Happy weekend! I don’t know about you, but this felt like the longest short week I can remember. I’m very excited to sit down and watch our ace* dominate** against the Los Angeles*** Angels.
* - one-time ace, permanent designation is up in the air right now
** - see above
*** - technically Anaheim
Fortunately for the Mariners, this series against the Angels won’t include Mike Trout, who remains on the shelf with a calf strain. It’s unclear if Justin Upton, who will miss this weekend’s games, being out will be a positive or a negative for the M’s, though the highly-paid and one-time-almost-Mariner has rebounded this year with a 124 wRC+.
Still no word on when Mike Trout will start his rehab assignment, Maddon said. He'll continue his workouts through the All-Star break and then they'll reassess. Justin Upton is also expected to be out through this weekend with his lower back strain.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 10, 2021
The other Mariners news of the day is that Damon Casetta-Stubbs, local boy made good after he was selected in the 11th round a few years ago, was announced as the PTBNL sent to Cleveland for Jake Bauers. DCS has shown flashes of brilliance amidst an overall inconsistent season in Modesto this season (12.84 K/9, but 5.98 BB/9 and a 6.42 ERA in nine starts), and even though it remains unlikely that he’ll be a big league starter some day, that feels like a heftier return for a 25-year-old with a 61 wRC+ in 2021.
With that said, lineups!
First pitch: 7:10pm PT
TV: ROOT Sports
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners.com