Game 101, Mets at Mariners

marc w · July 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Taijuan Walker vs. Bartolo Colon, 12:40pm

Taijuan Walker moves up to make this start after Erasmo Ramirez was rewarded for his sterling performance last night with a bus ticket back to Tacoma. It sounds crueler than it is, but here’s to Erasmo for stepping up when he (and the bullpen) needed him.

Bartolo Colon’s late-career, and really, it’s more like post-career, resurgence is still jaw-dropping to me. No longer the pudgy fireballer who won an undeserving Cy Young, he’s now a middle-of-the-rotation workhorse and, of course, the face that launched a thousand gifs. We’ve talked about it plenty here thanks to his time with the Oakland A’s, but the Bartolo Colon of this decade pounds the zone with fastballs. That’s almost all you need to know – he doesn’t establish the fastball, the fastball’s essentially all he has. Combining his 91-92mph four-seamer and 88-90mph sinker, he throws over 80% fastballs, the most in baseball. You’d think that as his velocity declines and the word gets out after several years of this that he’d suffer for it. And sure, his ERA is uglier now than it was when he pitched in Oakland. But Oakland’s the perfect stadium for a flyballer who challenges hitters, and he’s been unlucky thus far with the Mets. Sure, his HR/FB ratio’s crept up thanks to his new park (and not getting to visit Safeco so often), but his strand rate’s down dramatically, despite no real change to his BABIP. He’s posted FIPs in the 3′s each year since 2010, and that’s where he’s at in 2014.

Tai Walker returns from the minors as promised. The team sent him down not because of injury or ineffectiveness, but because they wanted him to continue to get some starts – something he may not have been able to do with the All-Star break breaking up the big league schedule. He’s been predictably wild in his two starts this year, walking five in his last start on July 6th. He was slightly better, but not great in his two starts in AAA after that, walking a combined four (with one HBP), and striking out just two in 10 innings pitched. Still, he’s on long rest and should be sharper today (knocks on wood).

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

James Paxton made a rehab start for Tacoma in last night’s DH against Las Vegas. He gave up three runs on two HRs in the first inning, but settled down after that, going 3IP yielding 3R on 3H (2HRs), walking 1 and K’ing 4. He was opposed by fellow injured-phenom Noah Syndergaard, who was brilliant, throwing 6 1/3 shutout against the Rainiers. The R’s won the second game, though, with a great pitching performance by one-time (and future?) prospect Forrest Snow, who’s been lights out in limited duty after his suspension. Andrew Carraway starts today for the Rainiers, and Stephen Landazuri takes the hill for AA Jackson.


90 Responses to “Game 101, Mets at Mariners”

  1. kaleyk on July 23rd, 2014 12:15 pm

    Mariners DH position is slugging .294 …. there are only two players (Tejada of the Mets and Cabrerra of the Padres) slugging less than .294 …. it can’t be that hard to upgrade DH!

  2. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 12:47 pm

    Crazy context when you can say: “Willie Bloomquist would be a huge slugging upgrade at DH… (he of the .348 slug%)”

  3. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 12:48 pm

    Man, I hate that crap… A blown pickoff, and a check swing RBI double.


  4. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 12:51 pm

    When is James Jones’ amazing arm gonna show up… David Wright advances to 3rd on a pop up to Left Center?

  5. Paul B on July 23rd, 2014 12:53 pm

    Not a good start to this one.

  6. Paul B on July 23rd, 2014 12:58 pm

    Could have been a lot worse. Maybe Walker will find his control now.

  7. Mid80sRighty on July 23rd, 2014 1:02 pm

    Endy, and his .352 slugging, would be quite the upgrade at DH as well….

  8. globalalpha on July 23rd, 2014 1:07 pm

    Colon’s first inning: 16 pitches, 14 fastballs, 1 slider, 1 excretable change up. Yep, got the scouting report right!

  9. Paul B on July 23rd, 2014 1:22 pm

    Colon is going to throw a perfect game, isn’t he?

    that would be sooo Mariners.

  10. naviomelo on July 23rd, 2014 1:27 pm

    Paul B, I just texted my friend the same thing:

    “Bartolo Colon has a perfect game”
    “It’s the top of the third”
    “Against the Mariners. That’s like in the 6th against anybody else”

  11. WalterNeff on July 23rd, 2014 1:28 pm

    I bet my NY publisher $100 on this game – because I AM AN IDIOT

  12. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 1:40 pm

    Taijuanna have command.

