Game 76, Athletics at Mariners

marc w · June 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Aaron Harang vs. Dan Straily, 7:10pm

The M’s playoff chances are no better today than they were yesterday, but I can’t muster any cynicism. It’s a perfect day in the Northwest and Everett, Tacoma and Seattle are all playing at home. Stop reading this and go catch a ball game.

M’s 2nd round pick Austin Wilson’s signed and in uniform for Everett’s double header against Hillsboro. Looks like he’s not in the line up for game 1 (though 1st rounder DJ Peterson’s starting) but may play game 2. The M’s *other* Brazilian hurler, Thiago Vieira starts game 1 with Tyler Olson pitching game 2.

Tacoma kicks off a homestand tonight with James Paxton on the mound. Looks like Erasmo Ramirez is still slated to start tomorrow.

Dan Straily, the great out of nowhere story for the A’s last season, tore through the minors piling up absurd strikeout totals. His cup of coffee with the A’s was underwhelming given his MiLB numbers, but promising despite his HR/9 coming in at 2.5. A 90% strand rate helps make up for a multitude of sins, I guess. This year, the HR rate is normal, so his FIP looks ok, but an equally absurd strand rate of under 60% means he’s given up a ton of runs.

He throws a rising fastball at about 91, a slider (to righties) and a change (to lefties). The latter’s been ok, but he’s prone to hanging
it. His major problem, especially against lefties, is that MLB hitters are barreling his fastball. He may have made some adjustments, but he’s still a fly balling righty throwing 91.

A year ago, AJ Griffin followed right in Straily’s footsteps: late round pick tearing through the minors and putting in some credible work for a playoff A’s team. Griffin was also a flyball pitcher with a rising fastball and even less velocity. Straily got more K’s in the minors, while Griffin’s been better in MLB. If you’d like to work in MLB, definitively answer why Griffin’s done well, why Straily’s been up and down, and, for good measure, why Blake Beavan has been so much worse than both.

Line-up:
1: Chavez
2: Franklin
3: Seager
4: Morales (DH)
5: Ibanez
6: FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ?
7: Smoak
8: Blanco
9: Ryan
SP: Harang

You read that right, Guti’s off the 60-day DL and playing CF. See what I mean about cynicism being essentially futile today? To make room on the 40-man, the M’s DFA’d Eric Thames and placed Mike Morse on the 15-day DL retroactive to Friday.

Comments

54 Responses to “Game 76, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. Will Lofton on June 22nd, 2013 6:23 pm

    Nick Franklin through 94 PAs is already second among position players on the M’s in WAR.

  2. sawsatch on June 22nd, 2013 6:24 pm

    Suggestion:
    Offer Chili Davis 3x what he makes in Oakland to come here.

  3. WestyHerr on June 22nd, 2013 6:35 pm

    Whatever happened to that Jemile Weeks guy?

  4. The_Waco_Kid on June 22nd, 2013 6:43 pm

    The Great Glass Guti is back!

  5. MrZDevotee on June 22nd, 2013 6:50 pm

    Even if he’s injured and replaced before the game starts, it’s nice to see Guty’s name in the lineup.

    But… Shhh… I don’t wanna say it too loud and accidently break/concuss him with compliments.

  6. MrZDevotee on June 22nd, 2013 6:52 pm

    Westy-
    Looks like Jemille is in Sacramento at the moment, with 321 PA’s so far in 2013…

    I believe that’s called “depth” for a contender. I vaguely remember the idea from decades ago.

  7. Typical Idiot Fan on June 22nd, 2013 7:07 pm

    That’s not “depth”, that’s Jemille Weeks being a fucking terrible baseball player. He’s played himself out of a job and not doing a much better job of it in Sacramento. Considering what his brother is going through, maybe it’s genetic.

  8. MrZDevotee on June 22nd, 2013 7:10 pm

    Typical Idiot-
    That was my joke… Other teams get to send their crappy players somewhere else… Y’know “depth”.

