Mariners-Royals Preview

The Seattle Mariners’ offense has been quite a mystery over the

last week, piling up runs one game and failing to produce the

next.

The biggest unknown for the Mariners’ game in Kansas City on

Tuesday night, however, is the Royals’ stating pitcher.

Seattle (38-53) has split its last six games, combining for 23

runs in the wins while scoring three in the defeats. The Mariners’

offense was on from the start Monday, pushing across five runs in

the first inning en route to a 9-4 victory over Kansas City.

Casper Wells had a career-best five RBIs on a three-run homer in

the first inning and a two-run triple in the second, both coming

off Jonathan Sanchez. Justin Smoak also had a two-run homer off

Sanchez, while Dustin Ackley hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to

cap Seattle’s scoring.

The Mariners have won seven of their last 11 games when hitting

at least one homer.

“We can’t control the end result,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We

just want to go out there, put together good at-bats, turn around

some fastballs, and if we do that, the runs will come.”

Monday’s outburst might not have been that big of a surprise,

however, considering Sanchez has a 12.18 ERA over his last four

starts.

The beleaguered starter was done after 1 1-3 innings and instead

of emptying the bullpen, Royals manager Ned Yost decided to burn

Tuesday’s scheduled starter Everett Teaford, who did an admirable

job in relief, yielding a run and three hits over five innings.

Teaford’s outing leaves an opening for a starter for Tuesday,

though, and the Royals (38-50) announced a replacement wouldn’t be

made until sometime on game day.

There is speculation Doug Davis could be called up from the

minors to make the start considering he is slated to pitch Tuesday.

The veteran left-hander hasn’t pitched in the majors since last

June for the Chicago Cubs, and is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in six minor

league starts this year.

The Mariners are also expected to turn to a minor leaguer on

Tuesday, as they’re set to recall Blake Beavan (3-6, 5.92 ERA).

Beavan was sent to the minors after being tagged for six runs in

two innings of an 8-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 10.

He had an 11.77 ERA in his final three starts before his demotion

but pitched much better with Triple-A Tacoma, going 4-0 with a 2.61

ERA in six outings.

In his only career game against the Royals on Sept. 9, the

right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-3 win.

He’ll be facing a Kansas City team that has lost six of seven

and 11 of 14.

Royals All-Star Billy Butler belted his 17th homer Monday, but

Alex Gordon has been the team’s hottest hitter of late. Gordon went

3 for 4 Monday, and is batting .462 with four doubles during a

six-game hitting streak.