We’re a long way from 2017 and 2018, but the Houston Astros remain tainted by their cheating scandal, an open secret that broke wide open just after the 2019 World Series. Allegations of Astros cheating stretched far beyond the years MLB doled out their tap on the wrist for, of course, but with the lone punishments being minor fines, suspensions for GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch, and an extraordinarily light draft pick penalty of just one pick lost in 2020 and 2021, it’s no surprise Houston’s players have been unrepentant and unable to shake the stigma of their rule-breaking. But through the 2020 season, fans have had next to no recourse, watching from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At last, however, 9k Seattle Mariners fans will have a shot to show their creativity and frustration, albeit against a more limited Houston lineup. Houston is down several of its stars, including Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and José Altuve due to a possible COVID outbreak and/or close contact. Yusei Kikuchi will face a righty-heavy lineup that is nonetheless far less daunting than the usual titanic crew, though Seattle will start off this weekend’s homestand against one of the club’s better starters in José Urquidy. Seattle will have Evan White AND José Marmolejos in the lineup.
The M’s also made a few roster moves prior to tonight’s game, including clearing a 40-man spot and activating Tony Sandwiches.
Mariners roster moves:— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) April 16, 2021
Anthony Misiewicz, LHP, activated from IL.
Erik Swanson, RHP, optioned to Alt. Site (post-game 4/15).
Robert Dugger, RHP, returned to Alt. Site (post-game 4/15).
James Paxton, LHP, transferred to 60-day IL.
Game Time: 7:10 PM PST
Radio : 710 AM ESPN