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September 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Saturday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Rangers


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Update 4:02 p.m.

*** The Tigers have lost, so the Mariners are  full game up on them in the wild card standings. They can go a game and a half up with a win tonight.

*** Royals’ starter Danny Duffy left the game after throwing one pitch at Yankee Stadium. That would be a huge blow for Kansas City.

*** Endy Chavez is ok and good to go. He has a pad over the stitches that closed up the gash above his left eye.

What should you be watching for from Chris Young to know if he’s effective?

“He needs to throw strikes,” McClendon said. “His last couple times out he didn’t throw very many quality strikes. He worked from behind in the count. And if he’s throwing strikes up in the zone with his fastball, then he has a chance to be successful.”

Up in the zone?

“That means he’s commanding,” McClendon said. “It’s funny. But when he throws strikes down in the zone. That means he’s not commanding the fastball.”

That’s a little unusual considering most pitchers want to throw down in the zone.

“It is,” McClendon said. “But he’s effective up in the zone, not down. When you are 6-10 and you stay on that plane, it’s tougher. You are underneath the ball.”

**** Here’s the pitching probables

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After the off day, it’s not exactly set. Why? Because McClendon wants to see how Young performs today before making any decisions.

“Obviously what he does today has a lot to do with the rotation going forward,” McClendon said.

If Young struggles, then McClendon could reshuffle and skip him or they could move Taijuan Walker into the mix. He has said he plans to keep Felix Hernandez starting on Saturday.

From earlier

Pretty standard lineup today against right-hander Nick Martinez. As long as Brad Miller continues to hit, I think we may see more platoon-type situations at shortstop. It won’t be a straight platoon, but I’m guessing with right-handers, who struggle against lefties, Miller will get starts. McClendon has also started using Kyle Seager as the cleanup hitter against right-handers and bumping Morales down to No. 5 in the order.

Nick Martinez doesn’t really get lefties or righties out that well. Here’s his splits.

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So the Mariners “should” score runs against him. But I should eat vegetables more.

Here’s the M’s numbers vs. Martinez

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