April 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM
No Franklin Gutierrez in the lineup as Mariners prepare to face Yu Darvish
Franklin Gutierrez didn’t play yesterday in the series finale win over the Detroit Tigers. And he is out of the lineup a second straight game today as the Mariners prepare to take on ace right-hander Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers.
This can mean one of several things.
The Mariners might prefer a lefty-on-righty matchup and want to go with the “hot hand” of Endy Chavez and his left-handed bat in center and the leadoff spot.
They might want to give Gutierrez an extra day of rest after that long, 14-inning affair two nights ago. So, this would be a preventative step.
Or, No. 3, Gutierrez is hurting again and they don’t want to risk injuring him further.
I suppose we also look to go with No. 4: all of the above.
But for whatever the reason, the team’s starting center fielder when camp broke is not in the lineup as the Mariners prepare for a tough series in Texas against the best Rangers pitcher.