Mariners Preview (4/2/14): Bats Look To Stay Hot For Opening Sweep
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(1090 The Fan) – The Seattle Mariners could pull off something they haven’t done since June 11, 2006: sweep the Angels in Anaheim.
The M’s are one win away from doing so, on the opening series of the 2014 season nonetheless.
What has traditionally been a problem for the club in the past few seasons looks to be the team’s biggest strength out of the gate: offense. In the first two games of the season, the Mariners have put up 18 runs — four of which came against three-time All-Star Jared Weaver, and six against two-time All-Star C.J. Wilson.
Thanks to the presence of Robinson Cano in the lineup, Justin Smoak has started the season off with a bang, going 4-for-8 with a homer and six RBI. Brad Miller, hitting in front of Cano, homered twice Tuesday night. And at the bottom of the lineup, Dustin Ackley has gone 4-for-7 with four RBI.
Looking to help Seattle get the sweep will be starter James Paxton. The 25-year-old made his MLB debut with four starts last September and impressed with a 3-0 mark and 1.50 ERA. He yielded only four runs total over 24 innings of work. Paxton solidified a role in the rotation with a solid spring, posting a 3.18 ERA over five starts while striking out 12 in 17 innings with just three walks.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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