Game 20, Astros at Mariners

marc w · April 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Erasmo Ramirez vs. Collin McHugh, 7:10pm

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

With rain in the forecast, the M’s decided to give Hisashi Iwakuma a simulated game in Seattle as opposed to sending him to Cheney Stadium to pitch with Tacoma. Ryan Divish reported that he was throwing 89-90, and stopped at 58 pitches. Shannon Drayer tweeted that he’ll go up to 75 pitches on Sunday, and then perhaps 90 after that.

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83 Responses to “Game 20, Astros at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 5:32 pm

    Please be good, Erasmo!

  2. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 6:36 pm

    Not that I know where he should be playing, but it seems foolish I to call up Franklin and then have him sit on the bench.

  3. Dennisss on April 22nd, 2014 6:39 pm

    I have a feeling things will go better tonight. That’s mainly because last night was about as bad as it gets, but still.

  4. Microsoft Zunino on April 22nd, 2014 7:12 pm

    Fun fact: Nolan Ryan pitched his last career game at the Kingdome.
    Not so fun fact: IIRC, some time in the early innings, he gave up a grand slam to Dann Howitt (?!), grabbed his arm, and walked off the mound forever. And pretty much everybody in attendance at the time knew it. Incredible bummer.

  5. Paul B on April 22nd, 2014 7:26 pm

    But, Mariners.

  6. WTF_Ms on April 22nd, 2014 7:32 pm

    But Erasmo. 2-0 already?

  7. Prozach on April 22nd, 2014 7:34 pm

    Am I really reading this McHugh guy’s career stats correctly? -1 WAR in 7 games pitched last year? A career ERA of nearly 9?

  8. Grayfox3d on April 22nd, 2014 7:35 pm

    Is the game over yet? this is getting real old real fast.

  9. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 7:42 pm

    So that’s what an outfielder does. Huh! Who knew! He threw a runner out and then he made a nice catch at the wall. The wall, Dustin. The wall.

  10. Section329 on April 22nd, 2014 7:47 pm

    Buhner on, sort of seals the deal on how bad this is.

  11. absolutsyd on April 22nd, 2014 7:49 pm

    Not just that he is on, but that hearing Buhner is clearly the highlight of the night.

  12. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 7:52 pm

    He has said “tip your hat and stay positive” several times between radio pre-game and TV appearances. No references to anything “squishy” as far as I have heard, though – but I will be keeping my ears peeled for it.

  13. Dennisss on April 22nd, 2014 8:13 pm

    Three innings, six strikeouts, no walks, nine batters. Houston must be really good.

  14. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:16 pm

    I hate the Mariners so very very much. Every year it’s the same God damn thing. Unwatchable offense, a GM who doesn’t know how to run a team, a laid back manager who doesn’t know how to light a spark, and a couple prospects who fail miserably. This is the life of a Mariners fan, and I’m not sure I can live it any more. But I know that as soon as I throw my fan card into the wind that they will probably win the World Series a year later.

  15. Paul B on April 22nd, 2014 8:22 pm

    So long, Lloyd. We hardly knew ye.

  16. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:24 pm

    BrokenBat Mountain

    “Why can’t I quit you, Mariners!”

    (it gets pretty graphic after that… NC-17)

  17. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 8:27 pm

    Dustin is no fan of the “2″ hole so far. Sure is making his Manager look good for rewarding him and showing some confidence in him. Five K’s in six AB’s. Wow, just wow!

    Look out .220 – here he comes!

  18. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:29 pm

    Seager would probably kill to hit .220!

  19. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 8:29 pm

    Ha, I unintentionally walked into your comment,
    Mr. Z. It was Completely unintentional, but morbidly funny.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  20. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:30 pm

    Anyone know who the top prospect is in the 2015 draft, and if he’s worth tanking for?

  21. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:31 pm

    “5 K’s in six AB’s”

    C’mon, Mike, it’s the Astros, not like we’re playing the scrubs of MLB… These guys are good.

