Detroit is 6-3 on the year, while the Mariners are 4-6 and on a two game winning streak. It’d be great to win these next two series at home and be back to at least .500. I don’t know much about the Tigers, so let’s learn together!
Who’d You Rather Have (tonight’s line-ups from seattlemariners.com):
C: M’s Rob Johnson Tigers Gerald Laird Pick: Laird It’s going to take someone pretty bad for me to pick Johnson, although I’m beginning to be hopeful that he could conceivably improve someday.
1B: M’s Casey Kotchman Tigers Miguel Cabrera Pick: Cabrera
2B: M’s Figgins Tigers Scott Sizemore Pick: Figgins
3B: M’s Lopez Tigers Brandon Inge Pick: Lopez, I guess.
SS: M’s Wilson Tigers Adam Everett Pick: Wow, rough time for shortstops. I guess Everett. He’s hitting better right now, I guess, and they’re pretty even in glove reputation.
LF: M’s Bradley Tigers Johnny Damon Pick: Bradley
CF: M’s Guti Tigers Austin Jackson Pick: Guti
RF: M’s Ichiro Tigers Magglio Ordonez Pick: Ichiro
DH: M’s Griffey Tigers Carlos Guillen Pick: Guillen
That’s Mariners 5, Tigers 4, and they look that even too. Tigers have a few more big boppers. Well, they have Miguel Cabrera. On to pitching!
Friday: M’s Felix Tigers Bonderman Pick: Felix
Saturday: M’s Ryan Rowland-Smith Tigers Justin Verlander Pick: Verlander That’s two of the very best starters in the league back to back, if you didn’t notice.
Sunday: M’s Ian Snell Tigers Max Scherzer Pick: Scherzer, but that’s mostly for the future. I have no idea how either of these guys will throw on Sunday.
Closer: M’s Aardsma Tigers Jose Valverde Pick: Aardsma
That’s two and two on the pitching, and I’d say it’s a wash for this series. Felix and Verlander will have to be really off to get beat, and anything could happen on Sunday. I like the way the bullpen’s throwing for the M’s right now. Andrew will be at tonight’s game and then have the recap afterward. Have a great weekend everyone!