It's a full day of baseball today, thanks to April's "mud out" that saw the A's calling a game on behalf of weather conditions where there were actually...well...no weather conditions. In the sky anyway. It pushed that game to today, which filled many Mariners fans with excitement believing that the postponed game would come after Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker were back, dooming the A's for their tarp mismanagement with a deadly sentence of killer pitching.
Well Iwakuma is back, but he isn't pitching today. Walker is still out. Chris Young, who was slated to pitch that cancelled game, has actually been completely serviceable. So who do the A's get to face instead? Apparently broken Erasmo Ramirez, called up as the 26th-man for an extra roster spot because of the doubleheader. Hurrah!
But alas--this team has matched our pitching woes (and are they really even woes?) with things to be genuinely excited about. First, the A's have to face Felix at 12:35. Yes, Happy Felix Day, everyone! This will see the M's trotting out their A-caliber lineup including new centerfielder James Jones batting second. This M's team is riding a four-game winning streak, has a chance to take first place today, and is looking surprisingly sharp despite an early eight-game losing streak.
The lineup for game two isn't out yet, but you can be sure it's going to see some John Buck behind the plate and a little Willie Ballgame out in the field, so get your fun in while it lasts. I say this knowing full well the M's could continue their luck in the second game, which is slated to begin thirty minutes after the conclusion of the first. Remember that the A's are having their own struggles with pitching injuries, and throwing two games in one day puts a little bigger wrench in their works than the M's--
At Bat has Arnold Leon scheduled to start the second game, who would be making his MLB debut for the A's. Leon had Tommy John in 2010, and in the time since, he's been an org guy shuffling between AA and AAA. This, of course, could go either way for the Mariners, as I've learned long ago not to type Hey! The M's Are Going To Shell This Guy! before That Guy scorches the M's. The other option the A's have is starting Tommy Milone, who lasted only four innings in his previous outing thanks to a hefty dose of the Boston Red Sox. I'll update this when any announcement is made.
Edit 12:00 PM: Drew Pomeranz is getting the start in game two, unless he is needed in the pen during the first game.
As for now, sit back, enjoy the Felix, and let's hope for first place by 10 PM.
Game one info
- Mariners @ Athletics, 12:35 PM PST
- TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN
|SEATTLE MARINERS||OAKLAND A'S|
|M. Saunders - RF||Coco Crisp - CF|
|James Jones - CF||John Jaso - C|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Corey Hart - DH||Brandon Moss - LF|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Yoenis Cespedes - DH|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Jed Lowrie - SS|
|Dustin Ackley - LF||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Brad Miller - SS||Daric Barton - 1B|
|Mike Zunino - C||Eric Sogard - 2B|