Friday, April 06, 2007
Seattle MARINERS (2-1, 0-0 road) at Cleveland INDIANS (2-1, 0-0 home), 1:05p, MLB.tv
Horacio Ramirez (0-0) vs. Paul Byrd (0-0)
Well, it's the first road game of the season for the Mariners as the schedulemakers figured the Mariners should just have a laundry stop in Seattle to start the season before heading to Cleveland.
Compared to the opening series at home, the Mariners will be playing in temperatures about 20 or 30 degrees cooler in Cleveland. My hope is that it doesn't get as cold as it did in Detroit, where Thursday's Blue Jays/Tigers game was postponed due to the cold. I remember one game a few yaers ago in Detroit where it was bitter cold and Aaron Sele threw one of his best games.
Anyway, this one is the first of four in Cleveland, and I'll be okay with a split since the Indians can actually be good, whereas the Mariners are the Mariners. I think this game would stand the second-best chance of a Mariner win next to the Felix game on Sunday. In other words, I don't see the Mariners beating Jake Westbrook or CC Sabathia. Of course, I thought the Mariners weren't going to win with Joe Blanton starting either, but they did.
In sum, if the Mariners are above .500 after this series, it's cause for mild celebration.