Game 34, Mariners at Yankees

marc w · May 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. Hiroki Kuroda, 4:05 pm

The M’s open a three game set in the Bronx, where Felix has has dominated in the recent past. Blake Beavan threw warm-ups, and appears healthy, but he’s still been pushed back a bit and Kevin Millwood will move up to get the start on Sunday.

Today’s line-up is probably one of the better ones you’ll see against a right-handed starter like Kuroda:
1: Ackley (2B)
2: Ryan (SS)
3: Ichiro (RF)
4: Montero (C)
5: Seager (3B
6: Jaso (DH)
7: Smoak (1B)
8: Carp (LF)
9: Saunders (CF)
SP: Felix!

Justin Smoak’s still in the line-up, and the M’s have said they don’t want him in AAA as he’s got nothing left to prove there (career AAA OPS: .794. Career AAA SLG%: .414). That’s their choice, but they absolutely need to see what he’s doing against lefties. He’s now got one extra-base hit against a lefty since the all-star break in 2011, a solitary double off of Jerry Blevins. I agree that his 2012 batting stats are small sample, but his problems predate 2012.

Just to reiterate Dave’s point about Stephen Pryor: since hitting AA, Pryor has pitched 41 2/3 IP, given up 17 hits, walked 13 and fanned 56. That’s not bad.

Andrew Carraway was promoted from AA Jackson to AAA Tacoma and he’s getting the start tonight at Cheney Stadium at 7. Definitely not as heralded as his old AA rotation-mates, but he’s a good pitcher and might bring some stability to what’s been a ghastly pitching staff for the Rainiers.

Go M’s!


69 Responses to “Game 34, Mariners at Yankees”

  1. Coolalvin206 on May 11th, 2012 5:48 pm

    Jesus has been turned looooooose!

  2. marcus_andrews on May 11th, 2012 5:48 pm

    Derek Jeter seriously has no range at short. He was shifted over slightly and still couldn’t get to that ball.

  3. stevemotivateir on May 11th, 2012 5:58 pm

    Nice effort by Ackley there

  4. msfanmike on May 11th, 2012 6:02 pm

    I am not sure if it hurts more or if it hurts less when Raul does that to us. I suppose it hurts less than if A-Rod had done it.

    Shit, anyway!!!

  5. Westside guy on May 11th, 2012 6:03 pm

    ^^ Why do they always get better when they leave?


    (couldn’t resist)

  6. Westside guy on May 11th, 2012 6:06 pm

    Alright, Saunders.

    Come on, Dustin!

  7. Westside guy on May 11th, 2012 6:07 pm

    Okay, time to head home.

    I figure if I’m not listening, that will spur Ryan to hit a homer.

  8. stevemotivateir on May 11th, 2012 6:09 pm

    Didn’t get out fast enough Westy

  9. G-Man on May 11th, 2012 6:20 pm

    That’s how you keep you cutoff man from cutting it off – overthrow him.

    And Cano gestures to A-Rod that he should have scored?!

  10. MrZDevotee on May 11th, 2012 6:26 pm

    “Here I come to save the day!”… Ichiro single, Montero HR #2 of the day…

    Mark my words.

    (erase erase erase…)

  11. stevemotivateir on May 11th, 2012 6:46 pm

    Well, at least we wont be facing Rivera in the 9th.

  12. MrZDevotee on May 11th, 2012 6:48 pm

    That’s actually kinda sad, to be honest. Yanks without Mariano is just weird.

  13. stevemotivateir on May 11th, 2012 6:48 pm

    I wont lose any sleep over it! But yeah, kinda feel for him.

  14. hidalgo on May 11th, 2012 6:57 pm

    Girardi! This is the M’s. It’s not the 7th game of the world series.

  15. seahopp on May 11th, 2012 6:59 pm

    I know that Ryan saves runs in the field, but at what point does his ineptitude at the plate get too bad? The guy is batting .149, I can’t imagine he is making up for that at short.

  16. MrZDevotee on May 11th, 2012 6:59 pm

    He’s just getting everybody’s bullpen session in on the mound so he can see them… Might not need them rest of this series.

  17. hidalgo on May 11th, 2012 8:29 pm

    Mr Z. I’m just saying. It’s Friday night in NY. AROD and Jeter have starlets waiting!

  18. The_Waco_Kid on May 12th, 2012 1:19 am

    Ryan’s stats are awful, and he looks awful at the plate, swinging at garbage. He’s still an amazing SS, but he should hit 9th. We can’t afford to have him hit 2nd, especially with Ackley not doing so well. I’d like to see Seager hit 2nd. Or let Ichiro lead off again.

  19. Westside guy on May 12th, 2012 11:25 am

    Ryan is sitting today (Sunday), and Wedge has Jaso in the #2 spot! Good decision by Wedge – Jaso’s a good choice, especially given Wedge’s limited other options.

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