Game 72, Mariners at Angels

marc w · June 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jeremy Bonderman vs. Joe Blanton, 7:10pm

If last night’s match-up focused on a trade/acquisition that works out exactly as you’d hope, tonight’s features the opposite. Joe Blanton looks very much like the pitcher he was in Philadelphia – he’s an average GB%, solid K%, low walk pitcher who gets the most out of a 90mph fastball and an assortment of bendy pitches. He’s a junkballer, but he’s carved out a niche for himself by being a dependable middle- to back-of-the-rotation starter. The Angels, sensibly, thought that by taking a guy out of a HR-aiding park like Philly’s and inserting him in HR-neutralizing Anaheim, they’d get the great K:BB ratio without paying a penalty in gopher-balls.

Well, that deal’s worked fine, but the Angels aren’t collecting lots of kudos for signing Blanton to a 2-year, $15m deal. Part of the reason is that Anaheim can’t protect Blanton in away games. He’s given up 11 homers in 7 road games, and batters are slugging .592 off him away from So Cal. But that doesn’t mean he’s been brilliant at home. Blanton’s game works when his BABIP is under .300. This year, it’s .368. Sure, some of that is clearly luck, but his LD% and the homers suggest that batters are getting a good look at his pitches. His FIP isn’t terrible despite all of the HRs thanks to the K:BB ratio, but his ERA is pushing 6. It’d actually be worse if he wasn’t pitching relatively well with RISP; he’s getting torched with the bases empty. In any event, this is not the rotation-stabilizer they thought they were getting when they picked up Blanton (and traded Ervin Santana away).

Bonderman’s been better recently as his sinker has a bit more sink, allowing him to post great GB numbers against righties. He’s throwing a ton of sliders, which has been effective (in a tiny sample, SSS warning here) in generating weak contact. But just as we saw with Brandon Maurer, he doesn’t have a good pitch to go to against lefties. As a result, they’re destroying him. But also like Maurer, he may find some success against the Angels’ righty-heavy line-up.

1: Chavez, RF
2: Franklin, 2B
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morales, DH
5: Ibanez, LF
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Zunino, C
8: Saunders, CF
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Bonderman

Comments

66 Responses to “Game 72, Mariners at Angels”

  1. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 5:44 pm

    Hey, signing a bunch of older, injury-prone players bites the Mariners in the arse again – who could’ve seen it coming?

    Props to Raul for apparently having good genes. Has he ever missed significant time due to an injury?

  2. stevemotivateir on June 18th, 2013 5:58 pm

    He sacrificed his defensive genes for injury-free genes, Westy!

  3. scraps on June 18th, 2013 6:27 pm

    Raul missed 35 games (approximately) in 2004 with a hamstring injury, and missed 21 games (appx) in 2009 with a groin injury. Very healthy, all right.

  4. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 6:36 pm

    7 lefties to 2 righties in our lineup against Blanton.

    Time for some fun. Go M’s.

  5. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 6:39 pm

    Why couldn’t Guti have those genes?

    Maybe Steve’s onto something!

  6. stevemotivateir on June 18th, 2013 6:39 pm

    Well, I’m glad we get a re-play of game 71 again. Maybe Zunino can prove anyone doubting his readiness, wrong, with a hit or two?

    Apparently 3 games in with a few hits suggests he’s made a smooth transition into the ML.

    Congratulations, Mike! I knew you’d prove to be a star!

  7. stevemotivateir on June 18th, 2013 6:40 pm

    Well, if Guti ever need a blood transfusion, which is feasible, maybe Raul can donate?!

  8. MrZDevotee on June 18th, 2013 6:55 pm

    Steve!
    I love that idea… Everyone should get some Raul blood in ‘em. Morse, Morales, Smoak…

    They don’t test for that yet.

    Or perhaps the lastest designer PED… Ibanez-ynthetic Testosterone, aka “Z-ynthetic Testosterone”!

    “Well, Kendrys… You’re homerun record was impressive, but your Raul levels were incredibly high this season… We might have to add an asterisk.”

  9. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 7:12 pm

    Trout hat= gotta be one of the most God-ugly promo items I’ve ever seen in my life.

