With the Twins in town for a four-game set, Lloyd McClendon has moved a hot Michael Saunders to the top of his lineup. The Condor leading off makes for a welcome change from Endy Chavez and Willie Bloomquist; hopefully he does well enough to convince Lloyd to give him the full-time job. This is as close to the platonic ideal of a 2014 Mariners lineup as I think I've seen all year.
Hisashi Iwakuma has had a rough go of it lately - even in his most recent start against the Astros, he wasn't destroying worlds. Luckily, the Twins have a mediocre team offense, in part thanks to the struggles of one Kendrys Morales. Also luckily, the Mariners are up against Kevin Correia, the pitcher with the lowest K/9 in baseball.
Josh Willingham might be one to keep an eye on, as he is widely regarded as trade bait and the Mariners could have an interest in his (sigh) right-handed power. Consensus is that the Twins will start to sell shortly after the All-Star game at Target Field. Because they're bad.
|MINNESOTA TWINS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Brian Dozier - 2B||M. Saunders - RF|
|Eduardo Escobar - SS||James Jones - CF|
|Trevor Plouffe - 3B||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Kendrys Morales - 1B||Corey Hart - DH|
|Josh Willingham - LF||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Oswaldo Arcia - RF||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Chris Colabello - DH||Mike Zunino - C|
|Sam Fuld - CF||Dustin Ackley - LF|
|Eric Fryer - C||Brad Miller - SS|
|Kevin Correia - RHP||Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP|