Game 21, Mariners at Rangers

marc w · April 29, 2015 at 5:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. Wandy Rodriguez, 5:05pm

Happy Felix Day. This is more like it – King Felix on the hill, going for a series sweep. Such a different feeling than King Felix, heroically trying to stop a losing streak almost single-handedly.

The Rangers were projected to be terrible, and for as much as you-can’t-predict-baseball remains true, it’s nice to see some confirmation every now and again. The Rangers have a wRC+ of 71 as a team, or a bit worse than Derek Jeter hit last year. Their staff’s xFIP is 4.19, and they’ve already dealt with injuries to Derek Holland and Yu Darvish. It’s those injuries that have allowed former Astro Wandy Rodriguez another shot in MLB.

The lefty was a minor star with Houston, making his debut in their pennant-winning 2005 team, and racking up some 3-4 WAR seasons from 2007 to 2010. In 2011, he was traded to Pittsburgh, and that’s where the wheels came off. He dealt with minor injuries here and there, but lost his effectiveness pretty dramatically in 2014. The Pirates cut him, despite him having one of their richest contracts, in May of last year. This December, he signed a minor league deal with the dumpster-fire Phillies, but failed a physical. He signed another minor league deal with the Braves, but was cut early this month. The Rangers are trying to resuscitate the lefty’s career, and he actually won his first start against the Angels. The Rangers are risking nothing here, and he may soak up some meaningless innings to save development time for the Rangers’ prospects (or just kill time until Holland’s healthy). But man, these are the games you target as an opponent.

Rodriguez was always a fastball/curve guy. He’s got a four-seamer with tons of vertical rise, a sinker, and that big curve. He’s also got a change-up that he’s used pretty sparingly. His arsenal shouldn’t produce a ton of platoon splits, and that’s what we see – when he was good, they’d be normal, even, or even reversed, and when he was awful, he was an equal-opportunity offender. This isn’t a case where the M’s need to really overload their line-up, though if they do, that’s not the end of the world.

1: Jackson, CF
2: Ruggiano, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Weeks, LF
6: Morrison, 1B
7: Bloomquist, 3B
8: Zunino, C
9: Miller, SS
SP: King. Felix.

I know, I know, it’s not the end of the world, but man, the line-up looks different when Bloomquist replaces Seager. It’s equally true that Seager’s played nearly 150 straight games and the M’s really *should* give him more days off.

Apropos of nothing, Chris Taylor hit another double last night. Just…throwing that out there. The Rainiers lost the game 3-1 to Sacramento, however, wasting a pretty good pitching performance from Mike Montgomery. The lefty gave up doubles to ex-Mariner SS Carlos Triunfel AND Ronny Cedeno. The Rainiers have a well-earned travel day today.

Jackson beat Montgomery again 7-6 in 10 innings. DJ Peterson is showing some signs of life, going 2-4 with a double. The two clubs played an early one today on getaway day, and Jackson *again* nipped the Biscuits with a late-inning comeback. Today, DJ Peterson racked up yet another double, part of a 2-5 day. More, please. The star of the day was reliever Trevor Miller, who pitched 3 1/3 IP in the middle of the game, giving up no runs and striking out 7.

Bakersfield lost to Stockton 5-3, but I’d like to tip my cap to Tyler Pike who, while hit fairly hard, struck out 5 and walked only 1 in 5 IP. He was opposed by rehabbing A’s star Jarrod Parker, but the Blaze got to the lefty, scoring 3 runs in 5 IP, with Justin Seager picking up a 2B. Today, Edwin Diaz pitched six more brilliant innings, striking out 7 and giving 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs. The Blaze beat the Ports 2-1 on a Luis Caballero walk-off single in the 9th.

Clinton beat Wisconsin 7-2, behind a good start from Pat Peterson, who struck out 10 in 5 IP. Arby Fields homered for the L-Kings, and Gianfranco Wawoe extended his hitting streak to 13. Today, the TimberRattlers got their revenge, clubbing Clinton 10-2. Lukas Schiraldi was bad, and Osmer Morales was equally bad in relief. Joe DeCarlo had a good game at the plate, and yes, Gianfranco Wawoe got another hit and two walks. His slash line is now .365/.443/.500.


39 Responses to “Game 21, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. mksh21 on April 29th, 2015 5:23 pm

    Felix only 16 away from 2000 k’s now. Time really flies.

  2. thedude1987 on April 29th, 2015 5:41 pm

    Looks like Carlos Peguero read Dave Cameron’s chat today.

