Gam3 53, Angels at Mariners

marc w · May 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Brandon Maurer vs. Matt Shoemaker, 7:10pm

There’s nothing like seeing Felix pitching well. He started the year brilliantly, then struggled, culminating in a weirdly un-Kingly game in which he struck out no one. But since then, he’s gone 31 1/3 IP with 30 strikeouts to just four walks. That’s encouraging, and it’s good to remember and ponder, because today’s match-up does not feature that kind of potential.

Today’s game features Matt Shoemaker, the righty who’s struggled mightily for many years in AAA, but who came up for a single start last year and, predictably, blanked the M’s over 5 innings. He’s been OK as a spot starter this year as well, though he’s continued to bounce back and forth between Anaheim and the PCL, his personal hell. The start was supposed to be lefty Wade LeBlanc’s, but after Sean Burnett’s injury, they’ve moved LeBlanc to the bullpen to have another southpaw. That meant Shoemaker didn’t have to spend the normally-required ten days in the minors after being optioned.

Last year, we knew nothing about Shoemaker, but now at least we know what he throws. He’s a fastball/change-up guy primarily, with a slider and the occasional curve. He tops out around 91, but his slider looks like an OK pitch. His change has been oddly successful in the majors, as it’s clearly not fooling minor league lefties. His start last year certainly was very successful, though perhaps not predictive; that game’s M’s line-up included Carlos Triunfel, Franklin Gutierrez, Henry Blanco, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez.

Today’s line-up:
1: Jones, CF
2: Saunders, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Smoak, 1B
5: Seager, 3B
6: Franklin, DH
7: Ackley, LF
8: Zunino, C
9: Miller, SS
SP: :deep sigh: Brandon Maurer. C’mon big fella.

Eight lefties – very nice.

Erasmo Ramirez starts tonight for Tacoma. Taijuan Walker made it through three so-so innings, but gave up four runs on a three-run HR to Efren Navarro and then Luis Jimenez went back-to-back. Still, there’ve been no reports of soreness, or inflammation or other problems following the outing. Again, it was his first outing of the year, something most M’s hurlers got out of the way back in February or early March.

Comments

61 Responses to “Gam3 53, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Paul B on May 29th, 2014 6:35 pm

    Using Buck as DH last night made Lloyd look like the village idiot.

  2. Paul B on May 29th, 2014 6:46 pm

    Cano is sick. Sound like the lineup is changed. Romero DH, Franklin to 2B.

  3. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:10 pm

    Great night for Mariners baseball with Maurer on the mound and Cano out of the lineup.

  4. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 7:12 pm

    Lloyd IS the village idiot. He’s decided Saunders needs to sit every 4th or 5th game, otherwise he stops hitting. Apparently this happened once so it must be true.

    And those are pretty much his words – I’m not translating or exaggerating.

    It’s like Jack Z hired Wedge Jr. After Wedge Sr. quit.

  5. bigred on May 29th, 2014 7:14 pm

    Makes you wonder why Saunders is not well liked by McClendon.

  6. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 7:16 pm

    Would someone please put Brandon Maurer out of our misery?

  7. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:16 pm

    Saunders is hitting third tonight in place of Cano, Westy.

    That wasn’t the original plan, though.

  8. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 7:18 pm

    I know, Steve – but he sat yesterday, and Lloyd basically said (by way of explanation) what I wrote earlier.

  9. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:19 pm

    I don’t get it either, but I’ve come to expect it.

  10. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 7:20 pm

    I suppose I should give him credit for not putting Romero second again tonight though.

  11. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:20 pm

    Missed yesterday’s game. Didn’t even catch the score, yet. Long day.

  12. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:34 pm

    Miller shines again.

    Is it wrong to actually want Willie at this point?

  13. JasonJ on May 29th, 2014 7:36 pm

    I feel sick whenever I watch Maurer pitch.

  14. bigred on May 29th, 2014 7:36 pm

    Gabriel Noriega at SS. Ditch Gillespie.

  15. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 7:47 pm

    I want to see Chris Taylor as soon as he’s 100%. Miller is just terrible right now, and Franklin has apparently forgotten how to hit major league pitching.

  16. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:51 pm

    Wondering how Taylor’s healing. I thought we would have seen him back in action by now. I still expect to see him get the call before the break.

  17. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 7:54 pm

    My thoughts/concerns as well, Westy.

  18. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 8:04 pm

    I miss Guti.

  19. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:17 pm

    I miss average baseball. Not good, just average is all I need. This sucks!

  20. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:18 pm

    Maurer has decent enough stuff ONLY if he gets ahead and stays ahead. Otherwise, he’s a triple A pitcher at best. Man is he terrible.

  21. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2014 8:20 pm

    Ugh. Just ugh. Could they send out the pitching machine and do better?

  22. californiamariner on May 29th, 2014 8:21 pm

    It’ll be great when Maurer is gone

  23. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 8:21 pm

    Nice! James Jones!

  24. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:22 pm

    One of the few surprise bright spots this spring.

  25. Jake on May 29th, 2014 8:23 pm

    Remember Erasmo’s last start against the Angels?
    Remember Maurer’s?

