Game 90, Mariners at Angels
Pineda vs. Pineiro, 7:05
The M’s best chance to sneak a win in the series comes tonight, as Michael Pineda gets to face the Angels for the first time and the Angels start someone other than their big two. Joel Pineiro’s been a decent starter this year, though his strike-out rate’s at a career low, and his GB rate (while still above average) is just over 50%, a far cry from the 60% he put up in his last year with the Cardinals. Still, the M’s have made guys like Guillermo Moscoso and Cory Luebke look amazing, so forget I said anything. Pineiro struggled a bit against lefties so far, so it may be a decent matchup for Kyle Seager.
Franklin Gutierrez isn’t feeling well today, which means Greg Halman slides over to center field and Carlos Peguero is back in LF. I’m glad Guti’s taking a day off, and it doesn’t sound serious, but then, the flare-ups he had during spring training didn’t sound serious either, and here we are half way through the season and Guti’s been on the DL and hit like a pitcher when he’s played.
5: Kennedy (1b)
6: Smoak (DH)
In the minors, Jarrett Grube returns to the Rainiers and gets the start tonight against Reno (7pm). Dylan Unsworth, the South African pitcher who only walked one in the AZL season last year got roughed up a bit today v. Johnson City in the Appy league. Chris Sorce takes the ball for High Desert at 7, and Everett and Peoria haven’t named starters yet.