Game 9, Astros vs Mariners

marc w · April 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Brandon Maurer vs. Erik Bedard, 7:10pm

Quick one while I attempt to cook some dinner.

Game two of the series, and the M’s face the second SP who was DFA’d at some point in 2012. So far, so Astros.

Brandon Maurer’s pitch selection in his first game was Madison Bumgarner-like. Pitching at home, and facing a team who’s striking out like Mark Reynolds in an eye patch, I don’t expect that pattern to change. I do expect better results, though.

Line-up:
1: Gutierrez, CF
2: Saunders, RF
3: Morales, DH
4: Morse, LF
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Montero, C
7: Ackley, 2B
8: Andino, 3B
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Maurer

The minor league rotations have turned over, so Danny Hultzen starts tonight in Sacramento. And I can report that Reds lefty Tony Cingrani is now up to 12 1/3 IP with no runs allowed on three hits, one walk and 21 Ks. Not too bad. Would love to see him face Mike Zunino right now.

Comments

115 Responses to “Game 9, Astros vs Mariners”

  1. Slats on April 9th, 2013 6:18 pm

    Hoping for a great outing for Maurer and some run support to go with it.

    Go M’s!

  2. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 6:26 pm

    The obvious question about the lineup is no Seager.

  3. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 7:04 pm

    Saunders and Guti both playing in consecutive games? Hooray!

  4. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:09 pm

    Shannon tweeted that Wedge says it isn’t 1975 when you used the same lineup every day.

    Yeah, but how many outs do you give to your worst hitters?

  5. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:12 pm

    Not a big crowd tonight.

  6. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:15 pm

    Maurer not fooling anyone.

  7. Swungonandbelted on April 9th, 2013 7:15 pm

    Well this is an interesting strategy…

  8. zvazda on April 9th, 2013 7:20 pm

    Talking about rookies getting less calls in their favor and it being O.K. is one of the more inane things I’ve ever heard on an M’s broadcast.

    Also, did no one think that the McDonalds Super-Mo might be offensive?

  9. djw on April 9th, 2013 7:21 pm

    I continue to wonder about the wisdom of skipping a level with a non-elite pitching prospect. The ST-based optimism about Maurer (or, rather Maurer RIGHT NOW) continue to strike me as a bit foolish.

  10. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:22 pm

    Just got home, turned on the game, and saw it was still the top of the first, there were no outs and the bases were loaded.

    Welcome to the big leagues kid!

  11. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:23 pm

    What about a super mo? I missed that.

  12. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:24 pm

    Wedge says its not 1975 – but his strategies date from that era… or perhaps earlier.

  13. nvn8vbryce on April 9th, 2013 7:24 pm

    I wonder how short of a leash Mauer is on…

  14. jordan on April 9th, 2013 7:26 pm

    I’m not watching but sounds as though Maurer isn’t ready. I wonder how long his leash is. I don’t want to over react over one inning but we don’t have to let him struggle for long as we have Erasmo.

  15. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:27 pm

    But he did so well in spring training!

    For some reason, I’m remembering the career of Billy Swift.

  16. zvazda on April 9th, 2013 7:28 pm

    Paul B.

    Their slow motion capture is called the McDonalds’ Super-Mo. Which seems like a suboptimal choice to me.

  17. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:30 pm

    OK this is just painful.

  18. Slats on April 9th, 2013 7:31 pm

    Maurer given the hook.

  19. djw on April 9th, 2013 7:31 pm

    Yeah, I missed all the ST greatness, but I gotta say the first two starts aren’t showing me someone who should have been fast-tracked to the majors.

  20. Slats on April 9th, 2013 7:31 pm

    If only Maurer had more veteran presence.

  21. KW on April 9th, 2013 7:31 pm

    Ouch. Not a great night for the free MLB.tv game.

  22. msfanmike on April 9th, 2013 7:32 pm

    One positive though: Maurer gets AAA pitching experience credit going 2/3 of an inning against the Astros.

  23. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 7:33 pm

    That was tough to watch

  24. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:33 pm

    This game is on a 9 hour pace.