    That sounded funnier in my head.

  13. Doug1060 on July 23rd, 2014 1:56 pm

    This game illustrates perfectly why Seattle needs to get not one but TWO hitters before the end of the month. When Colon’s perfect after 4 innings against us, and our pitcher’s losing after only one hit, why are we looking at picking up pitching at the deadline and not hitting? But then again…I’m not a genius GM.

  14. Paul B on July 23rd, 2014 1:59 pm

    I am now officially in the group that believes it would be impossible for Montero to be worse than Hart.

  15. Paul B on July 23rd, 2014 2:12 pm

    On the positive side, the Mariners are playing meaningful baseball throughout July.

    That is worth it.

  16. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 2:14 pm

    Can we lie and say Hart is hurt, and send him out on a rehab assignment so he can practice batting without the results counting against us every time he’s up?


  17. sawsatch on July 23rd, 2014 2:14 pm

    Yes Doug, 2.
    Note what Mike B. said about Mike Z. on the broadcast last night.

  18. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 2:15 pm

    He has a slogan now, however:

    “Corey Hart… Making Mariner Fans Long For The Batting Proficiency of Carlos Peguero Since 2014″

  19. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 2:16 pm

    Taijuan? Wha? Load the bases? Why?!?

  20. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 2:32 pm

    Just coming in – is Colon really perfect through six?

    It’s almost comical how this team does reasonably well against the good opponents but has great difficulty with the bad ones…

  21. Woodcutta on July 23rd, 2014 2:33 pm

    I’m glad I’m not as emotional about the M’s as I used to be. If I was, I would have a conniption if they allowed Colon to throw a perfect game against them.

  22. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 2:40 pm

    On the flipside, it’s pretty amazing with this lineup if we make it through the season with only 1 no-hitter against us, much less none… Basically if Seager and Cano go 0-fer, you’ve got a pretty decent chance.

    Maybe a Colon perfect game is what it will take to pull the trigger on some bats!!!!

  23. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 2:45 pm

    Insult to injury… Poor little small market A’s were awarded a compensatory pick in next year’s draft today… We were too, but the A’s pick RIGHT IN FRONT OF SEATTLE.

    The best team in baseball needs more help competing than we do.

  24. Woodcutta on July 23rd, 2014 2:50 pm

    Hopefully MLB wakes up and allows the trading of draft picks in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. It would definitely help ensure what happened with the Astros this year doesn’t happen again.

  25. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 2:52 pm

    MrZ, it’s not the A’s fault their GM is way smarter than ours.

    The Mariners have more than 2x the A’s budget. There’s no excuse for our team to be always looking up in the standing at them and the Angels (and the Rangers, if they hadn’t all died in a freak batting cage accident).

  26. Woodcutta on July 23rd, 2014 2:56 pm

    Cano don’t ya know.

  27. kfrei2 on July 23rd, 2014 2:57 pm

    If we get perfect gamed again, I’m going to be really upset.

  28. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 2:57 pm

    WOO HOO!! A SINGLE!!!!

  29. kfrei2 on July 23rd, 2014 2:57 pm

    CANO! Thank goodness.

  30. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 2:57 pm


  31. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 2:58 pm

    Naturally the next pitch records an out and ends the inning.

  32. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:01 pm

    WE’RE NUMBER ONE (hit)!
    WE’RE NUMBER ONE (hit)!

  33. JasonJ on July 23rd, 2014 3:05 pm

    We used to have 2x the A’s budget. Not anymore. The A’s payroll is around $83 million. The M’s is around $91 million (per Cot’s Contracts).

    We probably should have a payroll of around $115 million but ownership has been pretty consistent with sticking in the $90 million range for a while now. Probably partly due to the low attendance but I figured the new TV contract would have allowed them to at least go over $100 million.

  34. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:08 pm

    Wow, you’re right – they’ve increased payroll by roughly 60% over the past two seasons.

  35. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 3:19 pm

    Please pinch-run for Hart…on second thought, no don’t.

  36. Jay Yencich on July 23rd, 2014 3:19 pm


  37. ivan on July 23rd, 2014 3:19 pm

    Miller time!

