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7/11: Open game thread

Hisashi Iwakuma and the Seattle Mariners take on C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma makes his second start since returning from the DL. Hopefully he's a bit less rusty/broken/terrible tonight than he was against the Tigers earlier this week. The Mariners really can't afford to punt a bunch of games figuring out whether or not Kuma is still a MLB-caliber pitcher. He needs to pitch well tonight.

Offensively, Austin Jackson is back in the lineup after missing two days with back spasms. This is a Good Thing because Jackson has hit lefties particularly well this season with a wRC+ of 140 (in 60 PA). Alternatively, a thing that is a Bad Thing is the fact that Brad Miller is starting. I'm not sure why Chris Taylor isn't in the lineup with a lefty on the mound, but Miller has a wRC+ of just 7 (in 55 PA) against lefties this season... so that could be a little rough. Finally, Jesus Montero gets his second start in a row. After last night's game, Lloyd commented on Montero, saying "He looked like he's moving better. He looked a lot more comfortable at the plate. We'll see how it plays at this level. He's going to get an opportunity to play against some left-handers and we'll see what happens." So yeah. It'd probably be neat if he got hot and was able to help the M's moving forward.

Game info:

  • Mariners vs Angels, 7:10 PM PST
  • TV: ROOT
  • Radio: 710 ESPN
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Today's Lineups

Johnny Giavotella - 2B Austin Jackson - CF
Kole Calhoun - RF Franklin Gutierrez - DH
Mike Trout - CF Robinson Cano - 2B
Albert Pujols - DH Nelson Cruz - RF
Erick Aybar - SS Kyle Seager - 3B
David Freese - 3B Mark Trumbo - LF
C.J. Cron - 1B Jesus Montero - 1B
Matt Joyce - LF Brad Miller - SS
Carlos Perez - C Mike Zunino - C
C.J. Wilson - LHP Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP