Lineup: Mike Zunino behind the plate for Taijuan Walker as Mariners look for series split
Other than inserting Mike Zunino behind the plate, the Mariners are sticking with the same righty-heavy lineup as Saturday in Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox.
For the third straight day, the Mariners will count on Leonys Martin at the top of the order against a Chicago southpaw, Carlos Rodon. Since May 4, Martin has reached base safely in 25 of his last 26 day games, batting .368 with 19 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, six home runs, 11 RBI, 11 walks and 5 stolen bases in those contests.
The Mariners hand the ball to Taijuan Walker, the promising young righty who is in the midst of an up-and-down 2016 campaign. This will be his second start since rejoining the team following a month-long stint on the DL and a brief demotion to Triple-A. He allowed four runs (three earned) runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.
Last year on this date, the Mariners relieved GM Jack Zduriencik of his duties. At 68-61, Seattle is eight victories away from matching last year’s win total and is still in the hunt for the postseason, two games back of the second wild-card spot.
First pitch is set for 11:10 a.m on 710 ESPN Seattle, which will be preceded by the pregame show at 10.
Leonys Martin, CF
Guillermo Heredia, LF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nelson Cruz, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Franklin Gutierrez, RF
Mike Zunino, C
Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
Ketel Marte, SS
Taijuan Walker, RHP