Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Carlos Silva had another great outing going 7.2 innings, and giving up two runs on seven hits and one walk. He even struck out three. Mark Lowe cleaned up Author Rhodes' mess to get the win. The Mariners beat up Carmona enough to get him out of the game after only six innings. They were able to get to the bullpen early, and put the beatdown on him.
Bead Wilkerson went 3-3. He even walked once. Although he had no RBI's or runs... Adrian Beltre went 2-2 and drove in three. He also hit the key three run homer to put the Mariners over the top. That's producing, Wilkerson got three hits, that's great, but he didn't do anything on the scoreboard. Jose Vidro had a 2-4 night/afternoon and drove in two runs. Production from one of the two is a start.
One problem that had come up was when Jeff Clement's service clock would start. If the team waits untill May 7 or later, than Clement won't reach one full service year in 2008, or something like that. Bill Bavasi says that that won't be an issue, and if the club needs Clement they would call him up. He also said that when both were called up, they both were going to play.
USS Mariner comes in telling us that both Balentien and Clement were not in the Rainiers lineup tonight, and we should do the math. Would the Mariners call up Wlad and Clement tomorrow? Afterall, they pulled Adam Jones out of Winter Ball, like a month before the Erik Bedard trade was completed. Geoff Baker tells us that Wlad was scratched to rest an injured knee, but no excuse for Clement.
No point in trying to make heads or tails of this right now. Both players will be called up sooner than later, and if the Mariners can continue to put up seven runs in a game, there probably isn't too much of a rush to get them up here, but if Wilkerson and Jose/Pepe Vidro can't produce, than they will be up here sooner than later. Seriously sooner than later.
Monday, April 28, 2008
The move would come as relief to a struggling Mariner offense that is failing to score runs. None of Jose Vidro, Richie Sexson, or Brad Wilkerson are hitting well, or at all, and Vidro is the only one losing playing time because of that. Clement would presumably take over some of the DH duties, and possibly push Vidro even further down the bench behin Greg Nortan, who has hit well in the last couple of games that he has played. Maybe Vidro's time is up here. Designating him for assignment, or just flat out releasing him could be the best option. I'd like to see Clement come up here, but would the Mariners carry all three of Kenji Johjima, Clement and Jamie Burke on their active roster?
That's the question. Clement could back up for Joh and get most of his AB's at DH. But where does that push Jamie Burke, who has been a solid backup to Joh the last year and a month? There's no reason to get rid of him, and if there was, where would he go? To Tacoma? What team would want him? Maybe the Yankees would have interest with Jorge Posada on the DL. Although the Yankees would probably prefer a more glamorous option...
Then there's always the carry two and a half catchers approach, where Joh is still the full time catcher, and Clement is jsut inserted in to the lineup at DH or pinch hitting as much as possible. We'll have to wait a couple more days to see how this turns out.
Raul Ibanez 4-57%
Kenji Johjima 3-43%
Jose Vidro 0-0%
Richie Sexson 0-0%
Joh will be back next season, and it looks like most of you would like to see Ibanez to be back also. I'd say that Ibanez stands a chance. Wladimir Balentien would likely take over in right field, leaving left field open. The DH and 1B spots should be open for 2009 also. There's room for him if the Mariners want him back.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
SEA: Carlos Silva, RHP, 3-0, 2.83 ERA
CLE: Fausto Carmona, RHP, 3-1, 2.89 ERA
What to Watch
Carlos Silva left his last start because of hamstring tightness, but says that he's good to go. He's been the Mariners most consistant pitcher this year other than Felix. If he can continue what he's done then the Mariners should be good. He'll be one of the keys to Tuesday's game. Fausto Carmona will also be the key to an Indians win. He has struggled a bit with control so far this season and will need to find it soon.
SEA: Jarrod Washburn, LHP, 1-3, 4.03 ERA
CLE: Cliff Lee, LHP, 4-0, 0.28 ERA
What to Watch
Again, starting pitching is the key. Washburn needs to be better, and I don't think that Lee could be. He, like Zach Greinke of the Royals is off to an amazing start. Wash needs to start strong and get back on to the right track. It hasn't seemed like Washburn has had the best of times here in Seattle. Lee has had some success against Seattle, so the Mariners will half to get to him early and often. Two runs won't really cut it. The Indians have an explosive, and probably underrated offense that can't be overlooked.
SEA: Miguel Batista, RHP, 2-3, 5.26 ERA
CLE: Paul Byrd, RHP, 1-2, 4.85 ERA
What to Watch
Batista left his last start early after a mild groin strain and needs to get back on to his game. Byrd on the other hand is healthy but has had his struggles. If the Mariners can jump on him early, and get moderate success out of Batista, they should have theirselves a win.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Let's start it off like this: Extending Joh isn't a terrible idea. The money may seem a little high. Jorge Posada signed a four year contract worth $52.4M last Winter. Posada is a few years older than Joh, and is quite a bit better. Posada isn't really a fair model based on that information, but that's about the best that we got. $8M is a lot of money, not much in baseball nowadays, has Joh proved that he is worth that much? I think that he might have. He has a career line of .289/.327/.442 alongside 32 HR and 137 RBI. That would be in 991 AB's over the past two seasons. Pretty decent numbers for a catcher. He also set the record for most hits by a rookie catcher in 2006 with 147. The offense is there. Joh has only comitted nine errors over the last two seasons, only 2 in '07. Not bad defender. One of the most important things in my opinion, is that he knows that Mariners pitching staff.
He's spent the last two seasons catching for pretty much the same crop of pitchers, and have created some chemistry. He knows the pitchers well, therefore he can comunicate with them well. Brining someone new would axe all of the chemistry that has brewed. Even Jeff Clement wouldn't be able to adjust quick enough (if he were to start right now).
Know that I've proved Joh has value, it's time to look at what he takes away from the club. The biggest issue surrounds Jeff Clement. He's ready to hit in the MLB. He might not be quite ready to field and all that, but he can sure hit the ball. It's been widely believed that Clement would take over for Joh after this season. Now that Joh is locked up, presumably in the catcher's spot, for three years, where would Clement play? The Mariners haven't been very fond of moving him to first, an option that makes sense. Bringinig him up to DH would take away AB's from Jose Vidro, which might not allow his option for '09 to vest. Morphing him in to a 1B would be perfect, but I wouldn't want to do that because of the high level of prospect that Clement is as a catcher, something rare, and highly sought after. Clement popped up in trade rumors for Johan Santana and Erik Bedard. I'm sure that he could fetch a high price. Trading him would be a tough pill to swallow, especially after losing another blue-chipper in Adam Jones would be incredibly tough to swallow. Bleeding Blue and Teal brings up Adam Moore, a young catcher with promise, that could be ready come 2011, or '12. The same time that Joh's deal dries up. I like the idea of Moore taking over in a few years, he is solid defensively, but how good defensively does he have to be to even up with Clement's offensive upside? My guess, pretty good. Right now, Moore for Clement doesn't look like a good tradeoff, but would Clement would be able to bring in to the organization would determine that. He definitly could replinish the young pitching prospects lost in the Erik Bedard trade. Or he could get you someone for now. He might be able to get the Mariners a player like Jason Bay of the Pirates. About the same offensive potential as Ibanez, but with better fielding abilities, wayyyyy better, and some speed. Not to mention that he's younger.
Overall, there are mixed reactions to Joh's extension. No matter which way you look at it, there's going to be people unhappy and happy. Let's just try and look at the fact that the Mariners lock up a solid catcher for three years at less than he probably would've commanded on the open market.
Personally, I thought that the Mariners would play Joh out this season and hand over the catching duties to Jeff Clement for next season. I guess that I was wrong. Where does this signing leave Clement? The Mariners don't want to turn him in to a first baseman, although now they might have to now. I don't want to see him wasted as a DH next season. Then again, there's always the option of trading him...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
8:31 - Top of the fifth, Mariners up 5-1. Washburn pitching against Melvin Mora
8:34 - Mora is at third now after the Nick Markakis single. Washburn's starting to get in to some trouble. Thrown 92 pitches in 5 plus innings
8:38 - Millar grounds in to a double play, Mora scores. 5-2. Aubrey Huff grounds out to end the inning. Washburn's night in probably done
8:41 - Ichiro and Jose Lopez both ground out. Two down
8:43 - Ibanez doubles to center
8:44 - Matt Albers replaces Randor Beird for the Orioles
8:48 - Adrian Beltre walks
8:50 - Vidro grounds out to end the inning. Roy Corcaron comes in to replace Washburn. Him and his nice 0.93 ERA
8:53 - Jay Payton singles, Ramon Hernendez grounded out
8:54 - Payton steals third with Adam Jones, who? Adam Jones, who? batting
8:56 - Jones singles, scoring Payton. One out still, but it's 5-3 now. I also have to mention that Corcaron's ERA just jumoed to 1.80 after that run
8:57 - Nice double play turned, top half of the sixth over
9:00 - Sexson strikesout swinging. What else is new?
9:02 - Joh pops out, Willie grounds out. Inning over
9:06 - Aurthor Rhodes come in to replace Roy Corcaron and gives up a single after an eight pitch battle
9:10 - Rhodes gives up another single to Melvin Mora, and then Nick Markakis gets walked. Rhodes is looking pretty shaky
9:12 - Mark Lowe comes in to replace Rhodes. Probably from crap to crap
9:14 - Mac just got tossed. Would've loved to have seen it!!!
9:16 - Millar hits a sac fly to score Brian Roberts. 5-4
9:18 - Huff hits a single and Mora scores to tie the game. THE MARINERS BULLPEN IS BLOWING EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9:21 - Payton flies out, Markakis tagged up to move to third. Two down
9:24 - Lowe walks Hernendez
9:27 - Jones doubles and scores two runs. 7-5 Baltimore. Sean Green is taking over for the ineffective Mark Lowe. Another one blown by the bullpen
9:30 - Luke Scott pinch hits for Brandon Fahay
9:32 - Scott grounds out. Finally one of the worst innings of the season is over, well, half of it anyways......
9:34 - Yuni lines out
9:36 - Jamie Walker replaces Matt Albers for the O's
9:40 - ICHIRO HOMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7-6
9:45 - Lopez singled, but Raul grounded in to a DP. Chad Bradford replaced Walker
9:46 - Beltre strikesout. Inning over
9:49 - Roberts hits a homerun. 8-6. I can't do this much longer.....
9:52 - Mora grounded out, Markakis flies out, two down in the top of the eighth
9:57 - Vidro flies out, one down in bottem of the eighth
9:59 - Sexson lines out. Two down, and I'm done for the night. Goodnight everyone, and hopefully the Mariners can pull something off...
OAK: Dana Eveland, LHP, 2-1, 1.90 ERA
SEA: Miguel Batista, RHP, 2-2, 4.38 ERA
For the Mariners
Watch out for Thomas. He's returning to Oakland, and has some dignity to regain after the Toronto fiasco. He could be a huge threat. Dana Eveland has also looked decent so far this season. He's another one of the young guns showing up early.
For the Athletics
Batista is off to a shaky start, and if they can jump on to him early, than they can get to the used up Mariners bullpen. Batista not getting in to atleast the sixth could be the difference.
OAK: Justin Duchscherer, RHP, 1-0, 1.80 ERA
SEA: Erik Bedard, LHP, 1-0, 3.27 ERA
For the Mariners
Erik Bedard. Can he come back and be effective? That will be the game decided right there. If he can come out and prove that he is alright, then the M's should be fine.
For the Athletics
If Duchscherer can give them another good start, then they could be set up nicely. If they can get on Bedard early, same thing as if they can get to Batista early. The Mariners need solid production from their starting pitching.
OAK: Joe Blanton, RHP, 1-4, 4.32 ERA
SEA: Felix Hernendez, RHP, 2-0, 1.67 ERA
For the Mariners
King Felix is close to the throne. He needs another good start to prove it. Joe Blanton is off to a bad start, and the Mariners need to take advantage of that. If they can execute, they will be in a good position to get the W.
For the Athletics
They need a good start from Banton. Nothing good from him, probably no A's win. They will also need to be able to dethrone Felix if they hope to win.
Who would have thought that the A's would be off to a 15-9 start?
It's not bad,'' Silva said. "It's hard to come out of the game, but sometimes you have to be smart. It's only my fifth start. There's a long way to go.''
McLaren said: "It's nothing serious. He felt something in his leg driving off so we took him out. It doesn't seem to be serious at all...I'm hearing good things from the training room."
Hopefully he's fine. He's been one of the Mariners top pitchers so far this season, and I wouldn't want to see him go down especially this early.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
How much upside does Thomas bring to the table compared to Jose Vidro, or maybe Jeff Clement? Thomas brings power and patience. That's it. Vidro brings a .290 AVG. That's about it. Clement brings both power and average, but hasn't developed his skills as much yet.
Thomas can still hit the ball hard, but hasn't found much consistancy so far this year. Vidro is only hitting about .200, Thomas .167, but Thomas has been able to provide more power than Vidro has.
Bringing in Frank Thomas makes sense, in the sense that he'll add power that Richie Sexson hasn't. He doesn't have 40 HR power, but 30 looks like a decent number to shoot for. The money won't be much of an issue. He gets paid off like $8M bucks from the Jays, so he'd probably settle for around $5Mish. If Thomas can come in and hit the ball hard and give the Mariners some baserunners, then he's a good signing. Probably the best reason not to sign him is the New York Yankee approach: Get the player so your rivals don't. The A's are known to be interested, and the Rangers are rumored to be. Thomas could add a power boost to either of those two clubs, giving them an advantage that could allow them to gain some ground on the Mariners early.
If Thomas comes in, where does that leave Jose Vidro? Thomas didn't put forth a good enough batting average, the reason for his release used by the Blue Jays, although everyone knows they released him so his option for 2009 wouldn't vest. Could the Mariners say that same thing about Vidro? He has a vesting option for 2009, and I doubt that many would want him back. Maybe releasing Vidro and signing Thomas would be a great move. It would allos more playing time to guys like Willie Bloomquist pinch running. I'm starting to like the idea of Frank Thomas coming here.
8:49 - Sean Green strikes out Adam Jones. One down.
8:51 - Green strikes out Ramon Hernendez, two down
8:52 - Green walks Luis Hernendez. Brian Roberts steps in
8:58 - In an 11 pitch epic battle, Roberts grounds out to end the inning.
9:02 - We find out that Carlos Silva leaves the game with an injured leg. I found it funny that he only threw 85 pitches. Richie Sexson struck out again, something different.
9:03 - Joh follows Sexson's suit and strikesout, two down
9:04 - Willie Bloomquist flied out to Nick Markakis to end the inning
9:09 - After an eight pitch battle with Melvin Mora, Green draws the ground out to K-Man (sexson)
9:11 - RRS replaces Sean Green
9:12 - Didn't take long. First pitch seen by Markakis is taken over the right field wall. 3-2 for the O's
9:13 - Kevin Millar grounds out, two down for RRS
9:16 - Luke Scott will strikeout swinging to end the top half of the eighth inning
9:20 - Yuni flies out, Ichiro pops out, two down
9:22 - Jose Lopez flied out to end the inning
9:24 - Huff grounds out, and the coach is visiting RRS
9:27 - Brandon Morrow replaces RRS
9:29 - Morrow strikes out Jones, two out
9:30 - Hernendez grounds out, three down. Mariners losing 3-2 going in to the bottem of the ninth
9:33 - Our old buddy George Sherrill comes in for the save.
9:35 - Raul hits a single. One on for Beltre
9:38 - Beltre lines out, one down
9:40 - Jose Vidro or Pepe struck out, two down
9:42 - That's all folks. Sexson pops out to end the game. Mariners lose 3-2 to the Orioles.
Daniel Cabrera W, 2-0, RRS L, 0-1, George Sherrill S, 7
In the meantime, Brad Wilkerson and Willie Bloomquist will split the right field duties for the time being. However, Wilkerson is a little dinged up, meaning that Willie will be getting more playing time. Nothing yet on who will take Morse's roster spot.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
9:06 - Kenji Johjima up, tied 2-2, with two outs
Joe grounds out to end the inning
9:08 - Pitching change for the M's. Author Rhodes in for Felix Hernendez. He's facing Nick Markakis to start the top of the eighth inning.
9:12 - Millar lined in to a double play, two down for Rhodes
9:16 - Rhodes strikes out Luke Scott to end the inning
9:19 - Yuni hits a double, Ichiro is at the plate
9:21 - Ichiro pops out, one down
9:23 - Lopez flies out to, guess who, Adam Jones. Two out
9:25 - Raul intentially walked, two on, two out
9:27 - Beltre walks, bases juiced for, ugggggggh, Jose Vidro
9:29 - Vidro, or mabye Pepe, to score Raul and Yuni. M's up 4-2
9:31 - New pitcher for O's. Dennis Sarfate
9:33 - Richie Sexson, what else is new, strikes out swinging. End of 8th
9:34 - Sound the AC/DC, JJ Putz is in the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9:37 - Putz gives up a double to Aubrey Huff, cue the AC/DC again, maybe this time it'll help....
9:39 - THUNDER!!!!!!!!!!!! Putz strikes out Adam Jones in their first meeting ever.
9:40 - Nanananaaaaaaananana THUNDER!!!!!!!!!! Ramon Hernendez strikes out swinging
9:44 - After a battle with Jay Payton, Putz draws a groundout. Game Over
Author Rhodes gets the Win, Guthrie takes the Loss for the O's, and JJ got his second Save of the season.
Putz caming back is great, but why is RA Dickey getting sent down might not be the best idea. Cha Seung Baek has done even less then Dickey has so far this year. Dickey had a pretty bad replacement start for Erik Bedard, but is that enough to base your decision on? Obviously it is. Maybe the M's are still to scared to try seding Baek through waivers. Maybe trading him would make sense.
Monday, April 21, 2008
With Jeff Clement tearing it up at AAA with the Rainers, and Jose Vidro (and whatever his twin's name was from the stupid commercial), Richie Sexson (I don't think he has a twin) and Kenji Johjima (He probably doesn't have a secret twin either) blocking all three positions that Clement would probably be playing at with the M's, Thomas doesn't seem like that great of a fit.
Thomas can't play in the field, nor can he run. All he is is a DH. He wouldn't have the same baggage that Barry Bonds would have, but has to be carrying something after what happened with the Jays. I don't think that the money thing would be an issue at all. He gets $8M from the Jays for his release, so he'd come pretty cheaply. Maybe $3-6M for the rest of the season. He wouldn't be happy as a pinch hitter extroadinare, and there isn't anywhere to move Jose Vidro either. If Thomas could do the littlest bit in the field, he might be able to get Richie Sexson going with a little bit of pressure that would come on him. Personally, I don't see him coming here. If he does, that's great, but I just don't see it. Clement is too close and where would the Mariners be able to use him?
BAL: Jeremy Guthrie, RHP, 0-1, 4.38 ERA
SEA: Felix Hernendez, 2-0, 1.47 ERA
Orioles: Guthrie has worked to three straight no-decisions, and he's been bailed out of losses by a pair of late Baltimore comebacks. The right-hander worked into the seventh inning for his third straight start his last time out. Guthrie allowed two home runs in his last start and has allowed five this year, the second-highest total in the league.
Mariners: The 22-year-old right-hander became the first starter to pitch a complete game, throwing 115 pitches in a victory over the Athletics. He threw first-pitch strikes with his fastball and retired 13 of 14 batters he faced from the second through sixth innings. His two-seamer has been his bread-and-butter pitch this season.
BAL: Daniel Cabrera, RHP, 1-0, 5.16 ERA
SEA: Carlos Silva, RHP, 2-0, 2.79 ERA
Orioles: Cabrera has pitched to contact much better in his past two starts, allowing hitters to put his heavy fastball in play. The right-hander has also streamlined his delivery and added a slider to complement his curveball and changeup. Cabrera has pitched into the seventh inning in each of his past two starts, winning one and taking a no-decision.
Mariners: The veteran right-hander has been everything the Mariners had hoped for when they signed him to a lucrative multiyear contract during the offseason. He has won his first three decisions and looked especially sharp in his last start, holding the Athletics to four hits and one run over seven innings. He has worked at least seven full innings in all four of his starts this season.
BAL: Adam Loewan, LHP, 0-1, 6.23 ERA
SEA: TBA (Erik Bedard's Spot)
Orioles: Loewen allowed a three-run home run in the first inning of his last start but calmed down to throw five scoreless innings after that. The southpaw has made it through six innings just once in three starts and has walked more batters (12) than he's struck out (11). Loewen made just six starts before an injury wiped out his 2007 season.
The Starting Pitching
Was alright, maybe less so. Miguel Batista pitched a solid 7.2 innings of scoreless work on Sunday. Probably his best start of the season. The rest of the pitching was crap. Maybe that's why the Mariners lost the other two games; THEIR STARTING PITCHING SUCKED!!!!
The bullpen was too inconsistant these last few games. Yesterday's effort wasn't even worth coming out for. RRS and Aurthor Rhodes each struck out the batter that they each faced. RRS got the save. On Saturday the bullpen was decent. Roy Corcaron has been amazing so far this year. Friday's two innings of relief were fine, if RA Dickey didn't Dickey everything up.
Sexson and Beltre showed some rare power. The bats didn't come out, but were allright. They'll need more if they hope to beat the powerfull Angels' bats.
Mediocre. Good enough to get through without much difficulty. Nothing overthetop, but nothing underthetop either.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Putz had been sidelined with costochondritis, which is inflammation where cartilage attacthes to a rib.
What was good? Can Adrian Beltre's homer disguise the fact that the Mariners couldn't do anything offensively? Ray Corcaron pitched two scoreless innings. He walked two and stuck out one. Corcaron has been the best Mariner reliever so far this season in my opinion. Other than those two things, it was pretty much all bad/ugly.
Jarrod Washburn wasn't ugly, but wasn't good. Four runs over six innings of work isn't what the Mariners needed out of Wash. Ichiro had another 0-for day. The Mariners need more out of him. Same with Ibanez, who has cooled off as of late. There isn't anything else really for me to say. It wasn't good. End of story, or rather, end of post.
Richie Sexson was amazing yesterday. He hit a pair of longballs, and drove in all four of the Mariners runs. He finished the day 2-4, and didn't strike out. He was pretty much the only Mariner awake once they stepped in to the batter's box. The thing about Richie Sexson, it that he's such a streaky player. A good game here, a week later he has a good game. He has little to no consistancy. That may be something that we follow here. There had to be someone on base for the Sexonian to drive in. Adrian Beltre went 2-4 with a double, and scored one run. Jose Vidro scored the other. He went 1-4.
The bullpen was pretty good pitching a combined two innings of relief for replacement starter RA Dickey. Sean Green struck out the only batter that he faced. Aurthor Rhodes pitched one scoreless inning, allowing only one hit and striking out one. Mark Lowe finished the game pitching two thirds, and striking out one. The Mariners pitching was able to contain Vladimir Guerrero, who finished the day, or night rather, 0-2 with a walk and a run.
Raul Ibanez also threw out Torri Hunter at the plate, and has cooled off remarkably these last few days.
Jose Lopez made his second error of the season.
RA Dickey was horrid in his start. He lasted six innings, but gave up five runs on 8 hits and a couple walks. He struck out two and didn't give up any homeruns. I expected more from Dickey. He looked really good this Spring, but that can't really be used as a proper measuring stick, but still. The six innings was fine. It's just the five runs that I can't look past. The Mariners got a good showing from their bullpen and Sexson, but when it comes down to it, Dickey's poor start was the difference.
The rest of the Mariners offence, other than Sexson and Beltre, was terrible. Ichiro, Ibanez, and Vidro each had a single, but they were the only other baserunners that the Mariners had. Hitting homeruns is fine, but with one or none on isn't going to get you very far. It's ironic who the two with the most expectations, Beltre and Sexson, pull through, but nobody else can.