    (Remember, we just got swept by the scrubs of MLB… I forgot… How did they so quickly become WORSE than I remember them being last year? I miss the warm-hearted grandpa Raul and kooky Mike Morse moments! Touchy feely stuff. We need a Gall Darn Bobblehead Night already! *kidding*)

  22. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:33 pm

    Mike/Ichiroll…
    You guys realize the ENTIRE Houston team was batting UNDER .200 when they got here…? .198. True story.

    Yeah, that’s fixed now…

  23. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:34 pm

    Maybe someone in the org noticed that Ackley wasn’t striking out nearly as much as Almonte and told him he’d better start getting more aggressive.

  24. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 8:35 pm

    Good news, we have the 6th pick in the upcoming draft and what is looking like top 5 next year! We’re always just a few years away from contending guys!

  25. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:37 pm

    “Dustin, sure you’re getting on base… but you’re not showing the energy out there we see with Abe. The energy is what’s important. Quit letting the saber metric stuff mess up your approach!”

  26. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:38 pm

    Yeah Cali-
    The future’s so bright, I gotta wear a sack over my head.

  27. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:38 pm

    And to think if we had just lost one of our final 3 games in ’09 instead of sweeping the final series we would have ended up with Stephen Strasburg instead of Dustin Ackley. Yay for not tanking!!!

  28. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:39 pm

    Even Smoak is back to his “Warning Track” reputation we use to saddle himw with… 4 times in the last 2 games…

    Fuck.

  29. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:40 pm

    Think we can trade for Villar? Looks like he’d be a good fit with the M’s after that one…

  30. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 8:40 pm

    If the fences were moved in about 10 feet, I swear Smoak would be an all star.

  31. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:41 pm

    Is anyone else’s “Snark Meter” broken? Mine’s pegged at “max” and won’t come back down… (shaking it hard)

  32. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 8:43 pm

    That’s better. K + CS = DP

    (eyes stuck in the back of my head from rolling them too hard…)

  33. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:45 pm

    That was quite the hit and run there, by the way.

  34. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 8:45 pm

    It feels like someone has a hidden camera on me just to see my reactions as I watch these games. It feels scripted with how bad everything goes.

  35. Breadbaker on April 22nd, 2014 8:46 pm

    Shades of 1986. Want to break your career strikeout record? Start against the Mariners.

  36. Paul B on April 22nd, 2014 8:46 pm

    Train. Wreck.

  37. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 8:46 pm

    This Sites perpetual farter of rainbows with an “F-bomb”
    Are you kidding me??!! What’s next, Locust!

    See what you have done, Mariners … See what you have done!!! I have never seen it before. This is unprecedented. I don’t know what to think.

    Holy shit.

  38. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:47 pm

    I’m embarrassed to say I’m a Mariners fan. I’m going to need to purchase Just for Men by June, and I’m only 27.

  39. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:48 pm

    I know Zunino is a good defensive catcher, and I value that. But it seems probable that Z’s stupidity in calling him up way to early and having him learn “on the job” is Zunino looks like Miguel Olivo at bat… but with even less plate discipline.

    With a chance to learn correctly, Zunino probably could have been something really special.

  40. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 8:48 pm

    I was thinking maybe the Mariners could be sellers at the trade deadline and get some prospects. Then I realized they don’t have anybody to sell.

  41. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:51 pm

    The Yankees could use a second baseman, CM. Maybe if our team threw a little cash there way to help pay his salary… ?

  42. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 8:51 pm

    I don’t know, I think If I were Z I would put Iwakuma up for auction at the trade deadline. Some team desperate for a starter would give us 2-3 very good prospects for him.

  43. Dennisss on April 22nd, 2014 8:53 pm

    On a lighter note, Erasmo has actually settled down and struck out a few people.

  44. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 8:56 pm

    Woohoo … Shave that mess!!!

  45. Breadbaker on April 22nd, 2014 8:57 pm

    What would the Mariners do with prospects? Dustin Ackley was a prospect. Justin Smoak was a prospect. They turn prospects into never wases.

  46. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:57 pm

    This Astros pitcher is actually looking pretty good. Is it him, or is it who he’s facing?

  47. Dennisss on April 22nd, 2014 8:58 pm

    It’s time for the first stage of baseball grieving: fire the hitting coach!

