Game 103, Mariners at Yankees
Doug Fister versus CC Sabathia, 4:05 PDT
We got this one, you guys.
Sure, it looks like a mismatch on paper, with Sabathia having one of his best seasons and with the Yankees trotting out an elite offense. But the M’s were given the afternoon off by the kinder, gentler, less-hairy Eric Wedge, and they’ve had time to spend some time in a great city and put their current 16 game losing streak in perspective. After checking out the MOMA, will relievers face crippling self-doubt when facing the middle of the Yankee order in high-leverage situations? Maybe, but I doubt it.
Assuming the Yankees go down quickly and quietly, you’ll have time to check out the Rainiers who return home tonight to take on Sacramento at 7:05. James Paxton takes the hill for Jackson today, but the biggest MiLB story of the day concerns 2010 2nd round pick Marcus Littlewood. Drafted as a SS, the M’s have moved him to the catcher spot, and he’s already working with Roger Hansen. Expect one of the classic stories about the difficulty of Hansen’s workouts and how willing-to-learn Littlewood’s been.