After winning seven consecutive games - Seattle's longest streak since Blake Beavan was a senior in high school - the Mariners were beaten last night by the New York Yankees.
"How we handle the next set of circumstances, how we compete, will tell us a lot," manaager Eric Wedge said.
Bottom line: Winning streaks are fun and seem effortless. Lose, however, and they become difficult to start again, especially against good teams. The Mariners are on a trip on wihch they play the Yankees, Orioles and Angels.
How will they handle opning with a loss? Well, Felix Hernandez starts today, again looking for his 10th win.
Before we get to the lineup, a few pre-game ntoes:
- Reliever Charlie Furbush (tricep strain) threw an inning in Tacoma last night, ave up a a run but struck out three. He'll get at least one more appearance before returning to Seattle's bullpen.
- Asked about the major league debut of Carter Capps last night, Wedge laughed this morning. "I don't know how many guys threw their first big-league pitch 100 mph, but the list can't be that long," Wedge said.
- Casper Wells will start in left field today and bat sixth. He's played two games in his career in Yankee Stadium - and homered in both.
Dustin Ackley 2BMichael Saunders CFJesus Montero DHJohn Jaso CKyle Seager 3BCasper Wells LFMike Carp 1BEric Thames RFBrendan Ryan SSFelix Hernandez RHP