Game 36, A’s at Mariners

Dave · May 10, 2013 at 6:52 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Iwakuma vs Straily, 7:10 pm.

Marc’s taking the weekend off, so prepare for three less comprehensive game previews than you normally get. To find out about the specifics of the series, read Matthew’s preview right below this.

One quick note on Iwakuma, though – he ranks second in the majors among starting pitchers in getting batters to chase pitches out of the strike zone, with a 36.4% O-Swing rate; only Tim Hudson rates higher so far this year, and wouldn’t you know it, Hudson also throws a split-finger fastball. Felix — whose change-up is basically a splitter, since he throws it at 89 mph — ranks #4 in O-Swing%. The splitter/change-up is an exceptional pitch. The Mariners have two guys who are really great at getting ahead of batters and then getting them to chase a tumbling breaking ball falling out of the zone. Iwakuma’s not going to put up an ERA below 2.00 all year, but he is a quality pitcher with a real out pitch.

Also, let’s hope his blister is feeling better and he can keep the ball on the ground tonight, because the outfield defense is going to be disastrous.

1. Saunders, 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

Comments

48 Responses to “Game 36, A’s at Mariners”

  1. Paul B on May 10th, 2013 7:12 pm

    Jaso :-(

  2. Westside guy on May 10th, 2013 7:12 pm

    One positive note about this outfield – the comedic potential is quite high.

  3. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Very true, Westy! Saunders is flanked by 2 of the 3 stooges.

  4. Paul B on May 10th, 2013 7:29 pm

    Rare double for Smoak, need to see more like that.

  5. leon0112 on May 10th, 2013 7:32 pm

    I was convinced Smoak was going to hit into a double play.

  6. Paul B on May 10th, 2013 7:32 pm

    Is Ibanez really going to be on this team all year?

  7. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    No, Paul. He will literally die in the outfield if they keep runnin’ him out there.

  8. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Ibanez makes me growl around my pizza bite.

  9. Paul B on May 10th, 2013 7:47 pm

    I don’t understand how Ryan can be such a crappy hitter. He doesn’t appear to be completely lost or clueless or inept. And yet, the results…

  10. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 7:54 pm

    It’s mental. Sometimes he chases crap, sometimes he tries to kill it, sometimes he seems hesitant, sometimes he seems relaxed and puts a good swing on the ball or shows patience.

    Personally, I think it’s Wedge pressuring him, making him nervous. The same could be said of other players.

  11. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 7:57 pm

    He’s a NL hitter stuck in the AL West.

    My memory’s failing me. Who was the really nice guy/couldn’t hit worth crap for the Mariners in-fielder they picked up when he was like 40 and the Giants tossed him aside? (I know that doesn’t narrow it down much) I want to say he played for the Pirates for years. The Mariners were SHOCKED, SHOCKED I tell you that he couldn’t hit for them.

  12. Woodcutta on May 10th, 2013 7:58 pm

    Ryan tries to do too much at the plate. He keeps fouling off perfectly hittable pitches b/c he tries to hit a it 500 feet and has too much of an uppercut when he does. If all he did was hit singles and hit above .260 he would be worth putting out there everyday.

  13. Woodcutta on May 10th, 2013 7:59 pm

    Al Martin? Stan Javier?

  14. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Nope, he was one of those whitest white dudes who was every white types. (Like Ryan)

    Not Scott Spezio, that asshole.

  15. Fog Cutter on May 10th, 2013 8:04 pm

    Juneau-

    Rich Amaral?

  16. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 8:04 pm

    You’re not thinking of Rich Aurilia, are you?

  17. Woodcutta on May 10th, 2013 8:04 pm

    David Bell?

  18. Woodcutta on May 10th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Jeff Cirillo?

  19. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Aurilla!

    *checking wikipedia* He’s only 41 now? God, he looked 45 when he played for the M’s. Like your Dad was out there in the field.

  20. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 8:07 pm

    I am not the Wikipedia writer, BTW, but THIS:

    “After more offensive stagnation in 2003, the Giants severed their nine-year relation with the shortstop, granting him free agency on October 27. Soon after, Aurilia signed on with the Seattle Mariners to patrol the M’s infield. The lifetime National Leaguer could not get a grip on American League pitching, and was dealt to the San Diego Padres.”

  21. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 8:10 pm

    His age was the only thing that threw me off. I do remember him coming over from the Giants and suckin’ pretty bad here. Couldn’t think of any other Giants infielders that fit that profile closer.

    He should be older than 41 now, though. I would bet wiki is wrong.

  22. Woodcutta on May 10th, 2013 8:12 pm

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUL!!!

  23. juneau_fan on May 10th, 2013 8:12 pm

    What a sad little list. Jeff Cirillo! That bastard!

    But we’ll give Raaaaulll a pass for the night!

  24. Slats on May 10th, 2013 8:12 pm

    Raul!

  25. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 8:13 pm

    Raul! Nice to see him produce.

  26. californiamariner on May 10th, 2013 8:13 pm

    RAUUUULLLL

  27. hidalgo on May 10th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Awright Raul. Now put Chavez in left field.

  28. hidalgo on May 10th, 2013 8:17 pm

    I tuned in late. What’s Rizzzz doing on TV?

  29. jordan on May 10th, 2013 8:31 pm

    Iwakuma is good.

  30. californiamariner on May 10th, 2013 8:32 pm

    Iwakuma is really good.

