The baseball gods reward the Mariners for a difficult weekend in Chicago with a trip to Kansas City. The Royals are 7-11 on the year and are being carried offensively by Jose Guillen and Scott Podsednik, which can’t last. The pitching match-ups aren’t great, but this is a series the Mariners should win.
Who’d You Rather Have
C: M’s Rob Johnson KC Kendall
1B: M’s Kotchman KC Billy Butler. This one is tough. Kotchman is having the better season so far and is better with the glove, but Butler hasn’t been terrible, was better last year, and will likely be better going forward. I usually pick the guy I’d rather have for the series, so I’ll go with Kotchman, but if I had the chance to trade Kotch for Butler, I’d do it real fast.
2B: M’s Figgins KC Alberto Callaspo. It’d be really nice if Figgins would start hitting, though.
3B: M’s Lopez KC Alex Gordon. Lopez finally started hitting a tiny bit. Gordon is getting on base some but not hitting much. From my distant vantage point, he’s looking more and more like a huge bust.
SS: M’s Wilson KC Yuniesky Betancourt. Hehe.
LF: M’s Bradley KC Podsednik. Here’s where I’m going to be a homer and go against what I said about the first basemen above. Podsednik is hitting like crazy, but I’ll still take Bradley.
CF: M’s Guti KC Mitch Maier. This one’s really close though.
RF: M’s Ichiro KC David DeJesus
DH: M’s Griffey KC Jose Guillen. Guillen’s bat is exactly what we could use right now: a guy on an incredible hot streak who’s hitting home runs. Extremely unlikely to last, but I’d be happy with a series like that from anyone on the Mariners.
That’s 8-1 Mariners, but three spots are close due to either two guys playing pretty well (first), one guy hitting incredibly and his counterpart slumping (left), or a huge battle of suckiness (catcher). Know what doesn’t suck? The Beach House album I’m listening to.
Monday: M’s Felix vs. KC Kyle Davies. Unless Halladay gets traded back into the AL, I won’t be picking against Felix all year. For the only guy close, see below.
Tuesday: M’s Snell vs. KC Zach Greinke. Greinke hasn’t been quite as dominating yet as he was last year, but that doesn’t mean much. Bad match-up here. Snell needs to be pretty excellent to avoid the bullpen, from the sounds of it.
Wednesday: M’s RRS vs. KC Gil Meche. Meche has been pretty bad so far, so hopefully he’ll keep that up, but I don’t feel good about RRS at all.
Closer: M’s Aardsma vs. KC Joakim Soria
That’s 3-1 Royals. Two of the starting match-ups look as lopsided as they could get, and anything could happen in the third. I’m hoping for two out of three, and if we somehow beat Greinke, that’ll be pretty alright.
In other news, Lee apparently was great in his rehab start in Tacoma yesterday, and will make his M’s debut Friday. Also, the Phillies signed Ryan Howard for 5 years and $125 million today. I’m no expert, but that doesn’t seem like it’ll end well.
Enjoy the series!