Game 49, Rangers at Mariners
King Felix vs. Derek Holland, 7:10pm
Maybe the M’s will fare better against a lefty; they’re 12-21 against righty starters on the year, as Michael Morse has struggled and Shoppach’s early season success waned.
Maybe Felix can stop the skid with a dominating performance on his bobblehead day. He nuked the Rangers last year at the USSM/LL night, and today’s the Baseball Prospectus event at Safeco (maybe he likes statheads?).
Maybe Brendan Ryan’s hot streak balances the line up and helps them wring more runs from a given number of base runners.
Maybe watching Felix can help make watching the M’s fun again, as we revel in the Royal Changeup and drink up, as life is short and pitching rotations are shorter. In a few days, we’ll deal with Harang and Saunders, so it’s best to consciously take what joy the team allots us.
Maybe the M’s beat up on Holland and score 21 like they did last year. Sure, that was in Arlington, and to date Holland’s been much better in 2013 than he was in 2012, but hey, they scored 21 in a game started by Holland once. He’s probably thinking about that right now.
Maybe Michael Saunders stops guessing/pressing/trying to do too much/still feeling the effects of his injuries/whatever explanation you prefer and starts hitting again.
Maybe the M’s get to the Rangers bullpen and exploit Joe Ortiz and Tanner Scheppers, two pitchers I’ve selected randomly.
Maybe we all remember why we say ‘Happy Felix Day.’
1: Bay, LF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morse, RF
4: Morales, DH
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Saunders, CF
7: Shoppach, C
8: Triunfel, 2B
9: Ryan, SS
SP: El Cartelua
Maybe Dustin Ackley can remember he’s so much more than a platoon player and…awww crap.