Seattle Mariners Probable Pitchers & Starting Lineup vs. Chicago Cubs, April 12

Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Guardians
Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Guardians / Jason Miller/GettyImages

The Mariners will look to forget the first two games of the series as they are set to play the final game against the Cubs. I think it's worth totally forgetting about the second game and pretending that it didn't happen, solely remembering that the offense looked good and provided hope for Mariners fans that they are going to start figuring it out. Let's take a look at Game 3 as the Mariners looks to avoid being swept.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Today should be the opposite of game 2 and more in line with the first one of the series. Logan Gilbert is taking the mound for the Mariners, and will look to get back to his 2022 self after an odd start to 2023. He's been on a possible pitch count, throwing 85 in his first game and 81 in his second game. He has looked strong though, despite some lower velo against Cleveland that I think is just an early season thing.

On the other side, the Cubs are throwing newly signed Marcus Stroman. He's been dominant this year, going 6 scoreless innings in each start so far, one against the Brewers and one against the Rangers. The Mariners will need to strike whenever they have an opportunity, and not let any of them slip by. They were great at that in 2022, and need to start showing that again in 2023.

Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup

For now, this is pretty much the optimal lineup. We just really need the bottom of the lineup to wake up. Even with 9 runs on the board, the bottom three in yesterdays order were a combined 1-12 with one walk and one rbi, with the hit and walk both coming from JP. I'm gonna go ahead and call it now... a multi-hit game for Kolten Wong is incoming today against Stroman and the Cubbies.

Mariners need a good outing after seeing a lot of bullpen action

After a good start, Flexen got shelled in the third inning of the second game. He ended up giving up eight runs to the Cubs and got pulled before even finishing the inning. The Mariners ended up using three relievers for a total of 5.1 IP and 107 pitches. They're likely unavailable through the rest of the series, so don't expect to see Jose Rodriguez, Diego Castillo, or Trevor Gott anytime soon. If Gilbert can give the Mariners six innings or so today, that's going to go a long way in helping them get back on track.

How do I watch and listen to the Seattle Mariners game?

You can catch all the Mariners games on Root Sports, while listening to them on ESPN 710. They're also available on the MLB.TV app for those that are subscribed, as well as FuboTV. Whether you're listening or watching, make sure to turn in to hear the Mariners finish off their series against the Cubs.