Game 97, Mariners at Rays

marc w · July 22, 2012 at 10:02 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan vs. Matt Moore, 10:40am

Today’s alliterative pitching match-up presents what may be the biggest gap in terms of pure stuff in all of major league baseball. “Stuff” isn’t as easy to pin down as velocity, so this is somewhat subjective, but Matt Moore came into the year ranked right with (and in some cases ahead of) prospects like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. After waltzing through the minors, he came up and looked amazing in a few starts down the stretch, and the Rays then signed him to what looked like a team-friendly contract extension. This year, Moore was supposed to take his place along side the Weavers, Verlanders and King Felixes of the AL.

It hasn’t happened, and thus despite the mismatch in terms of velocity/movement, the M’s have a decent shot. Moore’s biggest problem this season has been control/command. He’s walked 55 in just under 105 innings, and he’s given up some HRs, as befits a guy with a sub-40% ground ball rate. This isn’t to say that he’s a disappointment – he’s still a left-hander throwing 95+, with ridiculous movement on his fastball, a good change-up and a big breaking curve ball. Still, the M’s can get some baserunners if they’re patient.

Today’s line-up’s a little strange, perhaps reflecting the 14-inning game and the fact that this is getaway day. Casper Wells leads off, and Montero moves up to the #3 spot. Miguel Olivo bats clean-up, Dustin Ackley gets a day off, and Chone Figgins is in the line-up again.
1: Wells
2: Ichiro
3: Montero (H)
4: Olivo (C)
5: Seager (2B)
6: Smoak
7: Saunders
8: Figgins (3B)
9: Ryan
SP: Beavan

The Rainiers play two today in Colorado Springs; send positive thoughts to Mike Curto who’s got to run quite a gauntlet before calling the Yankees series.

Comments

33 Responses to “Game 97, Mariners at Rays”

  1. msfanmike on July 22nd, 2012 10:15 am

    If ever there was a team to serve as a “tonic” to help Matt Moore right his ship ^^^

    I hope that does not turn out to be the case and this lineup finds a way to gel.

    I did notice that Carp had 3 more K’s in 3 AB’s last night, so the race for 1B superiority appears to be fully intact. Liddi, Catricala still struggling mightily and Poythress still unable to hit for power. Come on somebody – emerge!!! Enough already.

  2. Snuffy on July 22nd, 2012 10:48 am

    1)Olivo is 1 for 3 with a double (career) vMoore. His slash line vLHP is… .227 .256 .413 .670. How does this guy bat in the top half of the order? And he’s worse vRHP. This is nuts!
    2)Smoak continues to tank. No decent short term or long term option at 1b in the minors is apparent. It’s past time to look at real alternatives and give Smoak a chance to get organized in AAA. Jesus Montero will never be the fulltime catcher for the Mariners, at least not with Wedge as manager. When does Montero get some reps at 1b? His bat shows some promise but when used as the primary DH he is wasted. I don’t know if Montero could even handle 1b but he’s certainly not trusted at catcher. To continue to run Smoak out just for his warning track outs seems pointless at this stage. Let’s try some experimentation, especially with our #1 pick a catcher.

  3. TherzAlwaysHope on July 22nd, 2012 11:00 am

    re: Ichiro’s bunt

    It was ridiculously bad. I knew that he would end up on third or be thrown out. He would consider it his duty to restore his failure.

  4. msfanmike on July 22nd, 2012 11:16 am

    Two SB’s and a nice play on defense made up for his God awful bunt IMO. And it was a nasty bad bunt. Just putrid. He has attempted three bunts in the past few games and can’t get the ball down a line. Playing for one run in the first inning was a dubious strategy and I have to believe it was not Wedge’s idea.

  5. The_Waco_Kid on July 22nd, 2012 11:37 am

    Baker reports that with Olivo hitting clean up (and lack of an obvious alternative), Wedge looked very depressed today.

  6. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:05 pm

    Move the fences in!

