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.

Comments

78 Responses to “Game 110, Mariners at Orioles”

  1. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 1:43 pm

    If I recall correctly, there is a 48 hour window for claiming a waiver wire player. If that is correct, Beaven must have cleared about 1/2 hour ago.

    It’s always good to have a 9th/10th starter available when you need him. I guess

    I am glad that Hart will be indisposed for a while … Followed by what is hopefully a lengthy rehab assignment which expires right around September 1st. I am wondering how long the 13 man pitching staff will be a thing. It’s hard to see them doing this much longer.

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  2. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 1:45 pm

    Also, Jay … Have you seen Gohara pitch yet this year? What’s going on with him? He has been getting absolutely torched.

  3. nathaniel dawson on August 2nd, 2014 2:28 pm

    Jeffeson, actually.

  4. Jay Yencich on August 2nd, 2014 2:31 pm

    Also, Jay … Have you seen Gohara pitch yet this year? What’s going on with him? He has been getting absolutely torched.

    Haven’t made it up to Everett this year, been too busy with other things. A good reminder to see if I can try to get up there, but I don’t know, haven’t heard anything on the subject.

    Jeffeson, actually.

    They need to stop doing stuff like that.

  5. Westside guy on August 2nd, 2014 2:39 pm

    Did you know Oprah’s mom misspelled her name? It was supposed to be “Orpah”, a name I believe is from the bible – but she wrote it down wrong.

  6. Jay Yencich on August 2nd, 2014 2:44 pm

    Yes. Yes I did know that.

  7. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 2:54 pm

    First chance to watch since the trade deadline and Paxton on the hill. Looking forward to this game more than most any non Felix starts.

  8. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 4:18 pm

    Well this isn’t exactly how I wanted this game to start.

  9. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 4:24 pm

    I thought Paxton looked pretty good the last 3 batters there.

  10. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 4:27 pm

    ya definently able to turn that around while only giving up 1 run.

  11. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 4:27 pm

    Kendrys “hart” Morales.

  12. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 4:36 pm

    Great AB by Taylor.

  13. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 4:37 pm

    Great at bat from Taylor!

  14. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 4:43 pm

    Nice at bat, just wish we could of at least tied the game up, I know i expect too much but I like to win!

  15. Will on August 2nd, 2014 4:45 pm

    Poor throw by Taylor, but I’m convinced any capable first baseman could have corralled that throw…

  16. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 4:47 pm

    Big-non-fan of Smoak, I am … But I think he comes up with that throw. Kendrys isn’t going to make many if any borderline plays into outs. He sure looks like crap.

  17. Will on August 2nd, 2014 4:50 pm

    Big-non-fan of Smoak, I am … But I think he comes up with that throw. Kendrys isn’t going to make many if any borderline plays into outs. He sure looks like crap.

    Agreed, Smoak is awful, but he can at least move around the bag at first base. Morales is a statue over there.

  18. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 4:51 pm

    Yep, I agree with you Will. No doubt about that.

  19. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 4:57 pm

    Why is Morales even playing 1st?

    Nice catch by Ackley!

  20. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:03 pm

    OH Dustin Ackley why must you tease us so!

  21. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:03 pm

    Ackley! Staying hot

  22. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 5:03 pm

    Woot!!!

  23. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:09 pm

    If Ackley could really keep doing this, when Saunders comes back, maybe he splits with Denorfia and the team actually has a competent outfield!

  24. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 5:12 pm

    Taylor made … Ha!

  25. Will on August 2nd, 2014 5:12 pm

    An Ackley/Denorfia platoon would definitely be ideal.

  26. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:13 pm

    Definently not getting any help from the ump with this strike zone.

  27. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:14 pm

    Gameday has all these pitches to Cruz in the strike zone.

  28. msfanmike on August 2nd, 2014 5:16 pm

    Platoon Ackley now that he is “coming around” and does not have bad splits? Do you mean one of them DH’s … Cuz we currently don’t have one of those.

  29. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:16 pm

    Paxton striking out Cruz on a 98 mph pitch. Great thing to see

  30. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:17 pm

    How many left handed starters touch 98?

  31. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:22 pm

    I hope this Chris Taylor kid keeps this up and isn’t a big tease like James Jones was.

