Game 92, Mariners at Royals

marc w · July 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan vs. Ryan Verdugo, 5:10pm

The M’s faced the primary return in the Melky Cabrera trade yesterday, and today they get the prospect the Giants threw in: left-hander Ryan Verdugo. Verdugo’s MLB debut tonight may come against the team he grew up watching, as he attended high school in Lake Stevens and pitched for Skagit Valley College before transferring to LSU. The Giants drafted him twice; once out of Skagit Valley and then got him to sign after a year in Baton Rouge, and then packaged him with Jonathan Sanchez to get Melky Cabrera last winter.

There’s very little to go on pitch fx wise, but he pitched in the 2010 Arizona Fall League and made an appearance or two this spring training in the Royals’ pitch fx-equipped park. It would appear he’s primarily a fastball/slider guy, with a fastball in the 90-91mph range, a slider with sharp vertical break around 80-82 and a change-up with arm-side run. The lefty seems to have almost no horizontal movement on his four-seam fastball, so he may have a somewhat deceptive over-the-top delivery, sort of like Tigers lefty Drew Smyly.

He’s spent most of his MiLB career with the Giants as a reliever, piling up impressive strike-out totals – through 2010, he struck out 193 hitters in 135 total innings (including the AFL). Unfortunately, his control wasn’t great, so he walked 75 over that time frame as well. The Giants decided to move him to the rotation in 2011, and at AA Richmond, he maintained his high K/high BB ways over the course of 130 innings. With the Royals in AAA, the K rate’s down a bit, and he’s had some HR troubles, though this is partially a matter of league/park factors (being a fly-baller in the PCL is hazardous to one’s FIP). His platoon splits are noticeable, but nothing eye-popping; given his fastball’s movement, I wouldn’t expect much in the way of splits, so it may be a case where his slider’s far more advanced than his change-up.

Blake Beavan’s been called up from Tacoma to make this start, with Steve Delabar making the very familiar journey down to Tacoma. The right-hander made six starts after his mid-June demotion, and Beavaned his way to a 4-0 record with a sub-3 ERA. He didn’t suddenly get a putaway pitch or gain velocity – in fact he’s become even more of a pitch-to-contact guy. His MLB K rate in 2011/12 was absurdly low, but in AAA this year, it’s even lower: an absurd 9.4%. Predictably, the advanced metrics are about as high on him as Dave Cameron. I think the M’s have an opportunity to Aaron Cook the Royals tonight – remember how frustrated we all were (and Eric Wedge was) after the Aaron Cook shutout in which the Red Sox hurler K’d 2 and threw something like three dozen pitches to get through 9 innings? Well, those remain the *only strikeouts Cook’s recorded this year*. If there’s anyone capable of doing the improbable things that Cook’s doing, it’s an extreme ground-ball guy. But Beavan isn’t far behind. I bear no ill-will towards the Royals or their fans, but I really hope there’s a lot of “How could we make it so easy for…THAT guy?” chatter tonight in the midwest.

The line-up:
1: Ackley
2: Ichiro
3: Wells
4: Montero (DH)
5: Smoak
6: Seager
7: Olivo (C)
8: Saunders
9: Ryan
SP: Beavan

It’s mid-July and it’s injury-assisted, but the M’s seem to have found a fairly stable line-up. Jaso plays occasionally against righties, and Montero/Olivo swap the C/DH duties, but there haven’t been too many surprises recently.


76 Responses to “Game 92, Mariners at Royals”

  1. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Yeah, I saw that … And how about Stefan Romeri!

  2. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Stud! Needs a positiooooone, though


  3. stevemotivateir on July 17th, 2012 7:07 pm

    Nice to come home and see a 6 run lead, with every starter having at least one hit!

  4. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 7:09 pm

    What’s the over unse in consecutive “mike” comments

  5. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Thanks Steve

  6. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 7:10 pm

    Unse = under, in English.

  7. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 7:44 pm

    Sorry Mike, I decided to head home once the Mariners had an apparently safe lead.

    And I missed Condor’s homer! But I did hear his double on the radio.

  8. stevemotivateir on July 17th, 2012 7:48 pm

    haha, do you know what it is in Portuguese, Mike?!

  9. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Mas o menos (okay, it’s the wrong language).

  10. 9inningknowitall on July 17th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Zunino went yard again today. Two in two days and I have to admit he is a pretty nice guy from what I can tell after talking with him a little bit yesterday.

  11. msfanmike on July 17th, 2012 8:02 pm

    So, is Delabar making an about face and heading back after Furbush went out injured? Will the rules actually allow for that to occur?

    Big out getting Butler to chase. Nice job by Luetge.

  12. stevemotivateir on July 17th, 2012 8:10 pm

    How close is Ramirez? Maybe they’ll shift Beavan to long relief?

  13. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 8:15 pm

    Man, you couldn’t pay me enough to be a catcher.

    Actually that’s probably not true…

  14. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 8:19 pm

    Woo hoo! We win!!

  15. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 8:23 pm

    Holy crap I just watched Saunders’ homer on – that was LONG…

  16. 9inningknowitall on July 17th, 2012 8:24 pm

    Zunino just hit his second home run of the night.

  17. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Love it when a young guy like Zunino starts tearing it up right out of the gate!

  18. 9inningknowitall on July 17th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Zunino is a lot bigger then I was expecting when I met him yesterday. Nice guy and I can understand where his power comes from.

  19. argh on July 17th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Last few days I’m unable to get the box score from the Mariners site – just a black page with logo on it. Everything else comes through fine. Nothing else wrong with my computer or internet — anyone else have this problem or any suggestions?

  20. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 8:41 pm

    Did you recently install AdBlock or FlashBlock?

  21. argh on July 17th, 2012 8:56 pm

    Adblock has been on for a long time, not new. Tried whitelisting the box score url and it had no effect. Not flashblock from what I can see.

  22. Westside guy on July 17th, 2012 9:31 pm

    I suggested that because I had to disable FlashBlock on the entire site before everything there would work reliably for me.

    Of course it’s easy to just disable those completely and see if the thing works – then you know where the problem is.

  23. greentunic on July 17th, 2012 10:39 pm

    Zunino has three jacks in three four games now, and on the side, Littlewood got two hits and threw out a would-be basestealer.

    Good day for low minors catching.

  24. nvn8vbryce on July 17th, 2012 10:50 pm

    Argh, here’s what I’d check:

    1) Use a different Internet Browser, especially if this is happening in Chrome.

    2) Make sure the latest version of Java is installed.

    3) Clear temp files / cache, also check to see if you have 32 and 64 bit versions of Java installed if you’re not on a Mac.

  25. argh on July 18th, 2012 8:04 am

    Thanks; appears to be a browser issue as all updates are current. No box shows in chrome or FFox but IE-64 bit opens it fine. A little curious since the default browser is Chrome and installed Java is 32-bit — so the lack of 64 bit Java isn’t the issue apparently, just the 64 bit browser.

  26. Westside guy on July 18th, 2012 10:16 am

    I have java completely disabled; so I don’t think it’d be the culprit when it comes to problems on 😀

    I’m on a Mac, though (using 64-bit Firefox).

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