Game 159, Mariners at Rangers

marc w · September 25, 2011 at 10:09 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Charlie Furbush vs. Derek Holland, 12:05pm (ROOT sports tv, and the local radio broadcast is on 770AM, as KIRO 710 is broadcasting the Seahawks game)

Today’s game promises to be better than the game preceding it, if only because yesterday’s game was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen. The Rangers strung together a number of swinging bunts, watched the M’s cough up runs on questionable defensive plays, and then knocked Felix out of the game with a line-drive to his right forearm. If the Rangers hit 5 HRs off of Furbush tonight, at least it’ll look like a proper beating. Even better: today’s the final road game of the season. The end really is nigh!

And the 5 HR thing isn’t out of the question with the way Charlie Furbush has looked recently. His velocity’s down noticeably from a month or so ago. Whereas he was able to hit 93 MPH with one of his final pitches against Boston in mid-August, he barely hit 91 in his last start against Cleveland, and was under 90 for much of the game. The game before that, he started normally, but had trouble maintaining his velocity in the middle innings. Furbush has been inconsistent and frustrating in his time with Seattle, but at least he’s been moderately intriguing. He’s had good velocity and the makings of a good breaking ball. Homers and righties have killed him, but he’s looked like someone with enough stuff to make some adjustments. The Furbush of the past few weeks? The one without great stuff, who relies on a weird delivery to fool a few hitters? That’s not intriguing.

I don’t put a ton of stock in ending a season on a high note, but Furbush (and many of the rookies in the line-up) could use a quality start today. There are a couple of lefties with much, much better stuff in the system behind him and his platoon splits have always made a bullpen role a possibility. It’s late September, Furbush has played for two different organization and two different levels. It’s ultimately not all that shocking that he’s tiring a bit. Today’s meaningless game isn’t a referendum on Furbush as a major-league starter, but it’d be a good time to show the organization that he’s got the repertoire and strength to succeed in the role.

The line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Robinson
3: Ackley
4: Carp
5: Smoak(1B!)
6: Pena (DH)
7: Liddi
8: Seager (SS)
9: Gimenez


8 Responses to “Game 159, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. thedude1987 on September 25th, 2011 3:10 pm

    Alright, just checked the score, 4-12. I’m going to guess the 5 HR’s actually happened.

  2. heychuck01 on September 25th, 2011 4:16 pm

    No, it did not. The Mariner’s pitchers held the Rangers to only 4 HR’s for the game! Small victories.

  3. Brendan on September 25th, 2011 4:26 pm

    It’s possible that Furbush’s diminished velocity in Cleveland had more to do with the monsoon and a muddy mound than fatigue.

  4. Westside guy on September 25th, 2011 5:44 pm

    I wonder how long it’ll be before Wedge finally figures out Trayvon has no business playing center field?

  5. groundzero55 on September 25th, 2011 10:26 pm

    Does it really matter at this point? They should put Olivo out there just for some entertainment.

  6. thedude1987 on September 26th, 2011 9:16 am

    I agree, Trayvon has not looked like he is getting a good read from the ball off the bat. his first few steps look indecisive or I’ve been spoiled by great defensive CF in seattle for 20 years.

  7. Westside guy on September 26th, 2011 11:10 am

    Thing is, at least to my eye – Trayvon does decently in left. So I’m not sure why he’s so horrible in center (I know it’s harder, but the performance drop-off is just so large for him).

    Groundzero55, if Olivo was out there I’d worry about him killing our infielders, given the “damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” approach he takes to everything! The infield would look like that after-battle scene in “Gone with the Wind”.

  8. msfanmike on September 26th, 2011 12:03 pm

    I wonder how long it’ll be before Wedge finally figures out Trayvon has no business playing center field?

    Maybe he will go with Carp in CF to close out the final series of the season, because there sure seem to be a lot of “knuckleballs” hit to Trayvon when he plays CF. Or, better yet – give the home fans one last chance to boo Figgins. Let Figgy take a crack at CF.

    Trayvon is much better in LF than CF … and with his lack of arm strength, he can probably only play one position in the outfield. With his bat and its limited contact rate, he may or may not get that chance. He is very limited in what he can do on a baseball field. He is certainly better with the bat than Saunders (who isn’t) – but he isn’t better at anything else. Wells (assuming equilibrium issues are eventually resolved) looks like a much better 4th outfielder option than Saunders or Trayvon. Now, how about we get a clear #3 outfielder … assuming Guti and Ichiro remain as #1 and #2 (of which questions still remain)

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