Game 161, Angels at Mariners

marc w · September 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

James Paxton vs. CJ Wilson, 6:10pm

Hisashi Iwakuma did his part. Now it’s James Paxton’s turn to shake off a terrible start and keep the M’s slim playoff hopes alive.

I wrote a bunch about Wilson the last time he faced off against Paxton, ten days ago. I had a well researched story of decline and aging, and he went and shut the M’s out for seven innings, out-dueling Paxton and getting the win. But like the M’s, my narrative isn’t technically dead: in his next start, Wilson faced the A’s and didn’t make it out of the first, yielding six runs on two hits and four walks (no Ks) in 2/3 of an inning. Since August 1st, Wilson’s given up 34 runs and 34 walks against 42 Ks in 53 1/3 IP. This is a sustained, sustainable slump with a weird, unfortunate seven inning blip against the M’s. No more blips, M’s.

The Angels wrapped up the best record in the AL the other day when Toronto beat Baltimore, and Mike Scioscia mentioned that while he’s not going to turn the line-up over to AAA call-ups entirely, he will get his starters out of the game earlier to get some rest. The big game to watch today is the A’s/Rangers tilt in Arlington, where Jeff Samardzija faces off against Derek Holland, who’s been sharp since coming off the DL a month or so ago. [EDIT]. Awww, c’mon Texas. The Rangers scratched Holland and start Scott Baker instead.]

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

If you’re heading to the game, it’s going to be a bit crowded. The Sounders have a game at 1 across the street, and then the Huskies/Stanford game starts at 1:15. It’s a night game, I know, but I imagine there’ll be some traffic from fans leaving those two events. Not a great night for a 6pm start, but hey, go M’s.


276 Responses to “Game 161, Angels at Mariners”

  1. HighlightsAt11 on September 27th, 2014 10:07 pm

    About effin time.

  2. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:08 pm

    Oh, and it would be nice if you can pitch a complete game win tomorrow, King. Since we have no bullpen now.

  3. Longgeorge1 on September 27th, 2014 10:08 pm

    Our odds are 1 In 4

  4. Westside guy on September 27th, 2014 10:08 pm

    Yeah they did, djw, plus they sorta muffed the first part.

  5. The Hamms Bear on September 27th, 2014 10:09 pm

    I’ll take those odds!

  6. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:09 pm

    Yep, tried the DP, but sort of last second decision by 2b, and then the SS bobbled it at 2nd, late to first with Jackson haulin’ ass down the line.

  7. madatms on September 27th, 2014 10:09 pm

    I/we am still living barely

  8. djw on September 27th, 2014 10:10 pm

    I’ll take it.

  9. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:10 pm

    Please God (figure of speech only) let Holland pitch tomorrow for Texas, since he was scratched today for a migraine.

  10. Longgeorge1 on September 27th, 2014 10:11 pm

    Understand Texas is going with Holland, if true I like Texas’ chances and I like Felix

  11. HighlightsAt11 on September 27th, 2014 10:11 pm

    Mr Z, you’re cool. No need to explain your comments or yourself. Cheers!

    Down to the last day. Who would have predicted. Til tomorrow.

  12. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:11 pm

    I was half tuned out the past 3 days, anyone know who would start Monday if King pitches tomorrow and we tie the A’s?

  13. madatms on September 27th, 2014 10:13 pm

    what is the pitching match up in Tx tomorrow

  14. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:14 pm

    It’s setting up sweet though… A’s would have to fly in to play at Safeco, and we just go get a good night’s sleep. Half hour drive home.

    The long Seattle travel location plays in our favor that way.

    Maybe Texas can win it in 19 innings tomorrow?

  15. Longgeorge1 on September 27th, 2014 10:15 pm

    One game at a time! Monday would be Nivana if we make it.

  16. Westside guy on September 27th, 2014 10:17 pm

    MrZ is now going to overthink every word he says for the next several days. My work here is done.

    Now if only I’d occasionally think before I type… Nah, never gonna happen.

  17. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:18 pm

    My two favorite pitchers in baseball– Felix and Derek Holland. As of right now.

  18. MrZDevotee on September 27th, 2014 10:20 pm

    Westy, wait… I… It wasn’t… Dammit.

    Shalom. Or Gezeundheit.

  19. Westside guy on September 27th, 2014 10:23 pm


  20. Utis on September 27th, 2014 10:31 pm

    We are playing with house money from here.

  21. JMB on September 27th, 2014 10:32 pm

    Holy crap! Haven’t seen this many comments on a game thread in ages!

  22. zzyzx on September 27th, 2014 11:58 pm

    Everyone go tomorrow! Alas I’m running up in Bellingham and don’t think I can get back to town in time but it’ll be amazing!

    I can’t believe I watching constantly checking the score of a M’s game in late September, while seeing a concert (Elton John) no less.

  23. LongDistance on September 28th, 2014 12:09 am

    Three good reasons for wanting a win, regardless of the playoff outcome.

    a) Denies LA their 99.

    b) Gives Felix the must-win sort of win which will show doubters that he can, indeed, go into the deep pressure, trophy end, part of a baseball season.

    c) End the season on a real uptick which, depending on other things, will either be delirious or bittersweet … but in any case gratifyingly unlike the uninteresting and disownable piles of meh of season ends of the past.

    Go M’s! You effing bunch of ………


  24. HighlightsAt11 on September 28th, 2014 12:47 am shows Nick Martinez as the scheduled starter for the Rangers tomorrow.

  25. naviomelo on September 28th, 2014 12:49 am

    273 comments? You guys are nuts! This is more like it!!! GO MARINERS!!!

    Seriously thinking about going to the Rangers game down here tomorrow, but if I do, I won’t be able to watch Felix Day!

    Highlights – apparently Tim Bogar said that if Holland feels up to it, he’s going to throw him out there tomorrow.

  26. enazario on September 28th, 2014 8:50 am

    I’ve waited a long time just for September to matter. Go Mariners!

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