  25. msfanmike on April 9th, 2013 7:33 pm

    Even better news: Blake Beavan is pitching tomorrow!!!

  26. Slats on April 9th, 2013 7:35 pm

    Finally!

  27. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:36 pm

    Noesi could have done this well. And probably would have!

    I am so tired of this stoner Jack in the Box commercial.

  28. Ralph_Malph on April 9th, 2013 7:38 pm

    I guess I’m missing something. What’s offensive about Super Mo?

  29. jordan on April 9th, 2013 7:38 pm

    That’s not the outing we were hoping for. Hopefully someone can eat some innings for us.

  30. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:39 pm

    Wow, Safeco is empty…

  31. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:39 pm

    djw, it was a reference about the over reliance of some on spring training stats.

  32. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:41 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to pay $20+ to see the Astros on a Tuesday night in April?

  33. jordan on April 9th, 2013 7:41 pm

    Paul B,

    Me.

  34. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 7:42 pm

    MLBtv free game of the week. But the damn thing keeps freezing. I’ll take that as a hint that I shouldn’t be watching anyway.

  35. zvazda on April 9th, 2013 7:43 pm

    Ralph –

    Mo is a bordering on homophobic slur, short for Homo.

  36. jordan on April 9th, 2013 7:45 pm

    That is definitely a stretch. If someone gets offended by that then they are looking for a reason to get offended.

    I think it’s funny because it sort of insinuates that that is the pace at which you will be moving after you eat McDonalds.

  37. nvn8vbryce on April 9th, 2013 7:45 pm

    Steve, the only people watching are sadistic.

  38. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:47 pm

    The term “slo mo” has only been around for several decades, and is short for “slow motion”.

  39. Paul B on April 9th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Move the fences back!

  40. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 7:48 pm

    The M’s know there’s no mercy rule in MLB, right?

  41. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Man oh man, the game is managing to actually get worse…

  42. nvn8vbryce on April 9th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Shit.

  43. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 7:51 pm

    OH COME ON, MARINERS!?!

  44. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Again, the M’s know there’s no mercy rule, right?! One more run, and they’ll simply be down 10-0, but the game will (painfully) continue.

  45. nvn8vbryce on April 9th, 2013 7:53 pm

    Steve, makes you wonder if we should just forfeit at some point…

  46. jordan on April 9th, 2013 7:54 pm

    We are losing to the Astros. THE ASTROS.

    Not only losing… LOOOOOOOOSING TO THE ASTROS

  47. djw on April 9th, 2013 7:54 pm

    So when I lived in Seattle, I always made a point of going to the second home game, which I called the real fan’s opening day: only the hard core baseball people. I still wish I lived in Seattle, all things considered, but tonight I’m OK with not being there.

  48. djw on April 9th, 2013 7:54 pm

    So when I lived in Seattle, I always made a point of going to the second home game, which I called the real fan’s opening day: only the hard core baseball people. I still wish I lived in Seattle, all things considered, but tonight I’m OK with not being there.

  49. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 7:55 pm

    Pretty sure the guy selling cotton candy has more in his box than Safeco has fans right now.

  50. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 7:55 pm

    Please tell me you’re kidding about no being offensive… please please please. Also, why im the hell is Andino on this team, let alone playing every day? Are these guys so delicate that they can’t play 4 straight games?

  51. zvazda on April 9th, 2013 7:55 pm

    Jordan -

    It’s not really a stretch. You call someone who is gay identified a mo and see if they get offended.

    Westside –

    Right, so they should have a slo in there, not a super, right?

    It just seems like something that probably shouldn’t have made it through. It’s borderline, but if I were a corporation, I would err on not.

  52. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 7:56 pm

    nvn8vbryce,

    When they put Loe in, I assumed they were forfeiting.

  53. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 7:58 pm

    I wouldn’t call a Mexican a spic, but that doesn’t make the name spic n span offensive. you are just looking for something to be offended by if you really think super mo is offensive.

  54. nvn8vbryce on April 9th, 2013 7:59 pm

    Nice one Steve!

