It’s official, now, Salvador Perez has been put on the 10-day DL. Cam Gallagher has been recalled from Omaha to take his roster spot. Cam will probably even make his debut today due to the fact that the rain in Kansas City forced the Royals and Mariners to play in a double-header today; most managers, even Ned Yost, won’t play a catcher in both halves of a double header.
Yes, you read that right, the final battle for Grass Creek in 2017 will be super-sized battle of attrition. Today will feature a straight double header with the second game starting as quickly as possible after the end of the first.
In Game 1 Seattle will send out Marco Gonzales for his second start of the season but his first for the Mariners. He made a start for the Cardinals earlier this season before being traded and lasted only 3.1 innings while allowing 5 runs on a whopping 3 home runs against Milwaukee.
For KC will be staff ace Danny Duffy who has had 2 of his last 4 starts go 7+ innings with only a single run allowed without a victory to mark the occasion. In between those 2 starts he did have a pair against Detroit in which he collected wins. The Royals should definitely have the advantage in game 1.
In game 2 Seattle will send out Erasmo Ramirez, another trade acquisition, this time from Tampa Bay. It will be Ramirez’s second start for the M’s this season and he allowed 3 runs in 3.1 innings on 2 home runs. Before that he’d allowed 10 home runs in 26 games, 8 starts, for the Rays. So the Royals should have plenty of opportunity to hit some long balls, today.
The Royals have not, as of this writing, announced a starter for game 2 but it seems very likely that Jake Junis will be summoned as the 26th man to make that start. Junis has started 6 games for the Royals this season, alternating decent starts with terrible ones for a 6.00 ERA as a starter for the Royals. But his last start was a bad one so if he continues the pattern he should at least keep the Royals in the game.
First Game Lineups
The Mariners have decided to go ahead and leave 4 lefties in the lineup for Danny to carve up. Hopefully that will play out the way such things should instead of the way things always seem to happen in baseball. We’ve got a long day of baseball ahead of us, let’s hope we don’t see any rain to make it any longer.