Mariners Insider Blog

New-look ball park - and new-look Mariners

Greetings from Kansas City, where the Mariners open a two-game series with their bullpen in chaos and their lineup under construction - again.

Expect Ken Griffey Jr. back, but not as the No. 3 man in the order. That's likely to be Jose Lopez. Junior will be dropped down a bit, much like Adrian Beltre was dropped from fourth to fifth over the weekend when Russell Branyan batted cleanup.

As for the bullpen, which looked so good with Shawn Kelley and David Aardsma setting up for Brandon Morrow ....

Well, Morrow can pitch again on Satuday when he comes off the disabled list, and Kelley just went on the DL. For now, Aardsma is the closer and Mark Lowe the likeliest setup man tonight.

The Mariners recalled left-hander Garrett Olson, who was starting in Tacoma, and while he's available in any role he might also be on hand to take over for Carlos Silva should he stumble again - or Chris Jakubauskas, who could go back go the bullpen as a swing man.

Put simply, it's a scramble!

As for the new-improved ballpark here, it's been renovated and made more fan-friendly. Restaurants and a merry-go-round, more video screens and outfield seating just above the players.

All that, and the Royals are winning.