Game 10, Athletics at Mariners

marc w · April 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Sonny Gray, 6:10pm

*Note the odd, one-hour-earlier start time tonight*

These two pitchers faced off last weekend, and I spent the game preview talking about how Erasmo was throwing more change-ups and fewer sliders, and Sonny Gray was throwing his new cutter more often. As it turned out, Erasmo used fewer change-ups on that day and Gray went back to his big curveball. Gray obviously didn’t suffer, blanking the M’s through 6 IP with 7 Ks.

1: Almonte, CF
2: Miller, SS
3: Cano, 2B
4: Smoak, 1B
5: Seager, 3B
6: Morrison, DH
7: Ackley, LF
8: Saunders, RF
9: Buck, C
SP: Erasmooooo

Lots to talk about (Beavan up, not Walker! Noesi to Texas!) but my cable modem just died and I’m on my cell phone.

Anyone know a good docsis modem that won’t blow up during game posts?

Comments

84 Responses to “Game 10, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 6:44 pm

    Recommend a ZTE hotspot.

  2. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 6:49 pm

    Gray is controlling his pitches. The Ms will need to swing the bat, even for foul balls. Help Gray tire out in the fifth with a high pitch count.

  3. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 6:50 pm

    I bought this one about six months ago:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XC6GJ0

    DOCSIS 3.0, reasonably inexpensive, works with Comcast’s IPv6.

    I previously had a ZTE cable modem – it worked fine, but even though it claimed to support IPv6 it didn’t work with Comcast’s implementation of it.

    On the other hand, most people probably don’t really care about that. :-D

    Note there’s a newer version of this modem, but it costs more and doesn’t seem to gain you anything in practical terms.

  4. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 6:54 pm

    The one pitch and you’re out Lomo doesn’t fly well. Leading off the inning at least Lomo wasn’t in position to hit into a DP.

  5. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 6:54 pm

    Don’t give the A’s free bases – they’ll kill you that way!

  6. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 6:55 pm

    Time to pull ERam. Who’s the long relief guy who is not scheduled to start soon?

  7. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 6:57 pm

    Tracer says the strike zone is not friendly. He should have at least 5 strikes in those 10 balls he started with. Those were some beautiful pitches.

  8. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 6:59 pm

    He’d have a decent chance at a GIDP, but the ump won’t give him legitimate low strikes.

  9. juneau_fan on April 12th, 2014 7:01 pm

    *head desk*

  10. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 7:01 pm

    Was Eras 4th pitch to moss really a ball?

  11. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 7:06 pm

    If that was the inside pitch that would have been the third strike, tracer showed it as square on the line.

  12. nvn8vbryce on April 12th, 2014 7:09 pm

    I own the same modem as Westy, am on Charter, and have had zero issues… Oh, is there a game?

  13. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 7:13 pm

    Note a couple of Gray strikes were called balls. At least the ump is consistently bad.

  14. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 7:15 pm

    Umpires aren’t perfect, everybody misses some. This umpire is consistently not giving low strikes to Ramirez.

  15. WTF_Ms on April 12th, 2014 7:34 pm

    I wish the “Tracer” would put a line to show the umps strike zone compared to the “actual” zone. Then you could quantify the boas one way or the other.

  16. B-town Drew on April 12th, 2014 7:35 pm

    I’m confused on the Ackley dropped fly ball. The radio broadcast said Moss was called out for passing Donaldson on the base path…so does that mean there is no longer a force out on Donaldson at 2nd? How bizarre that Donaldson has been involved in two of these plays in a week.

  17. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 7:53 pm

    Such a line would be highly speculative because the umpire’s strike zone is subjective. The tracer uses radar or video triangulation to identify the location using physics and mathematics. Saying the umpire is consistently not calling low strikes means he isn’t calling what the math says is a low strike most of the time. My guess was about 5 out of 6 were wrong during the stretch we were talking about.

