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Nate Karns vs. Kendall Graveman

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Good news: The Mariners play today.

Bad news: The Mariners play at home.

Good news: The Mariners don't have to face Rich Hill tonight.

Bad news: The Mariners are still playing at home.

As much success as the Mariners have had this season, they haven't quite figured out how to translate that success to Safeco Field. As it stands now, the Mariners are 8-11 at home and 18-7 on the road.

Much of that has to do with the fact that the offense simply disappears in Safeco. Now, we have always known that Safeco is a cavernous monster with a never-ending thirst for fly balls, and it shows in the numbers. A total of 144 runs have been scored in 19 games at Safeco this year, a mere 7.6 runs per game. Often times, the Mariners are on the wrong side of that differential, having been outscored by 10 runs at home.

Hopefully, just hopefully, the Mariners can erase last night's clunker of a game from recent memory. The Mariners are throwing Nate Karns onto the mound, and he has been pretty solid all year. The Athletics are throwing Kendall Graveman onto the mound, and he has been anything but solid all year. Graveman has a tendency to walk batters. This, combined with his tendency to give up home runs, has given him a rather rough go this season.

The Mariners are trying to avoid losing five-straight at home. That would be nice, since for most of us, the best opportunity to watch the Mariners in person is in Seattle. Generally speaking, watching the Mariners win in person is a lot more fun than watching them lose.

Game info

  • Time: 7:10 pt
  • TV: ROOT
  • Radio: 710 ESPN
  • Online: mlb.tv

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S SEATTLE MARINERS
Coco Crisp - LF Leonys Martin - CF
Billy Burns - CF Seth Smith - RF
Stephen Vogt - C Robinson Cano - 2B
Danny Valencia - 3B Nelson Cruz - DH
Khris Davis - DH Kyle Seager - 3B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Adam Lind - 1B
Marcus Semien - SS Chris Iannetta - C
Chris Coghlan - 2B Shawn O'Malley - SS
Jake Smolinski - RF Norichika Aoki - LF
Kendall Graveman - RHP Nate Karns - RHP