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June 4, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Mariners go with identical lineup in second game against White Sox

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We’ve rarely seen this all season: the exact same Mariners lineup two nights in a row. But why not? The Mariners won in the opener last night and will try to do the same tonight against right-hander Jake Peavy. The Mariners might be pushing things a bit with Jason Bay in the lineup night after night, especially facing a righty. He’s only 2-for-12 lifetime facing him, so it’s not exactly a matchup thing, though he does have a homer in that battle.

There was a good item in USS Mariner yesterday by author Jeff Sullivan that reminded us in one small part of it not to get too hung up on small samples of two months where guys like Bay are concerned.

That’s worth remembering with Bay’s batting average now down to .227 after going hitless last night, though his .774 OPS is still fine overall. In fact, ay came a foot or two away from a home run last night that would have vaulted all his numers. Small samples can fluctuate big from day to day.

Again, as we wrote last week, the Mariners have to be careful in how they handle Bay and resist the temptation to overuse him and have him turn into this year’s version of Adam Kennedy from two seasons ago.


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