After falling to the Houston Astros 8-7 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Tuesday, the Seattle Mariners are making a slight tweak to their starting lineup for Game 2 on Thursday.
Dylan Moore will replace Jarred Kelenic in left field and bat sixth for Seattle.
Kelenic will take a seat despite going 2-for-4 with a run in Game 1. That's because lefty Framber Valdez is starting for Houston in Game 2, and Kelenic bats lefty. Mariners manager is playing the percentages and hoping to gain a platoon advantage by replacing Kelenic with a right-handed batter in Moore.
Moore performed much better than Kelenic against southpaws this season, slashing .247/.393/.402 in 122 plate appearances. Kelenic, on the other hand, was a disaster versus lefties, hitting a measly .130/.203/.222 against them.
While it may seem like a small change, this swap could be a difference-maker after Game 1 was decided by only one run. The Mariners are trying to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole and are currently listed as +132 moneyline underdogs for Game 2 on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds, so they need every edge they can get in this crucial postseason matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 3:37 p.m. ET.
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