After a quick off-day and cross country flight for Seattle, the Mariners and Red Sox meet up in a game that probably didn’t excite any MLB execs when scheduling it last year but now has them wishing they put it in a prime time slot. (Instead the Angels and the Astros are today’s free game of the day, on YouTube!, if you’re interested in watching at least one of those teams lose.) But as Jake and Isabelle point out in this series’ preview, these are two teams near the top of their respective divisions. Ah April baseball, how I love thee.
The Mariners aren’t favored to win any of these games, but they’re given the best shot percentage-wise in these first two tilts, which tonight is more about Chris Pivetta and less about Justin Dunn. Dunn, however, is coming off his best start as a professional yet, and we’ll be watching to see if he can carry those improvements forward even while pitching in front of the Green Monster. Dunn is also a Boston College grad and has East Coast ties, so expect him to have some fans in attendance/to hear about this on the broadcast ad nauseum. Again, really surprised MLB didn’t pick this up for a national broadcast. The storylines write themselves!
This is probably the Mariners’ best lineup until Jarred Kelenic gets called up (which, he wasn’t in today’s minors lineup...probably nothing but also worth monitoring to see if he’s in tomorrow’s). Look, three actual otufielders! Ty France safely ensconced at DH! There’s an argument about Torrens vs. Murphy I guess; Torrens is currently the better hitter but Dunn can get wild and Murphy is the better blocker, to my eye. Also, it was Murphy who caught Dunn’s excellent start against the Orioles. Curious.
If you’re looking for tonight’s game, as mentioned above, you’ll only find it in the usual places: 710 ESPN Seattle for the radio, and ROOT Sports NW. Out-of-market subscribers can find the game on MLB TV, or via ESPN+ or FUBO TV. Game time is 4:10 PT, so fake a cough on your Zoom meetings and beg off work a little early.