Ichiro Suzuki likely has had this game circled on his calendar since he heard that Vincente Padilla was starting for Texas.
For good reason.
Ichiro has a career batting average of .526 against Padilla in 38 lifetime at-bats – his highest average against any pitcher he’s ever faced more than once.
Similarly, that .526 average is the highest by any hitter against Padilla, who has thrown every combination of pitches to Ichiro that he has.
So Ichiro is fully capable of starting rallies tonight, and the Mariners could certainly use a few.
They get Russell…