April 3, 2013 at 3:36 PM
Mariners trotting out right-handed heavy lineup versus southpaw
We’ve discussed this past week how the Mariners will sometimes employ a more extreme right-handed lineup against certain southpaw pitchers. Tonight, we’ll see them do just that against Oakland Athletics left-hander Tommy Milone.
The Mariners want to get as many players as they can into games this first week and tonight gives them the opportunity to use Jason Bay in left field and Robert Andino at second base. Michael Saunders will sit, as will Dustin Ackley.
This gives the Mariners a chance to get Franklin Gutierrez back in there as well, leading off against the lefty Milone. Gutierrez had a late double last night after entering the game for defensive purposes in the seventh inning.
The only left-handed hitter in the lineup to start things off will be Kyle Seager.
Anyhow, don’t read all that much into this. Ackley isn’t being sat because he’s “slumping” without a hit so far. It’s only been two games. But there are right-handers opposing the Mariners two of the next three nights, so Ackley and others will get their chance to get back in some games quickly while other players will have done so tonight.