  32. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:27 pm

    You might be able to DH one of the outfielders when Saunders is back. It would be a good problem to have for once, trying to find playing time for 4 deserving guys. The real blessing would be getting rid of any Endy Chavez playing time.

  33. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:30 pm

    so an outfield of Dustin/Denorfia/Jackson/Saunders has decent potential, if we could at least solidify that area, and then work on some kind of real competant DH we would be in good position.

  34. Longgeorge1 on August 2nd, 2014 5:33 pm

    1. The way Ack is swinging I would not platoon him. LF/1B/DH but he needs to be in the line-up

    2. Taylor looked like the real deal in Tacoma, but I never could see who could make the step. Just hope he is not another AAAA. Expect slumps, but this organization has at times shown extraordinary patience with some players (Smoak, Almonte) I hope Taylor gets a real chance.

    3. Paxton looks pretty good for a guy that statted out as a middle to back of rotation guy

  35. Longgeorge1 on August 2nd, 2014 5:37 pm

    I am not platooning Ackley – This week

  36. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:39 pm

    YES WE CANO!!!!

  37. Longgeorge1 on August 2nd, 2014 5:40 pm

    Not platooning that Robinson dude either

  38. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:43 pm

    Jackson single, Ackley double, Cano home run. That sequence was like a dream!

    And then there’s Morales. Man, he looks bad. Doesn’t even look like the same person this year.

  39. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:47 pm

    To me, Kendrys feels alot like Hart, right on the verge of being a lost cause. Imagine if we had a decent DH, If Brad could find his stroke, i’d probably DH him.

  40. californiamariner on August 2nd, 2014 5:54 pm

    I know Paxton’s line at the end of the day won’t be super sexy, but man he looks pretty legit to me. That 96-98 mph fastball and they really struggled with his curve. I really wonder if all of the prospect lists had him and Walker in the wrong order.

  41. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:54 pm

    Nice catch Endy.

  42. Westside guy on August 2nd, 2014 5:55 pm

    If Denorfia hits, rotate all four OF guys through the DH slot. Keep them fresh.

    As long as Ackley keeps hitting.

    I am not going to be surprised if Morales is done. He was decent last year, but he’s the right age and type to go south fast.

  43. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 5:57 pm

    He could be done, but do you really think Z will admit that? I mean look at how long he has kept Hart around.

  44. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 6:10 pm

    Better challenge that Lloyd!!!

  45. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 6:13 pm

    Leone dominated them that inning! nice job Bullpen!

  46. Kazinski on August 2nd, 2014 6:22 pm

    Denofria is a lefty masher, so play him against lefties. Neither Saunders or Ackley have much of a platoon split so they can dh when Denofria is in the field. And put Kendries at 1b.

    Against RH, play Morrison at 1b, dh Kendries, and sit Denofria. Then DFA Hart and Endy.

  47. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 6:34 pm

    I’m a HUGE Astros fan right now! lets go boys!

  48. Grayfox3d on August 2nd, 2014 7:00 pm

    Just keep the ball Medina…. ugh

  49. bongo on August 2nd, 2014 7:19 pm

    Morales cannot play first base. We learned this last year. Mike Carp has been DFA’d by the Red Sox. He is having an awful season, but I still have the nagging feeling that he would be better choice at first base overall than Smoak, Morales or Morrison.

  50. Eastside Suds on August 2nd, 2014 7:24 pm

    This is really a big game for us. Not sure we can catch the Jays, but this team should be in the thick with our pitching. Love caring about this team August. It has been too long.

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

    Atta boy Kendrys!

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

    Morales apparently still alive

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

    Keep slammin Kendrys

  54. 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).

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

    Great to see from Kendrys

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

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

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

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

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

    Willie Bloomquist? Surely you jest

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

    Fernando Rodney experience

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

    He just wanted to get the Save.

  61. 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.

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

    Typical M’s. Against Tillman, of course.

  63. 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.

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

    a1

  65. 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…)

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

    Oh, hahaha I was wondering what that was.

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

    Why let him pitch to Nick M?

  68. 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.

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

    Lucky

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

    “No cycle today” – Sims.

    Unless we go into extra innings…

  71. 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.

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

    WHY is he still in the game.

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

    So frustrating.

  74. 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!”

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

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

  76. 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.

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

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

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

    Watching while at work.

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