What the Mariners have done the last two nights is called “losing to the Yankees,” which is among the absolute worst feelings in the world. Not only do you and your fellow fans feel pain and indignation, but the entire eastern seaboard suddenly turns their cold, unfeeling, metropolitan eyes on you, either savoring your loss or repulsed by your failure to topple the titans.
Let’s not go through that again today.
The Mariners are finally starting a righty against the Yankees’ absurdly, almost stupidly right-heavy lineup, which has the potential to bode well. The lineup for the Mariners is a familiar one from top to bottom, with Trammell and Long, Jr. the position players who are taking their seats on the bench.
New York (AL) continues to trot out the same faux-Murderer’s Row that the Mariners have allowed to look something like the real one. Today they send out southpaw Jordan Montgomery against the M’s L-R balanced lineup, which looks nuanced and intricate compared to NYY’s ugly and brutish right-handed power approach.
The morning has had a few notable pieces of news floating around so far, with one concerning the status of Sheffield’s injury:
It's going to be awhile before we see Sheffield on the hill again. According to Jerry Dipoto on @710ESPNSeattle this am, tests revealed a mild flexor strain and grade 2 oblique strain. "Frankly, from a time perspective the more concerning of the 2 is probably the oblique."— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 8, 2021
As well as some hope for those aboard the J.P. Crawford All-Star train (and who isn’t aboard at this point?):
Things to stay tuned for today with the Mariners...— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 8, 2021
With Altuve and Carlos Correa pulling out of the All Star game Scott Servais put in a call to AL mgr Kevin Cash to lobby for JP Crawford. Likely not Cash's call, but good support. Also, Santiago's appeal to be heard today.
Whether you’re watching this game or not, whether the Mariners win or not, take solace in the fact that you are not and will never be a Yankees fan. Avoiding that fate is the greatest gift the world can given you, and it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Game Time: 1:10 Pacific
TV: ROOT Sports NW
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle