Hey so the first game of the season was bad, let’s ignore it entirely and move on to the rest of the season, shall we?
The Cleveland Indians, who definitely didn’t display an awful offense for a full nine innings less than 48 hours ago, are ready to face the Seattle Mariners and get their season off on the right foot. They’ll send Carlos Carrasco to the mound, who quietly had a great outing his last time on the mound, when he pitched 5.2 shutout innings and still lost Game 3 of the ALDS to the New York Yankees because the Indians offense couldn’t score more than one run.
Wait, no, let’s not talk about that either. Damnit.
The Mariners will counter James Paxton, a lefty hurler heading into this third season as a full-time starter. Take away Seattle’s fondness and nostalgia for a dominant Felix Hernandez, and it’s an easy argument to make that James Paxton is actually their best pitcher. The 29-year-old struck out 28.3 percent of the batters he faced last season.
When: 4:10 p.m. ET
Where: Safeco Field,
Watch: ESPN, SportsTime Ohio, ROOTNW, MLB.tv
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Dee Gordon - CF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Jean Segura - SS|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Rajai Davis - CF||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Yonder Alonso - 1B||Mitch Haniger - RF|
|Brandon Guyer - LF||Ryon Healy - 1B|
|Yan Gomes - C||Mike Marjama - C|
|Lonnie Chisenhall - RF||Ichiro Suzuki - LF|
|Carlos Carrasco - RHP||James Paxton - LHP|
Facing the lefty Paxton, we see the debut of Tito’s anti-lefty lineup, which includes Brandon Guyer in left (he’ll probably be in right instead of Lonnie Chisenhall when Michael Brantley returns), and Rajai Davis in center field, because Tito is still under the spell of a false memory charm and believes Bradley Zimmer can’t hit lefties.