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J.A. Happ looks to right the ship against the streaking Astros.

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Well it was supposed to be a good trip down to Houston after Lloyd got Cano and Felix and Cruz together for a big ol' veterans meeting in the back of the plane, and then the requisite bed was shat upon and now they are trying to avoid a sweep.

Today it's the surprising J.A. Happ on the hill looking to stave off total embarrassment, and he will be doing it against an Astros lineup that you've seen enough of over the past two days and a 34-year old journeyman pitcher that could provide the M's their best bet to take a game from the Astros this series. That is a real sentence that I just typed in 2015. Despite the fact that it's getaway day, Lloyd is putting out his A lineup and Dustin Ackley will be spending the day out in left, because Rickie Weeks and Houston and why didn't we think of this on Thursday?

With today's game and this week's upcoming series against the Angels and A's, the Mariners may be looking at the most important stretch of baseball of their season, which is obnoxious to say this early in the game. If they can gain some ground against the rest of the AL West this week--or hell, at least stay afloat--they will be in good shape. Seven more devastating days and the hill only gets bigger and bleaker.

Game info

  • Mariners @ Astros, 11:10 AM PST
  • TV: ROOT
  • Radio: 710 ESPN, 97.3 KIRO
  • Online:

Today's Lineups

Austin Jackson - CF Jose Altuve - 2B
Seth Smith - DH Marwin Gonzalez - SS
Robinson Cano - 2B George Springer - RF
Nelson Cruz - RF Evan Gattis - DH
Kyle Seager - 3B Chris Carter - 1B
Logan Morrison - 1B Colby Rasmus - LF
Mike Zunino - C Jake Marisnick - CF
Dustin Ackley - LF Jason Castro - C
Brad Miller - SS Jonathan Villar - 3B
J.A. Happ - LHP Roberto Hernandez - RHP