Game 110, Mariners at Orioles

Jay Yencich · August 2, 2014 at 1:16 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

James Paxton vs. Miguel Gonzalez, 4:05 pm

Hullo all. I’m back again, pinch-hitting for Marc over the weekend while he’s otherwise occupied. The hope is that I get a thread up tomorrow morning too, but some scheduling things on my end may prevent that. None of us know what tomorrow will bring.

Today brings the news of James Paxton’s return to the major league rotation after nearly four months sidelined. When last we saw our hero, he was making a rehab start against Sacto where he lasted four and a third innings, having thrown 47 of 78 pitches for strikes (60.3%) and giving up a run on six hits, three walks, and five Ks. Before that, he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits (two dingers), a walk, and four Ks while throwing 34 of 60 for strikes (56.7%) through three frames against Las Vegas. And before THAT, he lasted just two and two-thirds in Everett with two runs scoring on two hits (HR), a walk, a wild pitch, and two Ks. There’s an upward trajectory here, but one gets the impression that the Mariners wouldn’t be pushing him out there unless they had to, and they kind of do in this case. Or at least they seem to be more confident in his ability to get them innings than they do Erasmo or Walker because both those guys were optioned. This too may end up as a trial run for Paxton.

Making way for him, we have Corey Hart hitting the DL with reportedly a bruised knee. One never really knows in these cases which it really is, the injury as an excuse for a lack of performance or a lack of performance as a means of justifying a DL stint from what may not be a serious injury. They say he hit a wall in Cleveland and played through it. Okay. We know Hart had all of the knee surgeries recently. We know that in July he had a 43 wRC+ which is only so much better than the 38 wRC+ he had in May just before hitting the DL. We are learning, and perhaps the Mariners may be learning, that trusting an aging player to improve as they recover from multiple significant surgeries may not be the best course of action when organizing a roster. Throw the dice on TJ victims or guys that have had broken bones in the draft if you wish, but not FAs on the wrong side of thirty who have had ligament or joint surgeries when millions of dollars are involved.

Of course, since Paxton was on the 60-day, we had to clear a 40-man spot for him, and in this case Blake Beavan was the victim. We may not see him as a fill-in the rotation again. Man, that seems weird. But we all know why, how he stopped throwing hard after he was drafted, how he never really developed into much more than an innings guy, etc. He threw eight innings for Tacoma last month and had a .276/.361/.276 line against. My guess is that the Mariners probably started the DFA process around the trade deadline when everyone else was too busy to be interested in a Blake Beavan, and what do you know, he got outrighted already.

This is all probably more interesting to you than Miguel Gonzalez, who started against the M’s a week ago and held us to one run over six frames despite eight hits, two walks, and only one K. And few groundballs. He simply evaded one problem spot after another even though his stuff is ordinary at best. So we’re up against a pitcher who recently frustrated us, using a lineup that, as recently as last night, was a bit frustrating.

[Edit: Late lineup change, Morales and Morrison switch positions.]
CF Austin Jackson
LF Dustin Ackley
2B Robinson Cano
1B Kendrys Morales
3B Kyle Seager
DH Logan Morrison
SS Chris Taylor
RF Endy Chavez
C Jesus Sucre

Down the minor league ladder tonight, we have Erasmo on the mound for the Rainiers in Albuquerque, Landazuri for Jackson at home, a TBD for the Mavericks against Inland Empire, Eddie Campbell for Clinton at Burlington (BEES), Jeffeson Medina for Everett at Eugene, and a couple of double-headers for Pulaski and Peoria, the latter of which finishes up a lightning-suspended game from a little over a week ago.

Go ‘Ners.


78 Responses to “Game 110, Mariners at Orioles”

  1. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 7:30 pm

    Atta boy Kendrys!

  2. Section329 on August 2nd, 2014 7:30 pm

    Morales apparently still alive

  3. Longgeorge1 on August 2nd, 2014 7:30 pm

    Keep slammin Kendrys

  4. bongo on August 2nd, 2014 7:30 pm

    Bases loaded, two outs, Morales with a two-run single! Would be nice if he could get back on track (but as a DH, not at 1B).

  5. Eastside Suds on August 2nd, 2014 7:31 pm

    Great to see from Kendrys

  6. Eastside Suds on August 2nd, 2014 7:31 pm

    Kendrys should be our everyday DH and they should leave him there.

  7. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 7:35 pm

    Once Willie comes back I don’t think Kendrys will see 1st base again.

  8. dnc on August 2nd, 2014 7:41 pm

    Willie Bloomquist? Surely you jest

  9. Section329 on August 2nd, 2014 7:44 pm

    Fernando Rodney experience

  10. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 7:44 pm

    He just wanted to get the Save.

  11. californiamariner on August 3rd, 2014 11:11 am

    1st and 3rd, 1 out and Zunino and Miller both missed fastballs right down the middle en route to striking out.

  12. Section329 on August 3rd, 2014 11:14 am

    Typical M’s. Against Tillman, of course.

  13. Westside guy on August 3rd, 2014 11:44 am

    The Mariners juggernaut rolls on!

    BTW has anyone looked at Nelson Cruz’s numbers for the past two months? The dude has been sucking big-time.

  14. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 11:50 am


  15. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 11:59 am

    (Just in case there’s anyone that still visits this site — that voted p1 and/or p2 back in 2008 when Bavasi made the worst move as a Mariner GM since Woodward traded Varitek and Lowe for Heathcliff Slocumb…)

  16. Westside guy on August 3rd, 2014 12:04 pm

    Oh, hahaha I was wondering what that was.

  17. G-Man on August 3rd, 2014 12:51 pm

    Why let him pitch to Nick M?

  18. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 12:51 pm

    I’m fascinated that Lloyd leaves Iwakuma in one inning too long game in and game out. He never learns.

  19. G-Man on August 3rd, 2014 12:53 pm


  20. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 12:53 pm

    “No cycle today” – Sims.

    Unless we go into extra innings…

  21. G-Man on August 3rd, 2014 12:53 pm

    It’s the old give-him-a-chance-to-win, but that assumes an offense that does something next 1/2 inning.

  22. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 12:53 pm

    WHY is he still in the game.

  23. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 12:54 pm

    So frustrating.

  24. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 12:57 pm

    Rick Waits before this half inning: “I think it’s time to go to the bullpen.”
    Lloyd McClendon: “I can’t hear you! Talk into my elbow!”

  25. Section329 on August 3rd, 2014 1:12 pm

    Why are we watching? My excuse is I am trapped in my house by Seafair crowds.

  26. Westside guy on August 3rd, 2014 1:14 pm

    Oh that was a craptastic call to end the game.

    Not that I expected much from Kendrys anyway.

  27. Westside guy on August 3rd, 2014 1:14 pm

    I am watching because I am apparently a masochist, Section329.

  28. matthew on August 3rd, 2014 1:29 pm

    Watching while at work.

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