(1090 The Fan) — Lost in the hoopla of Robinson Cano making his debut at Safeco Field as a member of the Seattle Mariners is the fact that James Paxton will be making arguably the most important start of his young career Tuesday night.
The 25-year-old lefty had a brilliant outing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Wednesday going seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and only two hits.
“I’m just keeping my plan the same,” Paxton said ahead of Tueday’s start. “If I see them start to make adjustments on me, that’s when I have to adjust also. It’s just going to be a bit of a chess match to see what happens and see where I have to go with how I’m pitching.”
Opposing Paxton will be the same pitcher who faced him last week, lefty Hector Santiago, who was on the wrong end of that one, surrendering four runs and seven hits in five innings.
Don’t write off the Halos just yet. The club has won three of four since the season-opening sweep at the hands of Seattle.
The Mariners are 22-15 all-time when playing home openers.
-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan
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