Texas and Seattle wrap things up on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field. They have a quick two-game stint that begins on Tuesday. The Mariners will come in a bit stunned with the news that star player Robinson Cano will be out for 80 games after taking a banned substance.
Beltre could be out for the two-game set against Mariners
Texas has a lot of problems putting up offense in Houston. They scored one run in each contest, which was enough for a 1-0 opening series win, but lost the other two in identical 6-1 margins. Third baseman Adrian Beltre (.314 avg) is doubtful for Tuesday’s game with a hamstring injury and could potentially miss both games.
Probable starter: Right-hander Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.32 ERA)
Colon had a no-decision in his prior start against Detroit on May 9th. He gave up two earned runs (plus one unearned) on six hits through five innings of work. His pitching ratio has been amazing this season, converting at 29 strikeouts to just 4 walks. He hasn’t been allowing very many runs either, quite a feat for somebody that’s been in the league since 1997.
Mariners prepare for a summer without Cano
Cano accepted the suspension that was given to him before the season on Tuesday afternoon from the MLB. While he claims that he’s never taken a performance-enhancing drug, he should have been more aware of treatment he received from a licensed doctor from the Dominican Republic, which contained a banned substance called Furosemide.
Probable starter: To be announced
Not only will the Mariners be looking for replacements for Cano, but they still have to find a starter for Wednesday afternoon. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31 ERA) would be the next guy up after Mike Leake, but he had to pitch in a double-header on Saturday afternoon. Seattle starters are pitching a 3.98 ERA over their last 10 games.
- Not available
- 2-6 in their last 8 games on Wednesday
- 1-5 in their last 6 games against right-handed starters
With Seattle needing a substitution on the mound for Wednesday afternoon, this could go the way of the road team, especially with how well Colon has been dealing recently.