Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pre-Game Notes April 16, 2009

Mariners go for the sweep over the Angels, and their 7th straight win.

Pitching Matchup:

SEA: RHP Chris Jakubauskas (1-0, 4.50 ERA)
An injury to left-hander Rowland-Smith gives Jakubauskas the first start of his Major League career but the 63rd of his professional career. The former Independent League hurler was the biggest surprise of Spring Training, compiling a team-best 1.99 ERA. That was good enough to earn a spot in Seattle's bullpen, where he has made two appearances this season. He has been able to handle left-handed and right-handed hitters equally well, but will be on a strict pitch-count limit in his first start, probably around the 60-pitch mark.

LAA: LHP Joe Saunders (1-1, 2.63 ERA)
Saunders seemingly made just two mistakes against the Red Sox on Saturday, but they both came in the form of two-run home runs in the Angels' 5-4 loss at Angel Stadium. Saunders actually pitched well despite the loss, allowing seven hits over seven innings while striking out two. The loss also marked the first time in his career that he's lost in April. Saunders is 4-1 with a 4.61 ERA in his career against Seattle.

The home run Ken Griffey Jr. hit on Wednesday night was his 400th as a Mariner and the 90th in April, the most of any active player and third most in MLB history behind Barry Bonds (117) and Hank Aaron (93). ... Ichiro Suzuki needs one more hit to become the all-time hits leader for a Japanese player. He is tied with Japanese Hall of Famer Isao Harimoto at the top of the list with 3,085. ... Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley, who started last season at Class A Wisconsin, continues to pitch like he belongs in the Majors. He tossed two scoreless innings on Wednesday night.



Ichiro RF
Endy Chavez CF
Mike Sweeney DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jose Lopez 2B
Russ Branyan 1B
Wladimir Balentien LF
Rob Johnson C
Yuniesky Betancourt SS


Chone Figgins 3B
Howie Kendrick 2B
Bobby Abreu LF
Torii Hunter CF
Kendry Morales 1B
Mike Napoli C
Gary Matthews Jr. RF
Juan Rivera DH
Maicer Izturis SS

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