Game 66, Astros at Mariners

marc w · June 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Aaron Harang vs. Bud Norris, 7:10pm

Bud Norris was once a big-time (er, semi-big time) strikeout artist. A fastball/slider pitcher who mixes in a few change-ups to lefties, Norris racked up whiffs with his sharp slider, but yielded a fair number of homers-allowed. This year, his strikeouts are down markedly (like, 21-24% to 15%). But he’s also managed to *halve* his HR rate.

I know HRs are bad for pitchers and all, but this is something of a worrying trend for Houston fans. K% stabilizes much more quickly, so there’s a (good) chance that his HR rate regresses to his career numbers and he’s left with the worst of both worlds. Still, that seems too easy, too SABR-by-er,-numbers. The combination looks like a conscious choice, a trade off, even if its not obvious exactly what the terms were. He’s still throwing 50% sliders and 50% fastballs to righties, it’s just he’s given up zero HRs to them instead of lots.

1: Chavez, RF
2: Franklin, 2B
3: Seager, 3B
4: Liddi, 1B
5: Ibanez, LF
6: Morse, DH
7: Shoppach, C
8: Saunders, CF
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Harang

The corresponding move to the Zunino call-up was, as expected, DFAing Brandon Bantz.

Alex Liddi takes the place of Kendrys Morales, who was a late scratch with his sore back.


68 Responses to “Game 66, Astros at Mariners”

  1. juneau_fan on June 11th, 2013 9:12 pm

    Harang’s going for that ‘innings eater’ role, hoping to hang on with the club.

  2. henryv on June 11th, 2013 9:15 pm

    The Seattle Sounders on the MNT have nearly single-handedly kept the US in the World Cup.

  3. henryv on June 11th, 2013 9:16 pm

    Harang’s going for that ‘innings eater’ role, hoping to hang on with the club.

    Insert Carlos Silva joke here.

  4. G-Man on June 11th, 2013 9:17 pm

    I hate these bunts, Just hit to right.

    Thank you.

  5. henryv on June 11th, 2013 9:19 pm

    Not sure what you mean, G. He did, and almost succeeded.

    And Pena made it look hard, at the same time.

  6. juneau_fan on June 11th, 2013 9:20 pm

    Wow, Astros’ pen sucks. And that’s saying something compared with it’s their other suck.

  7. Westside guy on June 11th, 2013 9:22 pm

    Man, at least the team has finally figured out how to beat the freakin’ Astros!

  8. ppl on June 11th, 2013 9:26 pm

    The M’s win I will take it even if it is against the Stros.

  9. msfanmike on June 11th, 2013 9:30 pm

    These guys recently swept the Angels in a 4 game series?

  10. ppl on June 11th, 2013 9:32 pm

    If he has to be up now, I hope Zunino tees off in his first big league game.

  11. phineasphreak on June 11th, 2013 9:32 pm

    I’m surprised Wedgie left him in the entire game. He has a penchant for pulling our starters once someone gets aboard in the later innings.

  12. ppl on June 11th, 2013 9:32 pm

    The Angels lost again so we put them a little farther back in the rear view for the time being.

  13. phineasphreak on June 11th, 2013 9:35 pm

    Harang vs. SD & Houston this year: 18 IP, 6 hits, 0 ER, 2BB, 18K, 2 CG.

    Harang vs the rest…yikes.

  14. Westside guy on June 11th, 2013 9:44 pm

    I’m good at driving things into the ground, so – after 66 games…

    2013-06-11 RS 236 RA 278 (-42)
    2012-06-15 RS 265 RA 285 (-20)

  15. scraps on June 11th, 2013 10:08 pm

    But it’s the younger players who are knocking us back! The older guys who you criticized are fine! Let’s get Morse an extension!

  16. MrZDevotee on June 12th, 2013 9:44 am

    Okay, so what’s it called when the game ends and we have more runs than the other guys?

    Somebody help me out.

    I used to know this.

    I think it starts with a “W”…?

  17. sawsatch on June 12th, 2013 9:47 am

    Comparing Russell Wilson to any of our young players is truly apples to oranges. R.W. is an exceptional talent and a superlative natural leader. These humans are rare in any endeaver; not just sports.

  18. sawsatch on June 12th, 2013 9:52 am

    How many people actually attended the game last night?

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