It’s September and today marked the opening of college football season and kids are headed back to school and summer is really over. It feels like we got screwed out of a real summer, with the rain persisting into June and then the smoke rolling in over August. The Mariners’ season might be over, too, if they can’t find a way to stop the runaway A’s. Last night they mounted a heroic comeback but came just short of propping up a poor pitching performance from Mike Leake plus the unfortunate bullpen ineptitude we’re starting to become used to from Adam Warren. James Paxton will return tonight and hopefully manage to avoid any liners off the bat of Jed Lowrie and give the M’s a bit of length to rest a ‘pen that’s been taxed by some poor pitching performances out of Leake and Ramírez lately. The Mariners batters will likewise try to pressure the A’s, who are going with The Opener strategy today: Liam Hendriks will start the game, and then be relieved by Daniel Mengden to carry some length. It will be important for Paxton to keep the game close early so the Mariners get to use their deathpen instead of the A’s getting to use theirs again.
Edgar Martinez on the A's pen, They are probably the best bullpen I have seen in a long time. This is as tough as it gets. When you get to the 6th inning, they are throwing strikes and the ball is moving. We have a plan for each but It's very challenging for the hitters."— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) September 2, 2018
Please score some runs, fellas.
Segura returns but Dee sits tonight as his bruised toe which has hampered him all season is barking at him, which stinks a little because Dee’s bat has looked marginally better lately. However, the outfield is the optimized Span-Haniger-Gamel, which will hopefully result in some offensive punch.
Today is also September call-ups: Daniel Vogelbach is still on the DL, but he’ll be added once he’s activated. The other players the Mariners added are pitchers James Pazos, Chasen Bradford, Casey Lawrence, Ryan Cook and catcher David Freitas; they also selected the contract of reliever Justin Grimm, who’s posted some strong numbers since joining Tacoma’s staff, and recently-claimed utilityman Kristopher Negrón. Christian Bergman was outrighted to Tacoma to make room, and Rob Whalen, who has struggled this season, was designated for assignment.
Game time: 6:05 PM
Available on: ROOT NW (tv), 710 ESPN (radio)
Reminder: Please consider donating to the campaign we are co-hosting with the Denard Span Foundation to deliver school supplies to needy kids in our area and treat them to a Mariners game. Just $10 can help get a family necessary supplies and food for this school year. You’ll also be entered to win two free tickets for Monday’s game!