The Mariners are kicking off their series in Chicago today, provided Mother Nature cares about baseball, which she does not.
The Truest Blue Bear Hisashi Iwakuma is on the hill for the Mariners today, looking to pick up his 12th win of the year. Kuma has allowed just three earned runs over his past three starts, giving up just one homer in those 19-plus innings. With this start, Iwakuma should surpass his innings from last year, so let's hope he doesn't have a magic threshold that will force his arm to fly into the stands in the third inning.
Jon Lester is going for the Cubs, and he's struggled as of late. Lester's ERA this month is a glorious 10.13, making it through just 16 innings over four starts. Unfortunately, the M's are a merely average team against southpaws, so it's not a slam dunky-dunk.
Guillermo Heredia is up with the club today, but he's not in the starting lineup against a left-hander, which is a bit disappointing. Expect him to be available to pinch-hit (or run) should Lester outlast Kuma.
Mariners at Cubs, Wrigley Field, 11:20a PST
Radio: 710 ESPN
|SEATTLE MARINERS||CHICAGO CUBS|
|Shawn O'Malley - SS||Chris Coghlan - LF|
|Franklin Gutierrez - LF||Kris Bryant - 3B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Anthony Rizzo - 1B|
|Nelson Cruz - RF||Ben Zobrist - RF|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Addison Russell - SS|
|Dae-Ho Lee - 1B||Jason Heyward - CF|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Javier Baez - 2B|
|Chris Iannetta - C||David Ross - C|
|Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP||Jon Lester - LHP|