Game 102, Orioles at Mariners

marc w · July 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Wei-Yin Chen, 7:10pm

Iwakuma’s a soft-tossing righty who’s whittled his walk rate down each year, and has fashioned himself into an elite MLB starter. Chen’s a soft-tossing lefty who’s *also* cut his walk rate each year, but his progress has stalled, as he’s been unable to crack the 4.0 mark either in ERA or FIP (though he came really close in 2013).

Both have slightly inflated HR totals. Chen’s come because he’s a fairly extreme fly-baller. Iwakuma’s a ground-ball guy who occasionally pitches up in the zone and because he’s got an 89mph fastball. Iwakuma’s superior command and a true wipe-out pitch in his splitter separate him from just about everyone, of course, but the contrast with Chen’s kind of interesting.

I just wrote about the new M’s, so, uh, scroll down.

1: Jones, CF
2: Romero, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Hart, 1B
5: Seager, 3B
6: Montero, DH
7: Ackley, LF
8: Zunino, C
9: Taylor, SS
SP: Iwakuma

This is about as right-handed as the M’s can get – if lefties are going to beat them for the second straight year, the M’s aren’t going to leave any right-handed bats in AAA untested.


48 Responses to “Game 102, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. G-Man on July 24th, 2014 6:15 pm

    Kendrys Morales — why not earlier?

  2. islandan on July 24th, 2014 6:22 pm

    Why at all? Cost a few million and Pryor.
    Pierzynski would have been far cheaper, can catch, is more mobile, not overweight like Kendrys, and, his hitting skills arent much different. Instead, just adds to the logjam of 1B/DH types on this team

  3. bookbook on July 24th, 2014 6:32 pm

    logjam? If they aren’t good enough to play in the majors, they don’t really constitute a barrier to any better (or even potentially better) 1b/dh types the Mariners would like to try.

    Hart/Smoak/Morrison/Romero isn’t a problem, it’s an opportunity! Replace any one with a legitimate major league bat, and viola! better team.

  4. G-Man on July 24th, 2014 6:39 pm

    I assume they think he’s a better RH DH than Hart. But yeah, it seems de minimus.

  5. Westside guy on July 24th, 2014 6:48 pm

    It seems like the prototypical Jack Z move.

  6. Jake on July 24th, 2014 6:55 pm

    AJ is a left-handed hitter; they have too many left-handers as it is.

  7. Jake on July 24th, 2014 6:57 pm

    Morrison/Morales/Smoak/Montero/Hart/Smoak (in Tacoma, but still)are 5 guys that can’t play anything other than 1st base (semi-competently).

    What a logjam of crap that is.

  8. G-Man on July 24th, 2014 7:14 pm

    OK, they’ll play both Hart and Morales against a lefty. I guess that’s something.

  9. Paul B on July 24th, 2014 7:20 pm

    I don’t think Hart or Morrison is going away. So with Morales, they have to keep Romero until or if Saunders comes back.

  10. Paul B on July 24th, 2014 7:27 pm

    Well, that was a crappy play at home.

  11. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 7:31 pm

    we have the worst luck when it comes to plays being reviewed..

  12. Paul B on July 24th, 2014 7:31 pm

    Really long review, and then they decided it is ok after all for a catcher to block the plate.

  13. kimalanus on July 24th, 2014 7:35 pm

    Also, catcher made the tag with his glove still letting Jones’ upper arm run into the tag AFTER he had his left hand on the plate. It was clear to me in several views. The umpires may have been concentrating to hard on the plate positioning issue and blew the call.

  14. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2014 7:57 pm

    and that’s probably all she wrote.

  15. Jake on July 24th, 2014 8:04 pm

    Off this one went. Time to get involved with something less frustrating for today.

  16. Seattleguy527 on July 24th, 2014 8:08 pm

    Toronto and NY both won tonight so it looks like they will be passing us up for the 2nd wildcard after this one is over. If we don’t get our sh*t together soon one or both of those teams could pull away from us pretty quickly.

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

    Horrible AB Romero.

    Swing at shit breaking ball. Check swing at another. Watch a fastball on the outer half for strike 3. So glad he may have more opportunity to hit today than Cano and Seager.


  18. islandan on July 24th, 2014 8:19 pm

    another game where the Ms appear to mail it in early. This team, while it is an accomplishment to play meaningful games in July, for once, needs to make a move, to show the fans, but most of all, THE TEAM, that they are in it to win it.
    Jack Z, where are you? Oh yeah, Morales……………..eck………..

  19. Westside guy on July 24th, 2014 8:19 pm

    I’m not sure why so many folks are ready to write off the center fielder, Jones. He’s hitting .296/.323/.491 and has been worth 4.1 WAR already.

  20. Westside guy on July 24th, 2014 8:24 pm

    Wow this must be Bizarro Mariners. Corey Hart got a hit.

  21. bookbook on July 24th, 2014 8:30 pm

    You’re just Jonesing with us, aren’t you Westy?

  22. Dennisss on July 24th, 2014 8:31 pm

    Can’t wait till Morales joins the team and they get really good.

  23. Westside guy on July 24th, 2014 8:41 pm

    Yay Taylor!

  24. Woodcutta on July 24th, 2014 8:46 pm

    Did Morales get the M’s bug? His OBP is horrendous compared to his average.

