Home at last! A Wednesday night game against Oakland in April aren't really ideal conditions for a big crowd, but it's still nice to be back at the Safe.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS SEATTLE MARINERS
Kotsay CF Ichiro RF
Kendall C Winn LF
Chavez 3B Beltre 3B
Durazo DH Sexson DH
Hatteberg 1B Boone 2B
Ellis 2B Ibanez 1B
Byrnes LF Bloomquist CF
Swisher RF Olivo C
Scutaro SS Valdez SS
Zito (0-3 7.27) Pineiro (0-1 7.94)
Where we thought Pineiro was fortunate to be able to get his first start against a bad offense, the lineup he'll be facing tonight has actually been even worse than Chicago's, to the tune of the lowest EqA in the AL. Which isn't to say they're not good, because Oakland has a pretty solid lineup from top to bottom, but they're in a funk right now, so the conditions are there for Pineiro to go seven innings. As for the Mariners, the key will be laying off Zito's curve and getting ahead in the count. Problems with command have forced Zito to get more of the plate, with sluggerific results. Prediction: Adrian Beltre will either homer or sprain his lower back swinging tonight.
Blez, of Athletics Nation, on Zito:
LET'S GO MARINERS!