Fresh off a homestand they finished by losing five of the last six games, the Mariners have recorded a season-high 15 hits in both of their first two contests of a 10-day, nine-game road trip. They look for the series sweep Thursday at Detroit.
No one would appreciate a continued offensive outburst by the Mariners offense more than Hector Noesi. The Seattle right-hander has been roughed up in two of his three starts this season, including an abysmal 1 1/3 innings of work his last time out, in which he gave up six runs on six hits and walked two. Whether he gets the run support, Noesi is approaching his start with a fresh mindset.
"Everything is in your mind," he said. "When you say something, that's going to happen. So I have to take everything from the good start and take it to the new start."
Noesi's counterpart, Rick Porcello, knows a thing or two about forgettable starts. Porcello was only able to record three outs in his last start -- at Texas -- giving up nine runs on 10 hits. It will be important for the righty to regain command of his sinker to find success against the Mariners.
"The only adjustment we talked about [last Saturday] was to slow down," Porcello said. "There was maybe a couple pitches or a couple batters where I got a little quick and the ball stayed up, but for the most part I was just trying to go out there and establish our game plan, and it just wasn't working.
"That was pretty much it. I've got to be [able] to recognize what's going on in the game if I want to be able to pitch deep into the game."
Mariners: Liddi proving himself
Alex Liddi played third base and hit sixth on Wednesday, making it the first time this season he has started back-to-back nights. On Tuesday, Liddi became just the third Italian-born player to collect three hits in a game, joining Reno Bertoia and Marino Pieretti. He also hit home runs in both games.
Tigers: Hoping to find rare success against Mariners
The Tigers are looking to find rare success against the Mariners, as of late. Detroit is just 2-7 in its past nine games against Seattle, and has given up a combined 16 runs on 30 hits in the first two games of the series.
Porcello is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners.
Ichiro Suzuki is 6-for-16 (.375) lifetime against Porcello, and is fourth among active players with a .353 batting average at Comerica Park.