Game 19, Mariners at Rangers

marc w · April 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Brandon Maurer vs. Nick Tepesch 5:05pm

These are the games the M’s absolutely need to have to avoid falling out of the race. As many have noted, there’s no shame in dropping games to Max Scherzer or Yu Darvish, but they need to beat the Nick Tepesch’s of the league to balance things out.

Maurer and Tepesch faced off against each other on the 14th, in what turned out to be Maurer’s first MLB win. Tepesch has, thus far, used a Maueresque pitch mix, with a four and two-seam fastball, the occasional curve, the odd change-up and a blizzard of hard sliders/cutters. He’s used it a bit differently, though. He’s got a lot of confidence in it (obviously), and so he’s used it *most* when he’s behind in the count. It’s not a putaway pitch, it’s his even-the-count pitch.

That wouldn’t be the worst thing for Maurer to emulate. His slider is more of a whiff pitch, but when batters expected it, they were able to hit it hard – even with two strikes. In his last start against the Rangers, he threw more fastballs than he had before, and nearly all were four-seamers. That worked in the still-spacious Safeco field, and while it’s tempting to say that he needs to get grounders in Arlington, I think Maurer should throw whatever pitch he can command – if that’s the four-seam, then he should throw it.

Franklin Gutierrez returns to the line-up today, as does Brendan Ryan who was held out yesterday to clear his head after his horrific slump at the plate. Montero’s also back after his own slump-related off-day.

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

Comments

88 Responses to “Game 19, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 4:24 pm

    Hurry back, Condor!

  2. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 4:27 pm

    Go Mariners!! Always like our lineup better when Guti is in it. And yes, Mr. Westside we need Saunders back badly. Let’s start a good streak…

  3. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 4:41 pm

    Saunders would be nice. But this lineup is pretty good as Mariners lineups have gone over the past few years. Which is to say bad, but at least Jason Bay and Chone Figgins aren’t in it.

  4. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 5:15 pm

    Raul’s 2013 OPS is .598 at the moment, so he’s actually hitting worse than Bay.

  5. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 5:16 pm

    Fire Dave Hansen!!

  6. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 5:24 pm

    Fire Roger Hansen!!

  7. TheKidWouldGo on April 20th, 2013 5:28 pm

    Good work raul, but you’re still fired.

  8. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 5:28 pm

    Fire Brandon Mau… wait, he actually got out of the inning after walking those two guys. OK.

  9. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 5:30 pm

    Just got home and popped the game on just in time to see Smoak strike out…. Deja vu all over again

  10. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 5:30 pm

    Not sure what Smoak was complaining about, unless it was his own judgement.

  11. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 5:32 pm

    They are really going after Smoak with curves in the middle of the strike zone lately

  12. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 5:33 pm

    OK, I wasn’t able to watch it, but the replay says “J. Montero singled to pitcher.”

    Did that actually happen?

  13. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 5:33 pm

    Wow Montero rocked the pitcher there

  14. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 5:34 pm

    Spuuky, he hit a rocket that bounced off the pitchers arm and went all the way into the outfield.

  15. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 5:34 pm

    Bad luck for Tepisch.

  16. Sports on a Shtick on April 20th, 2013 5:35 pm

    Hope that’s just a bruise for Tepesch. Hardest ball Montero has hit and happens to drill the pitcher in the arm.

  17. okcmariner on April 20th, 2013 5:36 pm

    Funny moment of the night, Montero thinking about running for second base. Good thing he practiced running this offseason.

  18. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 5:38 pm

    That was a cool thing for Neil Diamond to do…

  19. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 5:50 pm

    What is with ROOT not showing us at-bats today? That was like the third Mariner at-bat they didn’t show us!

  20. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 6:02 pm

    Wow, and the MLB.com audio is about a minute behind the television.

    I guess ads and promos are more important than the game to them.

  21. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 6:04 pm

    Yep. League leaders in GIDP, keeping it up.

  22. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 6:08 pm

    Texas fans sure are classy.

  23. G-Man on April 20th, 2013 6:09 pm

    When that guy steals an out from the Rangers CF, maybe they’ll lynch him.

  24. dogkahuna on April 20th, 2013 6:09 pm

    What’s the fan interference rule exactly?

  25. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 6:10 pm

    Wow Guti might have caught that if it wasn’t for that stupid fan

  26. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 6:12 pm

    I’m guessing Walmart is considered haute couture in Arlington.