  48. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 8:59 pm

    Dennisss is right, and I completely missed it with my tunnel vision focussed on the Mariners continuing futility – Erasmo has struck out eight now.

  49. JasonJ on April 22nd, 2014 8:59 pm

    This is unwatchable baseball. These guys should all be lined up against a wall and put out of their misery along with anyone who voluntarily watches this crap.

  50. Grayfox3d on April 22nd, 2014 9:00 pm

    Ackley since moving into the #2 spot

    0 – 7 with 6 K’s….

    thats worked out well.

  51. Ichirolling51 on April 22nd, 2014 9:01 pm

    How bout we fire the owner, and get Marc Cuban on the phone?

  52. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 9:04 pm

    Abe, are you taking fielding lessons from Raul Ibanez?

  53. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:06 pm

    (LOL at Mike’s “perpetual farter of rainbows” comment… I’m putting that on my gravestone when I die… Although my wife will probably scratch out the “of rainbows” part…)

  54. Dennisss on April 22nd, 2014 9:08 pm

    Ichi -

    Nah, I say we start by scapegoating some of the low-level coaching staff. That always works! And it’s a time-honored tradition.

  55. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:08 pm

    I knew the outfield was going to be terrible. Definitely did not see this coming from Seager and Miller (I know it’s been 20 games but still)

  56. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:10 pm

    Dennisss… Z probably needs to can some more people in the front office, first… Seems he got bad information again from the people smarter than him.

  57. msfanmike on April 22nd, 2014 9:13 pm

    There must be a way to work your two talents into a new username. Positive flatulence? Gasositive? Fume fuel?

    I don’t know, there really ain’t shit to talk about, is there.

    Hello again rock bottom – sorry we left ya. Hey, rockbottomdevotee.

  58. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:14 pm

    Westy,
    In honor of your “I highly recommend yardwork over Mariners” comment a couple nights ago, I’m gonna put headlights on my lawnmower… Neighbors be damned, my lawn is gonna look fabulous by 9:30pm every night… Perfectly manicured.

  59. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:15 pm

    Remember last year when we knew Z was getting fired. And then he didn’t. Wonder what happens this time around.

    The Cano contract is a monster, but at least the Cruz contract never happened that we feared. Z did some crippling with the Cano contract but I feel like it could be worse for the next GM.

  60. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 9:15 pm

    Kyle, taking a walk… that’s not getting on base the right way.

  61. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:16 pm

    Maybe I need a new name for each series… This one is:

    AndUThoughtHoustonWasBad

  62. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 9:17 pm

    Hey, Smoaky! Freakin’ A!!

  63. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:17 pm

    I love these guys! I told you not to be down on them… We’re still in this.

    (Somebody shoot me…)

  64. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:18 pm

    SMOAK BOMB HERE WE COME

  65. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:18 pm

    ****FAAAAAARRRTTTTTtttttttttttttttttttt****

  66. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 9:20 pm

    Well Saunders had his two at bats, I guess that’s all he needs. No need to give him a chance to attempt finding a rhythm this season, our other outfield options have been doing so well.

  67. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    According to this, there are about 600 tickets available for tomorrow’s game:

    http://www.stubhub.com/mariners-vs-astros-4-23-2014-4402401?gcid=C12289x450&keyword=MLB+Schedule+Seattle+Mariners+20140423

    I don’t know if there will even be 600 people at the game.

  68. Section329 on April 22nd, 2014 9:27 pm

    Danny in the 8th? Bartender’s arm must have fallen off.

    Good thing Nick got so many outfield reps in Spring Training.

  69. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:29 pm

    “Bartender’s arm must have fallen off…”

    One can hope…

  70. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2014 9:30 pm

    Cali-
    Are you sure you read that right? That’s not “tickets sold”? Instead of available?

  71. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:31 pm

    That’s what you’d think!

  72. californiamariner on April 22nd, 2014 9:32 pm

    Of course Farquhar will do nothing tonight to make Lloyd think he’s the best reliever.

  73. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 9:42 pm

    Ah, well, I think I’m going to wrap this up. If they somehow manage to come back, I can always watch the highlights. But I’m just not willing to really get invested in this team, given how much time I’ve wasted on them the past several years.

