Chavez back in leadoff spot tonight vs. Twins

After sitting out the first two games of the Twins series, veteran Endy Chavez is back in the leadoff role for Wednesday night’s contest with the Twins as manager Lloyd McClendon looks to re-ignite an offense that scored just two runs in those two games.

Chavez is hitting .245 for the season, but he’s batted .281 over his last 18 games. And in the 19 games he’s led off this season, the 36-year-old is 10-for-19 (.526) in his first at-bat.

The Mariners are 20-9 when Chavez has appeared in a game and McClendon acknowledges the spark that the 170-pounder has provided.

“He’s a veteran guy that gives your lineup a little presence,” McClendon said. “He’s not a power guy by any means, but he’s done a nice job for us.”

2 Comments

Too bad the game qgainst the Twins was thrown away in order to save the “good guys” to play against the Oakland A’s. The only pitcher worth his salt last night was Brandon Maur. It kills me that we have to swallow two losses to such a “Sucky”team that the rest of the country doesn’t even take seriously

Nobody was saved last night to play against the A’s. Roenis Elias was scheduled to throw last night all along. That was his regular turn, he just didn’t pitch well and the bullpen was called upon early. The three relievers used threw 5 2/3 innings with no earned runs between them. The only thing that’s changed is they pushed Felix back from Thursday to Friday to face the A’s. So you’ll need to see what happens tonight before deciding how that strategy works out.

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