Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/31/12
Wildcard 9 Games Back 31-September 2 The Seattle Mariners return home with hope that Safeco Field is still a field of dreams.  The Mariners sitting at 64-68 are only 9 games out of a wild card slot.  Could they pull off a miracle? Pitching match ups: Game 132: RHP – Dan Haren vs. RHP – Kevin Millwood Matchup | Preview The Mariners have tallied 210 career at bats against Angles starter Dan Haren and have combined for a .233 team average against the 6′ 5″ 31 year old out of California. Haren vs. Millwood A bright spot in the line up is Dustin Ackley‘s .375 average in 16 at bats.  A low light would be Justin Smoak‘s .077 in 13 at bats.  Haren has not been the pitcher that the Angels expected he would be this season. There isn’t a single aspect of his game that can be pointed to as the problem, he is simply giving up more hits than ever in his career.  Infield hits are up from 5.4% last year to 7.7% this year, which may mark the real problem are actually the guys behind him than ...
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