Seattle Mariners Game 12: vs. Cleveland

The Mariners kick off their fifth series of the year with a game that pits Justin Masterson against Kevin Millwood. Both of these guys have the kind of fastball movement that offsets a lot of the platoon disadvantage they have against lefties. John Jaso is freed yet again as Jesus Montero gets his third start behind the plate. In the same time it took Montero to get three starts behind the plate, Miguel Olivo has played only four games without a strikeout. If I had to pic which quantity would be bigger at the end of the season I’d take Montero, but I hope not by much. Using John Jaso like this is basically using him as a backup DH. He’s the best catcher on the roster overall, and probably the fifth best hitter on the roster. They can’t afford to have him out of the lineup ever, let alone with his replacement being Miguel Olivo. If the Mariners want some kind of platoon where Jaso and Montero share DH and catcher duties, that may make some sense. But if the Mariners continue to trade John Jaso for Miguel Olivo six days a week they will only hurt their ability to score runs. I’ll dig more into the roster-suicide that is leaving Jaso on the bench and Olivo the field later, but you can check out my piece from earlier today now if you’d like.

Starting Pitchers

Kevin Millwood vs. Justin Masterson

Lineups:

Indians

1. Michael Brantley, CF

2. Jason Kipnis, 2B

3. Shin-soo Choo, RF

4. Carlos Santana, C

5. Travis Hafner, DH

6. Shelley Duncan, LF

7. Casey Kotchman, 1B

8. Jack Hannahan, 3B

9. Jason Donald, SS

 

Mariners

1. Chone Figgins, LF

2. Dustin Ackley, 2B

3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF

4. Jusin Smoak, 1B

5. Kyle Seager, 3B

6. Jesus Montero, C

7. Michael Saunders, CF

8. Brendan Ryan, SS

9. John Jaso, DH