Seattle Mariners Game 5: @ Texas

In yesterday’s series preview I said that game one of the series was by far the can’t miss game. Yu Darvish makes his MLB debut, and that’s exciting, but Mariners fans aren’t left out of the excitement as Hector Noesi will also make his debut. Noesi is a guy who can miss some bats, and that makes him a viable candidate for the No. 3 starter spot now, and a viable rotation candidate in the long term once the Mariners big three prospects show up.

Darvish is a bit of a mystery. We’ve seen in him the World Baseball classic, and there’s a handful of games of his on Youtube, but we haven’t seen how he’ll perform over the course of a full load of games against MLB opposition.

Jesus Montero is out for this game, and Brendan Ryan is back. Dustin Ackley will get the start at DH and Munenori Kawasaki will get his second MLB start, this time at second base. It seems like Ryan’s neck is fine, and Montero apparenty ate some bad seafood. I know how that goes. I won’t expand on that.

Kyle Seager is batting fifth in the Mariners lineup, and the Rangers first baseman is batting ninth in their lineup. If that doesn’t communicate the differing fortunes of these teams over the past couple of year’s then I don’t know what does. The Rangers have a lot of really good hitters. Kyle Seager isn’t a bad hitter, but he’s probably not as good a hitter as Mitch Moreland. Mike Napoli is batting eighth. Mike Napoli slugged .631 last year and he’s batting fucking eighth.

Starters

Hector Noesi vs. Yu Darvish

Lineups:

Mariners

1. Chone Figgins, LF

2. Dustin Ackley, DH

3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF

4. Justin Smoak, 1B

5. Kyle Seager, 3B

6. Michael Saunders, CF

7. Miguel Olivo, C

8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2B

9. Brendan Ryan, SS

 

Rangers

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Elvis Andrus, SS

3. Josh Hamilton, CF

4. Adrian Beltre, 3B

5. Michael Young, DH

6. Nelson Cruz, RF

7. David Murphy, LF

8. Mike Napoli, C

9. Mitch Moreland, 1B