Series Preview: Detroit

With the attention more on whether or not the Mariners will make a pre-deadline move before July 31, Seattle welcomes Detroit to Safeco Field for a three-game series starting Tuesday.

Safeco Field, Seattle WA

Seattle (63-42, 30-23 home) 1st place: AL West
Detroit (28-75, 15-38 away) 5th place: AL Central

Tuesday, July 30, 7:05 p.m.
Seattle: Gil Meche #55 (R) (10-7, 3.83 ERA)
Detroit: Matt Roney #52 (R) (1-5, 3.89)

Wedenesday, July 31, 7:05 p.m.
Seattle: Jamie Moyer #50 (L) (13-5, 3.46)
Detroit: Nate Cornejo #34 (R) (5-8, 4.40)

Thursday, August 1, 1:35 p.m.
Seattle: Joel Pineiro #38 (R) (12-5, 3.17)
Detroit: Wilfredo Ledezma #41 (L) (3-4, 4.28)

News & Notes
The Mariners get reacquainted with the AL Central this week against the worst team in the majors.

More than what's happening on the field in this series, the attention will be on the upcoming July 31 trade deadline. The M's figure to be big players, and could be fielding a much different lineup by the time the White Sox come to town.

The big rumor is JD Drew coming to the M's for Freddy Garcia. There are also other various rumors about the Mariners trying to patch up spots on the team, mainly at third and in the outfield. So it will definitely be interesting to see if you are watching the same team during the entire series.

All of the pitching match-ups certainly favor the Mariners, with all three Seattle starters having 10 wins going against Tigers' starters who are all under .500.

If I had to pick a match-up to watch, it would be Wedenesday when Jamie Moyer faces off against Nate Cornejo who is arguably the Tigers' best starter.

Then again Cornejo's name has come up in trade rumors, so he may not still be with the team.

Who's Hot:

Randy Winn is 13 for 28 with three homers over the past week. The only other Mariner over .300 during the past seven days is Mike Cameron, who was 7 for 21 (.333) with one home run.

The hottest pitcher as of late is Joel Pineiro. In his last start Pineiro pitched a complete game, three-hit shut out.

Jeff Nelson has been great since the All-Star break. In 4 1/3 innings Nelson has yet to give up a run. This comes after his first half struggles.

Apparently Comerica Park hot dogs don't qualify for the who's hot section for the Detroit Tigers, so for once we are going to use hot in a different context, as in mad. That category would be led by the Tigers' managerial staff, including former Tigers' players Alan Trammell, Lance Parrish and Kirk Gibson. They have to be mad to put up with a team on pace to lose over 110 games.

Who's Not:

Ichiro had a rough week, posting only a .267 average.

Edgar Martinez was 2 for 15 with only one RBI in the past week.

Willie Bloomquist also struggled, hitting .200 with one RBI.

To tell the truth, I could probably write a book on who isn't hot for the Detroit Tigers. Instead I am going to write who is hot for this team… As soon as I can figure out who that is.

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