  18. juneau_fan on April 12th, 2014 7:54 pm

    Ackley, Ackley…

  19. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 7:55 pm

    Ackley will never be a great outfielder. Good thing he’s hitting…

  20. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 7:56 pm

    Eras 5IP 94 pitches 3R 6H. Not much different than expected. When/if Iwakuma, Walker, and Paxton are back, it will be a fight between Eras and Elias for the fifth spot in the rotation. While Maurer is groomed for long relief, I assume Young will be utilized for long relief as well. Of course this is all theory, assuming no further injuries which is highly unlikely.

  21. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:02 pm

    Of course a small sample size, but Leone is getting it done. Impressive jump from AA to MLB.

  22. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 8:05 pm

    Let’s string some hits together guys!

    (man this A’s color guy is bad…)

  23. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:10 pm

    Cano can only be effective addition to the Mariners lineup if the top of order can get on base, or if Smoak, Seager or LoMo can help bring him in and/or take advantage of an opponents fielding mistakes. Which is it going to be? Wishing for some sort of consistency.

  24. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:20 pm

    The A’s are making Leone work. He’s not giving in.

  25. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:21 pm

    Lowrie has walked 2 of 3 at-bats. At some point he needs challenged.

  26. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:25 pm

    Leone didn’t give in. Great job for a young pitcher.

  27. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:30 pm

    That’s the way to get out of a jam. Domic has a selection of pitches in his arsenal. Maybe Leone can be the M’s go-to long relief guy?

  28. WTF_Ms on April 12th, 2014 8:30 pm

    @kimalanus, I was simply saying put a box on the screen overlaying the ACTUAL strike zone. That way, you could see what the Ump is calling, and what the radar says. The radar will put the ball location on the screen, and the squares would show what “should” be a strike, and what the ump “called” a strike.

    Just a thought.

  29. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

    Oops…Dominic

  30. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:33 pm

    Dustin Doubles. Let’s get this inning going!

  31. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:34 pm

    This is an opportunity for Michael to show why he should be starting more often.

  32. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:36 pm

    Mr. Buck not chasing those pitches. Good eye.

  33. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 8:39 pm

    The M’s can’t seem to put anything together.

  34. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 8:39 pm

    WTF – Sorry for the misunderstanding. I’m watching the game with Gameday on a spare monitor so I see the trace on every pitch…. Works for me. They paint the 1st down line on the screen these days, there’s no reason they couldn’t, but I think it would lead to a lot more justified umpire vilification so MLB has decided it would be impolitic.

  35. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:42 pm

    Abe = Rally Killer

  36. WTF_Ms on April 12th, 2014 8:44 pm

    I get the politics. They umps are already the bad guys, they don’t need any more problems.

  37. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:50 pm

    Why sub for Jaso? He’s 2 for 3? Even if Beimel is LHP.

  38. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:53 pm

    It’s bottom of the eighth. The M’s win or lose the game right now.

  39. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 8:53 pm

    WTF – the real solution is to take the ball and strike out of the umpire’s hands. We have the technology…. ;o)

  40. The_Waco_Kid on April 12th, 2014 8:56 pm

    The beard banter between Blowers and Simms has been maybe the most interesting part of this game so far.

  41. WTF_Ms on April 12th, 2014 8:57 pm

    kimalanus – We’ve had that technology for years, and the umps are even graded in parks with it. Tradition will get in the way of technology every time.

  42. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 8:57 pm

    Doolittle and Norris both look like they belong on Duck Dynasty.

  43. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:58 pm

    Dr Doolittle throwing with purpose. Cano fouls out and game over.

  44. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 8:59 pm

    What’s Duck Dynasty? Something going on in Eugene?

  45. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 9:00 pm

    WTF – They’ll probably put the DH in the National League first….

  46. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:05 pm

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duck_Dynasty

    I haven’t watched the show, but if you see photos of the guys you’ll never forget them.

