Game 15, Mariners at Rangers

marc w · April 17, 2014 at 8:44 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Tanner Scheppers, 11:05am

The first day game of the year comes uncomfortably close to the first really painful blown save of the year. The less said about last night’s ending, the better.

Today, the M’s face another converted reliever; hopefully this game goes a bit better than Tuesday’s shutout. Scheppers was a first-round talent out of college, but he fell a bit due to injury. That’s essentially been the story with him ever since. His stuff never quite missed enough bats in the rotation, but he’s been a solid reliever…when healthy.

Scheppers sat in the mid/upper 90s as a reliever, and while his velo’s down a touch in his first few starts, it’s still 94-95. He relies overwhelmingly on a sinker and a slider, though he’s got a change up that he’ll break out occasionally to lefties.

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

Andrew Carraway starts for Tacoma tonight, while the Jackson Generals play 2 against the Tennessee Smokies – Stephen Landazuri and Moises Hernandez start. Carlos Missell starts in Clinton, but the biggest prospect taking the hill in the system is Tyler Pike, who’ll navigate the treacherous waters of Lancaster, CA and a pretty good Jethawks lineup.


54 Responses to “Game 15, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. Paul B on April 17th, 2014 9:54 am

    Hart in RF is our penalty for having Franklin.

  2. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 10:42 am

    I bet Hart is in RF so, when they run Franklin out there tomorrow, Lloyd can say “see? He didn’t look any worse than our veteran RF yesterday.”

  3. msfanmike on April 17th, 2014 10:42 am

    That’s funny, because I looked at today’s lineup and thought that Hart in RF is our penalty for having Smoak.

    Upon further review, maybe Hart in RF is our penalty for having Hart.

    Good OF defensive options can come off the bench and replace Hart at any time (Saunders, Jones). I would be surprised if we don’t see at least one of them get into today’s game at some point.

  4. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 11:10 am

    So Almonte didn’t put a swing on any of those strikes? Again?

  5. Longgeorge1 on April 17th, 2014 11:12 am

    I’m more concerned about our defensive options at SS, we have none

  6. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 11:12 am

    Nice AB Miller

  7. Paul B on April 17th, 2014 11:38 am

    Well this sucks.

  8. phineasphreak on April 17th, 2014 11:41 am


  9. nvn8vbryce on April 17th, 2014 11:42 am

    The only thing which sucks more right now is my Hoover…

  10. Paul B on April 17th, 2014 11:44 am

    At least Smoak hit a liner. More of that, please.

  11. hidalgo on April 17th, 2014 11:49 am

    What happened to Dave Simms?

  12. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 11:53 am

    Hart made the catch, but the way he ran back afterward looked pretty gimpy to me.

    Also, Erasmo is looking pretty bad.

    Finally – Dave Sims is on vacation (or something) during this series.

  13. msfanmike on April 17th, 2014 11:54 am

    Sims had 4 days off. No reason given that I heard, other than it was simply “time off.” He will be back with the team in Miami.

  14. msfanmike on April 17th, 2014 12:05 pm

    Good time for that, Robinson!

    Thank you.

  15. pgreyy on April 17th, 2014 12:06 pm

    There’s one!

  16. Sports on a Shtick on April 17th, 2014 12:06 pm

    Beautiful swings by Cano and Hart!

  17. Dennisss on April 17th, 2014 12:07 pm

    Nice timing there by Cano — nice time for the first homer! The announcers thought that was a routine fly out.

  18. Dennisss on April 17th, 2014 12:09 pm

    Noesi getting ready. This game could be taking a good turn…

  19. pgreyy on April 17th, 2014 12:15 pm

    Oh do I love Hector Noesi (now.)

  20. msfanmike on April 17th, 2014 12:16 pm

    Nice job, Ackley!

  21. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 12:16 pm


    Hector Noesi finding a warm place in our hearts :)

  22. pgreyy on April 17th, 2014 12:42 pm

    Can we let Hector Noesi be signed by every team we’ll play against this year?

  23. JasonJ on April 17th, 2014 12:43 pm

    Gotta love ol’ 0-2 Hector Noesi…pow!

  24. Paul B on April 17th, 2014 12:44 pm

    Mariners are tricking the Rangers into thinking Noesi is good.

  25. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 12:46 pm

    Miller is having a nice day offensively. Terrible luck on that Cano line drive though.

  26. Dennisss on April 17th, 2014 12:47 pm

    It’s a much more comfortable feeling having Noesi on the mound for the opposition. He’s lucky he hasn’t given up a couple of runs here in the fourth already. Three balls in play, all smoked.

  27. The_Waco_Kid on April 17th, 2014 12:58 pm

    Is Buck really better than Sucre?

  28. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 12:59 pm

    Oh my.. John Buck looked as bad as I’ve seen a catcher look in a long time on that throw.

  29. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 1:23 pm

    John Buck is so bad behind the plate.

  30. Dennisss on April 17th, 2014 1:28 pm

    Might as well pile on Buck. That pitch should have been kept in front of the plate. It wasn’t that wild.

  31. gloo on April 17th, 2014 1:32 pm

    John Buck WP/Games Played, PB/Games Played = 0.33 , 0.047 Robo Johnson = 0.35 , 0.104

  32. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 1:40 pm

    Well Hart doesn’t look pretty out there, but he has been effective enough.

