In other words, the Seattle Mariners would like to win one game of this three-game series with Minnesota, and avoid being swept for the first time under interim-manager Daren Brown.
Yes, it's a rather pathetic thing to hope for, but there you are.
Under Brown, the Mariners are now 8-9. Far more telling, the Mariners rotation - the guys who have pitched so well all season - are 36-54 this year. Anyone wondering why, look at Doug Fister's game yesterday - seven innings, one run, a loss.
The lineup looks like most of Brown's and, in truth, most of his predecessors. Matt Tuiasosopo starts in left field to get some at-bats, with Michael Saunders due back as soon as tomorrow. No matter how Brown makes out his lineup, here's the daunting stat of the day: Only one Mariner - Ichiro - is hitting as high as the Minnesota Twin team average (.279).
Here's he lineup vs. RHP Carl Pavano:
- Ichiro, RF
- Chone Figgins, 2B
- Russell Branyan, DH
- Jose Lopez, 3B
- Casey Kotchman, 1B
- Franklin Gutierrez, CF
- Adam Moore, C
- Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
- Josh Wilson, SS
- Luke French, P