Game 102, Royals at Mariners
Blake Beavan vs. Jeremy Guthrie, 7:10pm
Today, the Angels acquired Zach Greinke in exchange for young SS Jean Segura, towering RHP prospect Johnny Hellweg and less-towering-but-more-polished RHP prospect Ariel Pena. Tonight, the Mariners take on the Royals in a pitching match-up between a recently demoted guy and a recent DFA candidate cum reclamation “project.” Intellectually, I understand that the Rangers, say, have had fundamentally different objectives requiring different strategies to the M’s these past two years. Today’s dichotomy sort of obliterates that intellectual, rational thinking and leaves me stunned that the Angels and Mariners can be said to be in the same business. Today, Zach Greinke will shake hands with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout in the Angels clubhouse, and today we will watch Jeremy Guthrie pitch to Brendan Ryan. Baseball!
I’ll say this: I’m actually kind of curious to see how the 2012 weird run-dampening park effects deal with Guthrie, and, to a lesser extent, Beavan.
3: Montero (DH)
4: Jaso (C)
SP: Blake Beavan