The Mariners did what they needed to do in the first two games and now look to complete their third sweep of the season today. The pitching matchup looks like a favorable one. Logan Gilbert is coming off one of the better outings of his career, striking out ten Rangers while walking just one and allowing a measly three hits over six and two-thirds. The 2023 Mariners offense being the 2023 Mariners offense, though, left him taking the L anyway. Part of a common theme of the season, that game only took one game off their run differential, but several points off their fun differential.
Hopefully, the offense can put up a better performance against Detroit’s pitching for the third time in a row. Joey Wentz gets the start for the Tigers today. Wentz offers a four-seamer, cutter, and change up ~90% of the time, and the cutter is really a vertical movement pitch, with less than two inches of horizontal break. His truest breaking ball is a curveball. Facing a pitcher without much horizontal movement feels like a recipe for Teo to take another step forward.
I would have liked to see Jarred get a chance to see Wentz’s subpar change up, since that’s the pitch teams have been hammering with as their adjustment to his hot start. It would have been a good opportunity to face a game-action cambio that he might have been able to handle and thus learn something in the process. But I guess everybody deserves a day off.
With Wentz being a southpaw, it’ll be Haggerty in Jarred’s stead rather than Trammell. That matchup also means Cal gets his day off today, and Caballero continues his role as the weak-side platoon at the keystone. Personally, I’d like to see Cabby starting over Wong even against righties. I think 40 games with barely a sign of life out of Wong is long enough to try an adjustment.
The Tigers lineup is a thing that exists. But, who knows—it’s baseball. Maybe they hang a 12 spot on the Mariners today.
First pitch: 10:40 PT
TV: ROOT Sports
Radio: 710 am and mariners.com
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