Updated 4:03 p.m. Rusty GREER time
McClendon confirmed that Chris Young will make his scheduled start on Saturday.
Watching Young’s bullpen session on Wednesday morning in Oakland helped with the decision.
“The ball came out good and he’s healthy,” McClendon said. “We had a good conversation today.”
Did he need to hear anything from Young in that conversation or was the bullpen enough?
“I think it was a combination of what I saw and what we talked about,” McClendon said.
McClendon said something yesterday postgame that was a surprise – one of his starters couldn’t take the mound recently, which is another reason he made changes to the rotation. That pitcher was Young.
“It’s all behind him now,” McClendon said. He feels good.”
McClendon said that Hart’s batspeed is back now that he has his legs underneath him. He felt the collision with the wall in Cleveland left him hobbled and unable to compete. Now he’s healthy. And McClendon won’t be afraid to use him against left-handers.
Kyle Seager rakes against the Rangers. In his last 28 games, he’s hitting .386 with 10 doubles, 10 homers and 25 RBI with a a 1.163 OPS. For his career, he’s hitting .331 (80-for-242) with 23 doubles, 12 homers and 39 RBI. Much of that damage has come here in Arlington where he’s hitting .355 (44-for-124) with 14 doubles, six homers, 19 RBI and a 1.011 OPS.
“I hit here the way Cano hits in every park,” he said.
Here’s the early lineups. Manager Lloyd McClendon will announce Saturday’s starter later. I’m guessing Chris Young will make the scheduled start.
McClendon stuck with Corey Hart at DH with the lefty Robbie Ross Jr. getting the start. This isn’t surprising since McClendon believes Hart can help against left-handed pitching. The lineup is pretty right-hand heavy at the bottom.
Ross has reverse career splits with lefties doing slighlty more damage against him …
But, if you look at this season, the numbers are a little different.
So McClendon goes with the somewhat right-handed heavy lineup.
Here’s the Mariners numbers against Ross. He made a start against Seattle on April 15 and pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing five hits in a 5-0 win. McClendon was not pleased with his hitters approaches in that game. He started against Seattle 10 days later at Safeco Field and wasn’t quite as effective. Ross gave up two run on seven hits in six innings pitched. The Mariners prevailed in the game 6-5. Ross was bounced back to the bullpen midseason and made a few relief appearances against Seattle. But with the injury attrition, he’s back in the starting rotation.
Mariners game notes
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