The Seattle Mariners felt pretty good about taking the series in Anaheim when they thought Felix Hernandez was starting tonight, but now Hector Noesi is stepping in for Felix and pitching on three days rest.
Noesi has lost his last three decisions and four of his last five, pitching well in stretches but often making mistakes that turn small rallies into big innings. He pitched against the Angels on May 27 and went eight innings, allowed three runs and Seattle lost, 4-2.
Tonight, Noesi will go as far as he can, which likely won’t be deep into the game. The Mariners bullpen, however, had last night off because Hisashi Iwakuma ate three innings.
When will Felix pitch next? Sunday is the earliest, and depends upon his back allowing him to freely work a bullpen session on Friday.
Meanwhile, here’s tonight’s lineup, and yes, that’s Michael Saunders batting sixth::
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Dustin Ackley 2B
Kyle Seager 3B
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Michael Saunders CF
Miguel Olivo C
Mike Carp LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Hector Noesi RHP