  33. gloo on April 17th, 2014 1:41 pm

    So better than Robo, worse than Johjima in terms of PB/WP.

  34. Grayfox3d on April 17th, 2014 2:06 pm

    So…. Ji-Man Choi was just suspended 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing substance…

    Just thought that would distract people a little bit from this not so fun game.

  35. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 2:19 pm


  36. MrZDevotee on April 17th, 2014 2:19 pm

    Is Wilhelmsen smoking pot again? That was a dumb play going to second with the runner moving on the pitch.

    Our defense has gone to hell the past couple games.

  37. JasonJ on April 17th, 2014 2:20 pm

    Look like a little league team out there, lol.

  38. californiamariner on April 17th, 2014 2:21 pm

    7-8, with Young, Elias, and TBD pitching the next 3.

  39. MrZDevotee on April 17th, 2014 2:21 pm

    Sure they might get suspended, but a couple of guys in the game currently could use some “performance enhancing” on defense.

  40. MrZDevotee on April 17th, 2014 2:27 pm

    Thank GOD Bartender DIDN’T glove that one… It went right to the bag for an easy double play. He tried though.

    Okay, boys. We need a couple runs.

  41. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 2:35 pm

    And there it is.

  42. The_Waco_Kid on April 17th, 2014 2:38 pm

    That Anaheim series was so awesome, and things have looked pretty bad since.

  43. MrZDevotee on April 17th, 2014 2:41 pm

    I am SO glad I celebrated our dominance the first week of the season… Seriously. You gotta grab opportunity when it exists!


    On the bright side, I keep catching a few glimpses of Jay Buhner flashbacks when I watch Cory Hart. Probably get bashed for saying it, but I like watching him. Something refreshingly old school about him, and he seems like a good guy. (I say Jay Buhner in lieu of the part of me that also sees some Richie Sexton in him– glass half full.)

  44. msfanmike on April 17th, 2014 3:06 pm

    Choi, really?

    It’s probably the first time he tried it, he is probably an outlier and there is no need to worry that anybody else is doing it … and he is probably really remorseful for his one time mistake.

    Yeah, sarcasm!

    It’s an oral steroid – and an old schooler at that (per google research).

    It isn’t consumed by accident or out of anything that will resemeble future remorse.

    Nice work, Choi … nice work.

  45. Jon on April 17th, 2014 3:26 pm

    Us “glass half empty” people can point to this series as when it became clear that the Mariners are still the Mariners. We can see where this headed and it it’s not pretty. Oh well, we made it to 15 games before reality set in. Or delusion disappeared.

    Yes, our rotation is a mess, our bullpen is fraying, our hitting is inconsistent at best and our defense is reverting to form. But until today, we could pretend that some or all of that could be overcome.

    Now, let’s hear from the “glass half full” fans.

  46. islandan on April 17th, 2014 4:17 pm

    erasmooooo needs a one-way ticket to Tacoma to get straightened out, or is he the new Noesi?

  47. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 4:20 pm

    Arlington is kind of a bandbox – they got 8 runs off Erasmo and his supporting cast, but our guys got 6 runs off Texas’ pitchers too.

  48. HighlightsAt11 on April 17th, 2014 5:48 pm

    But the Rangers won and the Ms lost.

    For the Sunday Miami game looks like Maurer will start. For 4-5 innings. Then Monday he goes on the DL.

    Like from the script of ‘Misery’.

  49. MrZDevotee on April 17th, 2014 10:22 pm

    The Glass-Half-Full people just have the dates on the calendar circled when the next series with the Angels happens. We’ll pretend there aren’t any more games until then. This Miami series is hitting just about the time that awful Houston series hit last year, and put us in a serious funk early in the season. And the irony is NOT lost on me, that it seems like we SHOULD be playing Houston instead of Miami, given that Arlington-to-Houston is now a natural road trip for us. I was surprised we were skipping them when looking at the schedule last week. Miami will have to do (for a painful road series against a supposedly awful team).

  50. gerrythek on April 17th, 2014 10:57 pm

    And so the descent begins. Our season lasted three weeks.

  51. Westside guy on April 17th, 2014 11:04 pm

    Oh, if the team beats up on the Marlins we’ll hear plenty of stories about how they’ve turned it around and have a winning attitude or something.

    The team is not as bad as they seem right now… I think. They’re not as good as they seemed against the Angels either. They’re likely just a mediocre team. But at least they’re not awful.

  52. MrZDevotee on April 18th, 2014 7:29 am

    Honestly, if we can get through the month at .500 I think we’re doing just fine… 20-something of our first 30 games are on the road, and against Division teams in arguably the toughest division these days. If you had told me we’d be .500-ish after 15 games against the Angels/A’s/Rangers, I’d take that. Especially given we’re a high toss from SS to 2nd, and an ump’s missed strike call away from 9-6.

  53. jak924 on April 18th, 2014 10:35 am

    Does Simms HAVE to return? I like the new combo.

  54. Westside guy on April 18th, 2014 11:03 am

    Hmm… MrZ, I am not sure that the AL West is anywhere near the toughest division in baseball, or even in the American League. But while I am personally not bullish on this team, I think your overall point is a good one.

    A lot will depend on how they fare against the bad teams they’re about to face. Going 4-2 (or even 5-1) against the Marlins and Astros is what a decent team would expect to do.

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