Adam Jude here filling in for Ryan Divish tonight. Not much time for introductions. I will say I once had a decent curveball, but then I turned 13 and everything went down hill from there. And now I’m a sportswriter.
The biggest pregame news today is that Dustin Ackley has moved up to second and Brad Miller down to ninth in the lineup.
“We’ve been playing with the lineup the last three or four days trying to get a little more production (and) see how things fall out,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Hopefully (Ackley will) give us a spark.”
Ackley had been hitting mostly in the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup this season. He has a team-best .279 batting average in 17 games this season (17 for 61), with a .734 OPS. He’s tied with Justin Smoak for the team led with 10 RBI.
“As I’ve said before, the minute I start worrying about the approach I need to take for different spots in the lineup, I think that’s when I’m only hurting myself,” Ackley said. “So I think whether I’m hitting first, fourth, third, ninth, whatever, I think I’ve got to take the same approach I’ve taken the whole time since I’ve started feeling great at the plate, and it’s something I can’t get away from.”
This will be Miller’s first game of the season out of the two-hole. The shortstop is hitting 194 (14 for 72), with three home runs, seven RBI and a
“I don’t really view anything into it,” Miller said. “Obviously, we’ve got to shake things up a little bit, and I get that. Ackley’s been swinging great. Get him up there and get something going. …
“Same kind of thing for me. Still trying to do the same stuff. Defense first. Honestly, hitting down there like I was the beginning of spring training, it gives you a focus. I could play two innings in the field before I even get an at-bat. I like that. Get focused on playing defense and doing what you’ve got to do, and then hitting.”
Here is the Mariners’ lineup tonight against Houston:
Also of note, the Astros have placed RHP Scott Feldman on the DL. He was scheduled to start against the Mariners on Tuesday. Instead, Houston RHP Collin McHugh will make his 2014 debut against the M’s on Tuesday.