After an entirely lackluster game last night, the Mariners play their second game against Cleveland in less than 24 hours. In the Seattle area, they’re competing against a compelling set of college baseball playoffs as well as some unexpectedly nice weather, but don’t worry, we’ll have the summation of the game for you if your Saturday plans don’t involve watching Cleveland continuously march around the bases Bugs Bunny-style while the Mariners batters strike out three times on one swing, also Bugs Bunny-style.
Lineups for today:
Yusei Kikuchi gets the start for the Mariners just a week after taking a comebacker to the knee that looked like it might be season-ending if not a sure IL stint, so just him taking the mound today is a victory. You hear that? A win, I say. Also you might have spotted Dylan Moore there in the six-hole, recently returned from a rehab stint in Triple-A where he played three games, going 5-for-11 with three doubles and a home run. In a corresponding move, Donovan Walton was optioned back to Triple-A, as was Dillon Thomas, which, boo, but the Mariners’ arms supply was running low, so Yohan Ramírez has been summoned from Tacoma. Ramírez’s command continues to be...adventurous, as he cut his walk rate down in Tacoma but not by that much, although it should be pointed out that outside of one outing on the 4th where he walked two in an inning, he hadn’t walked a single batter in his last four outings.
Also of note: Jacob Nottingham cleared waivers and was outrighted to Tacoma, so he doesn’t have to pack his stuff again. For now.
Today’s game, if you’re up for it, starts at 1:10 and can be found on all the usual bat-channels. If you’re not up for it—and that’s totally understandable, and in fact enviable—we’ll have a summary of all the action for you right here post-game.