  47. Kazinski on April 12th, 2014 9:07 pm

    The most interesting part of the game is watching Ackley’s transfers on caught, or not, fly balls.

  48. The_Waco_Kid on April 12th, 2014 9:09 pm

    Kazinksi, I hate that rule.

  49. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 9:09 pm

    So who wants to win or lose bragging rights on Seager-Morrison-Ackley being able to scrape up a run?

  50. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:13 pm

    Haha, Willie Ballgame is gonna pinch hit for Morrison. Gotta love this roster.

    With my luck, WFB will grit out a hit.

  51. The_Waco_Kid on April 12th, 2014 9:14 pm

    Willie’s defense is valuable at DH!

  52. kfrei2 on April 12th, 2014 9:15 pm

    Bloomquist? Are you kidding me? We’re pinch hitting WFB?

  53. The_Waco_Kid on April 12th, 2014 9:16 pm

    WILLIE B!

  54. californiamariner on April 12th, 2014 9:16 pm

    So you have Corey Hart sitting there and you choose to pinch hit with Willie Bloomquist

  55. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Whoop, there it is.

  56. kfrei2 on April 12th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Whatever.

  57. californiamariner on April 12th, 2014 9:17 pm

    Of course it worked.

  58. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:18 pm

    Hey, two hits in a row!

    Guess I should put down my spreadsheets or something.

  59. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:18 pm

    COME ON CONDOR!

  60. Kazinski on April 12th, 2014 9:19 pm

    I think OF are going to have as much trouble with the transfer rule as catchers will with the no blocking rule.

    But so far its been the baserunners that haven’t been able to adjust, I think all 3 times the Mariners have not been able to complete the catch they’ve gotten a baserunner that didn’t adjust.

  61. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:20 pm

    Guess I should’ve been more specific.

  62. kfrei2 on April 12th, 2014 9:20 pm

    Is Cory Hart hurt of something?

  63. kimalanus on April 12th, 2014 9:21 pm

    So bragging rights go to Highlights tonight…. ;o(

  64. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 9:22 pm

    That game did not seem as close as the score would indicate.

    Kfrie2, I haven’t heard anything… but Hart has had issues with his forearms during spring training and the start of the season. So who knows.

  65. kfrei2 on April 12th, 2014 9:22 pm

    Why would we leave our back up catcher in to bat in that situation?

  66. stevemotivateir on April 12th, 2014 9:23 pm

    Hart is marinating on the bench;)

  67. The_Waco_Kid on April 12th, 2014 9:24 pm

    Kaz, true, but I still hate the rule

  68. HighlightsAt11 on April 12th, 2014 10:09 pm

    Ouch. I would have suspected Hart to PH for either LoMo or Buck. Or let Zunnio hit for Buck.

    And Saunders not taking advantage of opportunities.

    Regression to the mean?

  69. Westside guy on April 12th, 2014 10:26 pm

    Regression to the mean?

    I’m sure you realize we are still very much in small sample size territory. But it is quite possible this team is not as good as it appeared to be when it was facing the Angels.

    I’d really like to see a bit more variety when it comes to opponents. ;-)

  70. ppl on April 12th, 2014 11:29 pm

    A win tomorrow would mean winning the series against the two-time defending division champions. I will take it.

  71. casey on April 13th, 2014 8:37 am

    reading the blogs I always get the impression it is only possible to enjoy baseball if the Mariners go 162-0 or Seahawks 16-0 for that matter. It seems to me there is lots to enjoy about a baseball game even if the M’s lose 3-1.

  72. ppl on April 13th, 2014 10:34 am

    Some people still panic when the M’s do not score big or hit much at home even though that is the norm. I hope they get twenty hits and score twelve runs today but I will take a 1-0 win especially with Kazmir pitching. If they only get a couple hits to do it will be no big deal.

    Now if they cannot hit in Texas that is a problem. Low scoring in Safeco is sort of par for the course for the M’s and the opposition.

