Dodgers at Mariners Pre-Game: Hits Please

How do you ever recover from a no-hitter?

Well, putting Clayton Kershaw on the mound is a great way to start.

The Mariners come into game two riding the league’s longest active interleague play winning streak at five games, while the Dodgers continue their interleague struggles.

Opposing Kershaw is Jason Vargas, the Mariners lefty who brings a 7-4 record and a 3.64 ERA into Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Dodgers (37-22) at Seattle Mariners (27-33)
Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.55) vs. Jason Vargas (7-4, 3.64)
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
June 9, 2012, 4:10 p.m. PST
TV: Prime Ticket
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Game-Time Weather: 53 degrees, Mostly Cloudy

Mariners Projected Starters:
Jason Vargas
Miguel Olivo
1B: Justin Smoak
2B: Dustin Ackley
SS: Brendan Ryan
3B: Kyle Seager
LF: Mike Carp
CF: Michael Saunders
RF: Ichiro Suzuki
DH: Jesus Montero

Key Bench Players: IF Chone Figgins, C John Jaso

For more information on the Mariners, check out our pre-series report.

Dodgers Last 10: (5-5): L @ SEA, W @ PHI, W @ PHI, W @ PHI, W @ PHI, L @ COL, W @ COL, L @ COL, L vs MIL, L vs MIL.
Mariners Last 10:
(6-4): W v LAD, W @ ANA, L @ ANA, W @ ANA, L @ CHW, W @ CHW, L @ CHW, W @ TEX, W @ TEX, L @ TEX.

Fun Facts:

  • Friday’s no-hitter was the first ever in Safeco Field in Seattle
  • The Dodgers come into the game with a .329 batting average against Vargas
  • Jason Vargas has allowed at least one run in all 13 starts this season.

Keys to a Dodger Victory:

– Get a hit?
Alright, well that one was easy.

Ease our nerves Clayton
While the Dodgers are confident in Kershaw’s abilities, the recent news of plantar fasciitis have been worrisome to say the least. Then again, it’s nothing a dominant performance wouldn’t do away with.

Best-Case Prediction: Dodgers 3, Mariners 0
Mariners 1, Dodgers 0

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