The Mariners play the Pirates tonight at 4:07 PT, and Eric Wedge will employ a new and intriguing batting order tonight. Take a look:
First and foremost, the Mariners play in Pittsburgh tonight, so Aaron Harang needs to bat. As a result, Kendrys Morales and
Justin Smoak cannot play at the same time. With Morales getting a rest tonight, Wedge elected to move Kyle Seager into the three-hole, and move Jason Bay (not the hot-hitting Dustin Ackley) into the second spot in the order. Bay built a reputation as a consistent power hitter in six years with the Pirates, and made All Star Game appearances in 2005 and 2006. He was the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year for Pittsburgh.
In an interesting pre-game development, Pirates righty James McDonald, scheduled to start today’s game, was scratched due to right shoulder discomfort. Mcdonald, 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in six starts in 2013, will go on the disabled list according to Pirates.com. Venezuelan right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, 1-0 with a 3.06 ERA in six appearances (one start) in 2013, will start in McDonald’s place.
The game is the first of an odd mid-week two-game series between the Pirates and Mariners. Felix Hernandez battles A.J. Burnett in the series final Wednesday at 9:35 a.m. PT.