  10. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 7:14 pm

    That back is bugging Morales something fierce. Can’t bend into the pitch at all.

  11. bookbook on June 18th, 2013 7:17 pm

    Whatever genius decided that it was somehow helpful to keep injured players off the DL and in the line-up…

    I have no words.

  12. msfanmike on June 18th, 2013 7:30 pm

    First swing back … Dinger. How about that!

  13. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 7:30 pm

    Nice job, Raul and Smoakey.

    LOL. Scioscia is just trying to get Blanton time to re-set with this “review”. It went over, you twit. You know it.

  14. HighlightsAt11 on June 18th, 2013 7:33 pm

    Double wow. I assumed Blanton would be hit but didn’t think Smoak would be involved.

  15. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 7:35 pm

    SO close!

    Re: Ibañez blood – we really don’t need more guys clanking in the field.

  16. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 7:46 pm

    This is going to be one of those games…

  17. MrZDevotee on June 18th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Shhh…
    Westy, the grand idea is, how much blood could Ibanez possibly hold? If we drain it ALL…

    See how it works… Yeah?

    Oh wait. Dingers. I always forget…

    Nevermind.

  18. MrZDevotee on June 18th, 2013 7:48 pm

    “This is going to be one of those games…”

    AKA

    “Seattle Mariners Baseball!!!”

  19. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Ah, MrZ, I failed to grasp your devious plan…

    I bow to the master.

  20. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Hopefully, our guy gets those same BULLSHIT outside strikes…

  21. stevemotivateir on June 18th, 2013 8:02 pm

    ^From the gameday view, it appears that’s the case.

  22. pgreyy on June 18th, 2013 8:04 pm

    I believe it was brought up earlier in the season, but the kerning of the letters of the player names, especially on these dark blue jerseys, is something frightful.

    Either that or our pitcher tonight is the least threatening superhero of all time.

    “Look! In the garage! Wielding a sander and some putty! IT’S…BONDER MAN!!!”

  23. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 8:12 pm

    So far, so good Mikey!

    Obviously it’s the mentoring.

  24. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Collective IQ of Smoak and Seager…?

  25. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 8:31 pm

    I bet Endy Chavez doesn’t end this season as a Mariner – some contender is going to want him.

  26. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 8:35 pm

    Tuning in…

    I’m pretty ticked at Blanton for getting his act together. His greasy hat is less greasy and he’s lost some cup from his cupcake ass, so I’ve lost my rant, beat up on that greasy-hatted cupcake ass!

    He’s acquired Beaker hair though. Perhaps I can go that direction.

  27. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 8:54 pm

    Those Angels veterans are certainly getting it done.

  28. Sideline observer on June 18th, 2013 9:01 pm

    Hamilton looks fantastic. Really looked like he was going all out on that last DP.

    I can’t really think of another player who has fallen off so fast in their prime.

  29. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 9:03 pm

    Joe Blanton. 10 Ks. In 5 innings. With an ERA near 6.

    Only against us does he do this. Swear to God.

  30. SonOfZavaras on June 18th, 2013 9:04 pm

    I can’t really think of another player who has fallen off so fast in their prime.

    Figgins?

  31. Sideline observer on June 18th, 2013 9:05 pm

    I can’t really think of another superstar who has fallen off so fast in their prime.

  32. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 9:07 pm

    I must say, of our trash heap pitchers, I’d rather stick with Bonderman because at least he was once good. Harang and Saunders have never been worth the effort.

  33. The_Waco_Kid on June 18th, 2013 9:07 pm

    I’m keeping score with Rebuilding Team rules. Our young guys’ stats are weighed doubly, veteran grit numbers count for half as much. So we have 2.5 runs on 7 hits. Yay.

  34. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 9:07 pm

    Figgins wasn’t a stah?

  35. msfanmike on June 18th, 2013 9:26 pm

    That’s twice in a row now for Ryan with a popup foul bunt. I am looking forward to seeing him in the rear view mirror soon. He is almost completely worthless on offense.

  36. gopilots70 on June 18th, 2013 9:29 pm

    Ryan bunting in a key situation again…”gooooos faba…..gooooss faaaaba

    at least is wasn’t a ground ball double play.

