Game 137, Mariners at Athletics

marc w · September 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

James Paxton vs. Sonny Gray, 7:05pm
Wildcard odds – 35.2% 31.4%

Quick one tonight, as I’m pressed for time. This is a great match-up of young arms that we could see for years as the M’s look to become a rival/equal of the A’s. As good as their pitching has been, and as good as Gray himself’s been, the A’s aren’t exactly outclassing the M’s. Gray’s excellent, and he’ll rack up more than 3 fWAR by season’s end, but that pales in comparison to the seasons Felix and Iwakuma have produced. Still, in Gray the A’s have a cost-controlled pitcher without much in the way of platoon splits who’s excellent in the cavernous O.Co Coliseum and on the road. He’s got a solid fastball at 94-95, a solid average change-up and a true weapon to LHB/RHBs alike in his hellacious curve ball. That was famously the pitch that no one in the big leagues had ever hit for a home run until he gave up two in one game to the Angels (Mike Trout’ll do that to you).

He’ll be a pain in this division for years, but pitch for pitch, James Paxton may be better. That’s saying a lot, and I hesitate to press “publish” on this, but seriously – Paxton has been a revelation, even if he’s been sidelined for far too long. I have no idea what happened to him last August, but everything’s clicked for him, and like all M’s fans, I just want this run to continue – and I want Paxton to be healthy enough to take the ball every five days for many, many years.

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

Yes, Paxton and Erasmo have been called up now that the MiLB season is officially over. The most successful clubs in the affiliated minors (above the complex league) were the Tacoma Rainiers, who finished four games over .500, and the Pulaski Mariners in the Appy League, who closed on a hot streak to finish six games over. Jackson and High Desert (AA and A+, respectively) finished below .500, in the middle of the pack in their divisions, while Everett recovered from a disastrous start to finish at 17-21. The only team to win a division crown were those complex league AZL Mariners, who finished 31-22.


65 Responses to “Game 137, Mariners at Athletics”

  1. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:40 pm

    Pinch-hit homers in Atlanta are his calling card.

  2. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:40 pm

    2014 Mariners – Finding new ways to lose!

    No??? Always a nail biter…why?

  3. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:40 pm

    He looks stupid on a regular basis.

  4. Breadbaker on September 2nd, 2014 9:43 pm

    Strange how one reaches different conclusions, eddieranch. Because on a third time through the lineup, a pitcher who is tiring can end up making some mistakes. And we have some ridiculous number of pitchers on the staff now.

  5. G-Man on September 2nd, 2014 9:48 pm

    Oh jeez.

  6. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:48 pm


  7. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:48 pm

    My user name says it all…

  8. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 9:49 pm

    Why so many 0-2 strikes? Why!!!

  9. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:49 pm

    Thank God.

  10. Breadbaker on September 2nd, 2014 9:50 pm


  11. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:50 pm

    Had it all the way.

  12. Don Money on September 2nd, 2014 9:50 pm

    Had it all the way!!!

  13. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:51 pm

    I hate Oakland so much! glad we won but that was alot of bullsh*t to deal with.

  14. Westside guy on September 2nd, 2014 9:53 pm

    Heart slowly starting to beat again…

  15. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 10:15 pm

    For reals, that Bucknor character has to haunt us at the worst possible game. Even with a 6 run lead, it was too close.

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