Game 75, Mariners At Nationals
Pineda vs Marquis, 10:05 am.
The M’s east coast trip comes to an end this morning as they play a getaway game and then head back to Seattle immediately afterwards. They’ll throw Michael Pineda in an attempt to avoid getting swept by the Nationals, and after another lousy offensive performance, Eric Wedge is changing up the line-up again. And this time, it’s in a good way.
Yes, it’s taken all of five games for Dustin Ackley to be placed in the line-up spot that his skillset is perfect for – the #2 spot. He’s hitting behind Ichiro in the first of what is hopefully many more line-ups that begin this way. If you don’t have a lot of great hitters (and the Mariners don’t), at least you can bunch your best hitters together and try to get them to string their hits together. By moving Ackley up to the #2 spot, the M’s might actually have the chance of sparking a rally or two.