Mariners lineup: Heredia, Motter get the nod vs Houston LHP Keuchel
The Mariners have two extra right-handed hitters in the lineup to start their four-game series against the Astros at 7:10 p.m. Monday night on 710 ESPN Seattle.
Guillermo Heredia, who owns a .289 average and .747 career on-base plus slugging percentage against lefty pitching, will be in left field with Houston starting southpaw Dallas Keuchel. Taylor Motter, another right-handed hitter, will be at first base for Seattle.
David Freitas will do the catching with Mike Zunino still at least a few days away from returning from the disabled list.
The Mariners will turn to a lefty of their own to pitch: James Paxton, who tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts over six innings in his last outing.
Mariners-Astros coverage begins at 6 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle with the pregame show.
Here is Seattle’s full lineup:
Dee Gordon, CF
Jean Segura, SS
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Mitch Haniger, RF
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Taylor Motter, 1B
David Freitas, C
James Paxton, LHP