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Seattle Mariners (30-36) vs. San Francisco Giants (35-32) 7:10 PM PST
Pitching Matchup: Mike Montgomery LHP (1-1, 1.88 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong RHP 4-5, 4.81 ERA)
Montgomery: This guy just decided that he likes it in Seattle and isn’t giving up his spot in the rotation, no matter who comes back from injury. Montgomery has started his career with three quality starts, and has looked good doing it. Despite being a lefty, right-handed batters are hitting just .183/.222/.267 off of him.
Vogelsong: The 37-year old has had an up-and-down season with a terrible April and June, with a fantastic May sandwhiched inbetween. He has a 6.61 ERA over his last three starts.
LineupsApr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson (16) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
1. Logan Morrison DH
2. Austin Jackson CF
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Nelson Cruz RF
5. Kyle Seager 3B
6. Seth Smith LF
7. Mark Trumbo 1B
8. Brad Miller SS
9. Mike Zunino C
Notes: Pretty standard group for Lloyd McClendon’s club against righties. Smith and Trumbo are the only players who have seen much of Vogelsong, and both have hit well off of him. Smith is batting .375/.444/.563 and Trumbo is batting .231/.333/.692.
San Francisco Giants:
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1. Norichika Aoki LF
2. Joe Panik 2B
3. Angel Pagan CF
4. Buster Posey DH
5. Matt Duffy 3B
6. Brandon Belt 1B
7. Andrew Susac C
8. Justin Maxwell RF
9. Joaquin Arias SS
Notes: Not having to face Brandon Crawford is always a plus. Other than that, this is pretty much the same lineup we’ve seen the past three nights. We’ll have to see how Montgomery handles one of the better offenses in Major League Baseball.
3 Things to Watch For:
1. Mark Trumbo hits home runs, I swear: Part 3
This has to be the day. All three of his hits off of Vogelsong have been for extra bases, and one was a home run. This is a good matchup for Mark, against a pitcher he has seen and had success off of. As I said yesterday, he has too much potential power for it not to be turning into homers.
2. The Kid > The Champs
Montgomery’s first career start was against the New York Yankees, and he balled on ’em. So I don’t see him backing down against the Giants. Another quality start for Big Mike tonight.
3. Get On Your Horse
James Jones’ speed hasn’t been much of a factor so far, but that is going to change soon. I think he pinch-runs late in the game and scores the game-winner.
Last Game’s Predictions:
1. Free Willie–Out
Willie Bloomquist hit the ball hard twice, but came up empty at the plate.
2. If you think that was bad…..–Hit
Felix followed up the worst outing of his career (I still can’t believe that happened) with an ultra-ultra quality start. Shutting out the Giants through 8.0 innings is not an easy task that he made look easy.
3. Mark Trumbo hits home runs, I swear: Part 2–Out
He is still without an extra-base hit as a Mariner, although he did break up Madison Bumgarner’s perfecto in the fifth. Hopefully he can put an end to this madness tonight.
Hits: 35 Outs: 58 Batting Average: .376