The action has moved a few hundred miles up the west coast, where tonight the Brewers open a three-game set in Seattle.
Tonight at 9:10 the Brewers will face veteran lefty Joe Saunders (4.58 ERA, 4.51 FIP). The former Angel, Diamondback and Oriole is making his 24th start of the season, and his first since allowing two runs on eight hits over six innings against the Orioles on Sunday. He threw 115 pitches in that outing.
Despite playing in a pretty notorious pitchers' park, Saunders had had an issue with the long ball this season. A career-high 13% of all fly balls hit against him have left the ballpark in 2013. He also relies pretty heavily on the defense behind him, striking out just 5.2 batters per nine innings. He'll throw a 90 mph fastball about 55% of the time, with the rest of his pitches spread out over his changeup, slider and curve.
Having spent most of his career in the American League, Saunders has only faced the Brewers twice and hasn't seen them since 2011. The only active Brewers who have faced Saunders ten times or more are Yuniesky Betancourt (.273/.314/.424 in 35 PAs) and Carlos Gomez (.286/.286/.500 in 14 PAs).
He'll face 13-year MLB veteran Kyle Lohse (3.23 ERA, 4.16 FIP) in his 24th start as a Brewer. Lohse pitched five innings against the Nationals on Sunday and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Not counting a rain-shortened outing, Sunday's start was Lohse's shortest appearance since May.
Since June 1, Lohse has pitched a quality start in ten of his last 13 outings (including the previously mentioned rain-shortened start). He's also already allowed 20 home runs this season, though, which is the most he's given up in a year since 2007.
Lohse has made ten appearances against the Mariners in his career, but none since 2007. Four active Mariners have faced him ten times or more:
As of this writing I haven't seen tonight's lineup. If you have, please drop it in the comments.
In the bullpen:
- John Axford pitched two innings (33 pitches) last night.
- Rob Wooten pitched one inning (eleven pitches) last night.
- Alfredo Figaro pitched two innings (34 pitches) on Wednesday.
- Michael Gonzalez pitched one inning (17 pitches) on Wednesday.
- Burke Badenhop pitched one inning (10 pitches) on Wednesday.
- Jim Henderson and Brandon Kintzler last pitched on Tuesday.
After a week in San Francisco, the weather in Seattle sounds downright tropical. Expect a game time temperature around 78 tonight under mostly sunny skies with winds blowing from left to right.