Game 155, Mariners at Angels

marc w · September 21, 2013 at 2:15 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Joe Saunders vs. Jerome Williams, 6:05pm

I thought we had ’em last night, you guys.

Jerome Williams has gone from a fascinating story to your standard #5 starter. The novelty wears off, and he’s just another Angel pitcher giving up home runs like it’s 1999. He’s got fairly large platoon splits, so this is a decent match-up for the rejuvenated Michael Saunders, the hopefully figuring-thing-out Nick Franklin and a rested Kyle Seager. Against lefties, Williams throws a 92-93mph sinker, a change-up and a cutter. To righties, he’s primarily a four-seam/cutter guy, with an occasional curve.

The M’s suffered their 13th walk-off loss, and their 14th extra-inning defeat last night.

A year ago, the M’s were 72-80, on their way to a 75-87 finish. With 87 losses already, the M’s are on their way to 90+ losses. Before the season began, many thought that while the M’s wouldn’t contend, the inertia from last year’s finish and the replacement of black holes like Miguel Olivo and Chone Figgins virtually guaranteed the team a shot at .500. This isn’t about quibbling with projections or playing gotcha with people (since I predicted the team would be much better than this too). But what would you have said if someone had told you that the team would lose 90 games, or that the team would finish with a worse record than 2012?

1: Ackley, 2B
2: Almonte, CF
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morales, DH
5: Ibanez, LF
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Saunders, RF
8: Franklin, SS
9: Blanco, C
SP: Joe Saunders

That’s a very good line-up to throw at Williams. Franklin looked OK at SS yesterday, though I still say he’s not an average MLB SS long term. I’m happier about his bat waking up.

Divish mentioned that Michael Saunders made a slight tweak to his swing in the St. Louis series, and that he’s looked much better afterwards. Hopefully he can keep that momentum going against Williams.

Dave mentioned early on that Danny Farquhar was intriguing despite what was, for a time, a truly ugly ERA. He was getting strikeouts, and his stuff had improved markedly, but every ball fell in for a hit and every runner seemed to come around to score. It’s by no means the same situation, but I feel a bit bad for Chance Ruffin who now has 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 IP. He’s got three unintentional walks, and of course one forced in a run. Add it up, and his xFIP is less than HALF of his ERA. I’m not saying Ruffin’s going to get a shot at closing the way Farquhar has, but it’s just good to see him pitching fairly well after an awful 2012 that saw him struggle to get strikeouts in the PCL.


53 Responses to “Game 155, Mariners at Angels”

  1. Longgeorge1 on September 21st, 2013 9:23 pm

    Raul tied for #136 all-time – think about it

  2. Hunter S. Thompson on September 21st, 2013 9:30 pm

    If we could only get him to 125, no bad thoughts, bad thoughts. I either hope he retires or we get new leadership because Z and wedge would play him until he cracked 125.

  3. Breadbaker on September 21st, 2013 9:57 pm

    His most similar player, by far, is Jeff Conine and when you think about it, that makes so much sense. The only difference being Conine got both his rings with the Marlins, the team he was most associated with, while Raul got his with the Phillies and obviously not the Ms.

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