Over the next two weeks, the Mariners will take on the entire NL West, from a homestand featuring the Dodgers, Padres, and Giants to an away series in Arizona. The only ones not invited are the Rockies, who will probably wait a few more years after Seattle’s sweep at Coors Field last month.
Current record: 37-21
Last game: vs. Phillies. Tonight, the Dodgers completed a 4-game sweep of last-place Philadelphia. Leading 4-3 through 8 innings, they surged ahead with a 4-run blast in the 9th on a pair of hits from Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston and a fielding error by Mike Fontenot.
Currently, the Dodgers sit in first place in the NL West, just four games ahead of the rival San Francisco Giants.
Last series against Seattle: June 26 – 28, 2009. Following an 8-2 beating by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, King Felix took a 9-strikeout, 1-run game through 8 innings. As a mark of how far removed we are from this particular set of Mariners, Ken Griffey Jr. hit a 2-run home run to push Seattle to a 5-1 win.
Seattle is 2-1 on LA in the past five years, meeting them just once in 2009. The Dodgers have not set foot in Safeco since 2000, when, like each of the four series played between the two in that span, they lost 1-2.
Pitching matchups: Friday — Kevin Millwood vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi. After nine starts with the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, Nathan was called up on May 29. In two major league starts, he accumulated 9 hits, 5 runs, and 8 strikeouts in 9.2 IP.
Saturday — Jason Vargas vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw. The two faced each other on June 26, 2009; Kershaw went 6 innings for 8 strikeouts, 5 hits, and 2 runs, while Vargas lasted just 4.2 innings with 2 strikeouts, 9 hits, and 5 runs. This year, Kershaw has a 3.33 SIERA and 1.01 FIP in 12 starts, with a complete game shutout against the Cardinals under his belt.
Sunday — TBA vs. LHP Chad Billingsley. Billingsley made his last start against Philadelphia on Tuesday, lasting 7 innings for 6 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. He carries a 3.73 SIERA and 1.40 FIP in 12 starts.
Expected result: After the 21-7 smackdown against Texas, the Mariners’ offense has continued to look recharged. Even with a 3-3 split in June, they put up 55 hits and 33 runs on this road trip. Without a pitcher listed for Sunday’s matchup, it’s a little difficult to know how the series will end, but the momentum should carry them through the weekend… and the next 6 games of this month’s homestand.
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