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.


62 Responses to “Gam3 53, Angels at Mariners”

  1. 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.

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


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

    Too bad our pitching gave up seven runs tonight…

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

    Now Peguero … He was definitely interesting.

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

    I probably should’ve said “Peguero in a GOOD year”. 🙂

  6. 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…

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

    Remember when people were worrying about Kyle Seager?

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

    Well that was something.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Goodbyfiggins on May 29th, 2014 11:21 pm

    So Jay Buhner, who is A1, but please do not be a broadcaster, calls Zunino a prospect….really? Zunino is awesome and will be our next Dan Wilson.

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

    Mariners hitters make every starter look like Scherzer.

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