After an emotional night last night that ended in the Angels throwing a combined no-hitter in memory of their deceased teammate Tyler Skaggs, the Mariners and Angels will resume regular-ish baseball operations tonight.
Matt Harvey will make his first start back off the injured list. He’s been shelled this year as his velocity has taken a tumble, so the Mariners should have an opportunity to score some runs compared to the (checks notes) no runs they scored last night.
Wade LeBlanc will take the hill for the Mariners, sans the Opener, and will hopefully be able to go somewhat deep into the game, since the Mariners had to use their bullpen heavily after Mike Leake imploded. The Mariners used SEVEN pitchers last night, and while none of them were the more solid bullpen options—okay, none of them were Roenis Elias or Anthony Bass—that’s a rough eight ball to be behind when facing Mike Trout and the rest of a motivated Angels lineup.
On to good news! Hunter Strickland might be coming back soon:
Hunter Strickland just threw a 25-pitch bullpen mixing in all of his pitches. Said it couldn’t have gone better.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 13, 2019
With Adams down, Strickland is the Mariners’ best bullpen trade chip if he comes back strong. Cross your fingers this is the case.
Game time: 6:07 PM
Game available on: ROOT, 710 ESPN, and free on MLB TV (if you are outside the coverage area)! Of course, other MLB games are also free, so you could choose to do that as well. And if you have MiLB TV or love baseball on the radio, Nick Stillman has the lowdown for you from today’s Midshipman’s Log:
If you are in the area (no TV, sadly), the game to watch will definitely be first round draft pick George Kirby’s professional debut.
West Virginia at Greensboro, 4:00 PT (LHP Steven Moyers)
Arkansas at Springfield (TV), 5:10 PT (LHP Ricardo Sanchez)
AZL Mariners at AZL Indians, 6 PT
Reno at Tacoma (TV), 7:10 PT (TBD)
Inland Empire at Modesto (TV), 7:05 PT (RHP Ian McKinney)
Vancouver at Everett, 7:05 PT: (RHP George Kirby)