By Shannon Drayer
Update: The Mariners have announced Iwakuma will stay on turn and start Saturday in Toronto. Joe Saunders will pitch on Sunday.
The Mariners did make a move after all. The most obvious one. Blake Beavan has been sent to Tacoma and Lucas Luetge recalled. The move will give Beavan the opportunity to work through his struggles and importantly, be ready should another starter be needed.
As for the pitching schedule moving forward, Eric Wedge said that the Hisashi Iwakuma portion of that is still a bit up in the air. He will pitch either Saturday or Sunday in Toronto. If Kuma is held back a day then Joe Saunders will pitch Saturday but as Wedge said today there is a chance he could stay on turn.
The lineup for tonight's game:
Tough lefty on the hill for Baltimore in Wei-Yin Chen and Wedge still going with Saunders and Seager at 1-2. Saunders has been hitting lefties but Seager has been struggling against them. Still, second for now is where I think you want to see him regardless of handedness of the pitcher. It is good to see some semblance of a regular lineup at the top.
If you read my last post you saw that Smoak has put up encouraging numbers the last eight games, hitting .357/.454/.571/1.025. He has, however, been struggling mightily against lefties, hitting .129/.206/.129!/.335. It will be a good sign if he can get anything going against lefties.
Speaking of extreme splits, Brandon Maurer has an ugly left/right split with southpaws hitting .358 against him. Wedge feels that this is a sequencing problem more than anything and said it will be a focus of his work this week.