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It’s Vargas vs. Weaver in series finale

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 12, 2012 at 10:34 am with 3 Comments »
August 12, 2012 10:35 am

Fresh from a victory over the Angels last night, the Seattle Mariners today face the early leader in the American League Cy Young Award sweepstakes – Jered Weaver.

Weaver is a an eye-popping 15-1 this season with all the appropriately solid numbers that should accompany that record. The Mariners counter with Jason Vargas, a 12-game winner who has pitched well all season.

If this should turn to a pitching duel, the Mariners have a problem. Vargas has one weakness – the long ball – and the Angels have plenty of home run hitters. Seattle, not so much. If runs are a premium today, the Mariners are going to have to manufacture a few.

Here’s today’s lineup:

Dustin Ackley  2B
Michael Saunders  CF
Kyle Seager 3B
John Jaso DH
Jesus Montero C
Mike Carp  1B
Eric Thames   RF
Trayvon Robinson  LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jason Vargas LHP

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  1. Nomdeguerre says:

    That may be the best line-up they have, which is not saying a hell of a lot.

  2. Thames better than Wells? Not that Wells has been any great shakes lately, but defense counts for something.

  3. Timeout-

    It looks like Thames and Wells will be the L/R platoon. I don’t agree with it, and I think Wells should get as many AB’s for the remainder of the season as possible just so the team has a better idea of what they have. Robinson/Saunders/Wells, as many games and AB’s as they can. Thames maxes out as a 4th OF/short-term starter, so you know what you’ve got there. Which I am ok with. I liked all the trades. Imagine what kind of win streak the team could have if they got rid of Figgins!

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