  31. msfanmike on May 10th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Sims is off tonight. Dan Wilson is doing the radio broadcast tonight with the new guy, currently.

  32. Slats on May 10th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Kendrys!

  33. stevemotivateir on May 10th, 2013 8:39 pm

    Good game for Morales as well. While his BA hasn’t looked that impressive, he’s been maintaining a good OBP. I’d still have no problem shipping Smoak off somewhere and having Kendry take over 1B.

  34. jordan on May 10th, 2013 8:50 pm

    How did we get Kuma so cheap? both last year from Japan and the 2 year extension this year.

  35. hidalgo on May 10th, 2013 8:51 pm

    I’m with you Steve M. Smoak is the among the worst hitting first basers in MLB. With Morales at first, bring up a third catcher, and Montero and Ibanez can split dh when Jesus isn’t catching.

  36. SonOfZavaras on May 10th, 2013 8:52 pm

    “The Machine”. I like it for Iwakuma, myself. I have actually stated I like a Rick Rizzs idea!

    Wow, unusual day.

    The King, The Machine and then Oh, Lord…three days to dream….

  37. SonOfZavaras on May 10th, 2013 8:58 pm

    Iwakuma’s mad about giving up that 2-run double to Lowrie.

    Love the attitude…but that’s just a case of a guy doing what he can with a good pitcher’s pitch. Not a mistake.

  38. jordan on May 10th, 2013 9:06 pm

    “Montero the runner on first”

    Rizzs uses the word “runner” lightly.

  39. SonOfZavaras on May 10th, 2013 9:07 pm

    Hmmm…that wasn’t exactly all-out hustle to first by Ryan on that double play.

    Hurt? Not hustling is a little out of character.

  40. californiamariner on May 10th, 2013 9:37 pm

    Jaso can’t hit lefties :P

  41. Kazinski on May 10th, 2013 9:48 pm

    I’m with you Steve M. Smoak is the among the worst hitting first basers in MLB. With Morales at first, bring up a third catcher, and Montero and Ibanez can split dh when Jesus isn’t catching.

    The only problem with that is that Smoak is hitting a lot better than Montero or Ibanez. Yes they are both outslugging him, but he is getting on base at a pretty good clip, and he has been just about a league average hitter, believe it or not. And he is better defensively than Morales.

    Ibanez .188/.246/.406 80 wRC+

    Montero .200/.253/.350 67 wRC+

    Smoak .239/.348/.319 97 wRC+

    If we had Casper Wells, or a healthy Gutierrez that could play every day it would be a better option to play Morse at 1b, make Endy the 4th outfielder and leave Morales at DH.

  42. jordan on May 10th, 2013 9:57 pm

    Just saw a guy wearing a Figgins jersey. That’s actually kind of funny. I want one.

  43. msfanmike on May 10th, 2013 10:03 pm

    He must have lost a bet.

  44. zvazda on May 10th, 2013 10:10 pm

    Having Rick on television is making me so happy. I wish they would switch off like they used to when they had Dave.

  45. currcoug on May 11th, 2013 7:20 am

    Ugh…Ackley batting .154 for May, and .105 the last seven days…hope he gets back on track tonight.

    Andino batting .071 in May (and .149 for May).

    Ryan batting .000 in May.

  46. currcoug on May 11th, 2013 7:20 am

    Ugh…Ackley batting .154 for May, and .105 the last seven days…hope he gets back on track tonight.

    Andino batting .071 in May (and .149 for May).

    Ryan batting .000 in May.

  47. currcoug on May 11th, 2013 7:24 am

    Oops…typo (Andino batted .149 in April).

  48. stevemotivateir on May 11th, 2013 8:22 am

    The only problem with that is that Smoak is hitting a lot better than Montero or Ibanez. Yes they are both outslugging him, but he is getting on base at a pretty good clip, and he has been just about a league average hitter, believe it or not. And he is better defensively than Morales.

    My comment is more about the future than the current situation. Everybody knows Smoak is hitting better right now, but how long will he keep it up? Does anybody really think he’ll keep producing the entire season and beyond? If there’s an opportunity to sell high (well, as high as he’s likely to get), don’t you think we should take it? It’s a big IF, but I would think something could at least happen in a package. And the drop-off in defense between Smoak and Morales is hardly concerning.

    The point is that Smoak shouldn’t be part of the plan moving forward. By moving Morales to 1B, you could DH Morse, vice versa. Even if Morales isnt’ re-signed, Morse could simply take over 1B (assuming he is re-signed). This allows room for a real outfielder -which they might actually acquire as part of the deal for Smoak. They could make a switch like that with Morse as soon as Guti’s back, or they could simply DH Montero.

    While Montero hasn’t looked great at the plate, or behind it, they can’t keep doing what they’re doing with him. He needs consistent playing time, whether it’s here, or in Tacoma. He can’t build any value for this team as a hitter, or a trade piece, if he’s sitting on the bench.

    This team can live without Smoak. This team can live without Montero too, but if I had to choose between the two, Montero would be the guy.

    If we had Casper Wells, or a healthy Gutierrez that could play every day it would be a better option to play Morse at 1b, make Endy the 4th outfielder and leave Morales at DH.

    If we had Wells or a healthy Guti, we’d still need Chavez to start, or platoon a corner with Bay, with Morse moved to DH or 1B. But I’d be OK with that for now.

    This team REALLY needs another solid outfielder.

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