Last night's game was difficult to watch. It was no blown save by Brandon League or 16-9 monstrosity by Brandon Maurer, but it didn't have to be. Seven losses in a row is tough to take. Nine losses in 10 games is downright brutal.
Following such a game, we can be assured of several things: First, that Felix Hernandez will continue to be an outstanding pitcher, even with the occasional off day; second, that Mike Zunino's foul ball actually touched the moon (or at the very least, the roof); and third, that there are still 143 games left to redeem this season. It may be pointless to drum up any kind of optimism in the face of back-to-back series losses to two of baseball's worst teams, but it would be equally pointless to give up on the season in mid-April.
- Mariners vs. Astros, 7:10 p.m. PST
- Tonight's game will be televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN. If you live out of the blackout-restricted area, you can also follow along at MLB TV here.
- This is Dustin Ackley's second day hitting second in the lineup.
- Ryan Divish reports that Hisashi Iwakuma will throw a simulated game at Safeco. Hitters slated to face him include Logan Morrison, Willie Bloomquist, Nick Franklin, and Stefen Romero. Meanwhile, Taijuan Walker has a meeting with his doctors tomorrow to figure out when he can resume his rehab.
|HOUSTON ASTROS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Jose Altuve - 2B||Abraham Almonte - CF|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Dustin Ackley - LF|
|Jason Castro - C||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|George Springer - RF||Corey Hart - DH|
|Marc Krauss - 1B||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Alex Presley - LF||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Chris Carter - DH||Michael Saunders - RF|
|Matt Dominguez - 3B||Mike Zunino - C|
|Jonathan Villar - SS||Brad Miller - SS|
|Collin McHugh - RHP||Erasmo Ramirez - RHP|