The Mariners open a three-game series against Detroit at Comerica Park. Seattle sends Felix Herandez to the mound for game one against Jordan Zimmerman, who has struggled early on this season for the Tigers.
This is a great first matchup pitching-wise. King Felix has a record of 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA so far this season while Zimmerman has allowed 5 runs in each of his last two outings.
The Mariners lineup looks to keep up its momentum while coming off an 11-1 win against the Oakland Athletics with DH Nelson Cruz and SS Taylor Motter combining for 9 RBIS in the series finale.
The Mariners recently optioned INF Mike Freeman down to AAA Tacoma without calling anyone up. This can only mean that SS Jean Segura should be returning to the lineup soon. The main question is where the Mariners will play current SS Taylor Motter.
Taylor Motter has been swinging one of the hottest bats in the Mariners lineup. He is leading the team with 5 home runs and T-4 in RBIS with 12, 4 of which came against Oakland on Sunday.
Recent call-up, 1B Daniel Vogelbach went 1-4 with a RBI along with a walk in his MLB debut. With veteran 1st basemen Danny Valencia struggling so far this season, except Daniel Vogelbach to get playing time at 1st base this series.
LHP James Paxton will get the ball in game two of this series after giving up his first earned run of the season against the Athletics. The lefty is still 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA. He will go up against LHP Daniel Norris who is 1-1 with an ERA of 3.71 in 3 starts.
Game 3 is where the Mariners will see RHP Justin Verlander, who is one of the best pitchers in the AL respectively. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will go to the mound for the Mariners, after a decent start against the Athletics.
The Mariners will not have to face RF J.D Martinez and 1B Miguel Cabrera because both Tiger sluggers are on the DL. Along with missing those two bats, they will also be missing their best defender, SS Jose Iglesias, who is on the 7-day concussion DL.
The 8-12 Mariners look to get an early season sweep and get closer to an even record. The M’s are last in the AL west, but division rankings mean little to nothing this early in the season.