Change is in the air for the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres as the teams begin a three-game series in Seattle Mariners . The Padres own the majors’ worst record at 20-41, causing many to believe the team will shake up the roster. Most of the talk surrounds outfielder Carlos Quentin, third baseman Chase Headley and closer Huston Street, but catcher Nick Hundley could also have a different address. The struggling veteran is batting .172 and could be sent to the minors soon in favor of top prospect Yasmani Grandal.
The Mariners have gone 11-11 over their last 22 games and stand 8 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the American League West. They lost two straight to the Dodgers after recording the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history Friday. Change could be coming to the bullpen after manager Eric Wedge indicated that Brandon League may return to the closer’s role soon. Before giving up two runs in an inning Sunday, League had allowed one earned run in his last six games. Tom Wilhelmsen has converted three save opportunities while League works in a setup role.
Padres Mariners Betting
When: 10:10 PM ET, Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FS San Diego, Root Sports (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres LH Clayton Richard (2-7, 4.58 ERA) vs. Mariners RH Felix Hernandez (4-4, 3.42)
Richard has posted six quality starts this season, including four of his last seven outings. He gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Giants and is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four career starts against the Mariners.
Hernandez skipped his last turn in the rotation because of stiffness in his back, but is expected to be ready Tuesday. He has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his 12 starts, and is 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in eight career starts against the Padres.
1. Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge has not allowed an earned run in his first 23 major league appearances (15 innings), a club record.
2. Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin is listed as day-to-day after crashing into the center field fence Sunday.
3. The Padres sent right-hander Andrew Cashner to Double-A San Antonio to build up his endurance and make him a starter.