5/3: Open game thread

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The return of Hisashi Iwakuma

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Well yesterday's King Felix start may not have gone quite the way we all hoped, but the bad luck will run dry eventually. Perhaps even as early as today, with the arrival of Hisashi Iwakuma, making his first start of the 2014 season. It has been so long since Kuma has taken the mound in an M's uniform, so in a way, it's almost like they were having trouble with the rotation and went out and signed a free agent to make up for it. Whichever way you want to take it, this is great news.

In some not-so-great news, however, LLoyd has decided to continue the Stefen Romero, #2 hitter experiment today but probably only because he didn't shit the bed last time. The M's sent Lucas Luetge back down to Tacoma with the call-up of Kuma as expected, but I remember seeing Twitter abuzz with speculation that they would send down Romero instead. Not actual speculation, perhaps, just impassioned shouting toward the heavens. Instead, he's hitting in front of Robinson Cano.

Dustin Ackley gets another day off to get Cole Gillespie a little time in left field, and Michael Saunders looks like he's taking his new leadoff hitter role in stride. Here's to making the Astros look like the Astros again, and not whatever it is they have been doing to the M's all season.

Game info

  • Mariners @ Astros, 1:10 PM PST
  • TV: ROOT, MLB Network. Radio: 710 ESPN

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS HOUSTON ASTROS
M. Saunders - CF Jose Altuve - 2B
Stefen Romero - RF Dexter Fowler - CF
Robinson Cano - 2B Jason Castro - C
Corey Hart - DH Matt Dominguez - 3B
Kyle Seager - 3B Marc Krauss - 1B
Justin Smoak - 1B Chris Carter - DH
Cole Gillespie - LF Alex Presley - RF
Brad Miller - SS Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Mike Zunino - C Jonathan Villar - SS
Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP Dallas Keuchel - LHP
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