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Roenis Elias Vs. Carlos Rodon

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Lineups

SEATTLE MARINERS CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Ketel Marte - SS Adam Eaton - CF
Austin Jackson - CF Melky Cabrera - LF
Nelson Cruz - RF Jose Abreu - 1B
Robinson Cano - 2B Avisail Garcia - DH
Franklin Gutierrez - LF Trayce Thompson - RF
Mark Trumbo - 1B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Jesus Montero - DH Tyler Saladino - 3B
Brad Miller - 3B Carlos Sanchez - 2B
Mike Zunino - C Tyler Flowers - C
Roenis Elias - LHP Carlos Rodon - LHP

Let's go ahead and start off with the news, such as it is:

Kyle Seager has a wRC+ of 63 in August so it's probably time for him to have a break. Brad Miller will replace Seager at third tonight and has now played LF, CF, SS, 2B, and 3B in the past week. Ben Zobrist has had a fantastic career primarily because his skill set is so unique. If it was as simple as taking an athletic, plus-bat player and teaching them 6 different positions then every team would have a Ben Zobrist. Nonetheless there's very little on the line at this point and the Mariners are probably overdue for some good fortune on the player development side of things.

Speaking of that, win or lose I'll be watching tonight for Ketel Marte and his .333/.406/.452 slash line. Baseball is an interesting game in that what is traditionally thought of as athleticism is not necessary to have a wildly successful career. Still, there is something intoxicating about a great athlete turning the diamond into his own personal Daytona. Right now, Ketel Marte is the most exciting thing about the Mariners. Keep it up, Ketel.

Roenis Elias makes his return to the rotation this evening. Elias comes across as a proud man and he's had a weird, trying year. I would not be shocked to learn that he feels some resentment for the way he's been handled, seemingly left to rot in Tacoma for months while the Mariners pitching imploded. I very much expect he would like to prove a point over the next month or so that he deserves a spot in the rotation going into next year. His statement opens tonight.

Bad news: The Mariners are terrible at Comiskey Park, with a 4-18 record in Chicago this decade. Good news: That is still better than Comiskey Park itself, which is the worst open air baseball park built in the last 30 years.

Better news: The White Sox are wearing these tonight:

Win, ya light beers.

Game info

  • Mariners @ White Sox, 4:10 PST, Comiskey Park
  • TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: MLBTV