A lot of pregame news tonight, but let's start with the lineups:
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Austin Jackson - CF|
|Jose Ramirez - SS||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Michael Brantley - LF||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Brandon Moss - 1B||Seth Smith - DH|
|David Murphy - RF||Logan Morrison - 1B|
|Nick Swisher - DH||Mike Zunino - C|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B||Brad Miller - SS|
|Michael Bourn - CF||Willie Bloomquist - 2B|
|Roberto Perez - C||Dustin Ackley - LF|
|Trevor Bauer - RHP||Taijuan Walker - RHP|
Robinson Cano is likely still out with the flu, and everyone gets a reminder that Willie "Ballgame" Bloomquist is still on the squad as he slots in to second base tonight. Cruz and Smith switch positions from last night as Mike Zunino gets the proverbial pat on the back for his solo homerun last evening and gets moved up to batting six.
A lot of things to consider today as a few moves were made with the pitching staff pregame:
Good for you, Joe Beimel. https://t.co/1ZUmJ7ncpy— Anders Jorstad (@AndersJorstad) May 29, 2015
So Biemel won't be available today from the pen, while also:
Mariners make it official. Dominic Leone recalled from Tacoma. James Paxton goes on 15-day DL.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) May 29, 2015
So James won't be available while he stretches out his middle finger. This may be a more difficult task than you'd imagine as Ol' Pax hails from that frozen, friendly tundra of Ladner, BC. Let's all hope for a speedy recovery because I'll tell you what it's not like we just casually have three major league starters waiting in Tacoma.
Colin also pointed out something that has been weighing on my mind while looking at the next few games coming up:
In the span of eight days, the Mariners will draw Archer, Kluber, Pineda and Tanaka (and Bauer and Salazar). https://t.co/2PgYU8GuQw— Colin O'Keefe (@colinokeefe) May 29, 2015
That is a murderers row. We'll need Robbie Cano.
BUT THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS, COME ON, GUYS!
While we aren't yet sure exactly how this should translate to offensive production, that certainly isn't a bad sign. I'd go out on a limb and even say it is a very good sign.
So please, sit back, mix up a drink, and enjoy the M's on a beautiful Friday night. I recommend a Fluffy Duck.
Here's my recipe: 1.5 oz. gin, 1.5 oz. advocaat, 1 oz. triple sec (or Grand Marnier), 1 oz. fresh squeeze OJ, top with soda water. HELPFUL HINT: to make it a Duffy Fluck (personal twist) sub tequila for gin.
- Indians vs. Mariners, 7:10 PST
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May Taijuan's fastballs love and guide us.
love and goms.