Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Seattle MARINERS (2-1, 0-0 road) at Boston RED SOX (3-3, 0-0 home), 11:05a, MLB.tv
Jeff Weaver (0-0) vs. Josh Beckett (1-0)
I'd have to say it looks like this game might actually take place. As I type this, the hour-by-hour forecast at the Weather Channel's site says it'll be partly cloudy and 44 degrees at game time. We'll believe that when we see it. The Mariners haven't had a game count in the standings since Wednesday.
For all their waiting, what do the Mariners get? They get to throw their fifth starter up against Josh Beckett. Great. At least the whole snowstorm set up what hopefully is a bitchin' Felix/Daisuke matchup.
What's the goal for the series? As long as they don't get swept, I'll be fine with it. Two of three would be a steal. The best chance they have is in the Felix game, and the Mariners have to weather Matsuzaka to do it or hope he struggles and they get to the bullpen (i.e., Joel Piñeiro). I can't see the Mariners winning the final game of the series because (1) Jarrod Washburn will be throwing in Fenway, and (2) Tim Wakefield could easily stifle the Mariners, whose only hope would then be for Mike Blowers to climb down from the broadcast booth and crush some knuckleballs.
Anyway, it's the fourth game of the season for the Red Sox and the seventh game for the Red Sox. Hey, the Mariners are only a game back of the division lead, and I don't even want to ask myself how or why the Angels are 5-2 (all home games).