    -Bryce

  55. zvazda on April 9th, 2013 8:01 pm

    Right, but spic and span is a real saying, super-mo is not. The only time I’ve ever heard it in conversation was when referring to someone who was overtly flamboyant.

    Or is it a real phrase that I’m missing?…

  56. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:02 pm

    I hate these new Angels Head and Shoulders ads.

    Actually I hate most of these ads – especially since most of them were playing last season.

  57. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 8:02 pm

    You know this game is really bad when this ridiculous ongoing discussion is happening on whether or not “Slo Mo” is offensive. Haha

  58. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:03 pm

    The only thing offensive right now is the Mariners pitching. That, or the Astros blatant disregard of remembering that they’re the Astros.

  59. msfanmike on April 9th, 2013 8:04 pm

    Well, nobody can say that the shorter fences aren’t a big hit.

  60. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:07 pm

    If it makes anyone feel better, Liddi and Zunino are off to a killer start in Tacoma.

  61. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:08 pm

    Thames too, but yeah…. had to draw a line somewhere. Unlike our Mariner pitching tonight. They apparently didn’t get the memo that there’s no mercy rule. Did I mention there’s no mercy rule in MLB?

  62. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 8:09 pm

    Okay, this is just getting laughable at this point. I was annoyed at first, but what are you gonna do.. I wonder if a position player pitches

  63. msfanmike on April 9th, 2013 8:10 pm

    I strongly prefer the Mo-mercy rule, Steve.

  64. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Wow, just realized Chavez is off to a good start as well. Forget everything I said about drawing a line. Probably better just to forget everything I said, period.

  65. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Haha, Mike!

  66. asuray on April 9th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Before tonight I was wondering who would come up (Erasmo, most likely) when Wedgie decided that Luetge was somewhat redundant in our bullpen and sent him to AAA. After the first inning tonight, I was wondering how Ramirez would fare in the rotation once Maurer gets back to Tacoma tomorrow. Now I’m wondering whether I’d rather watch Loe give up runs, or give Farquahr/DJ Mitchell/etc. the opportunity to come up to Seattle and give up runs.

  67. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:13 pm

    Hultzen was looking good, but he just gave up a two-run shot. Rainiers still have the lead.

  68. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Anyone heard how long Erasmo has before he’s back?

  69. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:15 pm

    I hope you weren’t implying anything with “back”.

  70. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 8:16 pm

    Ha, no

  71. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:17 pm

    At this point in time I don’t see Liddi really having a place on this team – hot start or not.

  72. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Huh, I forgot this is the first time through the Mariners lineup – we’ve seen each Astro seven or eight times already.

  73. stevemotivateir on April 9th, 2013 8:20 pm

    I can’t remember who I asked, but maybe a month ago I asked about Liddi and Triunfel specifically, as it appears neither likely have a future here. Keep waiting to hear about a trade among minor leaguers.

  74. asuray on April 9th, 2013 8:22 pm

    I wonder if Jeremy Bonderman has his cell phone handy.

  75. Gritty Veteran Poster on April 9th, 2013 8:23 pm

    I blame this all on the first commenter “Slats”

    Way to ruin it dude.

  76. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:28 pm

    Yeah, I agree. THANKS a TON, Slats.

  77. Longgeorge1 on April 9th, 2013 8:35 pm

    John Garland

  78. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Holy crap that was a long foul!

  79. mrakbaseball on April 9th, 2013 8:37 pm

    10,745. Smallest Safeco crowd.

  80. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 8:39 pm

    This is sad.. How do we have the smallest crowd in stadium history on the 2nd game of the season? Embarrassing.

  81. MdW on April 9th, 2013 8:41 pm

    I find ErasMO Ramirez’s name somewhat offensive.

  82. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:43 pm

    Huzzah, no perfecto for Bedard.

  83. Slats on April 9th, 2013 8:43 pm

    I take blame for this.

  84. tmesis on April 9th, 2013 8:43 pm

    Who is this Bedard guy? He seems like a good pitcher. And why don’t you guys seem to like him?

  85. Slats on April 9th, 2013 8:44 pm

    I hope Beaven gets lit up with no run support tomorrow!

  86. alan smithee on April 9th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Are the Astros going to kick the extra point or go for 2?

