The Seattle Mariners embark on their final three game series before the All-Star break. After dropping three of four to the Boston Red Sox (in quite the ugly fashion I might add), the Mariners seemed eager to erase the bad vibes, and head into the All-Star break on a high note.
Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley echoed that sentiment by saying “we have to take out the positives. We scored 30 runs against a very good team. It shows we’re right where we need to be”.
They’ll get the opportunity tonight against Angels RHP Jerome Williams. Lifetime against the Mariners, Williams has been nails, posting a 4-1 record.
As a starter, Williams has 3.38 ERA in 34.2 IP, including a 2-0 record at Safeco Field. In order to get this series off on the right note, the Mariners must rely on what’s been working over the last two weeks.
Speed at the top of the lineup with Brad Miller (.345 BA, 3 2b, 2 3b, 6 RBI in 7 games as the leadoff hitter), and timely power from Kyle Seager, Raul Ibanez, and Kendrys Morales (combined .258 vs Williams. 2 2b, 4 RBI, and 6 K’s).
It’s not a daunting task mind you, but but they’ll have to keep their focus against a guy who knows how to destroy this lineup with his assortment of off-speed stuff.
News, Notes, and Injuries
The Mariners have sent down RHP Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma, and RHP Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett in order to keep him pitching on his regular turn in the rotation. In their places, the Mariners recalled LHP Bobby Lafromboise and RHP Hector Noesi.
2B Nick Franklin will be out of tonight’s game still nursing the sore knee that was injured in Cincinnati. Trainer Rick Griffin stated that Franklin’s knee and quad are fine and as a precaution they’re holding him out of the lineup.
The Mariners are still being tight lipped about the health status of CF Franklin Gutierrez. When asked during pre-game warmups about the time table we can expect to see Guti back on a rehab assignment, Griffin sounded less then enthusiastic saying “I have no idea”.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST for the “First Pitch” on Fox Sports 1380. We’ll be buying or selling the Mariners as sellers at the July 31st trading deadline based on their record. Should they be sellers regardless, or should the Mariners try for .500?
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