Game 84, Padres at Mariners

marc w · July 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan makes his MLB debut today in perhaps the best situation a rookie fly-ball hurler could ask for: facing the Padres at Safeco Field.
The 6’7″ 240-250lb righty faces a line-up that doesn’t hit for a lot of power; keep fastballs away from Anthony Rizzo and Chase Headley, and he can hopefully keep out of trouble. His recent velo increase has helped make his change-up a bit more of a viable pitch, and he mixes in a slider as well. The M’s made two moves to get Beavan on the roster. First, they moved Chris Gimenez to the 60-day DL to open a 40 man spot. Then, they optioned Mike Carp to Tacoma to make room on the 25 man roster. Welcome to the show, Blake.
The M’s face Mat Latos, who’s in the unusual position of being smaller than the pitcher he’s facing. Latos has had a disappointing year that started with a shoulder injury and a DL stint.

The line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Ryan
3: Kennedy (3B)
4: Smoak
5: Ackley
6: Halman (LF)
7: Peguero (DH)
8: Gutierrez (CF)
9: Bard

*Update to a previous story: The M’s now say that they don’t have a deal in place with Helsin Martinez. Bob Engle spoke to Ben Badler of BA early this morning disputing the published reports (from BA and elsewhere) that the M’s had inked Martinez to a $2m deal. Here’s Larry Stone’s post on the controversy.


53 Responses to “Game 84, Padres at Mariners”

  1. G-Man on July 3rd, 2011 10:46 pm

    The roster moves make me worry how Olivo is. I was sure they’d DFA or option Jose Yepez, because Olivo’s progress sounded like he was good enough to be the backup today. Instead, they both demote Carp and lose Giminez for 60 days. Maybe Giminez is in worse shape than I thought.

    Edit: nv, I think they still pay him MLB salary, so it wouldn’t be to save money.

  2. nvn8vbryce on July 3rd, 2011 11:28 pm

    By cheap I meant that he didn’t need to go to the 60 day… not cost wise. I knew that he would get his full salary no matter what…

  3. jephdood on July 4th, 2011 3:29 am

    Whether you forecast Carp is a major league player or not, the M’s are really treating him poorly. Calling him up and letting him get 4 AB’s every 5th day is not a legitimate ‘shot’, IMO.

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