I have to mention that Richie Sexson almost sent the game in to extra innings, with a homerun, that Torri Hunter somehow got to. Terrible news for Sexson who was having a solid day at the plate, but that's why the Angels paid hunter $90M bucks.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
SEA: RA Dickey, RHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
LAA: Joe Saunders, LHP, 2-1, 1.27 ERA
Things to Watch
For the Mariners
The key to this game will be RA Dickey, starting in place of the injured Erik Bedard. If his knuckleball can dance like we've been told that it does, then we may be alright. Unknown yet if Jamie Burke or Kenji Johjima will be catching. Burke appears to be somewhat favoured based on we saw during Spring Training, but it was also said that Joh was catching it allright to. It won't be the bullpen, defence, offence or anything else. If Dickey can't do it, then you can probably kiss this game good-bye.
For the Angels
Get to Dickey early. Bottemline. If Dickey is the key to the Mariners winning, then he will probably be the key to the Mariners losing. Potentially of course.
SEA: Jarrod Washburn, LHP, 1-2, 3.50 ERA
LAA: Ervin Santana, RHP, 2-0, 3.32 ERA
For the Mariners
Washburn will have to be more efficient. He only lasted six innings, throwing 104 pitches Monday against Kansas City. The Mariners can't overwork the bullpen in April, again. Washburn needs atleast seven innings to truly be effective. Washburn has done allright against his former team, going 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in seven appearences. Washburn will also need some offensive support. He pitched allright Monday, other than only going six, but needs more than a couple runs to reach some sort of a comfort level.
For the Angels
Ervin Santana will have to be good in order for the Angels to get a win. If he isn't, then they probably won't. It's known that if an Angels starter can make it in to the seventh or eighth inning with a lead, then the game is pretty much wrapped up.
SEA: Miguel Batista, RHP, 1-2, 6.35 ERA
LAA: Dustin Mosely, RHP, 1-1, 7.80 ERA
For the Mariners
Dustin Mosely isn't off to a hot start, and needs to be jumped on early in order for the Mariners to hace success. His 7.80 ERA proves that he'll give up runs, so all that the Mariners have to do is hit him hard, and he'll crack. Miguel Batista said that he had "a dead arm" after his last start, but says that he's fine. Him getting through the game could be crucial.
For the Angels
Almost the opposite as for the Mariners. Mosely has to have a good start, and finish, getting the ball to Scott Sheilds and Francisco Rodriguez. They also will have to get to Miguel Batista early by working the count and making Batista throw a lot of pitches. Both will be crucial to an Angels victory.
Felix continued to earn his inheritance as King, pitching a complete game gem, allowing only one run on eight hits and a walk. He struck out eight and now has a season ERA of 1.47. Felix is off to the same type of start as last season, except he was on the DL abou this time last season. Felix looked confident out there, something that I haven't seen enough of. Hopefully he can keep it up.
Four runs was enough to win, and that may be all that really matters. The bats didn't exactly come alive, but rather came out because they had to, and then went back to doing whatever it was that they were doing. Adrian Beltre wacked a couple doubles and scored a run while driving in a run. Raul Ibanez continued his solid start going 3-4 scoring two runs and driving in one. Kenji Johjima was 2-4. The Mariners also turned a pair of doubleplays, which is always good.
Yuniesky Betancourt has had better days defensively and baserunning...ly. He made an error and was caught stealing once as well. Minimal problems when looking at the whole picture, but when looking at that small picture, it doesn't look that good.
Brad Wilkerson has sucked it up in his short career with the Mariners. Another unacceptable 0-4 performance. Not to mention that he left four men on base. Wilkerson has to be better, or the Mariners need to replace him. Richie Sexson had a better day than Wilkerson, marginally. He went 1-4 and struck out once. He only left three runners on base though.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
What to Watch
SEA: Felix Hernandez, RHP, 1-0, 1.66 ERA
OAK: Joe Blanton, RHP, 1-2, 4.15 ERA
For the Mariners
King Felix has to be King Felix. The A's could be a bit of a surprise this year, and Joe Blanton is a decent pitcher. Felix has had a solid start to the season, similar to the his start of 2007, and that needs to continue. The bullpen has had a lot of work the past few days and could use a day off.
Once again, the bats need to keep rolling. One run, and then eleven. A little bit too inconsistant. If they can put up 4-6 runs, and Felix pitches pretty good, then the M's could pick up a win.
For the Athletics
The A's have to go out and give a solid effort if they hope to win. They have an explosive young team, that's up against an explosive young pitcher.
SEA: Carlos Silva, RHP, 2-0, 3.27 ERA
OAK: Lenny DiNardo, LHP, 1-0, 6.75 ERA
For the Mariners
Silva needs to do the same as Felix does; save the bullpen. He put up eight innings of work last time around and picked up a win. If Silva can pitch well, then the Mariners have a chance.
Exactly the same for the hitters. Runs+Good Pitching=Wins.
For The Athletics
The A's have to go out with what they have, which isn't much, and try and get something done. Silva pitches to contact, and gave up 11 hits in his last appearance, in which he allowed three runs. The A's will need to hit the ball hard, and hope to get some men on base and score some runs.
The Mariners didn't do so well against Zach Greinke. Greinke pitched a one run gem, and that pretty much summed that game up for the Mariners. Maybe a couple runs from today's game would've helped them out. They made up for their offence problems in game 2, but they only come out of it with a split.
Jose Guillen was only mediorce in his return, although he wasn't that much of a star to begin with. The Mariners failed to muster up much offence. One run won't cut it. Eleven will though. Maybe spreading those runs out a little may have been a good idea. Adrian Beltre looked good out there.
Overall, a good performance from the Mariners. They got overmatched by Greinke, but they overmatched John Bale.
The Mariners bats came alive for a nice eleven runs. Ichiro broke out of his sort-of-slump, going 2-4, scoring two runs and walking twice. He added a double and a stolen base. Jose Lopez went 1-2 and drove in a nice four runs. Richie Sexson scored two runs on two walks. More on him later. Willie Bloomquist went 2-2 with 2 BB, scoring two runs and driving in one. Adrian Beltre went 2-5, scoring one run and stealing a base.
Sean Green pitched two scoreless innings of relief striking out three. Mark Lowe pitched two thirds and gave up nothing. Not bad relief today.
