Game 66, Yankees at Mariners

Jay Yencich · June 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Roenis Elias vs. Chase Whitley, 7:10 pm

So a couple nights ago, Marc hits me up on e-mail noting that I put up a Saturday game thread and, “since no good deed goes unpunished,” a phrase Marc repeated to me which my grandfather was also fond of, I’ll be taking over for the next three weeks.

Particularly in their pitching staff, the Yankees are featuring a lot of players I can’t remember hearing of prior to this series. Yankees fans likely don’t know who Whitley is either on account of him never having been much of a prospect. He was a two-way player at Troy and intrigued late thanks to his pitching development. What’s changed in his roughly four years in the minors is that his fastball has gained a little life, now averaging around 91, and he’s ditched his below-average curve in favor of a slider that has been a good pitch for him so far. The change, on the other hand, has not performed up to expectations and his splits give a decided advantage to left-handed hitters. Incidentally, we are running out another lineup that has seven of those. Today’s variation on the theme: Stefen Romero at DH, batting fifth.

RF Endy Chavez
CF James Jones
2B Robinson Cano
3B Kyle Seager
DH Stefen Romeri
LF Dustin Ackley
1B Logan Morrison
C Mike Zunino
SS Brad Miller

Unless you’ve spent the morning under a hole in the ground (that’s right), you probably heard that Jesus Montero has been called up as a spare 1B/DH with Michael Saunders heading back to the DL. If you want a positive take on that, I suppose that you could go with this:

Sounds lovely, does it not? And if you want more positive news, I could tell you that just last night, Montero walked three times, none of them intentional. It’s good to try to be wholly positive now and then. Now I’m going to be less positive.

Here’s some splits for you from Montero’s Tacoma tenure:
April (87 PA): .288/.322/.613, .390 wOBA, 23% Ks, 4.6% BBs
May (133 PA): .252/.353/.351, .314 wOBA, 18.8% Ks, 13.5% BBs
June (35 PA): .290/.371/.419, .340 wOBA, 17.1% Ks, 11.4% BBs

The defensive reports are roughly the same, “runs and defends well for a golem or a prize-winning pumpkin but it’s not so great when you consider that it’s coming from an alive dude.” Thus, you have a lot riding on Montero’s ability to have success with the bat. When I look at those splits, I consider the case of our old friend and former Double Play Twin Jose Lopez. Lopie was always rather aggressive at the plate and could be because he was good at putting the bat on the ball, but when you sat and tried to get him to take a walk, the power would start to disappear. Those were two thoughts that Lopie didn’t seem to be able to hold in his head at the same time as he was holding a bat.

Could Montero? To be honest, I never expected to see him as a Mariner again. I thought he was toast. Now we have him out there as perhaps our DH when we face left-handers. I see the decrease in strikeouts over the past few months and I feel something resembling hope. Maybe he redeems himself by solving the mysteries of the bendy pitch and we ride that heaving train into the playoffs. I don’t know anyone that seems to rationally think he will though.

It raises some questions about how exactly this team has managed so far. As much as we point to the Rangers falling apart and effectively becoming the Round Rock Express, the Mariners haven’t fared exceptionally better. We’ve been running out #6 and #7 starters for much of the season, our non-Cano offseason bat acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison have provided negligible contributions, Guti wasn’t even a factor for more than ten minutes of spring training, and the injury/ineptitude of Smoak have had us starting Willie Bloomquist at first. I personally have been more excited to see Cole Gillespie bat than Dustin Ackley. Eat it, 2011 Jay.

So we continue to sit around and await the possible arrival of Ji-man Choi, who will definitely save us all. Go ‘Ners.

Comments

21 Responses to “Game 66, Yankees at Mariners”

  1. Typical Idiot Fan on June 12th, 2014 5:38 pm

    Where’s the lineups, ya lazy savage?

  2. Westside guy on June 12th, 2014 5:48 pm

    Jay left the lineup off intentionally, TIF – it was an act of mercy.

