- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
- 17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- 33 Casper Wells LF
- 30 Miguel Olivo C
- 13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 25 Kevin Millwood RHP
- 25 Will Venable (L) RF
- 24 Cameron Maybin CF
- 7 Chase Headley (S) 3B
- 18 Carlos Quentin LF
- 23 Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
- 11 Logan Forsythe 2B
- 2 Everth Cabrera (S) SS
- 4 Nick Hundley C
- 33 Clayton Richard (L) P
Jesus Montero gets another day off – that would be three in a row for him. It’s a little surprising with a little a left-hander on the mound. Also no Michael Saunders, despite the fact that he hits lefties so well. But this is the world the Mariners live in, I guess. They aren’t ready certainly not ready to sit Ichiro more than once in a great while and platooning seems to be out of the question.
In the video above … Mariners manager Eric Wedge talks a little about the lineup decisions, and mentioning the problems that not having the designated hitter has caused. He did say that Saunders, Wells and Gutierrez will start two games each in this series.
As for Montero, Wedge said he just wanted to give him another day to rest up.
A few pregame notes …
Felix Hernadez was all smiles with the Miami Heat winning the title last night. He watched the game at Brandon League’s house here in San Diego along with Jason Vargas, Justin Smoak and Shawn Kelley … here’s a picture.
“I started yelling at everybody,” he said. “They were making me fun of me.”
Felix is well aware that people in Seattle didn’t want to see Oklahoma City win.
“All of the people in Seattle were cheering for the Heat as well, so we are good,” Hernandez said. “They can have a parade in Miami and a parade in Seattle.”
Some may ask how Hernandez actually became a Heat fan. Well it’s simple, Dwyane Wade is his favorite player. He’s actually never met any Heat players but does have a Wade autographed jersey.
Talked with Justin Smoak. The knee is still a little swollen and sore but he will play. It might affect him from getting the green light for stealing bases tonight.
Let’s get a few links …
Here’s my story on Oliver Perez making it back to the big leagues after falling apart with the Mets
Nick Franklin made his debut last night for the Rainiers as did our intern T.J. Cotterill, who had nice game story talking about Franklin’s first hit .. which might have been a double or a homer.
Franklin talked with 710-AM this morning
Meanwhile, Danny Hultzen who will start tomorrow in The Springs as Mike Curto calls them … He will likely start June 28th in Tacoma.He was on 710-AM yesterday
Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Mariners and possibly trading Felix. Look, this isn’t my beat anymore. So I’m not going to sit and analyze this. Trading Felix could be made logical in a baseball sense if the right players were given up. But from a PR standpoint, it would be disastrous for the team. The fans of the team could and would not be convinced that the move was anything but awful. Trading the face of the franchise (it’s not Ichiro) is something that doesn’t endear an organization to its fans.