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 – Fangraphs.com: 35.2% Baseballprospectus.com: 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.

Comments

65 Responses to “Game 137, Mariners at Athletics”

  1. ck on September 2nd, 2014 6:43 pm

    September 2nd, and the M’s are playing an important game tonight. I haven’t said that for many years. Go M’s!

  2. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 6:57 pm

    Unfortunately, they are getting less and less significant as we go!

  3. MrZDevotee on September 2nd, 2014 7:10 pm

    Hey we still have the 5th best record in baseball since the end of July. I just like playing meaningful games in September. Go M’s.

  4. MrZDevotee on September 2nd, 2014 7:11 pm

    Nice swing by Ackley, just got in on his hands a bit… Too bad.

  5. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 7:18 pm

    I love watching Seager/cano play defense, they are both so good.

  6. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 7:24 pm

    I like the “meaningful” games too, but our offensive acquisitions are less than desirable so far. Now, with the September call-ups, guys like Smoak get playing time, and bring our potential down in my opinion. Speaking of which, here’s Morales….GREAT find at the deadline…or not.

  7. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 7:29 pm

    Time to see if “they can get Kendrys going.” It’s only been about six weeks, but that has to be the most over-used phrase of the year for the broadcasting crew.

  8. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 7:44 pm

    Nicely done, Jackson!

  9. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 7:52 pm

    horrible strike zone tonight! ugh

  10. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 7:59 pm

    CB behind the plate, and you get crappy strike zone.

  11. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 8:04 pm

    Endy!

  12. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 8:04 pm

    Yeah Endy!

  13. G-Man on September 2nd, 2014 8:04 pm

    I don’t care who doesn’t like this guy, Endy – I like what he does.

  14. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 8:05 pm

    Don’t let up — you gotta stomp on their throats at this point!

  15. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 8:10 pm

    Dang it Cleveland! Win one for crying out loud! Help us out!

  16. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 8:12 pm

    Stupid Tigers. Nice throw Big Sugar.

  17. alfredodm on September 2nd, 2014 8:23 pm

    I’m just happy to see Kyle finally hitting ahead of Kendrys. It “only” took about month of meaningful baseball, but oh we’ll.

  18. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 8:23 pm

    Mariners baseball is fun again! Go Seager Go!

  19. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 8:24 pm

    Did we ever need this one!

  20. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 8:27 pm

    Cleveland has a two run lead on KC – in the bottom of the 10th – from the suspended Sunday night game. KC and Detroit are effectively tied. I think Detroit will overtake the royals, so KC is the team to beat IMO.

  21. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 8:28 pm

    Along with everyone else.

  22. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 8:32 pm

    KC is playing Tex right now so that KC / Cleveland game is being played when?

  23. msfanmike on September 2nd, 2014 8:36 pm

    Not sure of the makeup date for the royals vs Indians game. They only need to complete the bottom of the 10th inning, though.

    Edit: google search says September 22

  24. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 8:42 pm

    I hope I dont jinx anything by saying this *knock on wood* but James Paxton looks so good tonight! I remember when Walker was the talk of the town but this kid is taking over.

    Cano with the glove flip! wow!

  25. Breadbaker on September 2nd, 2014 8:44 pm

    The current Fangraphs win expectancy shows as 0 but that can’t be right, since it was 6.9% when the last batter in the top of the tenth came up with a runner on second and made out. It’s presumably a small amount larger than that.

  26. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:09 pm

    Uh oh. Looks like Paxton is either hitting the wall, or they have him figured out a bit. Either way, it’s his last batter faced.

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

    Why he is still in the game right now makes no sense to me.

  28. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:11 pm

    Huh…guessed wrong. Let him get out of the inning. Unless C. B. Bucknor squeezes him….I hate that guy. Some of them need to stay in the field, and NOT behind the plate.

  29. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:16 pm

    these inconsistent strike zones are so frustrating.

  30. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:17 pm

    He is consistently voted BY PLAYERS as the worse umpire in baseball. I wonder how many games he’s caused to be won/lost, and how many pitchers he’s ruined.

  31. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:18 pm

    I see pine tar right on the inside of Medina’s right elbow.

  32. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:20 pm

    Looks like he pulled his undershirt sleeve down a bit to cover it.

  33. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:21 pm

    !! where in the hell was that 1-2 pitch at? Ridiculous

  34. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    wow….of course this would be happening.

  35. Jake on September 2nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    Well, two strikeouts didn’t happen due to Bucknor’s awful strike zone.

  36. WTF_Ms on September 2nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    Well, maybe we can count THIS game as one that Bucknor has been a deciding factor. A few of the pitches in this inning alone should have been called strikes. Damn frustrating.

  37. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:22 pm

    We’re not doing this, by the way. I’ve already decided.

  38. Westside guy on September 2nd, 2014 9:24 pm

    Come ON guys…

  39. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:25 pm

    Medina can flash some good stuff but other times, like tonight, its just frustrating to watch him almost throw the game away.

  40. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:28 pm

    Is that James Jones running at 1B? They don’t like to tell us these things on the TV broadcast.

  41. eddieranch on September 2nd, 2014 9:28 pm

    Breadbaker, at the game and I was wondering the opposite. Why the hell is Paxton being pulled at mid 90s pitch count and a 6-0 lead.

  42. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:30 pm

    Nope, Jones hitting, Romero running.

  43. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:31 pm

    If you’re just going to bunt anyway, why not use Jones as the runner since he’s faster?

  44. JMB on September 2nd, 2014 9:33 pm

    Expanded rosters! It’s like an NL game!

  45. amnizu on September 2nd, 2014 9:36 pm

    because Romero is so awesome on the base paths

  46. Westside guy on September 2nd, 2014 9:36 pm

    Good job, Lloyd.

  47. G-Man on September 2nd, 2014 9:37 pm

    So why NOT pinch hit?

    And WTF was Romero doing?

  48. G-Man on September 2nd, 2014 9:37 pm

    Oh well, Rodney needs another save anyway.

  49. Grayfox3d on September 2nd, 2014 9:37 pm

    way to make an impression there Romero!

  50. Dennisss on September 2nd, 2014 9:39 pm

    Still kind of scratching around looking for that thing Romero does well.

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

    Pinch-hit homers in Atlanta are his calling card.

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

    2014 Mariners – Finding new ways to lose!

    No??? Always a nail biter…why?

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

    He looks stupid on a regular basis.

  54. 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.

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

    Oh jeez.

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

    F

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

    My user name says it all…

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

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

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

    Thank God.

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

    Phew

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

    Had it all the way.

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

    Had it all the way!!!

  63. 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.

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

    Heart slowly starting to beat again…

  65. 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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