  87. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Boy, that Altuve is a little dude.

  88. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 8:51 pm

    Good eye sMOak!

  89. Section329 on April 9th, 2013 8:51 pm

    tmesis-you are joking, right? Bavasi traded our whole team for him and he was never healthy enough to win as a Mariner.

    On a better note-MLB network has the A’s/Angels game on-A’s 4 to 2 going to the 5th.

  90. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 8:53 pm

    I am seriously sick of Jesus Monterrible.

  91. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 8:54 pm

    I am confident tmesis was kidding.

  92. msfanmike on April 9th, 2013 8:55 pm

    A Billy Idol “Rebel Yell” walk up song would be great right now.

  93. Coolalvin206 on April 9th, 2013 9:08 pm

    Said this for years , if you want a losing streak to come to an end, play the Seattle Mariners.

  94. Longgeorge1 on April 9th, 2013 9:08 pm

    Zunnino Grand Salami

  95. jordan on April 9th, 2013 9:10 pm

    Jesus ‘MO’nterrible

  96. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 9:11 pm

    Zunino grand slam. My goodness

  97. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:11 pm

    Speaking of offensive… That Honda ad where the black lady gets into the car with her friend and says “shut yo’ mouth” was apparently written by someone who learned everything they know about black culture from 1970s blacksploitation films.

  98. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:12 pm

    HIT NUMBER TWO!!!!!!!!

  99. tmesis on April 9th, 2013 9:12 pm

    M’s year (every year): They are really going to be great; young talent up from AAA; veteran acquisitions; good spring training/great start! wins out of the box/OK/See, I told you Jack Z’s strategy was working/Dont’ worry, Small sample size; look who else is struggling/Don’t worry small sample size; don’t panic/Not yet time to panic/Don’t panic/ Way too early to panic/Making good contact; bad luck on balls in play/cold weather/not yet mathematically eliminated/Look, your hopes were unrealistic; You cannot remake a team overnight; Bavasi destroyed our infrastructure/Patience; patience; patience/There is no predicting the future in baseball/Patience: Faith: Patience: Faith; patience (repeat until unconscious)

  100. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:19 pm

    All right, we’re within 12!!!

  101. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:20 pm

    Why the &*%#!?~ is Jason Bay pinch hitting for Guti!?

  102. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:24 pm

    Oh, that’s right, we’re down by 11… never mind.

  103. Dennisss on April 9th, 2013 9:28 pm

    They should play John Belushi’s speech from Animal House on the super-big screen.

  104. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:37 pm

    The reason only 10,000 people showed up is everyone else had a mass premonition about this game.

  105. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 9:41 pm

    Montero is the slowest runner I have ever seen.

  106. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 10:04 pm

    If Jason Bay hits a home run, but nobody sees it… did it really happen?

  107. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 10:12 pm

    Well, the old guys are hitting homers anyway.

  108. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 10:12 pm

    It counts, because it gives Wedge the idea that he needs to play more.

  109. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 10:13 pm

    This Astros pitcher must’ve been taking advice from Brandon Maurer.

  110. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 10:14 pm

    Felix appears to be regaling Raul with tales of his grand slam off Johan Santana.

    CM, that was worrying me actually.

  111. californiamariner on April 9th, 2013 10:16 pm

    Do the Astros have an evil scheme going? Allow Bay and Ibanez to hit HRs in a meaningless game, so that Wedge will play them more?

  112. absolutsyd on April 9th, 2013 10:17 pm

    What the hell? Monterrible even looks horrible jogging! What is wrong with him?

  113. Westside guy on April 9th, 2013 10:38 pm

    COME ON CONDOR!

  114. mrakbaseball on April 9th, 2013 10:49 pm

    How about a Zunino for Montero swap! Too early?

  115. wilchiro on April 9th, 2013 11:18 pm

    Completely embarressed for this team tonight. Allowing 16 runs to HOU is unacceptable, and Maurer needs to be sent down (yes, even after 2 starts). He’s way over his head.

    Only 10,000 fans showed up as well on the 2nd home game of the year? Yikes.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.