Wasn’t that vacation that long? Well, there’s good news for you, the Mariners are back tonight. Opening an odd four-game set with the Angels that begins today and runs through Monday(?). Here’s how things are for Game 1.
Need for a refresher course
That’s right. It’s three Michaels and two Matt for the Angels tonight. Those who are sure to do their best Oakland A’s impression. If you need a refresher course from any of those. So remember you can watch the series preview here.
Unfortunately, the Mariners won’t send their A squad out to support, uh, Robbie Ray. I’m upset that Cal Raleigh, who seems to be a master at handling Ray, won’t be able to catch him this time. But apparently he has a jammed thumb and won’t be back until tomorrow. Rounding out the bottom of the lineup. Jake Lamb starts over Mitch Hanniger. Still dealing with a backache But potentially available off the bench tonight.
The advantage of getting one more lefty bat in the lineup
Joe has the advantage of getting one more lefty bat in the lineup. This would be a really good time for Jesse Winker to remember how to penalize some baseball, although it’s great that as a lefty, he’s still in sixth place. Oh. Dylan Moore should be back with the team soon. Looks like he’ll do a brief rehab with Rainiers to get him up to speed. But he can make it into a game in this series.
In killing time trying to track down today’s lineup, I came across this list of September gifts for Angels, and I had to double-check to be sure. That this was not the work of Merry Mariners Twitter prankster @zachleft.
Worried about wasting the talents of two generations
How to get fans who are worried about wasting two generations of talent for another season An epic collapse in the standings after showing early playoff hopes, and the team’s imminent sale to the Big A? Clearly, you offer them a soft child safety helmet? Probably the whitest cowboy hat in the world. Or what about the perfect, see-through tote to bring to the stadium, on the third-to-last home game of the year? That is cruel. Anyway, tonight is Mike Trout bobblehead night.
probably Going to kill five Homers
Which means he’s probably going to kill five homers. So prepare accordingly. Beyond that, though, I get an ad for City Connect jersey. Which should be on the beach. But Mike Trout on a surfboard? absurd. Oh, we can put any baseball player on random forms of recreational transportation? Well. Aaron Judge on the stand-up paddleboard.