Game 96, Mariners at Blue Jays
Pineda vs. Cecil, 4:07 PDT.
Happy Pineda day! I find that thinking about Pineda’s development helps prevent me from sinking into pessimism and apathy after watching the M’s get annihilated by the Rangers. If you somehow figured out how to watch condensed games that only showed the M’s on defense, you might think they were contenders.
Pineda will indeed get to face Jose Bautista, who returns to the line-up after a minor ankle injury. He and Travis Snider are the Jays best/only hitters, but Pineda handled them back in April.
Mike Carp’s in the line-up despite the fact that Cecil’s a lefty. Mike Curto points out that Carp went 2-6 with a HR off of Cecil in Las Vegas this year, so that certainly helps (Ackley was even better – 4 for 7 with a HR and a 2B). Carp’s the DH today, which allows the team to get another righty into the line-up in Greg Halman. However, while Carp’s allowed to face lefties, Kyle Seager’s still got his training wheels on. Chone Figgins plays 3B and hits 8th. I can’t seriously argue that Seager’s a better bet against Brett Cecil, but if we’re going to bench Jack Cust so Carp can take on lefties (and I like that move), then I’m not sure why Figgins’ marginally better split would earn him the start.
Save us, Michael Pineda!