For the second straight day, the Mariners are playing a Tampa Bay team that is using a reliever as a starter. Speaking of relievers, the M’s bullpen got a bit of a shakeup this morning.
Mariners place Juan Nicasio (knee) and Dan Altavilla (UCL sprain) on the DL.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 8, 2018
They recall Daniel Vogelbach from Class AAA Tacoma. Mike Morin selected from Class AAA Tacoma
While it’s great to have Vogey back (especially in his home state of Florida), losing two power arms out of the bullpen is sub-optimal. It sounds as though Nicasio expects to be back after the required 10 days away, while Diesel Dan may require a longer rehab period.
Either way, the show must go on. Marco Gonzales takes the ball for Seattle, coming off four sterling starts. The lefty’s numbers from those four outings are helping me forget all about that Tyler O’Neill fellow.
26 IP, 1 ER, 0.35 ERA, 18 K, 9 BB, 16 hits, .180 opponents’ batting average
The Rays feel like a team that’s just a couple losses from completely unraveling. I would love if the Mariners were the team to pull that thread that spins them into nothingness.
Last time I posted a thread I made an insane prediction that actually came through. So, of course, I must offer you another.
Daniel Vogelbach will reach base at least three times tonight.
Game Time: 4:10 PDT
TV: ROOTNW, MLB.tv
Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB.com