    Why in the world is Erasmo hated so much, but Maurer, who has NEVER had so much as 1 decent start, is allowed to come out and flop every single time?

  26. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:24 pm

    Nick pulls off the ball so badly. Just goes to show the drop in pitching talent those guys see in AAA. Not close to the same.

  27. Jake on May 29th, 2014 8:24 pm

    Franklin would have a great career…as a table fan.

  28. Jake on May 29th, 2014 8:25 pm

    Not like Shoemaker is a longtime MLB veteran; he just came back from AAA.

  29. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 8:25 pm

    Nick really needs to start figuring this out, and SOON.

  30. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 8:25 pm

    CONDOR!!!

  31. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:26 pm

    I agree. I’d rather watch E Ram any day over Maurer. At least Erasmo competes

  32. californiamariner on May 29th, 2014 8:29 pm

    Has anyone been following Erasmo since he was sent down? Could he be a candidate to take Maurer’s next start? Walker is probably still a couple starts away.

  33. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2014 8:32 pm

    Radio side: “Lloyd hoped to get five or six innings out of Mauer…”

    What in the world would allow him to think that?

  34. Jake on May 29th, 2014 8:33 pm

    Noesi threw the best game of his career last night:

    7.1, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB. At least he didn’t get the win, so we can take solace in that.

  35. Jake on May 29th, 2014 8:34 pm

    Hope in one hand, poop in the other, and the fans are left holding the bag once again.

  36. californiamariner on May 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

    Erasmo is dealin tonight!

  37. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

    *sigh*

  38. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

    I really miss Guti.

  39. absolutsyd on May 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

    Holy shit, Raul with a triple. Good lord. JJ needs to get a little less aggressive out there.

  40. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:36 pm

    His lack of experience showed there. Still love his agressiveness

  41. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 8:37 pm

    Tough night for Jones

  42. Eastside Suds on May 29th, 2014 8:38 pm

    I don’t know….he doubled last time up and scored

  43. stevemotivateir on May 29th, 2014 8:39 pm

    Defensively.

  44. Adam S on May 29th, 2014 8:56 pm

    I think/hope this is the last start by Maurer for a while. He’s pretty much shown himself to be a 4-inning pitcher.

    I know they want Walker to make another rehab start or two, but having him throw 75 pitches in the majors would be the best option. Otherwise Ramirez, Beaven, or even Leone and/or Wilhelmsen for 3 innings gives us a chance to win.

  45. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 9:16 pm

    For a moment there I thought Saunders had a second homer.

  46. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 9:21 pm

    Jones, be sure to ask Saunders about the dangers of charging into the outfield wall… we’d like you to stick around!

  47. msfanmike on May 29th, 2014 9:25 pm

    With Saunders spotty record of success in years past, isn’t it possible that the way Lloyd has been handling him is a potential reason for his success – to date – this season? Lloyd certainly thinks it is and with almost zero evidence to the contrary, it’s hard for me to argue with what Lloyd has been doing.

    I don’t particularly like seeing Saunders have to sit when he has been playing well, but its kind difficult to find too much fault with Lloyd. At least it is up to this point in time.

  48. msfanmike on May 29th, 2014 9:31 pm

    I would like to know if anybody finds anything interesting or exciting about the way Dustin Ackley plays baseball.

    Watching him play (for me) is like eating vanilla ice cream without the vanilla flavor.

  49. californiamariner on May 29th, 2014 9:40 pm

    Down 3, time for Farquhar!

  50. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 9:53 pm

    Wow, Miller with another hit!

    Regarding Ackley, Mike, I doubt you’re going to find anyone excited by the dude. I’m just happy he’s not a complete black hole at the plate anymore – but that’s setting a pretty low bar.

  51. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 9:55 pm

    Four strikeouts for Nick Franklin tonight. He’s struck out 38.6% of the time in 2014. That’s Peguero territory.

  52. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 10:14 pm

    Seager!!!!

  53. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 10:14 pm

    Too bad our pitching gave up seven runs tonight…

  54. msfanmike on May 29th, 2014 10:15 pm

    Now Peguero … He was definitely interesting.

  55. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 10:17 pm

    I probably should’ve said “Peguero in a GOOD year”. :-)

  56. absolutsyd on May 29th, 2014 10:21 pm

    They can’t run Maurer out there again can they? Of course, that’s what I said on Saturday as well…

  57. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 10:21 pm

    Remember when people were worrying about Kyle Seager?

  58. Westside guy on May 29th, 2014 10:22 pm

    Well that was something.

  59. Mariner.lovechild on May 29th, 2014 10:27 pm

    Pitty Seag didn’t do that the other night with 2 on in the 9th.

    They gotta get their heads checked for giving the Maurer the ball again.

  60. Woodcutta on May 29th, 2014 10:49 pm

    So the M’s HR leaders this year are Seager, Smoak, and Zunino with 7. Encarnacion has already hit 16 THIS month. Sure would be nice to have some more pop in this lineup or how about another .280 hitter.

  61. jak924 on May 30th, 2014 8:03 am

    Mariners hitters make every starter look like Scherzer.

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