Game 94, Athletics at Mariners

marc w · July 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Jesse Chavez, 7:10pm

In 2011, it was Brandon McCarthy. In 2012, it was Tommy Milone, AJ Griffin and Bartolo Colon. Last year, it was Griffin and Dan Straily. This year’s succesful A’s starter with essentially no starting experience and/or a spotty track record is right-hander Jesse Chavez. Chavez was a 42nd round draft-and-follow pick by the Rangers back in 2002, and he spent several years as a hard-throwing reliever in the Texas system before being shipped to Pittsburgh in a trade for Kip Wells. Three more trades later, he was waived by one team and then moved for the ever popular cash considerations from Toronto to the A’s.

Chavez’s calling card was a 95mph four-seam fastball, and he’d picked up a slider and change to go with it. As this great interview he did with Eno Sarris shows, teams seemed to love his velocity, and his potential as a Rafael Soriano-ish FB/SL set-up man.* The problem was that he never really got comfortable with the slider; despite the fact he threw it when ahead in the count, *righties* hit .300 and slugged .500 on the pitch in his career. To make matters worse, his four-seamer was an equal-opportunity offender, with lefties slugging over .600 on it, and a career ISO (against all hitters) of .246. It had velocity and nothing else, and Chavez’s career looked like it was taking the Mark Lowe path.

Side work with his cutter and a move to the Oakland organization changed all of that. The A’s got him to throw a sinker, a pitch he apparently used in the amateur ranks before MLB orgs told him to forget it. He also went to a curve ball, *another* pitch he’d thrown before pro pitching coaches swapped it out for a slider. As a cutter/sinker/curve-balling reliever, he had a modicum of success last year, though a poor strand rate made his ERA a bit uglier than you’d like your set-up man to sport. Though he’d transitioned to starting briefly in the Toronto system, I think plenty of people - even A’s fans – were dubious this spring when the A’s handed him a rotation spot. He’s rewarded them with over 100 innings of above-average performance, and he’s become the latest example of the A’s seemingly inexhaustible pitching depth.

Chavez’s cutter’s effective against righties, while his sinker/change have been solid against lefties. He’s still got platoon splits, but they’re nothing much to write about. Despite the sinker, he’s still average-to-below-average at getting grounders – the cutter’s more of a fly ball pitch. He was excellent against the M’s in early April, but struggled against them in May; we’ll see if that familiarity helps the M’s line-up today.

1: Chavez, RF
2: Jones, CF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Morrison, 1B
5: Seager, 3B
6: Hart, DH
7: Ackley, LF
8: Miller, SS
9: Sucre, C
SP: Hisashi Iwakuma

It’s Iwakuma’s bobble-head night tonight, for those that love…uh, that sort of thing.

I’ll admit I haven’t thought about Jean Segura since his incredibly hot start to 2013, but I’m thinking of him and his family today.

In the minors, Victor Sanchez starts for AA Jackson, Lars Huijer for High Desert and Lukas Schiraldi for Everett. Not sure who Tacoma’s using tonight against Fresno. Despite that, today’s a good day to head to Cheney Stadium – it’s “Pink in the Park“, a fundraiser for breast cancer screening for low-income women in the South Sound.

* Ironically, he was actually traded for Soriano in one of his many transactions.

Comments

57 Responses to “Game 94, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on July 12th, 2014 5:55 pm

    How horrible for Jean Segura. I can’t imagine what he and his family are going through.

  2. jak924 on July 12th, 2014 7:05 pm

    Thanks to Dave Sims for revealing that Ivar Haglund was “…a guy who made a fortune on fish and chips.” Gee, it would be nice to have a Mariner TV announcer who, if not a native, had enough interest in Seattle to show a little more knowledge and respect.

  3. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 7:06 pm

    Nice that we can now defensively afford to give Z Man a night off without wincing about what is about to happen behind home plate. Go Sucre. Go M’s!!

  4. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 7:07 pm

    Way to go FERNANDO! All Star!!

  5. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 7:17 pm

    The Mariners have 4 all stars. Anyone know the last time they had at least 4 in one season?

  6. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 7:31 pm

    Kuma best mix in some splits on first pitch. A’s already adjusting.

  7. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 7:40 pm

    Hart and Ackley? Is this a dream??

  8. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 7:40 pm

    Hart and Ackley getting in the mix tonight!

  9. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 7:42 pm

    Hart and Ackley.. As expected.

  10. Dennisss on July 12th, 2014 7:56 pm

    I expect Iwakuma to make for a good match-up against the A’s, because they are so good at being patient and taking walks, and he is so good at not walking batters. So far, so good.

  11. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 8:07 pm

    How many errors is that for Rad this season… this is frustrating.

  12. eric on July 12th, 2014 8:18 pm

    Umpires need accountability for their actions too, that was a total bush league move by the ump, he went out of his way to bait Miller, he deserves at least a fine for that. When they go all Cartman “respect my Authoritah!” they need to be called on it.

  13. Kazinski on July 12th, 2014 8:19 pm

    Well we won’t have Miller to kick around anymore this evening.

  14. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 8:19 pm

    Brad wasnt mouthing off by the looks of it, he turned back with a smile, and got tossed.

  15. matthew on July 12th, 2014 8:22 pm

    Can’t wait until we get the whole story from the umpire and Miller on that exchange. Hopefully there will be audio at some point of what was actually said. Miller doesn’t seem like the type to use foul language. I have to believe the heat deserves part of the blame.