  38. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 3:19 pm

    Great Googly Moogly.

  39. G-Man on July 23rd, 2014 3:23 pm

    Willie over Zunino – not looking so good at 0-2

  40. G-Man on July 23rd, 2014 3:25 pm

    …and he got something done.

  41. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:26 pm

    Doesn’t Boom Boom get some sort of veteran grittiness “plays the game the right way” bonus? So with the bonus he was safe?

  42. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 3:26 pm

    How’s that look on replay?

  43. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:26 pm

    Good thing we have Willie and Endy coming up here… They’re so clutch! (rolls eyes)

  44. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:27 pm

    In our hearts we know he was safe! That’s what matters…

  45. Jake on July 23rd, 2014 3:27 pm

    Apparently it didn’t look good on replay. Damn it.

  46. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:28 pm

    Hey, at least we have the heart of the order up in the 9th (ie, Robinson Cano).

  47. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:29 pm

    Endy Chavez and his .255/.280/.342 line comes through again!

  48. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:30 pm

    (For the record, I don’t mind Endy and Willie… They’ve done a pretty great job of filling in where normally real baseball players would be… We certainly wouldn’t be doing as well as we have without them… But yeah, not my first choice for everyday players and/or leadoff hitters on a team with playoff ambitions… That’s all…)

  49. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:31 pm

    Man, when your team only has three decent hitters and one of them goes down – it can look pretty grim at times.

  50. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:35 pm

    The right guys are coming up, in any case.

  51. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:38 pm

    Say Hey Robbie…


  52. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:42 pm

    Good time for a dinger, Kyle.

  53. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:42 pm

    Excuse me while I go double down on my heart meds…

  54. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:44 pm


    Okay, Never Surrender! I have faith (an unsubstantiated belief if something evidence can’t support– ie, the idea Corey can win this for us!)…

  55. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:44 pm

    Oh crap, it’s Corey Hart.

  56. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:44 pm

    Thanks for showing us that lame swing twice, ROOT.

  57. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:45 pm

    I have faith! Again… Really… I swear…

  58. ivan on July 23rd, 2014 3:45 pm


  59. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:45 pm

    Woo Hoo! It worked!


    Oh crap, it’s Logan Morrison.

  60. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:46 pm

    SoDo LoMo!

  61. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:46 pm

    That low pitch must be very deceptive because Hart swung at it and then LoMo almost swung at it.

  62. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:47 pm


  63. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:47 pm


    Aren’t you listening, LoMo?

  64. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:48 pm


    All caps? Really? That’s all on you…

  65. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:48 pm

    Well apparently I wasn’t sounding ironic enough. Or something.

  66. pgreyy on July 23rd, 2014 3:48 pm

    This is how the game ends.
    Not with a bang…but with a whiffer.

  67. MrZDevotee on July 23rd, 2014 3:49 pm

    That must be a pretty wicked pitch ’cause everybody swung over it… Including Jones when he struck out… Wicked spin on it…

  68. Westside guy on July 23rd, 2014 3:50 pm

    *** GROAN ***

    (that’s for pgreyy)

  69. Dayve on July 23rd, 2014 3:58 pm

    Missing Cole Gillespie right now…

  70. Woodcutta on July 23rd, 2014 4:18 pm

    I know football and baseball are very different in terms of how much one game means to the whole season but this series felt similar to when the Cowboys (yes, I’m a Cowboys fan) played the Lions last year. The Cowboys ended up missing the playoffs after losing to the Eagles in the last game of the season partly due to losing to the Lions when they were up 10 in the 4th and had not one but two chances to run out the clock with 3 minutes or less remaining in the game.

    I just have this “gut” feeling that losing 2 of 3 to the Mets will be one of those series the M’s look back on with regret at the end of the season.

  71. Will on July 23rd, 2014 5:08 pm

    Went to the game today. Was glad just to get a hit in the seventh inning but it was hard to focus on the game with the guy sitting three rows ahead of me smoking pot the whole game.

  72. kaleyk on July 23rd, 2014 5:30 pm

    Great job by C. Hart today, by going 1 for 3 with a single, he moved our DH slugging % from .294 to .295, only 46 points behind the 13th place Royals and 274 points behind the 1st place Tigers. Yay.