    Our lineup is worse than a national League lineup because OUR pitcher can not bunt.

  37. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 9:29 pm

    I’m hoping we get to see Miller soon, if only because I want to look forward to tomorrow’s team rather than continue with the veteran swan songs.

  38. stevemotivateir on June 18th, 2013 9:34 pm

    I’m curious about Romero. I’ve heard nothing about his work in the outfield, but his batting line’s been sharp.

  39. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 9:41 pm

    Crazy Ollie, get it together!

  40. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 9:46 pm

    YES!!

  41. gopilots70 on June 18th, 2013 9:48 pm

    absolutely no reaction from our manager or the pitching coach on an obvious strike three in a one run game

    Looks like they have given up on the season as well…Make a change

  42. msfanmike on June 18th, 2013 9:49 pm

    Wow, have a day Josh!

  43. gopilots70 on June 18th, 2013 9:51 pm

    I agree Westy. Let’s see Miller up here soon. Or let’s see what Franklin can do at short and give Carlos a chance to play everyday at second and/or wait for Ackley to be ready to give it another shot

  44. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 10:02 pm

    Gosh, who could’ve seen that coming?

  45. KiWiNiNjA on June 18th, 2013 10:02 pm

    Well, the bartender served that one up.

  46. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 10:02 pm

    Crap on a crap cracker.

    Pujols seems to love the Mariners pitching staff, both last year and this year. He can count on them to get him going in the right direction.

  47. msfanmike on June 18th, 2013 10:02 pm

    That’s not gonna help Willy’s psyche … Or mine

    Crap!!!

  48. Woodcutta on June 18th, 2013 10:04 pm

    Why is Wilhemlsen in? This isn’t a low pressure situation. It is the 8th inning of a one run game. Wedge needs to go.

  49. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 10:08 pm

    The announcers made it sound like the bullpen is depleted. Which does not bode well for any extra innings.

  50. SeattleDan on June 18th, 2013 10:11 pm

    We need major heat on the entire Mariner organization from the top down. Lincoln and Armstrong are OBVIOUSLY not building a winner, just making a small profit. We need SPORTS people running this, not business people. Sadly, I don’t see anything changing until new ownership comes in.

  51. G-Man on June 18th, 2013 10:11 pm

    For those of you scoring at home, that’s another blown save for The Bartender. Nope, it doesn’t have to be the ninth.

  52. The_Waco_Kid on June 18th, 2013 10:14 pm

    15 K’s to 2K’s. What a disgrace.

  53. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 10:16 pm

    Apparently Wedge wants to get back to the hotel bar quickly.

  54. The_Waco_Kid on June 18th, 2013 10:21 pm

    Wedge has a lot of sorrow to drown

  55. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 10:30 pm

    Dear god, how did that happen?

  56. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 10:37 pm

    On a side note – with all of the non-DL DLs currently on the team, do we even have a bench? Would we have to run Blanco into the outfield if Ibañez got hurt?

  57. The_Waco_Kid on June 18th, 2013 10:38 pm

    Beavan plays a mean LF!

  58. The_Waco_Kid on June 18th, 2013 10:40 pm

    MORALES!

  59. juneau_fan on June 18th, 2013 10:40 pm

    Whoa, a lead!

  60. gopilots70 on June 18th, 2013 10:45 pm

    Excellent at bat for Kendrys Morales!! Would love to see him as our full-time DH and backup first base next year.

  61. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 10:46 pm

    Let’s hold it this time, guys!

  62. G-Man on June 18th, 2013 10:51 pm

    A win!

  63. gopilots70 on June 18th, 2013 10:53 pm

    Nice!! Who would have thought that after all the joking and head scratching about Medina clinging on to the 40 man roster that he is now our closer.

  64. frankb. on June 18th, 2013 10:55 pm

    Glad I stayed up. I saw Medina channeling J.J. Putz with the scan and glare. Didn’t Trumbo look bothered?

  65. Westside guy on June 18th, 2013 10:59 pm

    Woooo!!

  66. mwb on June 19th, 2013 12:38 am

    This might be sacrilege, but I would trade the win for a loss if I could have seen a fourth GIDP for Hamilton.

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