Here we are, as in olden days. The Mariners have won the first of the series, and now send their franchise player against one of the men that was traded to pay for Josh Donaldson. Kendall Graveman is a decent pitcher, but has been roughly equivalent to Daniel Mengden, whose mustache may have elicited a visceral reaction from you last night. His 4.54 FIP indicates an average performance this year, though that jumps to 3.61 at home. Still, it's the first Saturday of what feels like fall, and baseball still matters. The Mariners are 3.5 games back in the Wild Card, with 21 games to play. We have two Venezuelans in the battery. The A's have a heavy groundball pitcher and a very poor defense behind him.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||OAKLAND A'S|
|Norichika Aoki - LF||Joe Wendle - 2B|
|Seth Smith - RF||Marcus Semien - SS|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Stephen Vogt - C|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Khris Davis - LF|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Yonder Alonso - 1B|
|Adam Lind - 1B||Danny Valencia - RF|
|Jesus Sucre - C||Ryon Healy - 3B|
|Ben Gamel - CF||Bruce Maxwell - DH|
|Ketel Marte - SS||Jake Smolinski - CF|
|Felix Hernandez - RHP||Kendall Graveman - RHP|
Some more good news, as the Bartender has returned, shuffling in on a Saturday morning after a late shift.
#Mariners activate RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from 15-day DL. Active roster now at 32.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) September 10, 2016
At best, this is another strong reliever to add to the thinly stretched bullpen. At worst, the Mariners have another pitcher who can at least take the heat off of Steve Cishek and Edwin Díaz for an inning or two.
Game Time: 1:05 PM PT
TV: ROOTNW, MLB.tv
Radio: 710 AM ESPN Seattle, 910 AM Portland