(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners (35-34) salvaged the series finale versus the Texas Rangers and open up a quick two-gamer with the San Diego Padres before heading south to face the Friars on the road and then to Kansas City to face the red hot Royals.
The M’s have yet to show some consistent offensive production at home, though Kyle Seager remains one of the exceptions highlighted by his four-hit, three-RBI day Sunday afternoon. The club has plated just 16 runs on the homestand (six games) and are averaging 3.34 runs per game at Safeco Field compared to 4.7 per contest on the road.
The Padres (29-40) could be the remedy but their Game 1 starter has been terrific this season and their bullpen is one of the best in baseball. San Diego brings the National League’s worst offense to the Emerald City, however, and enter play Monday batting .215/.276/.342 in 69 games.
The M’s lineup looks like a star-laden group compared to what the Padres are running out there regularly, especially with the struggles of Chase Headley (.206/.294/.350), Jedd Gyorko (.162/.213/270) and Yonder Alonso (.213/.254/.347) three of their better bats as recent as a year ago.
Seth Smith (.287/.397/.505) and Cameron Maybin (.283/.325/.416) have been the only consistent hitters for San Diego this season. Gyorko is on the 15-day disabled list and will not play in the series.
Pitching Matchups | Jason A. Churchill, 1090 The Fan
Monday: Chris Young, RHP vs. Tyson Ross, RHP
Chris Young’s magic has run out but he’s still battling and giving the Mariners a chance to win every start. When he throws strikes he’s a solid No. 5 starter and when he has his command and his better slider he’ll miss just enough bats to counter his fly ball tendencies and overall lack of velocity.