Some pregame thoughts as Guti back on Saturday
Looks like Eric Wedge is going back to as close to his normal lineup as possible for tonight’s 5:05 p.m. PT game with the Rangers in Arlington, with Franklin Gutierrez back in place in center field.
Gutierrez started only two of the last seven games, but his troublesome legs were feeling better yesterday and apparently he’s good to go.
Wedge also has shortstop Brendan Ryan back at shortstop after replacing him with Robert Andino last night and Jesus Montero getting the start at catcher instead of Kelly Shoppach.
The Mariners need to get into some rhythm offensively and it certainly would help to break loose a little today against Texas rookie Nick Tepesch (1-1, 3.46), who lost a 3-1 decision at Safeco Field a week ago.
It is early and all, but at 7-11 the Mariners need to show more signs of life than they have initially. Five runs scored in the past four games isn’t going to cut it. This road trip to Dallas and Houston provides a couple good hitter’s parks to help spark the offense. Yu Darvish was tough last night, but the Mariners need to take advantage of the next five games to get a little confidence and momentum with the sticks.
They could also use a solid start from their own rookie right-hander Brandon Maurer, who will be going for his second big league win tonight after topping Texas 4-3 in his last outing in Seattle.
Here’s the full lineup:
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Kyle Seager 3B
Kendrys Morales DH
Michael Morse RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Jesus Montero C
Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
Brandon Maurer RHP