The Mariners are back home after a 3-3 road stretch in which they saw multiple games slip away. The Mariners have had an ugly start to the season, but things aren't all that bad. The Rockies are coming to town, just the second of five National League teams in a row that Seattle will see. For those heading down to the game, watching, or listening in, let's take a look at some of the storylines and probable players for tonight's action.
Probable Starting Pitchers
We've got Marco Gonzales... check that, Tommy Milone on the mound going up against Austin Gomber to kick off the series. Marco was scheduled to start, but the team announced at about 1:30 PM Pacific that he was leaving the team amid the birth of his child and being placed on the Paternity List. Tommy Milone was selected from Tacoma and will be starting the game in his place. Milone threw five scoreless in his lone Tacoma outing this season, and will likely be paired with Darren McCaughan to eat a large chunk of innings in tonight's game.
On the other side, Austin Gomber already has given up 8 runs in 10.2 IP, and he has been struggling with the long ball. He's given up three already, and it's something the Mariners could capitalize on. They've got plenty of guys who can go deep, and it seems like they might just be heating up after Teo and Kelenic went back-to-back in Chicago in the finale. 2 homers, up 5-2 after 5 innings? Sounds possible to me.
Seattle Mariners Starting Lineup
The lineup looks amazing tonight. And it probably needs to perform that way as well with Milone on the mound. Look for Ty France to stay hot, and for Julio to get back on track after a rough road trip. Does anyone else have that feeling of Julio doing some NSFW things to a baseball tonight? I do.
The Mariners need to take advantage of the Rockies pitching
The Rockies come into the series in Seattle with one of the worst ERAs in baseball, paired with a bad walk rate and bad BAA. The Mariners NEED to capitalize on their 5.18 ERA, and it could be just what the doctor ordered to see the bats heat up this series. The offense has been a bit sporadic and anemic so far this season. I can't think of a better time than now for Wong, Murphy, and Hummel to turn it on and have a multi-hit game.
It's early, but Gomber has a slash line against him of .294/.314/.588 against righties. That's actually better than last year, when he was shelled at a clip of .304/.348/.534. Maybe we won't see Wong step up, but it's a perfect chance for a big game, and one that the Mariners should score a lot of runs in.
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 see if the Mariners can start off the series on a high note against the Colorado Rockies.