Baseball kindly has reminded us that, as in life, there is generally always tomorrow. Tomorrow is now today and today there is a new baseball game. Ariel Miranda is not the lefty the Mariners expected or hoped would start the season in this spot of the rotation, but here he is. He'll work with Carlos Ruiz, who will be the first position player not among the Opening Day Lineup to enter the game for the Mariners. Joe Musgrove gets the start against the Mariners, as the Astros continue to reveal their tiny, video game boss-like "weak point" that is the back of their rotation. The quotes appear because Musgrove is a solid prospect, with good control if not overpowering stuff. He deploys a sinker and a cutter, but hasn't had as extreme ground-ball results as Charlie Morton last night, nor the swing and miss capabilities of Dallas Kuechel or Lance McCullers. So that's something.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Jean Segura - SS||George Springer - RF|
|Mitch Haniger - RF||Marwin Gonzalez - 3B|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Jose Altuve - 2B|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Carlos Correa - SS|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Carlos Beltran - DH|
|Danny Valencia - 1B||Yulieski Gurriel - 1B|
|Carlos Ruiz - C||Brian McCann - C|
|Jarrod Dyson - LF||Jake Marisnick - CF|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Norichika Aoki - LF|
|Ariel Miranda - LHP||Joe Musgrove - RHP|
The Mariners simply cannot continue to hit as poorly as they have, and I expect a higher scoring game in both directions tonight, if only due to lower quality pitchers and gassed bullpens. The M's also received a small bit of relief in the pen tonight with the return of Dillon Overton.
Mariners lefty Dillon Overton: "It's been the best week of my entire life."https://t.co/bTGTChjMil— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) April 6, 2017
Hopefully that sentiment can continue with some wins. It's time to break out of this. Hootie hoo.
- M's @ Astros 5:10 PST
- TV: ROOT Sports
- Radio: 710 ESPN
- Online: MLB.tv