Starting pitcher Doug Fister is on a 75-80 pitch limit today, and on a good day that might get him through six innings.
The issue for the Seattle Mariners is, should they have a lead, who do they ask to hold it? With David Aardsma gone and Chad Cordero having thrown 26 pitches last night, the options are limited.
Brandon League will close, and since he may have to do so for a few more games, he'll likely work only the ninth inning. That leaves Garrett Olson, Sean White and Brian Sweeney for the middle innings.
Sweeney is the designated long reliever - and hasn't pitched in 13 days. Putting him the seventh or eighth inning with a lead wouldn't be fair. So the Mariners are down to White and Olson as setup men.
Not optimal. Certainly not what the team thought they'd have available leaving spring training - when they had Mark Lowe, Shawn Kelley and Kanekoa Texeira in the pen.
It's Fister vs. Randy Wolf today. Here's the Seattle lineup:
- Ichiro Suzuki, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Mike Sweeney, 1B
- Milton Bradley, LF
- Josh Wilson, SS
- Rob Johnson, C
- Doug Fister, P