The Mariners have announced another change to this weekend's rotation. R.A. Dickey will get the start on Friday instead of Miguel Batista.
So the match-ups for the weekend series with the Nationals will now be...
FRI - 7:10 p.m. - RH R.A Dickey (1-1, 2.67 ERA) vs. RH Shawn Hill (0-3, 4.35)
SAT - 7:10 p.m. - LH Erik Bedard (4-4, 4.26) vs. TBA
SUN - 1:10 p.m. - LH Jarrod Washburn (2-7, 6.09) vs. RH Tim Redding (6-3, 4.29)
I'm not sure what to make of this. Batista has certainly pitched poorly enough to be bumped from the rotation. And Dickey has certainly pitched well enough to earn a shot at starting. He got his first win in relief the other day throwing two shutout innings. He's allowed just one run in his last 18 innings pitched. On thing to remember is that Batista also threw an inning of relief on Monday, which changed his throw schedule for the week and could have played a factor.