  3. The_Waco_Kid on June 12th, 2014 5:48 pm

    So are we calling him Baby Steps Monty or Jesus “Oops I’m Fat” Montero?

  4. Dave in Palo Alto on June 12th, 2014 5:52 pm

    Golems may be slow, but they are terrifying. Oh, wait …

  5. Jay Yencich on June 12th, 2014 5:55 pm

    Where’s the lineups, ya lazy savage?

    People want those?

    Why not just run screaming down the hallway, arms full of scissors?

  6. jak924 on June 12th, 2014 5:56 pm

    I can’t wait to see Monteiro chugging around the bases again. Oh, wait, he doesn’t get on base. Oh, well. Another feather in you cap, Jack Z. BTW, why was Smoak placed on the DL instead of being released. Another feather in your cap, Jack Z.

  7. californiamariner on June 12th, 2014 6:10 pm

    I didn’t expect to see Jesus Montero again. Not expecting much

  8. nvn8vbryce on June 12th, 2014 7:18 pm

    Why not just run screaming down the hallway, arms full of scissors?

    - it’s because they only give us blunt-nose scissors… Also, anyone else sick of the Yanks getting the early lead? Sheesh.

  9. absolutsyd on June 12th, 2014 7:39 pm

    One plus of having Montero up is that I get the rare opportunity to watch a professional athlete do something related to their sport worse than I would. I mean, god damn, he has to be the worst base runner this side of 2002+ Edgar.

  10. HighlightsAt11 on June 12th, 2014 8:07 pm

    If cops can be fat, why not baseball players?

  11. HighlightsAt11 on June 12th, 2014 8:11 pm

    Kyle, I know you don’t get the opportunity often, but when there is a RISP, please at least put the ball in play. And that goes for you too, the 12 other Mariner batters.

  12. californiamariner on June 12th, 2014 8:15 pm

    It was a lot more fun when the Yankees were the ones getting swept.

  13. The_Waco_Kid on June 12th, 2014 8:20 pm

    Highlights, big time power hitters can be fat. If he hits a ton of dingers this year, he can be as fat as he wants!

  14. juneau_fan on June 12th, 2014 8:20 pm

    Ugh.

  15. eponymous coward on June 12th, 2014 8:29 pm

    Ners

    More like Niers.

  16. The_Waco_Kid on June 12th, 2014 8:47 pm

    Miller’s fixed! It’s cuz Dave hasn’t been posting here! Dave’s shameless pro-walk commentary is always ruining our rising stars.

  17. LongDistance on June 12th, 2014 10:26 pm

    There are a lot of road signs in life. If Montero was one, he’d be a Detour, sending us down a road we don’t want to be on, don’t want to know anything about, and hopefully won’t get us too lost for too long. I’d forgotten about him. I was hoping they’d traded him to Arby’s.

  18. Woodcutta on June 13th, 2014 3:57 am

    I’ll do one better than posting the lineup. You can have an “official” McClendon dartboard. It even comes with a blindfold and plenty of that gut feeling.

  19. MrZDevotee on June 13th, 2014 10:57 am

    LD-
    Close, but I’d call Montero a dead end… If you head down that road you’re just gonna have to turn around and come back, and then start your journey all over again, losing a bunch of time in the process, so why bother?

    Jack Z is like a friend I had in high school, who always swore he knew the way to get somewhere, and who ALWAYS without fail got us lost instead. Every single time. And for some reason, like diehard Mariner fans, we always let the guy who had no sense of direction plan our outings and give directions… Adventure masochists. “I swear, they changed the roads or something… It was here last time.

    Totally prepared me for my Mariner fan-ship. “Are you ****ing kidding me? We’re lost AGAIN!?!”

  20. Jay Yencich on June 13th, 2014 3:31 pm

    I’m going to be out of the house at the start time and have scheduled a Game 67 post to go up around 5:30. I mention this because Marc had issues with the scheduler crapping out for no reason a week ago and I don’t know what criteria have to met for things to screw up like that.

  21. Jay Yencich on June 13th, 2014 4:17 pm

    Hell, why bother, I’ll just put it up now.

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