Game 50, Indians at Mariners

marc w · May 31, 2015 at 11:49 am · Filed Under Mariners 

JA Happ vs. Danny Salazar, 1:10pm

Danny Salazar is a small righty with a huge fastball and an array of visually incredible breaking/offspeed pitches. The Dominican signed with Cleveland in 2006, debuted in the Indians US rookie affiliate in 2008, and logged 100 innings in A ball in 2009. That season, he struck out 5 per 9, and had a FIP pushing 5. A live arm is nice and all, but his transformation from org depth to nuclear-grade young ace in waiting is still pretty stunning. Part of the problem was health, as he missed most of 2010 and 2011 with injury, but he returned as a different guy – he started missing more bats in high-A and dominated in a quick trip to AA. Then, in 2013, no one could touch him. He struck out 194 in 144 innings, culminating in 10 mostly brilliant starts with the major league club. Expectations were incredibly high last year, but he scuffled a bit despite a solid 3.52 FIP. This being the Indians, Salazar yielded a BABIP of .343, and struggled against same-handed hitters.

Part of the problem is his slider. It looks great, and when he keeps it down, it’s a good swing-and-miss pitch. But he has a tendency to hang it, resulting in a career average-against of .307 and a SLG% over .500. That’s incredibly bad for someone who throws so hard and uses the breaking ball as a putaway pitch. Luckily for Salazar, his change/split has been better, and tends to stay down more than the slider. Thanks to the split, Salazar’s run reverse splits over his brief career; his FIP against lefties is under 3, while his FIP against righties is a full run higher. The splitter’s helped him strike out more lefties, while mistake sliders have pushed his HR rate higher against righties. This season, Salazar’s added a curve ball to try and get a breaking ball that works against righties AND lefties. It’s a bit too early to tell if it’ll be successful, as he’s only thrown 30 or so of them.

1: Jackson, CF
2: Smith, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Castillo, C
7: Morrison, 1B
8: Miller, SS
9: Ackley, LF
SP: Happ

Sounders game today at 2pm, so if you go to the game be advised: it’s going to be crowded in Sodo.

The Rainiers beat Round Rock last night behind a great game from Forrest Snow, who allowed 1R in 6 IP. The R’s had their customary struggles in the 9th, but Mayckol Guaipe only gave up 2, and the Rainiers had enough of a cushion. Mike Montgomery starts today.

Rancho Cucamonga beat Bakersfield 3-1 in a game with plenty of M’s ties. The winning pitcher for the Quakes was Erik Bedard, and RC’s starting SS was Dillon Moyer, Jamie’s son. Dan Altavilla got the loss. Bakersfield sends lefty Tyler Pike to the mound today against the Quakes.

Clinton lost 5-1 to Cedar Rapids despite a solid game from starter Lukas Schiraldi. Reliever Hawtin Buchanon gave up 4 runs in 2/3 of an inning in the 7th, though, and that was that. Zach Littell starts today against the Kernels.


12 Responses to “Game 50, Indians at Mariners”

  1. Kazinski on May 31st, 2015 1:40 pm

    Nice to to see Cruz DHing today, this is a pretty decent defensive team, even with Miller instead of Taylor.

  2. Celadus on May 31st, 2015 1:41 pm

    I note with great interest that Lancaster beat High Desert 16-3 last night. A player named Derek Fisher was making his high A debut for Lancaster and he had what must rank among the top 10 debuts of all time, minor or major leagues, with any given club.

    AB 6
    R 3
    H 4
    RBI 12

    That’s no typo–12 RBIs, including two grand slams. He also hit a third home run.

  3. Kazinski on May 31st, 2015 2:41 pm

    They gave Ackley a hit on that bunt, and charged Morrison’s run to the error. Ackley needs the help, but it was a pretty good bunt.

  4. Woodcutta on May 31st, 2015 4:43 pm

    So the M’s only have one reliever left after 10 innings. The game better end soon.

  5. Jake on May 31st, 2015 4:44 pm

    I don’t know, WFB pitching would be fun to watch.

  6. Kazinski on May 31st, 2015 5:08 pm

    I went outside to work on a project when Rodney came in in the ninth, I didn’t want to watch the disaster unfold. I’m pleasantly surprised he didn’t blow it but it looks like he made it interesting.

  7. WTF_Ms on May 31st, 2015 5:16 pm

    This game is a disaster. It’s the poster child for missed opportunities.

  8. henryv on May 31st, 2015 5:19 pm

    Is this game as boring on TV as it is in person?

  9. californiamariner on May 31st, 2015 5:29 pm

    Pretty much, Henry, pretty much.

  10. nvn8vbryce on May 31st, 2015 5:36 pm

    Is it just me, or are we going to have some serious bullpen issues this homestand? Looks like we’ve pretty much used everyone we have…

  11. pdome01 on May 31st, 2015 5:40 pm

    Is it me or can the Mariners not score more than 3 runs a game even when they’re given 3 extra innings

  12. Westside guy on May 31st, 2015 6:07 pm

    I dunno… given Cleveland outhit the Mariners 3-1 even in regulation, I’d think their fans might’ve been bemoaning a lot of “missed opportunities” as well.

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