  27. HighlightsAt11 on April 20th, 2013 6:13 pm

    No hitter over…1-0…game over.

  28. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 6:15 pm

    I’m convinced Guti was gonna catch it

  29. Sports on a Shtick on April 20th, 2013 6:21 pm

    It’s been over 15 years since the Slocumb trade.

  30. G-Man on April 20th, 2013 6:33 pm

    dogkahuna;

    A fan can’t reach over onto the field of play. That ball was beyond the OF fence, so it was fair game.

  31. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 6:38 pm

    Oh my Brendan Ryan

  32. californiamariner on April 20th, 2013 6:40 pm

    Maurer 1 hitting them thru 6. Pretty nice job his last 2 starts

  33. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 6:41 pm

    Awesome performance by Maurer. Can we get three pitchers getting red hot at the same time…

  34. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 6:45 pm

    It has sure been refreshing to see the team get a chance to play in some warmer weather and within a hitters ballpark.

    Welcome to the Big League’s kid … Where your team is bound to score A RUN for you, occasionally.

  35. Longgeorge1 on April 20th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Do our guys ever get to run the bases?

  36. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Great swing Brendan.

  37. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 6:54 pm

    I have no doubt at this point that the m’s are going to one hit the Rangers and manage to lose this game.

  38. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 6:55 pm

    Three pitches, three balls…strike one, two, three….

  39. CYK on April 20th, 2013 6:56 pm

    That is among the worst at-bats I’ve ever seen

  40. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 6:59 pm

    Nope.

    They’re gonna TWO hit the Rangers and manage to lose…

  41. gopilots70 on April 20th, 2013 7:01 pm

    Why no Endy to pinch hit for Ryan? You have Andino to come in and play short. That is ridiculous

  42. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:11 pm

    Beltre, please don’t tag Guti like that – the man’s fragile.

  43. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 7:11 pm

    Two on, nobody out… DP and groundout.

  44. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 7:16 pm

    Yeah. Through 19 games (counting this one) the Mariners have grounded into 20 double plays. They are leading the league in GIDP despite being 28th in OBP, which is nearly inconceivable.

  45. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:19 pm

    Given the number of slow old guys on our team, and adding in Smoak and Montero, it doesn’t surprise me at all, spunky.

  46. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 7:20 pm

    Unfortunately, you’re right, it doesn’t surprise me either.

    Although they were actually last in the league in the stat last season (still with Smoak and Montero, although without some of the other slow legs).

    Derek Lowe managed to through a perfect game in his 4 innings, I see. Nice work, team.

  47. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:21 pm

    I think we lead the league in strike outs too?

  48. Paul B on April 20th, 2013 7:21 pm

    It is almost as if spring training stats are not predictive.

  49. G-Man on April 20th, 2013 7:21 pm

    Nice, Montero.

  50. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:22 pm

    Good grief, Monty.

  51. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:22 pm

    Oh, and passed balls.

  52. bookbook on April 20th, 2013 7:24 pm

    Whose gotcher marbles now?

  53. easternWAmsfan on April 20th, 2013 7:24 pm

    Those 2 runs are on Montero..

  54. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:25 pm

    Boy am I glad we have Kelly Shoppach on our team! I can’t take much more of Montero.

  55. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:26 pm

    I really don’t like the way Montero flinches every time the ball gets to his glove. It’s like he’s afraid of it. Not good at all.

  56. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Two PB’s in one inning on fastballs. Sweet!
    Definitely need to keep throwing Montero out there to catch when he is absolutely wretched. He seems to be at his worst when it matters most.

  57. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Two PB’s in one inning on fastballs. Sweet!
    Definitely need to keep throwing Montero out there to catch when he is absolutely wretched. He seems to be at his worst when it matters most.

  58. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 7:26 pm

    We don’t lead in strikeouts, Houston has us (narrowly) beat there.

  59. WalterNeff on April 20th, 2013 7:27 pm

    We’re worse than last year. I went from watching the first game from Safeco to half monitoring it tonight on Gamecast while I watch Burt Lancaster in ‘Trapeze’ on TCM. I’m more interested in Tony Curtis landing The Triple than any triple any Mariner could possibly hit. Send the whole team to Everett.

  60. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:27 pm

    We’ve still got an inning to catch them, spunky.

  61. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 7:28 pm

    D the M’s have any hitting prospects other than Zunino?

  62. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:28 pm

    I felt it was worth mentioning more than once.

