Game 129, Angels at Mariners

marc w · August 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Aaron Harang vs. Jered Weaver, 1:10pm

There’s something about the way the M’a raise expectations and then methodically smash them again. It’s been the story of 2013 – maybe longer, depending on your expectations. The M’s returned from a good road trip against great teams. They came home to face the reeling Angels, a team sunk by poor pitching (except Jason Vargas), and they’ve scored one run through two games. It’s like they detected excitement, and instinctively reacted until nice, comfy apathy returned.

Jered Weaver’s still the nominal ace of the staff, and while he’s been hurt for a chunk of the season, his FIP is right where it was last year. That said, his velocity continues to decline each year; it was 90-91 in his excellent 2010, down to 88-89 last year, and 87-88 this year. His strikeouts are still at career norms, but his HR rate is creeping up. And let’s face it: injuries and velo losses aren’t great signs. He’s facing the M’s in Safeco today, but who knows. Maybe the team that was baffled by Garrett Richards will find Weaver more to their liking.

1: Miller, SS
2: Franklin, 2B
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morales, DH
5: Ibanez, LF
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Morse, RF
8: Ackley, CF
9: Blanco, C
SP: Aaron Harang

After some bad starts, Harang’s been solid of late. Similarly, Hector Noesi’s pitched two consecutive good games for Tacoma. I.. I have no idea.

Welcome back, Nick Franklin.

Tai Walker, Anthony Fernandez, and Eddie Campbell start today in the minors.


58 Responses to “Game 129, Angels at Mariners”

  1. KiWiNiNjA on August 25th, 2013 7:13 pm


    New Zealand here. I win! 😉

  2. stevemotivateir on August 25th, 2013 7:13 pm

    I picked up on all of that a long time ago too, Westy.

    So, we can safely conclude that he is in fact a stats guy.

  3. stevemotivateir on August 25th, 2013 7:20 pm

    New Zealand doesn’t count, because culturally you’re closer.

    Kidding. There’s more than a few of us scattered around the globe, though. Kinda cool.

  4. Westside guy on August 25th, 2013 8:20 pm

    The team needs to do a better job putting a competitive group on the field – all you world travelers have shown your dedication to the club, they need to show some dedication back! 😉

    BTW Kiwi is right – I searched relative distances to Seattle, and he’s got Guangzhou beat by about 400 miles. But Sao Paulo is right up there too – fewer than 100 miles difference between there and Auckland!

  5. Westside guy on August 25th, 2013 8:29 pm

    São Paulo to Seattle – 6775 miles
    Auckland to Seattle – 6989 miles

    It appears I originally misread the latter distance, since it’s 214 miles further. Still, I didn’t realize how far away São Paulo is!

  6. Hunter S. Thompson on August 25th, 2013 9:30 pm

    My Sister has moved to Christchurch, NZ, its 17 hours in air from there to Seattle, that’s a long trip.

    In Franklin’s defense the home plate ump is a camera hound and was determined to put that rookie who dared speak his piece to him in his place.

  7. KiWiNiNjA on August 25th, 2013 10:35 pm

    7136 miles to my town.

    Christchurch is a nice place, apart from the earthquakes.

  8. OzMariner on August 25th, 2013 11:02 pm

    7911 miles. Wow Canberra is miles from anywhere!

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