Game 128, Angels at Mariners

marc w · August 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Jason Vargas, 6:10pm

*Note the hour-early start time*

Well last night’s game certainly was disappointing. Felix labored early, but aside from a bad pitch to Chris Nelson, looked capable of subduing the Angels’ B-team even without his good stuff. The M’s bats, however, looked incapable of dealing with Garrett Richards. Raul Ibanez still plays LF for this team. I feel like I need to write that every once in a while, just to remind myself that it’s happening.

Erasmo Ramirez is coming off his best game of the year, a 7IP, 2R performance in Arlington. It was, not coincidentally, the first time he appeared to have the feel for his change-up that he demonstrated late in 2012. The pitch was great against a good line-up with plenty of lefties, and he’s enticing swings on it again. While working his way back, he relied more on his slider, and for what ever reason, that pitch has been his worst thus far. The sample is tiny, but batters (righties, really, since he’s got the change-up to use on lefties) are putting it in play and pulling the ball. His change and fastballs get grounders, but the breaking balls get hit in the air, and that’s part of the reason he’s been homer-prone this year. Some of it may be bad luck and rust, but I’d like to see more of his curve, and even more sinkers and four-seamers to righties as his command comes back.

Jason Vargas is still Jason Vargas. At this point, he’s clearly been better than Ramirez, though Ramirez’ pure stuff make him a decent bet to exceed Vargas’ value in the years ahead, though with two DL trips in two years, that’s not exactly a guarantee.

1: Miller, 2B
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morales, DH
4: Morse, RF
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Chavez, RF
7: Quintero, C
8: Ackley, CF
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Erasmo

Hector Noesi starts for Tacoma in Tucson, Jimmy Gilheeney goes for Jackson, while Tyler Pike heads up the prospects, as he’ll toe the rubber for Clinton.

Comments

37 Responses to “Game 128, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 6:17 pm

    Ugh. Trout.

  2. MissouriMariner on August 24th, 2013 6:31 pm

    Two RF tonight? :)

  3. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 6:37 pm

    Nice catch Endy!

  4. Paul B on August 24th, 2013 6:47 pm

    With Morse we need another player in RF.

    Aw, Endy. I wish we had you as a 4th outfielder all these years.

  5. msfanmike on August 24th, 2013 7:14 pm

    I thought this would have been a good night for Smoak to sit, Morales to play 1B, Morse to DH and Saunders to play in the OF. Saunders has better numbers against lefties than Smoak does, and Vargas has bad numbers against lefties, but – oh well. Why give your offense and OF defense a better chance to help you win a game?

  6. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 7:27 pm

    Yes, aren’t we glad the team is staying the course? We’ll get to see Wedge make lots more decisions through 2014!

    Good riddance, Tony Blengino! We don’t need any of your fancy nerd numbers!

  7. msfanmike on August 24th, 2013 7:29 pm

    Super AB’s by Quintero and Ackley. Just super.

  8. Breadbaker on August 24th, 2013 7:34 pm

    Two on, so what?

  9. mrakbaseball on August 24th, 2013 7:51 pm

    This team sure knows how to demoralize what’s left of its fanbase.

  10. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 7:52 pm

    The Mariners players must like Erasmo – they’re giving him the Felix treatment.

  11. msfanmike on August 24th, 2013 8:02 pm

    Pinch hit for everyone (sans Seager and Miller).

  12. juneau_fan on August 24th, 2013 8:11 pm

    This is painful. An hour until the weekly
    Premier League game starts.

  13. r-gordon-7 on August 24th, 2013 8:16 pm

    Westy, I just turned on the game (ugh, yet again) & caught up on today’s posts above… Was something specific said about Wedge/2014 – or is this just speculation based upon the “leak” earlier in the week about Z/2014?

  14. Breadbaker on August 24th, 2013 8:20 pm

    That’s on Endy.

  15. msfanmike on August 24th, 2013 8:21 pm

    Oh for fuck sake, Endy. I guess he just gave back the home run he saved earlier tonight.

  16. Eastside Suds on August 24th, 2013 8:54 pm

    This is so depressing. How many games have we lost this year to teams with losing records? Feels like alot!

  17. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 8:56 pm

    R-Gordon-7: Sorry, I left for a bit.

    The team has not said anything about Wedge, as far as I know. However today they announced they were letting Tony Blengino go – the stat guy who Zduriencik brought in back in 2009.

    Between that announcement and the Zduriencik extension, I figure the writing is on the wall.

  18. Eastside Suds on August 24th, 2013 8:58 pm

    So it’s the gosh darn stat guy’s fault? No wonder why we have struggled. Wow. Who knew?

  19. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 8:58 pm

    I don’t think they’re blaming him, Eastside – they just have no use for him. They’re happy with the 1970s approach to baseball.

  20. Eastside Suds on August 24th, 2013 8:59 pm

    Yeah. Why would you use those number thingies when you can “feel” the game and use your gut. Makes sense.

  21. r-gordon-7 on August 24th, 2013 9:02 pm

    Thanks, Westy – makes sense. Damn, the M’s FO can prematurely kill even the last refuge of beleaguered fans, “wait ‘til next year”…

  22. r-gordon-7 on August 24th, 2013 9:05 pm

    “They’re happy with the 1970s approach to baseball.”

    …and their 1980′s performance.

  23. Breadbaker on August 24th, 2013 9:07 pm

    Bring back Maury Wills!

  24. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 9:07 pm

    I suppose I should attempt to be fair.

    We don’t know the reasons Blengino was let go. He hasn’t even been in the Seattle office for a year or two. It’s possible there’s something else going on (e.g. “personal matters”).

  25. crazyray7391 on August 24th, 2013 9:09 pm

    Tonight is my first time getting to watch a game at Safeco from a suite. The suite is nice and all, but it doesn’t make this team any easier, or more fun, to watch.

  26. Jokerman on August 24th, 2013 9:09 pm

    But the Mariners fan base is bursting at the seams! A nearly 2% increase from last year! Its obvious that the plan is working! More bobble-heads! More trains! More shiny things!!!

  27. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 9:11 pm

    That actually sounds like fun, crazyray! Especially if you can completely ignore the game. ;-)

  28. crazyray7391 on August 24th, 2013 9:12 pm

    I’m trying my hardest to do just that Westy!

  29. Westside guy on August 24th, 2013 9:14 pm

    Alcohol might help…

  30. crazyray7391 on August 24th, 2013 9:16 pm

    Very true. Unfortunately I have to drive home. Alcohol can also make me forget this game if I drink some later so at least there’s that.

  31. mrakbaseball on August 24th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Apparently there are many people upset the Mariners had a U of Oregon Night tonight. I guess they forget the Mariners are a regional team, not just Seattle’s. Last time I checked, the Mariners and the U of Washington weren’t attached at the hip.

  32. Jokerman on August 24th, 2013 9:28 pm

    *whimper…….lather, rinse, repeat*

  33. scraps on August 24th, 2013 10:20 pm

    Hm… it’s the =Seattle= Mariners, not the Pacific Northwest Mariners. I would be upset if I were a Washington Husky, considering that the Oregon Ducks were our hated rival.

  34. scraps on August 24th, 2013 10:29 pm

    I mean, do they have a Portland Timbers day? The Seattle Sounders fans would object, right?

  35. Breadbaker on August 24th, 2013 10:33 pm

    I cringe whenever Root Sports (and remember who owns them now) airs one of their Timbers’ ads.

  36. Westside guy on August 25th, 2013 12:22 am

    It’s a bit different than with soccer – Oregon doesn’t have a MLB baseball team.

  37. scraps on August 25th, 2013 12:31 pm

    Well, exactly. And Seattle does have an Pac-12 (or soemthing; I keep track of the number) teams. It’s kinda weird, at least.

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