  16. Westside guy on July 12th, 2014 8:23 pm

    Maybe the ump thought Miller was hitting on him.

  17. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:24 pm

    James has been the wrong guy up twice tonight. Dang!!

  18. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 8:24 pm

    cmon Jones!!!! gotta at least fight those off, you’ll learn with experience but still.

  19. ivan on July 12th, 2014 8:26 pm

    Something is happening here, and you don’t know what it, do you, Mr. Jones? Please protect the plate with two strikes.

  20. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:27 pm

    Nice!! Classic song,

  21. jeffs98119 on July 12th, 2014 8:29 pm

    Don’t blame Brad! Here’s a great article on “Balkin’ Bob” Davidson and his propensity for making the game all about him:

    http://www.si.com/mlb/strike-zone/2013/06/05/umpire-bob-davidson-philadelphia-phillies-ben-revere

  22. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

    Nice post. He’s an ass.

  23. Don Money on July 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

    It was Miller’s 13th error of the season, puts him in bottom 25 percent but not that bad. His offensive potential still outweighs any defensive shortcomings .

  24. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:34 pm

    Booooom

  25. Dennisss on July 12th, 2014 8:36 pm

    Seager delivers again! We got ourselves a star there, didn’t even have to pay $240 million for him.

  26. bookbook on July 12th, 2014 8:38 pm

    Three cheers for Ackley! (If M’s hadn’t been scouting him so intensely, probably wouldn’t have ended up seeing enough of Seager to nab him in the 3rd round.)

  27. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 8:39 pm

    “potential” does not really out weigh anything right now when your in the hunt for a play off spot.

  28. nvn8vbryce on July 12th, 2014 8:41 pm

    I just watched the video of that ejection, and all I can think is what a chickenshit move by that “umpire.” Two nights in a row, and three ejections which didn’t need to be. While I understand that Miller is young, you don’t want to be “that” umpire who no one wants. Heck, I’m pretty sure that had Bryce Harper been rung up like that, it wouldn’t have been pretty.

    Now, let’s see if we can make the lead stick!

  29. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:47 pm

    In my many years of JC and HS coaching experience, we all knew who THOSE umpires were. We always reminded our guys who we had behind the dish and told them to just walk away. “Balkin Bob” is one of THOSE!

  30. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 8:56 pm

    J.J.!!!

  31. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:01 pm

    i get all hulk mode with one pitch outs! they make me so angry! lol

  32. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 9:08 pm

    When Iwakuma and Felix are rolling like this, I can handle watching the bad offense!

  33. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:10 pm

    C. Young is gonna have to pitch a hell of a game tomorrow to match Felix and Kuma’s performance.

  34. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:16 pm

    Yes he is. One problem he may have is that the A’s won’t swing at those borderline high strikes. He will have to throw more strikes and keep it in the yard. I don’t think he’s a good matchup vs. the A’s. We shall see.

  35. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:17 pm

    One good thing is if he can keep it close, if his pitch count gets high, the bullpen is fresh and ready to go.

  36. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:18 pm

    Very true as we will be loaded up tomorrow night.

  37. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:31 pm

    put another one on Seager’s high light real! wow!

  38. djw on July 12th, 2014 9:34 pm

    Nice to see Sucre can bunt, at least.

  39. matthew on July 12th, 2014 9:38 pm

    Why are they testing Cespedes with only one out? Whether they count it as a run or not, unbelievably dumb.

  40. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:39 pm

    That was not smart at all to run on Cespedes! I would of taken runners at the corner with 1 out.

  41. matthew on July 12th, 2014 9:40 pm

    Can’t help but feel that’s going to haunt us. Did Willie ignore the stop sign, or was the 3rd base coach just dumb?

  42. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 9:40 pm

    That arm Cespedes has is really something.

  43. Kazinski on July 12th, 2014 9:41 pm

    They have a 3 run lead, why not push the envelope? Its not like they need the run to tie or take the lead.

    If its going to take a perfect throw, catch and tag to get the runner, make them execute it.

  44. matthew on July 12th, 2014 9:42 pm

    That’s why I used to laugh when teams would test Ichiro’s arm. Well it’s all moot now. CANO!!!

  45. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Yes we CANO!!!!

  46. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:43 pm

    That ball was Jacked!!

  47. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 9:43 pm

    Cano!!!!

  48. mksh21 on July 12th, 2014 9:43 pm

    and as Im checking out Cano’s amount of IBB on-line.. wow.

  49. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:45 pm

    C’mon Kuma!!

  50. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Well shit!

  51. Grayfox3d on July 12th, 2014 9:50 pm

    damnit! thank god for that Cano homer.

  52. californiamariner on July 12th, 2014 9:51 pm

    Damnit, stupid Moss.

  53. msfanmike on July 12th, 2014 9:51 pm

    Great game Kuma … Great game!

  54. Dennisss on July 12th, 2014 9:56 pm

    Thank goodness that pesky Twins team left town and we got a team we can beat now.

  55. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:56 pm

    Great game for the Mariners. Win 51!! Great job fellas!!

  56. Jake on July 12th, 2014 9:57 pm

    Angie looks kind of steamy tonight. Maybe I’m too excited over the win.

  57. Eastside Suds on July 12th, 2014 9:58 pm

    Funny Jake. I was thinking the exact same thing. Never thought that about her either. LOL

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