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September 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Monday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Angels

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It turns out that Dustin Ackley wasn’t the hold up in making out today’s lineup. Manager Lloyd McClendon actually talked to Ackley yesterday about playing today.

“He said, ‘I’m feeling pretty good,’ and I said, ‘Good, you’ll play tomorrow,'” McClendon recalled.

McClendon watched Ackley work out on Sunday and saw improvement.

“His BP was cleaner and was better,” McClendon said. “He was getting off his back foot and not hitting flat-footed. He should be fine.”

McClendon saw the signs of the ankle issues even before Ackley took himself out of the game in Texas over a week ago. .

“You could see it a few days before,” McClendon said. “His swing was slower.”

Ackley said the ankle is much better.

“I feel really good,” he said. “The last two days it’s the best it’s felt. I assuming today it won’t be much different.

He was even hitting in the cage and running in case he was needed late in Sunday’s game.

“I was ready,” Ackley said. “I know he wanted that as a last resort and didn’t to it. In BP, and during the game when I was hitting the cage and even running to get loose, it felt as good as it did before it was hurting.”

When Ackley played on Friday night, McClendon could see that he wasn’t the same player at the plate and in the field. But Ackley won’t have to be completely healthy to be in the lineup.

“He needs to be operational,” McClendon said. “The fact is nobody will be 100 percent this time year. You have to be able to play both sides of the ball and I think he’s capable of doing that.

Ackley doesn’t want to come out. He knows the importance of this 11-game road trip. And he doesn’t plan on coming out of the lineup.

“Unless its a situation like the last game where I was able to play, but I just wasn’t able to perform like I wanted to and drive off that foot,” he said. “As long as I can do that and compete and help the team out, I’m going to be in there as much as I can. If I feel like I’m a liability, I will definitely take that into consideration.

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Per the game notes below, the Mariners will fly 5,662 miles on this trip as part of their 51,540 miles traveled this season. Psh … private plane, at the field screening and no airports make it slightly easier. I guarantee you nobody on their flights had the body order of the dude, who sat next to me on the way to LA this morning (no it wasn’t Larry Stone.) This is the 7th trip of 4,500 miles or more for Seattle. It may be why I reached MVP gold on Alaska in like June.

Speaking of road trips … here’s the Mariners’ road splits on offense.

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They have plus 80 run differential on the road this season.

 From earlier 

 

Here’s the pitching probables for this series …

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The Mariners will be facing upstart right-hander Matt Shoemaker, who was the AL pitcher of the month for August. He’s had a pretty good season for a guy that has spend most of his career in the minor leagues.

Here’s his splits …. Lefties have a pretty significant advantage – again a reason for the delay with Ackley and the starting lineup.

 

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The M’s have faced Shoemaker a handful of times. Here’s their numbers against him.

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And jus to be reciprocal, here’s the Angels numbers vs. Hisashi Iwakuma.

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Official game notes 

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