Game 11, Blue Jays At Mariners
Doing my weekly 5:15 radio spot with Toby Howell at 1510 KGA in Spokane. You can listen live here.
Romero vs Pineda, 7:10 pm.
The Safeco Field debut of Michael Pineda takes place tonight, and the M’s actually have a chance to put together back to back wins. Needless to say, it’d be nice to see the M’s run away with one early and cruise to an easy victory, but against a quality lefty like Romero, I’d call that pretty unlikely.
M’s run out a different looking line-up tonight. Figgins is out with the bruised thumb, and his absence gives Wedge a chance to reward Luis Rodriguez with a start at third base. The struggling Jack Cust sits with an LHP on the mound, but because of the way the M’s roster is arranged, he’s just replaced by another LH bat. Even getting Gutierrez back eventually won’t change the team’s need for a right-hander who can spell Cust at DH from time to time, either playing there himself or by playing left field and shifting Bradley to DH.