Today is huge. After a tough loss last night, today’s game against the Padres represents the M’s last chance to gain a game on Oakland before the series that will almost certainly decide their fate.
Fresh off a solid start in Arizona, Erasmo will be opposed by lefty Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi has a herky-jerky, Rube Goldberg-esque delivery, and while he’s dealt with a minor homer problem, he’s missed plenty of bats through his first ~100 big league innings.
Nelson Cruz once again gets the start in right field, and Cameron Maybin patrols center field. Ryon Healy is starting at first base, and given that today is a day game, I expect him to put together a nice game. After all, it’s not like they’ll get shut out for eight innings on a minuscule pitch count again, right?
Game Time: 12:40 PDT
TV: ROOTNW, MLB.tv
Radio: 710 ESPN, MLB At Bat