Well, the Mariners‘ last two games haven’t exactly gone as we would’ve hoped. After Hisashi Iwakuma had his second worst go of the year against the Athletics before the bullpen imploded, Aaron Harang and the Seattle bullpen once again crumbled to the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth.
That being said, the Mariners have started to play a bit better in the past week or so.
Taking two series in a row, they will look to get back on the winning track tonight in game two of their four-game series against the Angels. Looking to heat up before the break and claim their third straight series win, here’s a preview of the next five Seattle matchups.
at Los Angeles Angels (June 18, 2013) – 7:05 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN
A matchup that will pit Jeremy Bonderman against Joe Blanton, this game features two pitchers looking to prove that they are still worth something in major league action. Bonderman has been very solid in his past two starts for the Mariners after a rough first outing against the Minnesota Twins.
After pitching six innings of three hit, one run baseball against the New York Yankees to record his first victory of the year, he pitched an impressive eight innings of three hit an no run baseball against the Houston Astros.
Blanton, meanwhile, has been suffering as of late. Not securing a victory until his 9th outing of the year against the Kansas City Royals, he has dropped three games in a row while surrendering three runs, two runs, and seven runs in those games. He has faced the Mariners once this year, pitching six innings of nine hit, three run, four walk, and five strikeout baseball in a loss.
This will be a key game for Seattle, who will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to open the series.
at Los Angeles Angels (June 19, 2013) – 7:05 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN
The third game of the four game series, this game will feature two starters who are looking to keep the momentum from their past performances going. Seattle will send Joe Saunders to the mound, who pitched seven innings of seven hit and five run baseball against the Oakland Athletics in an impressive win that lowered his ERA to 4.80 on the year. He’ll look to continue dispelling of the myth that he can only pitch well at Safeco.
On the opposite side of the hill, C.J. Wilson will look for his third win against the Mariners in 2013 after a strong performance against the New York Yankees in his last outing. So far Wilson has allowed four runs in 14 innings of work against Seattle.
at Los Angeles Angels (June 20, 2013) – 7:05 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN
Happy Felix Day, everybody! The perennial Cy Young candidate, Felix Hernandez, will look to bolster his record against the hot-hitting Angels in Los Angeles, and will do so after baffling the Oakland Athletics with a seven inning performance of five hit and no run baseball.
Opposing his will be Tommy Hanson, who has not faced the Mariners this year but has rattled off two straight impressive performances against the Red Sox and Yankees. Though he has a tendency to surrender at least a couple of runs, he’s surrendered three or more in just four of his outings this year.
vs. Oakland Athletics (June 21, 2013) – 7:10 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN
A rematch of a contest that took place just a few days ago, this game will once again pit Bartolo Colon against Hisashi Iwakuma.
Iwakuma, surprisingly, had a rough outing against the Athletics, giving up four runs in a game that ended up being a route. Colon, meanwhile, showed that he still has the stuff to dominate opposing hitters, giving up two early runs before settling down and shutting down Seattle.
Look for Kuma to get back on track in this one, however.
vs. Oakland Athletics (June 22, 2013) – 7:10 pm – ROOT Sports/710 ESPN
No starters have officially been penciled in for this game, but we’ll say that it’s safe to assume that this contest will have Aaron Harang and Dan Straily pitching against one another.
Harang has really turned it around after some lackluster performances, but once again showed that he can be prone to surrendering some big hits. He’ll need to locate better in this game if he is to survive the Athletics.
Straily, meanwhile, had a rough outing against the Rangers but has been impressive, at times, this year. He’s faced Seattle once this year in a game that saw him give up six runs on six hits in five innings.