Kenji Johjima remains in the lineup along with his six-game hitting streak. He is batting No. 5 on Saturday while Jose Lopez moves to the third spot in the order, Adrian Beltre is at No. 2 and Richie Sexson is hitting sixth.
Jamie Burke is catching, which is becoming the norm when Bedard starts. Saturday will be the fourth time in Bedard’s last five starts Burke has been behind the plate. Now, Bedard has only six starts with the Mariners this season — too small a sample size to draw any conclusions — but he has been more effective with Burke catching than Johjima. Here’s a look at the numbers:
Now, that note should also include the caveat that the starts with Johjima were earlier in the season. Bedard is known to start seasons slowly and he was also having trouble with his hip earlier. Still, the disparity is pretty striking.