The Mariners will seek their first 3-0 start since 1995, a season I'm sure every Mariner fan remembers. Toeing the rubber for the M's is lefty James Paxton who will look to build on his four solid outings at the end of 2013.
The good news here for the M's is that Santiago doesn't have extreme splits and is not known for dominating lefties in particular. Regardless, Lloyd McClendon has stacked today's lineup with as many right-handed hitters as possible (including Willie Bloomquist! Yay? Not yay?) Other good news of course is the success Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley have seen in the last couple of days, even against lefty C.J. Wilson. There's always hope!
The bad news for the M's is that the Angels have a ton of good right-handed hitters in the lineup today to challenge Paxton. In his four starts, Paxton actually has extreme reverse splits and has struggled more against left-handed hitters. Though given the very small sample size, those aren't that reliable. Mystery!
- Mariners @ Angels, 7:05pm PST
- Will be televised live on ROOT and will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN.
Mariners (J. Paxton) @ Angels (H. Santiago)
- Abraham Almonte (S) CF
- Brad Miller (L) SS
- Robinson Cano (L) 2B
- Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- Corey Hart (R) DH
- Stefen Romero (R) RF
- Dustin Ackley (L) LF
- Mike Zunino (R) C
- Willie Bloomquist (R) 3B