Game 34, Mariners at Yankees
King Felix vs. Hiroki Kuroda, 4:05 pm
The M’s open a three game set in the Bronx, where Felix has has dominated in the recent past. Blake Beavan threw warm-ups, and appears healthy, but he’s still been pushed back a bit and Kevin Millwood will move up to get the start on Sunday.
Today’s line-up is probably one of the better ones you’ll see against a right-handed starter like Kuroda:
1: Ackley (2B)
2: Ryan (SS)
3: Ichiro (RF)
4: Montero (C)
5: Seager (3B
6: Jaso (DH)
7: Smoak (1B)
8: Carp (LF)
9: Saunders (CF)
Justin Smoak’s still in the line-up, and the M’s have said they don’t want him in AAA as he’s got nothing left to prove there (career AAA OPS: .794. Career AAA SLG%: .414). That’s their choice, but they absolutely need to see what he’s doing against lefties. He’s now got one extra-base hit against a lefty since the all-star break in 2011, a solitary double off of Jerry Blevins. I agree that his 2012 batting stats are small sample, but his problems predate 2012.
Just to reiterate Dave’s point about Stephen Pryor: since hitting AA, Pryor has pitched 41 2/3 IP, given up 17 hits, walked 13 and fanned 56. That’s not bad.
Andrew Carraway was promoted from AA Jackson to AAA Tacoma and he’s getting the start tonight at Cheney Stadium at 7. Definitely not as heralded as his old AA rotation-mates, but he’s a good pitcher and might bring some stability to what’s been a ghastly pitching staff for the Rainiers.