September of 2013. The Mariners are coming off of being swept on the road by the Detroit Tigers, while the Cardinals’ heads are high after taking all three games from the division-leading Cubs at Wrigley Field.
In the first game of the series, the Mariners will start left-hander Wade LeBlanc, Seattle’s acquisition from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday for a player to be named later. At the Triple-A level this season, LeBlanc spun 89.2 innings and pitched to an earned run average of 1.71. Carlos Martinez will start for the visiting squad. Martinez faced the Rangers in his last outing, holding Texas to four hits and zero runs.
Nathan Karns will take the mound for Seattle in the middle game of the series. Karns allowed five earned runs in as many innings in his last outing against the Tigers. The Cardinals will go with Mike Leake. Leake was in charge of the Rangers in his previous start and fared decent, working six frames and allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five.
The series finale will feature James Paxton for the Mariners. The left-hander worked 7.2 innings at Comerica Park in Detroit in his last outing, limiting the Tigers to four earned runs. Toeing the rubber for St. Louis will be Jaime Garcia. Garcia took on the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his last start and fared well, considering that he had an earned run average of 5.93 in his previous seven starts. Garcia went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs while whiffing six.
STL: Brandon Moss, first baseman. Moss is batting .327 over his last fifteen games with seven homers, adding to his team-high total of sixteen homers on the season.
SEA: Robinson Cano, second baseman. Cano has been tearing the cover off the ball for the Mariners, slashing .323/.380/.540 over his last fifteen games with three homers and five RBIs.