The only real bad is that Raul Ibanez went 1-5, left five men on base and struck out three times. Not a typical performance from Ibanez compared to what he's done this season. A little bit of a dissapointing game, but that's only one. The rest of his performances will make up for it.
Here's where the post gets beefy. Miguel Batista was pretty awful, only going five innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a couple walks. One strikeout, not that it matters, or that Batista is a strikeout pitcher. Ryan Rowland-Smith pitched one inning of awfullness, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk. Bloomquist was caught stealing once, and picked off. One or the other fine, but both? Come on Willie. At the end of the day, the Mariners won, and that's all that matters.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Greg Nortan is hitting 1.000. That's good, isn't it? 2-2 with an RBI after replacing Mike Morse in right field in the sixth or seventh. Raul Ibanez stayed hot going 2-5 and knocking in three. Ibanez is an interesting player. He doesn't run, or field particularly well, but the guy can hit. He's off to an amazing start with a .327 AVG. Jose Lopez went 2-4 and scored a couple runs. He's also off to a decent start hitting .333. Jose Vidro went 2-4 and saw average get up to .191. That's pretty amazing. I hope he doesn't keep up like this or the Mariners will never be able to resign him. Wait, why would they want to? Richie Sexson didn't strikeout. That's definitely a good thing. He found himself 1-4 with a run and a walk. Pretty good day by Sexson standards. Brad Wilkerson didn't play, also very good.
Roy Corcaron has been nothing but helpful for the M's. He provided two scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit. He still is yet to surrender a run this season. In 6.2 IP that's not bad at all. Considering what other Mariners relievers have done... Eric O'Flaherty picked off Adam Kennedy.
Ichiro had another poor showing going 0-3. He did, however walk twice and score a run. He also stole his first base of the season in the second. The fact that it's his first is why it's under 'the bad' column. Miguel Cairo proved his ability to hit once again, going 0-3. He walked once and drove in a run. Jamie Burke's 0-4 performance wasn't that great, but once I add the fact that he left 5 on base, doesn't that make you want to puke?
First, let's start with the Morse-Cairo-Burke chunk in the bottem of the lineup. That was gross. If you're going to give three guys a day off on the same game, then fine, but atleast spread them out through the lineup. The three went 1-9, although Nortan took over for Morse and went 2-2, and was a huge hole in the lineup.
Cha Seung Baek's emergency start for Erik Bedard was awful. He pitched only 4.1 and gave up four runs on seven hits and walked two. He did strike out two, but that's hardly a worthwile stat considering he blew the bullpen for 4.2 innings. Eric O'Flaherty can go and dig himself a hole to sleep in. He was awfuller than Baek, if that's even a word. He got lit up for six runs in 2.2 innings of crap. Eight hits, a homerun. Thank goodness he's off the big club.
We'll start with the pitching. Eric O'Flaherty, who has been awful to start the season with a 20.25 ERA, was sent down to Tacoma. And filling his roster place will be the knuckleballer RA Dickey, who was amazing in Spring, and was the club's final roster cut, who was called up. Aurthor Rhodes was called up to help bolster the bullpen, something that probably should have happened a while ago.
The only position player on the move, was Mike Morse, who after disclocating his shoulder diving for a ball in the sixth inning of yesterday's game, was placed on the 15 Day DL.
There shouldn't be too much of a problem with any of these. The Mariners kick a pitcher who has done poorly down to AAA, and add to a bullpen that is already fatigued. The Morse injury may hurt a little bit, but the Mariners have other players who are capable of pinch hitting.
Jose Lopez 1-9%
Jose Vidro 1-9%
Richie Sexson 5-45%
Brad Wilkerson 3-27
Miguel Batista 1-9%
Raul Ibanez 0-0%
Looks like you readers think that Sexson and Wilkerson will be the first ones out, and I have to say that I agree with you. I thought that the two Jose's would get a little more love, but atleast Ibanez didn't get any votes. He's off to a solid start isn't he?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Things to Watch
KC: Zack Greinke, RHP, 2-0, 0.60 ERA
SEA: Jarrod Washburn, LHP, 1-1, 3.00 ERA
For the Royals:
Is Zach Greinke for real? The once highly touted prospect's stock has fallen rediculously over the past couple seasons. Sure, he could be just off to a hot start, but that's where the question comes in; Is he for real? I've nothing aganst Kansas City, but they don't have an offense equal to that of the NY Yankees, or that I've noticed, a superlative defense. They have a good bullpen, but nothing that would blow my mind away. With that in mind, the stats show that Greinke has just pitched really well to start the season. If he can come in and pitch like that again, then the Mariners may be in some trouble. Maybe it's the year that Greinke turns it around.
Jose Guillen probably knows the Mariners pretty well after spending a season here, and things probably have changed, but he would tip the Royals off in any way he could. I just want to say that he may have sort of an inside edge for the Royals in this series. Guillen hasn't been phenomanel at Safeco, and that's hard for a power hitter to do. But the fact that he played half a year under John McLaren makes me think a little bit.
For the Mariners:
Jarrod Washburn seems to be the main variable in an equation equaling Mariners success. He's handled the Royals pretty well in his career, going 8-4 with a 3.36 ERA. His career 15-18 record at Safeco don't quite coincide with the how spacious the park is. Regardless, it's tough to hit homeruns at Safeco, and with Ichiro patrolling center, getting extra bases aren't that easy to come by either. If Washburn can come in and pitched well enough to get in to the seventh inning, with a lead, or not enough of a deffecit that would disable the Mariners a comeback, then the Mariners may have game one in good shape.
The Mariners need to keep the offence rolling. After scoring eight runs in the first two games of their series with the Angels, they have shown that they are capable of scoring. That will need to carry over because the Royals have an explosive young lineup. Two runs probably won't suffice unless Washburn pitches a gem, but atleast 4-5 would allow the Mariners come wiggle room. Although 8 or 9 would be very nice...
KC: John Bale, LHP, 0-2, 5.84 ERA
SEA: Miguel Batista, RHP, 0-2, 6.00 ERA
For the Royals:
The Royals need to help out their young starter in any way possible, and they could very well do that. It's interesting to watch how young teams respond to the stimuli that is around them. Meaning that this game could be interesting. Bale looks like he could have success, but scoring some early runs and playing solid defence could give him a boost needed to get the win and his ERA down.