  63. Longgeorge1 on April 20th, 2013 7:28 pm

    Don’t worry with our improved offense we can comeback!! Um good Kool-aid

  64. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:28 pm

    Spuuky, we still have a series with Houston next! It won’t be long.

  65. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:28 pm

    Spuuky, we still have a series with Houston next! It won’t be long.

  66. spuuky on April 20th, 2013 7:29 pm

    That’s the spirit!

    Let’s score 6 runs this inning, but strike out 3 times to close in on Houston! Maybe they can drop a strikeout and we can strike out 4 times!

  67. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 7:30 pm

    And my cat just horked on the living room carpet….

  68. Longgeorge1 on April 20th, 2013 7:30 pm

    Yea Zunino’s .240 AAA BA clearly shows he is MLB ready

  69. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:32 pm

    Being down by 5 takes all the pressure of Wedge from having to pick the wrong time to bunt.

    That’s a positive!

  70. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 7:33 pm

    Not saying he’s remotely close to ready, is there anybody else in the minors besides him….starting to seriously question this “rebuilding” of the m’s system.

  71. Westside guy on April 20th, 2013 7:35 pm

    I think I’d rather watch IbaƱez catch than Montero at this point.

  72. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:35 pm

    I hope the team decides that Stefan Romero’s primary position is 1B. That should send the proper signal to Smoak. I think.

  73. Longgeorge1 on April 20th, 2013 7:36 pm

    NO

  74. msfanmike on April 20th, 2013 7:38 pm

    Management: we need you to make a change at Manager, Jack. And also, the day after this years draft, please come by my office for a short chat and “bring your playbook with you.”

  75. WTF_Ms on April 20th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Our motto should be “Seattle Mariners, Swung on and Missed!”.

  76. WalterNeff on April 20th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Burt just got mauled by a lion – will he be able to catch Tony’s triple???

  77. WalterNeff on April 20th, 2013 7:41 pm

    Eric, please pack your knives and go.

  78. Swungonandbelted on April 20th, 2013 7:45 pm

    3 runs or less in 15 of 19 games this season so far…

  79. Longgeorge1 on April 20th, 2013 7:56 pm

    1903 Pirates scoreless 52 innings – I’m sensing a record

  80. argh on April 20th, 2013 7:56 pm

    Pretty hard to come up with a word to describe this line up so far other than “pathetic”.

  81. PackBob on April 20th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Wedge and the Mariners are showing with unequaled clarity that the power of positive thinking loses to reality.

  82. Jokerman on April 20th, 2013 8:30 pm

    I’m glad I don’t work in a plate glass factory because I’d have some serious head trauma by now.

  83. eponymous coward on April 20th, 2013 8:48 pm

    In other news, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn seem to be playing well… (sigh)

  84. Jokerman on April 20th, 2013 8:55 pm

    Clearly Wedge and Zduriencik are plants by the Balmer/Hansen group to de-value the worth of the franchise so they can snag it on the cheap.

  85. Sports on a Shtick on April 20th, 2013 10:09 pm

    Not even three hitting coaches could fix what ails the M’s.

  86. bseblfevr on April 21st, 2013 6:35 am

    You can’t blame Wedge, but they will…this is essentially the same team as last year with some different faces. Montero has got to be the worst catcher in baseball. Amazing how he positions himself behind the plate…more amazing that the coaches allow it. Aside from Seager, Morales, and possibly Morse, there are no good hitters there, Guti is being treated like a kid, so don’t renew him, please. The rest are ST hitters . Smoak, Ryan, Ackely are busts…Montero maybe a hitter, but not for this team since he cannot field. Raul is done with and Bay should be released next week in favor of Chavez. Again, good pitching performances are wasted…sound familiar? Football practice begins in July!

  87. stevemotivateir on April 21st, 2013 7:17 am

    I’m sure Wedge has the idea that Ibanez needed to get back on the horse, shake off the rough plays from the previous night. But a smart manager would recognize he’s a liability and simply shouldn’t be out there.

    Chavez should have had that start. I suspect we’ll continue to see Bay or Ibanez, though. Bleh.

  88. GhostofMarinersPast on April 21st, 2013 8:34 am

    You can’t blame wedge?!?! How many times have we had runners on first and second with no outs and he flat out refuses to bunt?! How about last night when that should have been a routine ground ball and not a 2 run single, because Ackley was out of position?! Wedge is done. I haven’t called for a managers job during our run of futility once. But his errors are egregious and on display EVERY night.

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