Game 72, Mariners at Padres
Felix Hernandez vs. Andrew Cashner, 7:10 pm
After the last Felix outing and how it ended, a lot of us would prefer an easier outing so that we can just get Felix a win because oh god, we’re sorry, we’re so sorry. This is not such an outing. The sentimental aspect of the Tony Gwynn tribute is a factor, certainly, but then the M’s also get to face Andrew Cashner. Cashner is worth less than half what Felix is worth in WAR, but he’s had a fine year, adding roughly a K per inning over last year and halving his home run rate. His fastball has been as good as it’s ever been, but he’s been throwing the change-up less often and has twice the isolated slugging against lefties as he’s had against righties. Take a guess at what the lineup looks like? Do not proceed until you finish guessing.
RF Endy Chavez
CF James Jones
2B Robinson Cano
3B Kyle Seager
1B Logan Morrison
C Mike Zunino
LF Dustin Ackley
SS Brad Miller
RHP Felix Hernandez
Maybe Felix taught himself to bat left-handed since the last time we saw him hit. Who knows? He probably didn’t.
Moving on to minor league news, there’s this:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 18, 2014
Since he signed well before the deadline, I would expect him to be in Everett later this year, though reports are that he’s heading to Peoria, which starts up Friday. There’s also other stuff, like Smoak starting his rehab tonight for Tacoma, and Hart and Saunders joining later in the week. I’m opposed to any scenario that might take away at-bats from Ji-man Choi though. They’d better not.