Game Preview: Cardinals-Mariners
By: Jeremy Jackson
Two teams disappointed with their start to the season, the St. Louis Cardinals (38–33) continue on their road trip as they travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners (36–36).
Carlos Martinez (7–5, 3.17 ERA) will start for the Cardinals as they look to continue gaining ground on the Cubs. St. Louis is coming off a three-game sweep, most recently handing Jake Arrieta his second loss on the season.
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New arms on the bump
With Taijuan Walker dealing with tendinitis in the arch of his right foot, Wade LeBlanc gets the nod as he makes his first start in the MLB since the 2014 season. The Mariners acquired him on June 22 from the Toronto Bluejays for cash considerations and a PTBNL. The southpaw was the ace of the Toronto Bluejays’ triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bison, boasting a 7–2 record along with a 8.5 K/9 and a 1.71 ERA in 89 2/3 innings pitched.
The Mariners weren’t satisfied with only the addition of LeBlanc, as they now have pitchers Felix Hernandez, Wade Miley, and possibly Taijuan Walker on the disabled list. Seattle made a swap with the LA Dodgers to get Zach Lee (7–5, 4.89 ERA w/ Triple-A OKC) for IF Chris Taylor and they also signed Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen.
Lots of runs
The Cardinals are averaging the third-most runs in the MLB with 5.24 runs per game. The Mariners are averaging the fifth-most runs with 4.93 runs per game. Look out for a high-scoring affair between the two teams.