  7. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:08 pm

    I came in pretty late – I must admit I didn’t expect Beavan to have only given up one run so far.

  8. terryoftacoma on July 22nd, 2012 12:08 pm

    Haha Westy. I came in late and that was my first thought.

  9. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:16 pm

    It seems like Olivo is being pretty expressive about it when Beavan makes a bad pitch – I don’t remember seeing a catcher express his displeasure like that before. Have I just not paid enough attention?

  10. terryoftacoma on July 22nd, 2012 12:24 pm

    I’ve seen him do it occasionally with young pitchers.

  11. terryoftacoma on July 22nd, 2012 12:32 pm

    I had to hold my breath during that inning. I thought Wedge was tempting fate trying to 7 with Beavens. But with Yankees tomorrow saving the bullpin as much as possible probably not a bad idea.

  12. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:36 pm

    Maybe for the ninth we’ll see Olivo pitch! ;-)

  13. msfanmike on July 22nd, 2012 12:38 pm

    17 retired in a row. 15 K’s two nights ago. Yep, the “plan” seems to be coming together.

  14. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:38 pm

    Terry, looks like you’d better start holding your breath again!

  15. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:40 pm

    Well, that was surprising – Ryan making an error on a fairly routine play…

  16. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:45 pm

    Breathe, Terry! Breathe!

  17. terryoftacoma on July 22nd, 2012 12:47 pm

    I am, now.

  18. nvn8vbryce on July 22nd, 2012 12:48 pm

    Since when did Felix take the name Blake Beavan? I knew he was Bernandez, but Beavan? Good job, Blake!

  19. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:50 pm

    Man, why not pinch-hit Jaso for Olivo here? Leaving 0-3 Olivo in against the righty Farnsworth is just dumb.

    Hey, look – bad process, bad result!

  20. msfanmike on July 22nd, 2012 12:52 pm

    Come on Seager – get a hit. I want to see Smoak bat one more time … In a non-extra inning situation.

  21. terryoftacoma on July 22nd, 2012 12:53 pm

    I would have. You would have. Wedge didn’t. Not surprising he doesn’t care much for pitch hitters.

  22. nvn8vbryce on July 22nd, 2012 12:53 pm

    Time to do the Mexican Hat Dance around that old golden sombrero!

  23. msfanmike on July 22nd, 2012 12:54 pm

    Oh well, let’s go Willy!

  24. nvn8vbryce on July 22nd, 2012 12:57 pm

    I would have. You would have. Wedge didn’t. Not surprising he doesn’t care much for pitch hitters.

    At least we didn’t see Peggy…

  25. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 12:58 pm

    I love that curve!

  26. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 1:01 pm

    I will be sad if Z deals Wilhelmsen.

  27. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 1:03 pm

    Man they are not calling that low strike!

  28. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 1:07 pm

    YEAH!!

  29. Breadbaker on July 22nd, 2012 1:07 pm

    The Rays fans are saying that Matsui belongs on the Mariners, since he plays like one.

  30. nvn8vbryce on July 22nd, 2012 1:08 pm

    Its closing time! Have a great flight back to Seattle guys!

  31. Westside guy on July 22nd, 2012 1:14 pm

    I am rather surprised Tampa’s held onto Matsui. Maybe they figure they’re out of it so there’s no point in looking for an upgrade?

    BTW it’s interesting to note they have a couple of their own “Olivo”s behind the plate.

  32. stevemotivateir on July 22nd, 2012 1:29 pm

    Foolishly staying out last night, I slept through the better part of the game. Oh well. Nice surprise to see four sub-.200 hitters in the line-up, Saunders hitting lower in the order than two of them, and they somehow pull off a win. I swear, it’s as if Wedge is trying to lose games. The other nice surprise of course, was Beavan. Who would have thought he’d go 8 innings of one-run ball?!

  33. Marinerman1979 on July 22nd, 2012 10:54 pm

    There was a “better part” to this game?

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