  73. islandan on July 23rd, 2014 7:06 pm

    There’s always AJ Pierzynski. Cheap, and still a better SLG at DH than the team rate.

  74. The_Waco_Kid on July 23rd, 2014 9:40 pm

    After hours of negotiating with Jack Z and scouting our prospects, the Rays have decided the only thing we have that they want is our playoff spot.

  75. MKT on July 24th, 2014 10:16 am

    Yeah, when Pierzynski was released a few weeks ago, presumably because his hitting was so bad, I couldn’t help but notice that his OPS was better than that of some of the Mariners’ “sluggers”. And he was a catcher, not a DH/1B/OF!

    Which is not to say that he’s the guy that the Ms should go for. But a team should be able to find players who can provide non-negative WAR. Pierzynski-ish, or better.

  76. Woodcutta on July 24th, 2014 10:53 am

    Pierzynski is a LH hitter though and we ALL know the M’s absolutely MUST sign a RH power hitter.

  77. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 11:48 am

    So, Kendrys Morales is a mariner again…. and there went Stephen Pryor.

  78. californiamariner on July 24th, 2014 11:58 am

    I don’t think the Morales trade is going to lead to some offensive transformation but I can’t say I disagree with the move. I don’t think it’s a bad deal, Pryor didn’t have much value anyway. Hopefully Morales finds his groove and the team has a competent DH. I’m not going to expect that to happen, but I don’t think there’s a ton of risk here. We’ve all wanted to see Hart replaced.

  79. californiamariner on July 24th, 2014 11:59 am

    The most interesting part of this might be Morales backtracking on his statements!

  80. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 12:01 pm

    Alright, so now we have 2 right handed DH’s, what happens next.

  81. Woodcutta on July 24th, 2014 12:36 pm

    Morales is a switch hitter but if you are referring to hitting against lefties then yes the M’s now have two RH DH’s.

  82. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 12:43 pm

    I forgot he was a switch hitter, my mistake. But does anyone really feel like this is The Move, to push us into contention? While it’s a move that can pay off, I don’t think it’s going to do enough to keep our WC spot, if we haven’t lost it already.

  83. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2014 12:57 pm

    Alright, so now we have 2 right handed DH’s, what happens next.

    Do you really have to ask?! Have you learned nothing here?!!

    Jack will acquire another DH to play the outfield. All eyes should be on Morse.

  84. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 1:09 pm

    Might as well call Richie Sexton up and see if he can still swing a bat.

  85. Woodcutta on July 24th, 2014 1:18 pm

    Where’s Segui? Cust?

  86. JasonJ on July 24th, 2014 1:41 pm

    Sign one of Cust/Sexton/Segui/Willy Mo Pena. Call up Montero and Smoak. Send down Chavez, Ackley, and Romero. We’ll out-muscle the league.

  87. msfanmike on July 24th, 2014 2:07 pm

    Close, Steve … well, kinda close.

    Somewhat hot off the presses:

    Bloomquist to IR and Jesus Montero to replace his spot on the 25 man roster

    Chris Taylor to take “vacant” spot on the 25 man roster after Taijuan Walker was demoted yesterday.

    When Morales gets here tomorrow there will have to be someone removed from the 25 man roster.

  88. LongDistance on July 24th, 2014 2:17 pm

    Trader Jack. Who else can he dig up from the Ghosts of Mariners Past?

    Of course… of course… this is just window dressing, for the bomb he’s going to drop in the next 5 days. Right?


    I mean, we’ve all come to understand how he’s got all sorts of cards up his sleeves…

    Right? ………..

    Someone kill me now before I wake up August first with only the Lou Bobblehead Night to look forward to.

  89. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 2:59 pm

    I’m putting all my money on black…

    Out of blue prediction:

    Mariners send Dustin Ackley and James Paxton to Rays
    Rays send Price to the Dodgers
    Dodgers send Matt Kemp and some money to the Mariners

    Kemp and Morales take over at LF and DH…

    James Jones
    Kyle Seager
    Robinson Cano
    Matt Kemp
    Kendrys Morales
    Michael Saunders (when ready)
    Logan Morrison
    Mike Zunino
    Brad Miller

  90. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 4:12 pm

    What do you guys think about giving Ryan Howard a shot? or is that to much of an albatross contract. Philly is probably willing to eat a big chunk of the money owed to him.

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