  25. Westside guy on July 24th, 2014 8:55 pm

    Glad to see our guys are making the Orioles pitcher work.

  26. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2014 8:56 pm

    You all make it sound like having 6 DH/1B types on the 40 is an overkill.

  27. Dennisss on July 24th, 2014 9:01 pm

    I really can’t see keeping Morales and Hart both on the roster, but then a lot of things happen that I can’t see. Of all the moves they could have made, picking up a guy who doesn’t help the team at all is less than the least consequential move I would have imagined.

  28. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2014 9:11 pm

    Morrison has had a pretty ugly July. I can’t remember if he still has an option, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he were to go away before Hart.

  29. Dennisss on July 24th, 2014 9:15 pm

    The whole Morrison/Hart/Smoak triumvirate has been a failure, and I doubt that Morales or Montero will be the cure. Montero might be the best hope of them all, which is a sorry state.

  30. moustache de caudill on July 24th, 2014 9:28 pm

    This game is so bad the most exciting thing that has happened is a near catch by the ball girl.

  31. alfredodm on July 24th, 2014 9:35 pm

    “Chen ties a career-high with 8 scoreless innings.” What a f***ing mess

  32. juneau_fan on July 24th, 2014 9:35 pm

    Rizz got pretty worked up by that ball girl, for sure.

  33. Eastside Suds on July 24th, 2014 9:40 pm

    Wow…this game has been so …..what is the word I’m grasping at here…..

  34. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 9:44 pm


  35. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 9:45 pm

    Judging by the Mariners the past few nights, Chen and Colon must be the leading Cy Young candidates in the AL and NL?

  36. Eastside Suds on July 24th, 2014 9:48 pm

    That’s it MrZ…perfect…”Mariners”!!!!

  37. alfredodm on July 24th, 2014 9:49 pm

    Pinch-hitting Endy Chavez for your clean-up hitter.

  38. Eastside Suds on July 24th, 2014 9:50 pm

    3 hours of nothing that I will never in my life recover again. Yes, I usually watch the pre-game. I’m a sick individual!

  39. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 9:51 pm

    So what do we do now that we’re looking like the team we THOUGHT we were gonna be for the whole season?

    2-5 since the break… With lots more upper division teams on the schedule all thru August…

  40. Eastside Suds on July 24th, 2014 9:52 pm

    Truth be known, Lloyd has kept his composure even though he has been given a bucket to fight a forest fire.

  41. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 9:54 pm

    “though he has been given a bucket OF GAS to fight a forest fire”…

    I fixed it Eastside…

  42. MrZDevotee on July 24th, 2014 9:54 pm

    I’m gonna go bang my head on the wall for a few hours…

  43. LongDistance on July 24th, 2014 10:58 pm

    I mentioned Lou in a previous post, and suddenly had a chilling sense of deja vu run down my spine, but worse. Because Lou would find himself in this situation lat July, needing an arm or bats, and was given squat.

    But worse, Lou had better teams than Lloyd. In other words, the Mariners have a deep history of very often not really doing anything, or standing pat on the status quo, even in much closer situations and with much higher attendance figures.

    Z, I’m thinking Eastside got it right. Lloyd’s got the empty bucket he started out with, which got him this far. But nothing else usefull will be put in it, only some sticker tweaks pasted on the outside.

    Would love, absolutely, to be soooooooo wrong.

  44. Mariner.lovechild on July 24th, 2014 11:01 pm

    Morales? We got Morales. I thought we’d get an outfielder, not some chubby has-been who wouldn’t stick with us in the first place. We have plenty of washed up 1B DH. What is going on here?

    Maybe a good entry from you guys will help me see the light. My bad. Just disappointed with this team’s offense.

  45. The_Waco_Kid on July 24th, 2014 11:30 pm

    So…Morales. Obviously an upgrade for our “offense.” Obviously not the solution to all our problems. So yay?

  46. SeattleSlew on July 25th, 2014 4:18 am

    Most likely Morales wont make much of a difference, but if they were going to acquire him why didn’t they just sign him earlier instead of giving up a solid bullpen arm? Why not an OF?


    Sometimes I just hate this front office. This is a .500 team and I think they are finally snapping back to reality.

  47. MrZDevotee on July 25th, 2014 7:46 am

    We made 3 offers, at 3 different times, to Morales when he was still a free agent, and he didn’t want to come here. Can’t force a guy (well, unless you wave $240 million at him)…

    As for the plethora of DH/1B options, Morales is the best of the bunch so far, so I don’t see the problem… I believe the saying is “cut bait”… Which is what we should do on Smoak, Hart AND LoMo…

    As someone else pointed out, our DH (collectively) has put up a .192 batting avg and .290 slugging %… Morales can beat that in his sleep. If he hits .240 and slugs .390 that’s still a HUGE upgrade. And he cost us something we have WAY MORE OF than DH/1B options– a hard throwing reliever. The guy makes contact, he hits for power, and according to everyone he ever played with he’s a great teammate and hard worker. We’re not trading for Giancarlo Stanton or Miguel Cabrera, so I’ll take it.

  48. Mariner.lovechild on July 25th, 2014 2:41 pm

    yeah, basically gotta cut bait for this to measure up… you’re right

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