  73. Westside guy on April 13th, 2014 1:58 pm

    Noting after Saturdays game and a few innings into Sunday’s…

    Our team still seems to have hacktastic tendencies. It is especially obvious when they’re playing a patient team like the A’s. Right now, just two innings into Sunday’s game, the Oakland pitcher has thrown 31 pitches – our guy has thrown 50. I noticed a similar imbalance yesterday.

  74. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 3:26 pm

    Not down on the M’s at all. If M’s end the season at .500 I’ll be happy with that. Indeed enjoy each game on its own. But when the M’s look so good (against a less than good Angels) and hold their own against the A’s, to see them falter on these low scoring games makes the games seem longer. Kind of like once you drive 65 its hard to revert back to 55. I stated before these low scoring defensive games at Safeco are not as enjoyable as road games, unless you’re at Safeco itself. At any rate situational hitting is clutch and M’s are not getting it done. It’s 0-0 top of the eighth. Hopefully Furbush can hold it/doesn’t blow it then time for Seager to get busy at the plate.

  75. groundzero55 on April 13th, 2014 3:29 pm

    What was that about Furbush not blowing it?

  76. Westside guy on April 13th, 2014 3:29 pm

    Fortunately it’s a beautiful day outside, and I’ve got plenty to get done. I’m just peeking in on the Mariners every few innings.

  77. Westside guy on April 13th, 2014 3:32 pm

    One thing about Seager… we’ve all noted his absurdly low batting average, but he’s walking like crazy. So far this year he’s got an on-base percentage that’s pretty decent – above .300.

    I certainly expect him to start hitting, but it’s not like he’s been killing the team by making tons of outs.

  78. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 3:34 pm

    And as soon as post I Furbush blows it…again. 3-3 count a slider over the plate to Cespedes. Game over. It’s been suggested Furby is the best reliever the M’s have against left handers. That may be, but against righties he blows up.

  79. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 3:42 pm

    Westie…the thing is the M’s depend on his power, at least the last couple seasons. No one else has been as consistent. Pitchers are pitching away from him and he has a good eye. But if he is walking often he should be moved up early in the lineup so Cano can advance him. As it is no one is behind Seager to move him forward. And Seager is not a threat to steal bases so putting him on first base is not a big deal. Now if LoMo or Romero could be more effective at the plate that would help Seager. It’s early in the season and advantage goes to the pitchers.

  80. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 3:47 pm

    I should say advantage goes to the A’s pitchers.

    When Beavan comes back Tuesday Leutge should be going to Tacoma. Please.

  81. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 3:57 pm

    DooLittle challenges with almost every pitch right down the middle. Cano challenges right back every pitch. He’s the stud among Mariner ponies.

    A’s pitchers: 11K 0BB

  82. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 4:06 pm

    But hats off to Chris Young. Not always the best control but he battled and was able to get himself out of trouble and keep the A’s hitters off kilter. Allowed no runs over a full six innings with 97 pitches. Deserving to be on the roster as fifth starter or long relief.

  83. HighlightsAt11 on April 13th, 2014 5:56 pm

    Beltre to 15-day DL. Rangers activatated Noesi, to serve as long relief pitcher. Both good news for the M’s. Beltre can come off DL for Rangers late April visit to Safeco.

  84. HighlightsAt11 on April 14th, 2014 12:17 pm

    Yankee manager Girardi previously stated Brendan Ryan (DL, upper cervical spine issue) will not be available until sometime after May 1.

    However, the Yankees need to bring up from AAA an infielder, as well as a catcher, which could force the Yankees to move Ryan to the 60-day disabled list, or possibly designated for assignment.

    Ryan’s DL status was backdated to March 22, so he could be placed on the 60-day DL and eligible to return by May 22.

    And free agent Kendrys Morales is still waiting to be signed. Ouch. Hopefully Boras is paying Kendrys mortgage.

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