Blistering barnacles, there's morning baseball today. The Seattle Mariners, our Seattle Mariners, have returned to the dank cave of mediocrity from which they sprang. They are now 36-36, and in third place in the AL West, behind the Astros, of all teams.
Of all the games in this series, this is probably the least favorable pitching matchup, and the Mariners are staring a big ol', nasty, four game sweep right in the face. It's hard to imagine much from poor Adrian Sampson against this offense, and with Wade LeBlanc getting the start tomorrow the team is going to want to get as many starter innings today as they possibly can.
This could all be made better by the Mariners offense scoring a lot of runs, as they have been known to do in the past. However, recently the bats have been frustrating us almost as often as the arms. It takes a 25-man village to go 8-18.
Robinson Cano is at DH, Shawn O'Malley is at 2nd, Nelson Cruz is in right, and Nori Aoki is going to stay in the dugout today. The last time the Mariners threatened to lose six games in a row Jake Diekman threw a high fastball to Dae-Ho Lee and he walked off the Rangers, propelling the Mariners to one of their finest stretches of play in a decade plus. Let's do that again? Or not. Either way, it is time for baseball.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||DETROIT TIGERS|
|Ketel Marte - SS||Ian Kinsler - 2B|
|Franklin Gutierrez - LF||Jose Iglesias - SS|
|Robinson Cano - DH||Miguel Cabrera - DH|
|Nelson Cruz - RF||Justin Upton - LF|
|Dae-Ho Lee - 1B||Nick Castellanos - 3B|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Steven Moya - RF|
|Chris Iannetta - C||James McCann - C|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - 1B|
|Shawn O'Malley - 2B||Andrew Romine - CF|
|Adrian Sampson - RHP||Daniel Norris - LHP|
- Mariners @ Tigers, 10:10 AM PDT, Comerica Park
- TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: MLBTV