    (I’m not “Capt. Obvious” enough, I guess…)

  9. Will Lofton on June 22nd, 2013 7:36 pm

    Jemile Weeks isn’t even all that bad. As recently as 2011, he was a +1.7 WAR player in a little over half a season of playing time. As of this writing, he has a 110 wRC+ down in Sacramento. He could actually be a pretty good bargain on the trade market this summer.

  10. scraps on June 22nd, 2013 7:40 pm

    And now you’re replying earnesty to a piece of criticism from of a guy who’s named Typical Idiot (or Mr Fan, as we know him formally)!

    (Sorry TIF, I couldn’t resist,)

  11. KiWiNiNjA on June 22nd, 2013 7:40 pm

    Hell no.

  12. Slats on June 22nd, 2013 7:43 pm

    Guti is back!

  13. Paul B on June 22nd, 2013 7:45 pm

    Welcome back Guti!

  14. PackBob on June 22nd, 2013 7:45 pm

    Gutierrez will be the catalyst that gets the Mariners back to .500.

  15. Paul B on June 22nd, 2013 7:50 pm

    5 of first 8 batters reach base. 1 run.

    Mariner baseball!

  16. californiamariner on June 22nd, 2013 8:14 pm

    Sounds like Hultzen is about ready to come back up and pitch in the minors. Tacoma’s rotation could be very interesting, although it would be better if Erasmo would just come up already!

  17. tmesis on June 22nd, 2013 8:34 pm

    My wife asked me a question that, as a non-fan, I could not answer: Why do they make the A’s play in their pajama bottoms?

  18. lalo on June 22nd, 2013 8:41 pm

    Zunino should be in Tacoma catching Paxton, Hultzen, Erasmo and Walker… Hope he´s demoted next week

  19. juneau_fan on June 22nd, 2013 8:51 pm

    They answered the burning question, why do the A’s wear white shoes during their last series. I so didn’t care, I can’t remember now.

    I don’t think any of their uniform options have dark bottoms. Maybe to match the shoes?

  20. juneau_fan on June 22nd, 2013 8:55 pm

    How many times could the M’s have scored in the last 5 innings?

    I do find it humorous, the careful what you wish for axiom which can be applied to the 2013 Mariners. Decent numbers in home runs, to meet the fans cry for the long ball. Dead last in runs scored though…

  21. HighlightsAt11 on June 22nd, 2013 9:00 pm

    3x EZ in M’s OF

  22. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 9:10 pm

    With Guti back, I was really hoping we’d get to see a non-crappy left fielder for once. But no, Wedge insists on running Raul out there.

    “Good effort” indeed, Blowers. I guess left field defense is like the Special Olympics.

  23. brian m on June 22nd, 2013 9:15 pm

    Happy to see Paxton put in a good effort tonight: 6 IP, 3 H, 11 K, 1 B, 0 R

  24. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 9:21 pm

    Would someone explain to me why lefties don’t bunt more against all these shifts?

  25. sawsatch on June 22nd, 2013 9:21 pm

    Are the Mariners leading MLB in number of innings played without scoring a run?
    I was serious about Chili Davis.

  26. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 9:46 pm

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  27. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 9:54 pm

    Chavez RF; Guti CF; Ackley LF; Seager 3B; Miller SS; Franklin 2B; Morales 1B; Irrelevent C

  28. HighlightsAt11 on June 22nd, 2013 9:56 pm

    What’s a Furbush worth?

  29. Slats on June 22nd, 2013 9:58 pm

    Raul!

  30. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 9:58 pm

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL

  31. nvn8vbryce on June 22nd, 2013 9:59 pm

    LongGeorge: Most of this team has become irrelevant!

  32. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 10:03 pm

    Yea but they have another chance to break my heart

  33. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 10:03 pm

    Tie for 8th in home runs – yup.

    Last in runs scored… Hey Sims, mention that too why don’t you. Let’s talk about how making outs matters as well… Remember Olivo?

  34. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 10:06 pm

    Hank White is up.

  35. Longgeorge1 on June 22nd, 2013 10:08 pm

    Hank White is OUT!

  36. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 10:09 pm
  37. Breadbaker on June 22nd, 2013 10:15 pm

    The M’s announcers are so jaded about bad catching that when Blanco caught that foul tip they had already just assumed that a foul tip meant another pitch. I think we may have our most consistent defense behind the plate since Wilson was our regular.

  38. juneau_fan on June 22nd, 2013 10:20 pm

    I know I’m shocked at good catching, Bread. And that’s sad.

  39. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 10:22 pm

    Love seeing bone-headed mistakes by the other team!

  40. Slats on June 22nd, 2013 10:24 pm

    That’s my boy Franklin!

  41. Westside guy on June 22nd, 2013 10:25 pm

    Nicky Boy!!!

  42. Breadbaker on June 22nd, 2013 10:25 pm

    Hey, Slats, we have two Franklins now. I think we need to say “Guti” and “Nick”, but it’s good to have them both.

  43. juneau_fan on June 22nd, 2013 10:28 pm

    Apparently, it’s necessary to score runs in multiple innings to win. When that happens, good things result.

  44. Breadbaker on June 22nd, 2013 10:36 pm

    Juneau, that’s always been the case. Teams score against the M’s in multiple innings all the time. But since about 2004, the M’s seem to think a point is reached when you’ve scored enough runs. Even if you’re behind.

  45. gopilots70 on June 22nd, 2013 10:40 pm

    A winning manager bunts with Seager in that situation. A manager who is trying to develop players shows the team that tacking on another run is critical in a two run game.

    So Seager and Morales swing for the fences. The message is the game is won. Another perfect example why Wedge should be fired. He is bad at both tactics to win a game and teaching young players about how to seal a win.

    I know Seager is our best hitter, but he is not Miguel Cabrera. Time for him to learn how to get a bunt down in a key situation.

    Yes super we will probably win, but that is poor, poor managing

  46. juneau_fan on June 22nd, 2013 10:46 pm

    I know what you’re saying, Go. There’s no tactics at all. When the team plays against a team like the Angels, with a manager who uses tactics, you can really see it. Our guys just go up there and hack away, as though they’re each at the local batting cage.

    Not only do players leave the team and usually do better, but look at Bob Melvin! Went from hopeless in Seattle to AL Manager of the Yer!

  47. Breadbaker on June 22nd, 2013 10:55 pm

    NL and AL Manager of the Year (2007 with the D’Backs). Melvin got handed a pretty raw deal when the team got old all at the same time in 2004.

  48. The_Waco_Kid on June 22nd, 2013 10:59 pm

    A comeback. Awesome. Great to see Franklin hitting so well. Appreciate Raul’s HR, but also glad to see gold glove OF at the end. Man, they needed a win. Not for the standings, just for morale.

  49. MrZDevotee on June 23rd, 2013 9:43 am

    And to think, for the last 35 years I haven’t believed in St. Nick…

    No wonder my Christmas presents have sucked all this time.

    Now I’m proud to say I believe again.

    So for Christmas this year, I’d like a rejuvenated Ackley in LF, a trade of Mike Morse, resigning Kendry Morales, an Iron Man suit for Guty, Mike Zunino to channel Johnny Bench, Brad Miller to be the left infield clone of Nick Franklin, Hultzen and Ramirez in the rotation for the 2nd half, and Paxton in the bullpen.

    Too much?

  50. sawsatch on June 23rd, 2013 11:11 am

    Should Melvin have given Ibanez anything to hit?
    I have seen Melvin make questionable moves with J. Jaso earlier in the season.
    Bob Melvin is no Tony la Russa.

  51. raul_podzednick on June 23rd, 2013 12:11 pm

    Is Nick Franklin single handedly saving Jack Z’s job?

  52. Westside guy on June 23rd, 2013 12:19 pm

    Given that the team isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, I doubt one prospect who’s doing well in his first stint in the majors will make one whit of difference regarding Jack Zduriencik’s continued employment (or lack thereof).

  53. G-Man on June 23rd, 2013 1:16 pm

    Bonderman has a defense behind him to day. He’d better appreciate it.

    Wedge actually should have had Saunders in there last night instead of Raul, with Harang pitching, but then that game-tying home wouldn’t have happened, eh?

  54. G-Man on June 23rd, 2013 2:07 pm

    Guti.

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