Wondering weather or not there’ll be game tonight?
Yeah, that’s a play on words — whether, weather — get it? We’re going to get a little of it in Detroit today, judging by the winds whipping through Motown this morning and the forecast for thundershowers tonight.
If the weathermen are accurate, any storm is most likely to hit about 7-7:30 p.m. ET, or right about when Felix Hernandez and the boys take the field.
I’ll be heading to Comerica Park in about half an hour and it’s overcast and kind of a muggy mid-60s afternoon at the moment, so we’ll see how it plays out. Matter of fact, it just now started raining at 1:45 p.m. here (or 10:45 a.m. PT).
One thing Eric Wedge won’t want to get caught in is a situation where Hernandez gets all warmed up and starts the game, then gets caught in a rain delay that wipes out his chances to pitch deep into the game. Felix is obviously a guy the Mariners want to ride as often as possible — which is why he’s pitching today on his normal fifth day even though Seattle had an off day yesterday.
Despite throwing 126 pitches in his last outing, Hernandez wasn’t given an extra day. Instead, Erik Bedard was bumped back to get an extra two days and will pitch tomorrow, while the rest of the rotation gets one extra day.
Interesting note from Tim Hevly and Kelly Munro of the Mariners baseball information department: Felix has won six straight games against the Tigers over his last seven starts with a 3.00 ERA, his longest streak against any team. Next on the list are the Yankees and A’s with four straight wins.
So, yeah, the Mariners want this one to go as scheduled against Tigers lefty Phil Coke, the guy they knocked around pretty good in the 13-3 win last week in Safeco Field when he gave up six hits, six runs (two earned) with four walks in 3 2/3 innings.
UPDATE: 12:05 p.m. PT (or 3:05 here in Detroit) — The sun is out for now and it’s looking pretty nice at the moment. Mariners pitchers are working out with strength coach Allen Wirtala on the field. Also good to see Franklin Gutierrez out doing some early work.
Gutierrez made the trip with the club and will work to improve his conditioning and see how things progress now that his diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome has been confirmed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic.