Game 158, Royals at Mariners

marc w · September 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

James Paxton vs. Bruce Chen, 7:10pm

The outcome wasn’t great, but last night’s game was compelling viewing. The M’s appeared to kill off the Royals playoff hopes once and for all, only to see the Royals stave off elimination with a 7-2 DP and a 12 inning rally. The game started with Yordano Ventura’s 100mph fastball and crackling curveball. It featured perhaps Brandon Maurer’s best MLB performance.

No disrespect to James Paxton, but this game just doesn’t have the same feel to it. I will say that just as Ventura’s stature-velo was a jarring contradiction, so too is starting Bruce Chen in an absolute must-win game. Hey, Baltimore turned to Joe Saunders in a one-game playoff last year, so this isn’t unprecedented.

1: Miller, SS
2: Almonte, CF
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morales, DH
5: Gutierrez, RF
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Saunders, LF
8: Zunino, C
9: Franklin, 2B
SP: Paxton

Because we don’t get to have nice things, Danny Hultzen will go see Dr. James Andrews about his ailing labrum. Hultzen apparently felt discomfort in his shoulder while working out in Arizona.


22 Responses to “Game 158, Royals at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on September 24th, 2013 6:13 pm

    Jeff mentioned this in a podcast… but why don’t these guys just get sent to a surgeon right away when they first feel something? Teams always rest a guy, ease him back in, maybe some PT, they come back, and 95 times out of a hundred they make it through one or two games then get shut down and scheduled for surgery. Has this actually worked for anyone other than Erasmo? It’s cost us another lost 6-9 months of Hultzen…

  2. msfanmike on September 24th, 2013 7:18 pm

    Stunning news on Hultzen. Who could have seen that one coming … Especially with this organizations luck.

    I wonder if Wakamatsu cursed the Mariners when he was asked to leave. Did he ever say anything about owning a Billy-goat?

  3. msfanmike on September 24th, 2013 7:20 pm

    “When it comes to being Mariners, what’s more Mariners … Being Mariners or being worse?”

  4. Longgeorge1 on September 24th, 2013 7:23 pm

    I remember with Gil Meche they did not find any damage until they opened up the shoulder. I guess not everything can not be seen on a MRI. I would like to think that doctors learn something in med school. Second guessing after the fact is always pretty easy.

  5. scraps on September 24th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Michael Bennett, a starting defensive tackle with the Seahawks, who had nine sacks last year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played all last year with a torn rotator cuff (and will again in 2013, so far).

  6. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2013 7:57 pm

    I don’t think there’s a lot of similarity between the motions a defensive tackle has to go through when playing football and being a major league starting pitcher. I am sure I could live my entire life with a torn rotator cuff but I don’t think I’m likely to throw a 95 mph fastball.

  7. juneau_fan on September 24th, 2013 7:58 pm

    Gil Meche! Now there’s a name from the past to cause an eyelid to twitch. So many littered carcasses of pitchers…Be a position player, little boys.

  8. msfanmike on September 24th, 2013 7:58 pm

    … And he will probably be okay as long as he doesn’t have to lift his hands up over his head – or throw a pitch.

  9. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2013 8:12 pm

    And this is the Gil Meche Derby, given the opponent. I suspect there are Royals fans who have a similar reaction to your, Juneau.

  10. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2013 8:15 pm

    Two on, so what?

  11. Longgeorge1 on September 24th, 2013 8:23 pm

    If I ever believed in spring training results that was whapped out of me this year. However you have to base roster decisions on something. So have Walker and Paxton shown enough to warrant serious consideration for jobs? Is Erasmo looking OK? I guess my point is should we go after a “quality” Outfield Free agent and not worry too much about SPs. The bullpen is another story ugh!

  12. Westside guy on September 24th, 2013 8:31 pm

    Having torn an unusual part of my rotator cuff a couple years ago… I know I wouldn’t have wanted to live with it.

    I completely tore my subscapularis off the bone. Anything over my head or that pulled a shoulder back was extremely painful, plus I had zero strength with that arm elevated.

  13. juneau_fan on September 24th, 2013 8:32 pm

    Hey, drunk yelling guy is there!

  14. Longgeorge1 on September 24th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Well they walked Guti to get to Smoak and well finally someone else has a backfire

  15. californiamariner on September 24th, 2013 8:46 pm

    Uh, so is Paxton actually good? hmmm

  16. msfanmike on September 24th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Nice scoop, Smoak!

  17. WestyHerr on September 24th, 2013 8:53 pm

    Smoak hit a home run. The plan is working.

  18. juneau_fan on September 24th, 2013 8:53 pm

    How strange for the breaks to go for the Mariners…

  19. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2013 8:54 pm

    Kansas City isn’t looking like a playoff team tonight.

  20. juneau_fan on September 24th, 2013 8:58 pm


    Yeah, *if* the Mariners win this game, they may be doing K.C. a favor. No sense getting their hopes up.

  21. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2013 8:59 pm

    It is always an “if”. I’m sure we’ll be giving Carter Capps enough batters faced to lose it all by himself.

  22. globalalpha on September 24th, 2013 10:27 pm

    Yeah Paxton! What a game pitched, sure would be nice to see that carry over to next year.

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