Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 7.20) vs. James "Bill" Paxton (0-1, 3.00).
James Paxton has a 9-5 career record including his 0-1 2015 numbers (2.68 lifetime ERA). As a three-time minor league all-star for Seattle, however, one might think Paxton has a million dollar arm. Alas, his salary is only $519K, perhaps speaking to the frailty of his starts (seven innings is about Paxton's vertical limit, as he's only exceeded that once in his career), as well as a persistent knee problem. He's known for his fastball, which hasn't hit speeds of 90mph of late; he also goes to the sinker, but as for his curve, he's not known for having much of a twister.
A simple plan for the Dodgers might be to show some of the offensive strength we put on display Sunday (when the Dodgers score six runs or more, we win; three runs or less, we lose). McCarthy notched nine strikeouts in his 2015 debut, and the starting lineup of the Mariners has only two players (SS Brad Miller and LF Dustin Ackley) batting .300+; but one false move against someone like Nelson Cruz or Robinson Cano could easily result in a titanic shot--and then it's [Spy Kids 3:] Game Over. Let's be efficient then, Brandon, and not let this game stretch to the edge of tomorrow!
Oh, and speaking of our lucky GT theming of 2 guns:
more Bill Paxton, from the SoSG archives: 2009 caption contest