I’m back … and so are the Mariners
After skipping the road trip to Kansas City, I’m back on the job today as the Mariners begin a seven-game homestand against the Tigers and A’s.
The club didn’t exactly light things up in K.C., going 1-3 and getting outscored 20-9 by a young Royals squad that is off to a nice start.
Surely the Mariners had hoped to do better in a series where they threw Doug Fister, Erik Bedard, Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda at the Royals. Turned out, only Pineda pulled out a win as he continued his excellent beginning.
But at some point the club needs to start hitting better than the current .214 batting average and .311 slugging percentage, both of which are the worst in the American League. Maybe that day is today, who knows.
Manager Eric Wedge has his team out early today for a rare full-squad pregame workout, partly because the team didn’t get much extra work in Kansas City because of the weather and partly because he’s doing anything that might help shake the squad out of its 5-11 start.
Among those working out is closer David Aardsma, who is supposed to start his rehab stint in Tacoma tomorrow.
Obviously there is a message here from Wedge, who isn’t going to let things just slide. Good for him for trying to set an early tone.
Here’s the lineup Wedge is going with against Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer in tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game:
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Milton Bradley LF
Jack Cust DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Adam Kennedy 2B
Miguel Olivo C
Ryan Langerhans CF
Brendan Ryan SS
Jason Vargas P