San Francisco Giants return to Pacific Northwest: Series preview

MoreSplashHits doesn’t know whose in charge of this interleague scheduling, but we like it.

As they do every three years, the Giants are facing the Mariners in interleague play. And for the fourth consecutive time, the Giants-Mariners series will take place in Seattle. The Mariners haven’t been to AT&T Park since 2000. Since then the Giants have played series at Safeco in 2001, 2006 and 2009 and now 20012.

Since Safeco Field is the closest big-league park to MoreSplashHits, we are all for that.

Although the Giants may not be so excited about that. They’ve gone 2-7 in their nine games at Safeco.

But, of course, that was the pre-World Series champion Giants. It will be a different story for the post-World Series champion Giants. We hope.

MoreSplashHits hasn’t seen a Giants win in Seattle since their 15-11 win in 1999 in one of the last games played in the Kingdome.

We’ve got plans to be there Sunday.

Weekend pitching matchups:

FRIDAY: Ryan Vogelsong (5-2) vs. Justin Vargas (7-5), 7:10 p.m.

The Mariners have lost five games in a row since their combined no-hitter against the Dodgers last Friday. They got swept at home by the Padres. Enough said. Vargas has allowed at least three runs in his last seven starts. Vogelsong enters on a five-game winning streak, and the Giants have won in his last seven starts. He also not allowed more than 3 runs in any of those starts.

SATURDAY: Tim Lincecum (2-7) vs. Kevin Millwood (3-5), 7:10 p.m.

Millwood is scheduled to make his first start since pitching six perfect innings against the Dodgers, then leaving with a groin strain. He had his next start pushed back two days. The Giants haven’t won a Lincecum start since April 28. But this is The Freak’s first start in Seattle. Lincecum grew up in nearby Renton and pitched for the University of Washington. And he can expect some Northwest weather. Weekend forecast calls highs in the 60s with a 30 percent chance of showers. The roof figures to be closed.

SUNDAY: Madison Bumgarner (8-4) vs. Felix Hernandez (4-5), 1:10 p.m.

King Felix is in a mini-funk (compared to Lincecum). He’s given up at least four runs and not pitched past the sixth inning in any of his last three starts (all losses). Bumgarner is coming off his best start of the season, giving up one earned run on six this in 7 2/3 innings and striking out 12.

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