  74. Breadbaker on April 22nd, 2014 9:44 pm

    Mariners 2001: Two outs, so what?
    Mariners 2012: Two on, so what?
    Mariners 2014: In a slump, come play us!

  75. Westside guy on April 22nd, 2014 10:29 pm

    Doesn’t look like I missed much.

    Meanwhile, Howard Lincoln is probably working on another extension for Jack Zduriencik.

  76. Prozach on April 23rd, 2014 2:23 am

    I’m already at Acceptance. Let’s see how far this rabbit hole goes!

  77. bongo on April 23rd, 2014 6:41 am

    Last season was the breaking point for me. Once I realized that exposure to the Mariners was dulling my love of baseball, corrective measures were necessary. This spring, I went to spring training in Florida, and watched the Marlins, Mets, Cardinals and Nationals play. The level of professionalism of the Cardinals organization is head and shoulders above the other clubs, but each had their (legitimate) prospects, and made off-season moves that made more sense than the Mariners (e.g. Mets signed several free-agents for the price of Robinson Cano). Now each of them has a better record than the Mariners.

    So the good news for Mariners fans in despair is that once you develop an interest in other baseball teams there is nowhere to go but up – even the Marlins look great compared to the Ms.

  78. stevemotivateir on April 23rd, 2014 6:54 am

    So how many losses out of the next 20 games might it take to see McClendon sent packing?

    Jack should have a one way ticket with him, but I don’t expect that.

  79. LongDistance on April 23rd, 2014 7:31 am

    Note to myself: I told you so. But then, actually, you already knew there was deep suck bubbling away under all this. Note from myself back to myself: Yeah, but before the deep suck welled up and vomited all over everything, which took a surprisingly long time to happen — two thrills and chills weeks — it was sort of fun. And even if they didn’t look great, at least they didn’t look like total shit.

  80. jak924 on April 23rd, 2014 9:32 am

    Wow, where’s the heart in this team?

  81. eponymous coward on April 23rd, 2014 9:46 am

    So how many losses out of the next 20 games might it take to see McClendon sent packing?

    50.

    In other words, it won’t happen.

    Firing your brand new manager 40 games into a season when your organization already has a problem with organizational stability and perceptions of incompetence, that has been highlighted by Wedge and Blengino, as well as by continual losing, is not just confirming to insiders that you don’t know what the hell you’re doing, it’s announcing it to the world.

    Zduriencik might not be a good GM, but he’s simply not that stupid.

    That being said, if this team is in 4th place in late July and well under .500/out of the race, GMZ is toast, whether it happens then or at year’s end. You don’t get to commit half a billion dollars to Felix and Cano, have a worse lifetime winning percentage as a GM than Bavasi, not be anywhere near contention, and get to stay around for year 7 of being the M’s GM. At that point, McClendon is probably dead man walking, with at best an outside shot of staying on more than a year when the new GM comes on.

  82. eponymous coward on April 23rd, 2014 10:02 am

    As for the team, they aren’t this bad, but it’s pretty obvious they aren’t good, with a number of the problems being “duh, we told you this in December” level:

    - not enough pitching depth in the organization
    - OF isn’t in good shape
    - quit screwing around with Smoak and cut bait, he’s never going to be very good

    What’s scary is this team’s offense has managed add some more problems on top of those problems; they’re the worst baserunning team in the league by a longshot right now (5 SB’s in 11 attempts), while having guys with decent speed like Almonte, Saunders, Ackley. They’re the worst set of hackers in the league right now (lowest BBs, worst BB/K ratio). Nobody on the team under 30 has an OBP over .300, save for James Jones and his one plate appearance.

    Whee, managerial deck chairs on the USS Mariner, glub glub glub!

  83. eponymous coward on April 23rd, 2014 10:10 am

    Right now, this is an uninteresting, station to station offense that does OK when it hits dingers, and shrivels up and dies when it doesn’t, combined with Felix being magnificent, and a bunch of guys who are 5th starters, plus an overworked bullpen.

    Go M’s. Obviously Iwakuma and Paxton will help with this some, but this doesn’t look good.

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