Game 104, Royals at Mariners
Happy Felix Day as the Mariners go for a sweep against the Royals. Hernandez vs. Smith, 1:10 pm.
If you’ll recall the last road trip, the lineup took advantage of the opportunity to pound Kansas City’s AAA-caliber pitching. The schedule kept both teams’ rotations in sync to have the same spots come up in the second 4-game series. However, this is only the second rematch of starting pitchers. Bruce Chen from yesterday was the Royals starter in the only game they won, and the Mariners got their revenge even though Chen pitched about the same, but this time Kevin Millwood did much better than in Kansas City. Of the losing pitchers, only Will Smith remains in their rotation, and he was fairly effective in his one intervening start to beat the Angels.
Today’s lineup is identical to yesterday’s. That’s basically just a function of facing consecutive lefthanders, though, more than any idea that the hitters have done enough to have earned any particular spot.