Friday, April 16, 2010

MARINERS: M's welcome Detroit Friday, opening a three-game series

The Mariners (4-6) go for their first winning streak Friday night as they welcome the Detroit Tigers (6-3) for a three-game series this weekend. After waking up their bats for the past two games, the M’s are hoping to keep the ball rolling and shut down a potentially-threatening Detroit squad.

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Felix Hernandez gets the ball tonight on the mound, leading the squad whose hopes have been ignited after a secession of two exciting wins against Oakland. King Felix makes his third start of the year and attempts to earn his first win in his home debut for the 2010 season.

The Tigers offer Jeremy Bonderman (1-0, 1.80 ERA), who comes off an impressive start against a desolate team in Cleveland, but has had success against the Mariners in recent years. History suggests that Bonderman is always only one start away from either serious injury or a downhill snowball for the remainder of the season.

Given that it’s only been two weeks in the season, however, expect Bonderman to show up sharp and ready to take advantage of the Mariners’ offensively-challenged lineup.
Likewise, expect Felix to be fired-up and anxious to get out there and show his love to the Seattle faithful. The seats will be full tonight as it’s the first of five bobblehead nights this season, with Junior “The Kid’s” bobblehead is passed out to the first 30,000 fans.

Tickets are scarce, but if you’re capable: get down to the stadium now, pick up your tickets (and expect them to be pricy as the cheap seats are sold out), snag your Griffey bobble, and get ready to enjoy to a masterpiece as to what should make for a phenomenal pitcher’s duel.

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