In a series with perfectly crafted pitching matchups at every stage, things have largely gone according to script. JA Happ faces his discount facsimile and skated by on his offense’s strength. Masahiro Tanaka outdueled the inconsistent Yusei Kikuchi. Now, in the 3rd act, a faceoff oozing with narrative. James Paxton returns to face, who else, Justus Sheffield.
The Maple Grove will be there in some capacity. Sheffield will receive none of the drop-off in intensity that could be expected in his second career MLB start, instead facing his old team. Also of note, Jake Fraley will miss his second straight game with an undisclosed personal issue, though Scott Servais said Fraley would be available off the bench in a pinch.
Jake Fraley not in the #Mariners lineup again today. This will be his second game missed. Servais said he is tending to some "personal issues" that are not health related, and is available off the bench.— Lauren Smith (@smithlm12) August 28, 2019
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Tim Lopes - LF|
|Aaron Judge - RF||J.P. Crawford - SS|
|Gleyber Torres - DH||Austin Nola - 1B|
|Gary Sanchez - C||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Brett Gardner - CF||Tom Murphy - C|
|Gio Urshela - 3B||Daniel Vogelbach - DH|
|Mike Ford - 1B||Dylan Moore - RF|
|Cameron Maybin - LF||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Tyler Wade - SS||Keon Broxton - CF|