Game 118, Red Sox at Mariners
Felix vs. Beckett, 7:10pm
Happy Felix Day, and joyous Wily Mo gloaming.
Another shake-up of the roster, and the M’s again add a bit of power. The loss of Smoak hurts; I was looking forward to seeing how he finished his season. But given the injury, it’s pretty tough to complain about calling up the red-hot Wily Mo Pena. Pena homered in his first PA with the Rainiers and hit a massive HR the other day in Round Rock. The M’s haven’t had a guy who the opposing team wants to watch in BP, but they’ve got one now.
Jack Wilson returns to the line-up in time to face Josh Beckett, who was sharp against the M’s a few weeks ago.
4: Carp (1b)
5: Pena (DH)
8: Rodriguez (3B)
9: Wilson (SS)
The other big news of the day is that the M’s came to terms with their 5th round draft pick, Tyler Marlette, a prep catcher from Florida. He signed an over-slot deal, and has a higher ceiling than the other catchers that the M’s drafted. Nice work; I was beginning to think he might head to Central Florida. Now go get Kevin Cron!