For the Mariners:
Pretty much the same. They have to help out Batista by scoring runs early. And the earlier the better. Batista was sort of in an awkward place after starting a couple days previous to getting a save, and then starting again after. That can't be a factor if Batista wants to have success. If he can stay on top of his game, then he'll have success. Focus is a key.
Hopefully Adrian Beltre's latest set back isn't much of a problem. If not, then his fill-in will be a concern. Naturally, Miguel Cairo, Willie Bloomquist or Mike Morse could play third, but none of the three are as good as Beltre defensively or offensively. Getting Beltre back healthy will be a key.
Erik Bedard, who already has missed one start because of hip inflammation will be missing his schedualed start today as well. No word on what will happen now that he's missed two consecutive starts. The Mariners are saying that they are being very precautiuos, so they might be looked too hard at the injury, but that's good as long as the injury doesn't show up three months from now.
Adrian Beltre was the other scratch, and he will miss today's game with tightness in right hamstring. When I read the title at Geoff Baker's blog, I thought that his thumb injury was coming back, but that doesn't appear to be the case. This injury doesn't seem too major, and Beltre should be back out there again for the next game.
Richie Sexson had a very good game hitting his second home run of the season off of Jon Garland in the fifth. He went 2-4 adding a single to his home run. He also a a couple of RBI's. Although he did leave three men on base. Coming up on two weeks in the season and Sexson has two homeruns. I guess it could be worse, but how much better do we need it? He's hitting .244 so far this season, which is an improvement. I keep having to remind myself that it's only two weeks in to the season. Raul Ibanez also hit a homerun, his fifth of the season in the eighth inning. He also went 2-4, adding a triple, something almost unheard of for the sluggish Ibanez. He drove in three and walked once. He only left one man on base. Adrian Beltre had a nice 2-5 showing, hitting a pair of doubles, but struck out twice and left three runners on base. Jose Lopez went 2-5 and scored a couple runs. Yuniesky Betancourt also went 2-4 and scored a run.
Carlos Silva gave the Mariners a solid eight innings of work, allowing three runs on eleven hits. He walked only one, but didn't srtike out any. He did give up a homerun though. Silva is now 2-0 on the season, and has done well so far. His 3.27 ERA to start the season looks somewhat promising. Sean Green didn't blow it in the ninth for the Mariners, holding the Angels to one hit while walking and striking out one. Overall a very good performance from the Mariners pitchers. Only one inning didn't from the relievers is very nice. I'd like to see the 12 hits go down, but the two only let in three, and the Mariners won, so I'm not going to be picky.
The fielding was solid. No errors, and three double plays were turned. Ichiro also had an outfield assist.
Ichiro's 1-5 performance isn't bad, but it is closer to bad then good. He struck out once as well. Not very Ichiro-like. He's off to a slow start with a .269 AVG. Ichiro has a nice five year deal now, so there isn't the pressure to perform. He'll probably turn a .300 AVG by the end of this season. It would be nice to see him get over the .350 mark, even nicer to get over .400 and enter Ted Williams territory, but that's a pipedream. Or is it?
Kenji Johjima is off to a terrible start, after being regarded as one of the top offensive catchers in baseball. He had a 1-4 day, which helped him improve his season average to .118. Not what I'd expect from Joh to start the season, with his impending free agency, and the fact that Clement is ready to take over for him.
Brad Wilkerson. Those two words say it all. He did get a hit, but went 1-4, and left three men on base, and struck out once. He's only hitting .161 on the season, and has shown little to know power. I'm not saying that I expected a .400 AVG and 40 HR, but I have no confidance in him right now. He hasn't proved anything to me yet, so why should I?
Friday, April 11, 2008
Mark Lowe figured out that he was playing baseball and not the Nintendo version. He pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up only a hit to pick up his first save of the season. Sean Green picked up his second 'hold' of the season. To me, that's a useless stat that some bored old man (who may have been under the influence of something, uhhh peer pressure I mean) thought up to make the title of 'Set-Up Man' seem more attractive. Although it is an important job, why do the need to get holds. I guess it makes sense, but it's just another one of the useless stats that have very little meaning or impact on the game of baseball. It makes Sean Green's 3.38 ERA a week in look better next to two 'holds'.
- The MLB instituted a new drug policy today. Of significance: there will be an extra 600 tests each year, pn average 3 more per player; more substances were added to the banned list.
- D'Backs pitcher Doug Davis has began his treatment for cancer. He is now at home after having a cancerous thyroid in his neck removed. Best case scenario is four to six weeks, but with cancer... I really feel bad for this guy.
- Some scores to pass along. CHC 3 PHI 5; CIN 0 PIT 1; NYY 4 BOS 1; OAK 9 CLE 7; BAL 5 TB 10; MIL 2 NYM 4; ATL 3 WSH 0; FLA 10 HOU 6; TOR 8 TEX 5; MIN 5 KC 0; DET 5 CWS 2; COL 2 ARI 8; STL 8 SF 2; SD 5 LA 4 (7th).
- USSMariner first came out saying that Greg Nortan had been called up.
- Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider came out after saying that Nortan was with the team, and Jimerson was on the way out. He also mentioned that Jimerson might pass through waivers, allowing the M's to send him to Tacoma.
- Bob Condotta, filling in for Geoff Baker, comfirming that Nortan has come up, and Jimerson was DFA'd, meaning the M's have 10 days to make a decision on him. He says that he's not sure if he'll accept a demotion to AAA. I can't think of any teams that need a fourth or fifth outfielder. He could catch on somewhere I guess.
- Now, the Mariners 'Official' Site comes out and confirm, confirms all of this, so Nortan is on the bench, and Jimerson is on his couch.
4/11 - Felix Hernandez vs. Jered Weaver
4/12 - Carlos Silva vs. Jon Garland
4/13 - Erik Bedard vs. Joe Saunders
Keys to the Series
Good Starts from the Starters
The M's have had some solid success from their rotation and that needs to keep up. Their bullpen has been a question mark ever since JJ went down. The less they need to use it, especially this early, the better.
