Game 125, Mariners at Rangers
Weaver vs Loe, 5:35 pm.
Thanks to a brutal travel schedule that has the M’s playing 44 games in 45 days, which began last weekend with the White Sox series and has already included three games on the notoriously tough Metrodome turf and a couple of flights as the M’s head into the sweltering heat of Texas in August, John McLaren mentioned that this road trip would be a good time to use his bench to keep everyone fresh. Which explains tonight’s line-up. Wait, that’s the standard line-up? Oh.
Moving on to a topic that doesn’t make me want to run a cheese grinder across my forehead, the Mariners face Kameron Loe tonight. For my money, Loe is one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. Over the last three years, he’s established himself as a heavy groundball guy who throws enough strikes and misses enough bats to be effective. However, he’s played in front of some lousy defenses in a park that isn’t exactly friendly to contact pitchers, so people haven’t caught on yet, but he’s got a similar skillset to Jake Westbrook, and I wouldn’t be surprised if things started clicking for him sooner rather than later.