Mariners Insider Blog

Behind Felix, Mariners lineup looks familiar

All-Star Felix Hernandez makes his 17th start of the season tonight in search of his seventh win, and behind him Eric Wedge has returned to a lineup that includes DH Jesus Montero and 1B Justin Smoak.

No, those two hitters haven't had the first half anyone hoped, but the truth is there's no better first baseman or DH on the team, or - arguably - in the Seattle minor league system.

Outfielder Michael Saunders returns, which means Chone Figgins takes a seat and the Mariners outdield defense takes a great leap forward. Whatever the results tonight vs. Batlimore and LHP Wei-Yin Chen, Wedge is putting his best defense on the field and the most representative offense he can muster.

Here's that lineup:

Ichiro Suzuki       RFCasper Wells            LFKyle Seager         3BJesus Montero           DHMiguel Olivo            CMichael Saunders    CFJustin Smoak        1BDustin Ackley       2BBrendan Ryan            SSFelix Hernandez         RHP