Go After Injury Replacements
The Halos are without their top two pitchers, so the Mariners have to take advantage. Saunders will be the only real injury replacement, but I think that you get the point. Garland hasn't faired too well so far with the Angels. Jered Weaver has the tools, but hasn't quite proven it yet. If the Mariners can jump on these guys and get in to the bullpen early, then they will have to deal with Scott Shields and Francisco Rodrigeuz in the eighth and ninth.
Time to Drink a Diet Pepsi
Atleast Brad Wilkerson needs to. His .125 BA in 24 AB's isn't very good. He only has two RBI's and has struck out seven times in eight games. He's also walked seven times though. The Mariners don't expect a .345 BA and 40 HR from Wilkerson, but he needs to wake up and prove he's worth it, or he'll be on the road out.
These Games do Count
Hey, it may be April, but losing a couple games here to the Angels could come back to haunt them come September and the playoff pinch comes in to play.
The Mariners need to go out and put forth a good effort. A little luck probably helps too.
Get Over It
You tell me. Two wins and a blowout? It looks like they got over it, other than yesterday's game, but they will have to get over that too. They looked like they were a team that needed to win, and they did. Well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
DON'T Take a Breather
The M's came out and put up a solid effort in the first two. Although I don't know what happened in the third game though.
At the end of the day, which is one of the sayings that I cannot stand, the Mariners won two out of the three games. Good-decent effort from everyone. I can't complain.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
- The Mets are believed to be close to signing free agent pitcher Claudio Vargas to a minor league deal. He would likely make a few starts at AAA before he gets called up.
- The Oakland A's designated Dan Johnson for assignment to make room for pitcher Greg Smith who started the A's game against the Blue Jays today. There's a rumor out there that Johnson is close to being acquired by the San Francisco Giants, where he will get many oppurtunities with all of the Giants holes.
- D'Backs 2B Orlando Hudson wants $15M a season, or Chase Utley money. Will he get it? I doubt it, but he could pickup upwards of $10M in free agency.
- Some scores to pass along. CLE 5 LAA 9; LAD 3 ARI 4; CHC 6 PIT 4; DET 7 BOS 2; OAK 6 TOR 3; FLA 10 WSH 4; PHI 2 NYM 8; BAL @ TEX PPD; CIN 12 MIL 4; STL 6 HOU 4; NYY 4 KC 0; MIN 12 CWS 5; ATL 6 COL 12; SD 0 SF 1.
G: 2 IP: 2.1 ERA: 0.00 W-L: 0-0 S: 1 K: 2 BB: 1
Huber is still a little while away from a call-up, but with the Mariners current relief situation, he may be closer than you think. So far, Huber has pitched good, although 2.1 IP isn't the best measuring stick.
Rhodes is still out with an arm injury, and will take atleast a couple weeks after his return before the Mariners give him a serious look.
Stark was brought in a while ago, and probably won't be getting many looks from the big club any time soon.
That's how it's going to look folks. As I do a few of these, they will likely improve, so stay tuned.
Jarrod Washburn pitched seven innings, his only blemish being an RBI double to Justin Ruggiano in the third inning. Washburn gave up six hits and walked one, while fanning a pair of Rays. Ryan Rowland-Smith came in and pitched a one hit eighth, striking out one as well. Sean Green had the same line as RRS in his ninth inning appearence.
The offense came out and took the Rays' pitching deep twice. Beltre with a solo shot, and Burke with a three run bomb. Ichiro hit his first two bagger of the season. He finished 1-5 on the day. Beltre went 2-5 with the homerun mentioned. Jamie Burke had a solid day at the plate going 2-3 while driving in three and scoring two. He also drew a walk. Richie Sexson's line really takes away from what was a solid offensive showing throughout the lineup. The Big Strikeout went 0-4, and scored a couple runs on a walk. He struck out three times. Another three K's for Sexson. If he had a hit or two, or atleast a couple RBI's, I'd look past that atrocious stat. Jose Lopez stole his second base of the season.
Miguel Batista will take the mound in the final game of this three game set tomorrow against Edwin Jackson.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
What a difference one game makes. I'm still somewhat skeptical though. I have to keep reminding myself that it's only just over a week in to the season.
Erik Bedard came out, well pitching. Six innings of work, 3 earned runs, 5 runs allowed. Five hits, four BB's. Roy Corcoran came in and pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless work, allowing only one hit and walked one. He also had a pair of strikeouts. His ERA is still 0.00. Ryan Rowland-Smith cam in and finished off the 1.2 innings to get his first save of the season. He had a couple of strikeouts.
Ichiro went 3-5 and scored a pair of runs. Jose Lopez also went 3-5 and scored once, and drove in one. Richie Sexson went 2-4 and brought in three, and DIDN'T STRIKEOUT. Yuni went 2-4 and scored twice. Adrian Beltre went 1-5, and left 7 men on base.
Atleast the boys came out and gave it a good effort. A much needed win, and momentum boost going in to tomorrow's game.
4/08 - Erik Bedard vs. Matt Garza
4/09 - Jarrod Washburn vs. Andy Sonnanstine
4/10 - Miguel Batista vs. Edwin Jackson
Keys to the Series
Get Over It
The M's have to keep a short memory, and start over again. Maybe we could give them all concussions to forget their most recent memories.
DON'T Take a Breather
The Mariners can't go in to Tampa and think 'let's take it easy because this team sucks'. The Rays have a talented team, that is very energetic. The M's need to go out and put out, not a 'good' effort, but a 'worked-your-butt-off' effort.
Other then that, there's not much else. Better pitching management would be ideal, but let's not live in a fantasy world.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Watch Out for the Fearsome Lineup
My sarcasm turned out to hurt someone after all, well 25 I guess. Probably 30 once you add in the coaching staff and whatever else. I can't say that the starters didn't do their jobs. The bullpen was crap.
Put Runs Up Early
Again, the poor bullpen and end result overrules the fact that the Mariners did alright in this category.
See above. Richie Sexson struck out a couple less times and walked as well. Moving in the right direction in less ways then more.
Take a Breather
I didn't mean completely give up. I meant relax a little now that Opening Day is done with and the fact that you were playing in Baltimore. Man, maybe a wasn't clear enough in my title.