Erik Swanson will be getting the start for the Mariners. Swanson struggled in his last start against the Red Sox, although it was in Fenway Park, which is essentially training wheels in ballpark form. Swanson should perform better in spacious T-Mobile Park. The last time he pitched here, he... oh. He gave up six earned runs in four innings against the Rangers. Well.
Facing Swanson will be an old friend, Michael Pineda. After missing all of last season with injury, Pineda has struggled this season to the tune of 5.35 FIP and 5.85 ERA. The Mariners will hope to jump on Pineda early and get to the Twins’ bullpen in the first game of this series.
|Max Kepler - RF||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Jorge Polanco - SS||Mitch Haniger - RF|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Eddie Rosario - LF||Daniel Vogelbach - DH|
|C.J. Cron - DH||Domingo Santana - LF|
|Marwin Gonzalez - 1B||Omar Narvaez - C|
|Miguel Sano - 3B||Ryon Healy - 3B|
|Jason Castro - C||J.P. Crawford - SS|
|Byron Buxton - CF||Mallex Smith - CF|
Notably, Mallex Smith is back in the lineup after being recalled from Tacoma today. Nelson Cruz, meanwhile, is day-to-day with a wrist injury and won’t play today, which can only be good news for the Mariners. C.J. Cron doesn’t quite strike fear into the hearts of pitchers like Cruz does.
Game time: 7:10 PM PST
TV: Root Sports NW
Radio: 710 AM ESPN Seattle