Games 127 and 128: Mariners at Indians in Day/Night Double-Header

marc w · August 23, 2011 at 9:19 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Beavan vs. Masterson, 10:05am; Vasquez vs. McAllister, 4:05

As a day/night double-header is something of a throwback to a much earlier era, the M’s get into the spirit by starting two pitchers who seem like they were transported from the 60s-80s. Strikeouts? Please, this is the major leagues, not your uncoordinated kid’s little league. The object of the game is inducing contact to your slick-fielding, no-hit SS (check, yesterday excepted) and your slick-fielding no-hit CF (check) before turning the ball over to a mustachioed reliever (Lueke could pull this off).

Justin Masterson seems really out of place in this pitching foursome. He’s got a FIP under 3, an above-average FB, and great ground-ball rates. Compared to Beavan/Vasquez, Masterson’s K-rate looks like Randy Johnson. Still, Masterson allows more contact than league average and gets fewer swinging strikes.

Game 1 line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Gutierrez
3: Ackley
4: Carp
5: Wells
6: Kennedy
7: Olivo
8: Seager
9: Robinson

Game 2 line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Gutierrez
3: Ackley
4: Carp
5: Pena
6: Seager
7: Ryan
8: Bard
9: Robinson

Still waiting on the roster move needed to active Vasquez… Cortes to the disabled list with his ankle injury from Game 1, and Matt Mangini released to open up a slot on the 40-man roster.


102 Responses to “Games 127 and 128: Mariners at Indians in Day/Night Double-Header”

  1. MrZDevotee on August 24th, 2011 1:12 am

    Rick L-
    How ’bout this line, on the youngsters (per the M’s website)…

    “Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp, Trayvon Robinson, Casper Wells and Kyle Seager have combined to hit .289 with 64 runs, 26 doubles, six triples, 19 home runs and 73 RBIs in 522 at-bats.”

    Not bad for the new youth movement.

  2. wsm on August 24th, 2011 8:37 am

    I don’t think we’ll see Kelley until September 1st. Its a numbers thing.

    Kelley was optioned on the 10th, and if he stays down for 20 days, he won’t accrue a full year of service time this year. When a player is optioned for less than 20 days, all the days he spent in the minors count as major league service time.

    If he stays down, he’ll be Super Two eligible after the season, but he won’t be a free agent until after 2015. If he came up before August 31st, he’d be a free agent after 2014 and arbitration eligible with 3 full years of experience.

    I’m not sure what kind of value there is in having him around for 2015, but its may be worth not having him around for a meaningless August.

    They may just make do with Vasquez in the pen. It’d be nice to have a lefty around anyway.

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