Game 72, Royals at Mariners
Mike Montgomery vs. Jeremy Guthrie, 7:10pm
Last night, Joe Blanton shut down the M’s offense for 7 IP and the Royals beat Felix and the M’s easily. Today, Jeremy Guthrie, who had 2 WAR seasons in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and none since then, faces off against Mike Montgomery, who’s been one of the M’s unlikely (and all too few) success stories this year. If/when that happens, where do the M’s go from here? Sure, a loss to Joe Blanton is just the same in the standings as a loss to Chris Archer, but the difference in how you *feel* is staggering. One is soul destroying, the other doesn’t hurt at all. One makes you sure – absolutely sure – that the M’s aren’t ready for prime time, while you can pick over the bones of the other for signs of hope, good at-bat processes amidst a series of bad results. The math is already stacked firmly against the M’s. You can’t score 3.37 runs per game and win anything. All we have here is Felix Day and the hope that things are building, or that change is imperceptibly working its magic behind the scenes, and that the results will follow in a flood. How can these pleasant stories survive an encounter with Joe Blanton, winning pitcher? Of course, you can’t predict baseball and any-given-day cliches, blah blah blah, but seriously, what do we tell ourselves? And now Jeremy Guthrie, sub-replacement level hurler, aged 36, takes the mound and looks in. Et tu, Guthrie?
1: Morrison, 1B
2: Jackson, CF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Smith, RF
7: Ackley, LF
8: Miller, SS
9: Zunino, C
Cruz came out of the game yesterday with a minor (?) injury when a bone in his pelvis dislocated. Apparently, this is a thing that sometimes happens to him, and isn’t a big deal, but there, think on that if you can stand to ruminate on yesterday any more. Gaaahhh.
Justin Germano and Luiz Gohara start for the only M’s affiliates in action. Tacoma hosts Reno, will Everett travels to Spokane.
Andrew Moore had a great debut for the AquaSox in last night’s game. The OSU product worked 3 perfect innings, striking out 5.