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September 20, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Saturday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Astros

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“I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!”

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So Lloyd McCledon was asked about the lineup. Some really handsome baseball writer with Montana ties, grunted out a question that was basically …. “Ackley two homers last night, um, you know lineup stuff.”

McClendon, who was in a good mood having watched KC lose moments before, smiled and said:

“Ah, #$%^ write whatever the #%^* you want about the lineups, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “You got a story for today.”

The comment generated a more than a few laughs, including some from McClendon. Or maybe they were laughing at the non-question, question.

But the McClendon did answer the question in ernest.

“You know he’s still got a bum ankle,” he said. “It’s a quick turnaround and he was limping a little bit last night and it kind of concerned me a little. I really want him for tomorrow’s game and he doesn’t hit this guy really well. So it’s a chance to get him off his ankle. And do have that turf (in Toronto). That scares the heck out of me.”

Logan Morrison gets the start in left field. With Houston’s left field wall seemingly 25 feet from the infield dirt, McClendon is willing to take that chance. Just have him play deep and everything over his head is gone or off the wall.

“Short porch in left, Mo is probably a better defensive outfielder than Corey is,” McClendon said. “Corey has two home runs off this guy. It gives us an opportunity to get his bat in this lineup in this short ballpark against a left-hander. It just makes sense.”

 

 

 

From earlier

Yes, that’s the real lineup. It’s not a lineup to mess with you.

No, Dustin Ackley is not playing after hitting two homers last night.

I don’t know why he isn’t playing — well, I have an idea, but we meet with Lloyd McClendon in a half hour or so. I’m sure it will be asked.

This will be lefty Dallas Keuchel’s first start against the Mariners since Lloyd McClendon said this after Keuchel threw nine innings, allowing one run on four hits against his team on May 25

Here’s Keuchel’s numbers vs. the Mariners ….

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Here’s Keuchel’s career splits …

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I was told I can’t use Keuchel’s career splits because he started throwing a slider this year. So here’s his 2014 splits.

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