Losers of five of their last six and fading at the plate, the Mariners Tuesday face Max Scherzer, who owns them.
GAME: Mariners (7-10, 3rd AL West, – 6.5 GB) at Tigers (10-6, 1st, AL Central, 0.0 GB). GAME #: 18. SERIES: 1st of 3 games. MEETING (2012): 1st. WHEN: Tuesday, 4:05 p.m., Comerica Park. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Jason Vargas (Seattle, 2-1, 2.84) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (Detroit, 1-1, 7.98). STREAKS: Mariners L 4; Tigers L 1. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.
Losers of their past three (season high), the Mariners commence a 10-game road trip Tuesday at Comerica Park with the first of three contests against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, one of the few clubs Seattle enjoyed success against in 2011 (6-4, including 5-2 at Comerica).
The Mariners, though, will face a pitcher, Max Scherzer, who has a career 4-0, 2.00 ERA record against them. Seattle will counter with Jason Vargas, coming off a victory over Derek Lowe and the Cleveland Indians.
After Detroit, the Mariners play three in Toronto and then conclude the trip with a four-game series at Tampa. The Mariners return to Safeco Field Friday, May 4, to host Minnesota. A closer look at Tuesday’s probables:
MARINERS: LHP Jason Vargas (2-1, 2.84 ERA, 0.99 WHIP)
The 29-year-old Vargas, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Mariners, will be making his fourth start of 2012 and first against the Tigers.
A native of Apple Valley, CA., the 6-0, 215-pound Vargas was selected in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins.
He made his debut with Florida July 14, 2005, pitching one inning of relief in a 13-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mariners acquired Vargas as part of a three-team swap Dec. 11, 2008, when the New York Mets sent him along with Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto and Aaron Heilman to the Mariners. The Mariners sent Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed to the Mets.
The Mariners also sent Luis Valbuena to the Indians. The Mets sent Joe Smith to the Indians, who sent Franklin Gutierrez to the Mariners.
Vargas, currently the only lefty in Seattles starting rotation, has a career record of 29-40, 4.50 ERA, including 23-32, 4.16 ERA with the Mariners.
Vargas / 2012
TIGERS: RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.98 ERA, 1.64 WHIP)
The 27-year-old Scherzer, in his fifth major league season and third with the Tigers, will be making his fourth start of the season and first against the Mariners.
A native of St. Louis, the 6-3, 220-pound Scherzer was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round (11th pick) in the 2006 amateur draft.
After pitching in Arizonas system from 2006-08, Scherzer made his major league debut April 29, 2008, in a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros. Scherzer worked 4.1 innings but did not factor in the decision.
Scherzer pitched for the Diamondbacks in 2008-09, compiling a 9-15 record and 3.86 ERA in 46 games. He made 30 starts for the 2009 Diamondbacks, posting a record of 9-11, 4.12.
On Dec. 8, 2009, the Diamondbacks traded Schzerer as part of a three-team deal with Daniel Schlereth to the Tigers. The Tigers sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees. The Tigers also sent Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. The Yankees sent Phil Coke and Austin Jackson to the Tigers, and Ian Kennedy to the Diamondbacks.
Scherzer went 12-11, 3.50 for the 2010 Tigers in 31 starts and 15-9, 4.43 for the 2011 Tigers in 33 starts.
Scherzer has a career 37-36 record and 4.02 ERA.
AL WEST STANDINGS
MARINERS / STATS NOTES
MARINERS WON-LOSS BREAKDOWN
|Rec.||Home||Road||Day||Night||vs. RHP||vs. LHP||Hit HR||No HR|
MARINERS BATTING PROFILE
MARINERS PITCHING PROFILE
|4/24||Tue||at Det||Vargas (2-1, 2.84) vs. Scherzer (1-1, 7.98)|
|4/25||Wed||at Det||Fernandez (1-1, 2.76) vs. Wilk (0-2, 4.00)|
|4/26||Thr||at Det||Noesi (1-2, 9.49) vs. Porcello (1-0, 1.84)|
MARINERS 2012 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
|Gm.#||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|1||3/28||at Oak||W, 3-1||1-0||W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)|
|2||3/29||at Oak||L, 4-1||1-1||W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)|
|Gm. #||Date||Opp.||W/L||Rec.||Win / Loss|
|3||4/6||at Oak||W, 7-3||2-1||W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)|
|4||4/7||at Oak||W, 8-7||3-1||W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)|
|5||4/9||at Tex||L, 11-5||3-2||W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)|
|6||4/10||at Tex||L, 1-0||3-3||W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)|
|7||4/11||at Tex||W, 4-3||4-3||W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)|
|8||4/12||at Tex||L, 5-3||4-4||W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1|
|9||4/13||vs Oak||L, 4-0||4-5||W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)|
|10||4/14||vs. Oak||W, 4-0||5-5||W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)|
|11||4/15||vs. Oak||W, 5-3||6-5||W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)|
|12||4/17||vs. Cle||L, 9-8||6-6||W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)|
|13||4/18||vs. Cle||W, 4-1||7-6||W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)|
|14||4/19||vs. Cle||L, 2-1||7-7||W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)|
|15||4/20||vs. CWS||L, 7-3||7-8||W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)|
|16||4/21||vs. CWS||L, 4-0||7-9||W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)|
|17||4/22||vs. CWS||L, 7-4||7-10||W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)|