Last night was a summer bummer so depressing even Lana Del Rey wouldn’t touch it. Tonight the Mariners will try to get back on track, but they’ll need to do it against Ryan Borucki, who has been arguably the Blue Jays’ best pitcher since shipping out J.A. Happ. In half as many innings as Marco Estrada, he’s accumulated the same amount of fWAR. As Jake noted in his series preview, Borucki has a nasty changeup that promises not-fun-times ahead for the righties in the lineup. He’s also been good for six or seven innings in all but one of his starts, which will be helpful since the Jays leaned heavily on their bullpen last night. Here’s the lineup he’ll be facing:
Dee Gordon’s ankle won’t keep him out of the lineup, and Guillermo gets the joy of facing Borucki and his changeup over the lefty Span. The Mariners will start their own promising lefty, Marco Gonzales, who will try to neutralize the Blue Jays, their fans, and try to get the Mariners back on track and alleviate the pressure on a panicking fanbase. No pressure, Marco.
Time: 7:10 PM
Broadcast info: ROOT, 710 ESPN, and MLB TV
Something to keep an eye on:
Chasen Bradford (who got here today) just left the clubhouse with all of his gear. Sounds like Tyler Higgins will be coming back to Tacoma - as soon as his flight to Arkansas lands.— Josh Kirshenbaum (@J_Kirshenbaum) August 4, 2018