  3. hidalgo on April 29th, 2015 5:43 pm

    Pequero! You steal the King’s money then you show him up with a double. Where’s the justice?

  4. MrZDevotee on April 29th, 2015 5:44 pm

    Okay. Felix is officially “off” today… First he walks Beltre… Then he gives up a double and a run to Peguero.

    That just ain’t right. (snark)

  5. mksh21 on April 29th, 2015 5:59 pm

    it is terrifying to think what this offense would be without Cruz this month.

  6. WTF_Ms on April 29th, 2015 6:10 pm

    I wonder if they are keeping track of how many times the commentators say “2 strikes on Zunino”???

  7. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 6:18 pm

    Willie Bloomquist. Austin Jackson.

    Veteran presence 4th inning fail.

  8. MrZDevotee on April 29th, 2015 6:30 pm

    Wait, I thought “2 Strikes” was Zunino’s Indian name? You mean it’s just a coincidence they always say that before his name?

  9. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 6:31 pm

    Great AB by Cano. Wow. Sweeet!

    Only $213,000,000 left on that contract.

  10. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:34 pm

    Weeks of all people with 3 BBs?

  11. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:36 pm

    WOOOO good job AAA call up at 1B!

  12. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:36 pm

    Blanks drew a blank.

  13. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:40 pm

    Nice job again WFB.

  14. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 6:42 pm

    I would sure like to see Taylor sans Willie.

  15. Notfromboise on April 29th, 2015 6:42 pm

    Logan’s Runs are always a bonus! It does really feel like he’s turning the corner and getting his confidence back. We need him!

  16. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:43 pm

    Zunino’s hitting .121 after 59 ABs. How long are they going to let this continue?

  17. hidalgo on April 29th, 2015 6:45 pm

    I wonder how many times the announcers are going to say “Weak ground ball to short by Bloomquist”.

  18. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:47 pm

    Awesome! Congratulations Felix. Most innings pitched as a Mariner.

  19. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:48 pm

    Kick the ball girl out of the game!

  20. WTF_Ms on April 29th, 2015 6:52 pm

    How many times is Miller going to throw high to Morrison this year? I can count at least 3 times in the last 2 games.

  21. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:53 pm

    Miller got away with having his 3rd error in this series on that one.

  22. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 6:53 pm

    Millers throwing yips appear to have returned.

  23. WTF_Ms on April 29th, 2015 6:57 pm

    And he has great base running skills too!

  24. Jake on April 29th, 2015 6:57 pm

    WHY In the F**K is Ruggiano DUCKING?

  25. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 6:59 pm

    Flat footed at take-off. It’s really hard to steal 3B if you don’t get a walking lead.

  26. WTF_Ms on April 29th, 2015 7:00 pm

    It’s hard to steal 3rd in general, and if you’re Miller, impossible.

  27. Grayfox3d on April 29th, 2015 7:13 pm

    It would be nice if Cano remembered how to hit again.

  28. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 7:30 pm

    Cano is not going to the opposite field like he did last year. And he’s being pitched “away” quite a bit.

  29. californiamariner on April 29th, 2015 7:36 pm

    Mike Zunino 2 walks!! TWO!!!

  30. Grayfox3d on April 29th, 2015 7:39 pm

    Mike, I did notice that the Twins put on the shift for Cano it seemed every at bat.

  31. Jake on April 29th, 2015 7:48 pm

    Real nice job, Danny.

  32. Grayfox3d on April 29th, 2015 7:50 pm

    so does Rodney pitch again tonight?

  33. Longgeorge1 on April 29th, 2015 8:02 pm

    Thank-you Texas great D

  34. californiamariner on April 29th, 2015 8:03 pm

    Logan Morrison’s BABIP regressing so hard tonight.

  35. msfanmike on April 29th, 2015 8:05 pm

    Mixed in with two pretty gracious scorekeeper rulings. That’s okay … He was due for a few breaks.

  36. leon0112 on April 29th, 2015 8:08 pm

    Will the ninth be an adventure?

  37. leon0112 on April 29th, 2015 8:09 pm

    Rodney and Miller get the first batter out!

  38. leon0112 on April 29th, 2015 8:11 pm

    Miller throws the first two hitters of ninth out!

  39. Grayfox3d on April 29th, 2015 8:14 pm

    Nice job boys!!!! thanks to alot of help from the Rangers we are on a winning streak!

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