The Seattle Mariners have announced their starting lineup for Game 1 of the 2022 AL Wild Card Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, which will take place at Rogers Centre in Toronto at 4:07 p.m. ET on Friday.
Mariners Game 1 Lineup
The Mariners' lineup is set for their first postseason game since 2001. As expected, 21-year-old rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez will lead off for Seattle. The dynamic phenom is capable of sparking the offense with both his power and speed after smashing 28 home runs with 25 stolen bases this year.
The Mariners have good power in their lineup behind Rodriguez with Ty France (20 HR), Eugenio Suarez (31 HR) and Cal Raleigh (27HR). Veterans Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana provide length and some pop, while Adam Frazier and J.P. Crawford are a solid double-play combo.
Seattle is also giving former top prospect Jarred Kelenic a shot. He's been a major bust in his first two seasons so far but is still only 23, so the former first-round draft pick might be able to provide a boost if he starts playing up to his potential.
Somewhat surprisingly, Luis Castillo is getting the Game 1 start over Robbie Ray, who won the 2021 AL Cy Young Award with Toronto. Ray regressed this year and has struggled in his limited postseason experience, so Castillo will get the nod instead.
He helped stabilize the Mariners' rotation after coming over from the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline, going 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with Seattle. The Mariners didn't waste any time locking him up, signing him to a five-year, $108 million contract extension.
Castillo and his teammates enter Game 1 as road underdogs north of the border, as they're currently +110 on the moneyline on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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