Baseball is back! It was only gone a week or so, and there was All-Star business afoot and minors action and the Triple-A All Star Game, and a week ago I think we all agreed we wanted a break from baseball, but now it’s back and we, the fans of baseball, are glad. There is every chance the Mariners will continue to disappoint and underperform and play as poorly in the second half of the season as they did in the first, but we here at LL will continue to truffle-snuffle out little gems of joy and write all the news that’s fit to print (at least before our new WetButt and BootyHole overlords take us over) and profile exciting goings-on in the minors and generally try to supplement the steady diet of Pooberry Crunch the Mariners seem intent on feeding us with the occasional foil-wrapped delight.
Tonight the Mariners face the now-Quintana-less White Sox. Here are some changes the Mariners have made since the last time the two teams met, in late May:
- Mitch Haniger is healthy;
- Robinson Canó is [sidesteps witch’s curse] healthy;
- James Paxton is [sidesteps even more powerful curse] healthy;
- Daniel Vogelbach is in Tacoma and Danny Valencia is hitting pretty well;
- Chris Heston is no longer a Mariner;
- Sam Gaviglio is in Tacoma;
- Tuffy Gosewisch is no longer the starting catcher.
Here are some changes the White Sox have made to their MLB roster since the last time the two teams met:
- Jose Quintana no longer plays for the White Sox;
- End of list.
So, theoretically, this Mariners team should be able to do a little better than they did in May, when they lost 3 of 4 against the White Sox, including an absolute 1-16 drubbing in which Yovani Gallardo gave up 10 runs. But to be honest, lately this squad hasn’t been winning games they should have won, so it’s hard to predict what will happen. If there is a game that should be winnable, though, it’s tonight, with Big Maple facing off against James Shields, who has been just not good.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Jean Segura - SS||Tim Anderson - SS|
|Ben Gamel - LF||Melky Cabrera - LF|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Avisail Garcia - RF|
|Danny Valencia - 1B||Matt Davidson - DH|
|Mitch Haniger - RF||Tyler Saladino - 2B|
|Jarrod Dyson - CF||Kevan Smith - C|
|Mike Zunino - C||Adam Engel - CF|
|James Paxton - LHP||James Shields - RHP|
5:10 PM PST; on ROOTNW, 710 ESPN, and MLB.tv
Go forth and win this eminently winnable game, you half-melted movie theatre size box of goobers.