Game 97, Blue Jays at Mariners

marc w · July 24, 2015 at 5:45 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. Drew Hutchison, 7:10pm

Happy Felix Day. I’m sorry I missed the last two games of the Detroit series, if only because Guti’s pinch-hit slam was probably the best moment in this go-nowhere year. Iwakuma matching up with fellow trade-deadline-target David Price wasn’t bad either, if you can get past the volume of missed chances the M’s had.

Today, the M’s welcome the Jays, a team that’s close enough in the wild card chase to be a buyer over the next week. One reason they’re targeting pitching has been the disappointing year from tonight’s starter, Drew Hutchison, who was dominant down the stretch last year. He altered his slider a bit and it turned into a righty-killing strikeout pitch, and helped elevate Hutchison from “promising” to potential star. There were problems, though. His change-up wasn’t terribly effective, and as a result, lefties hit him hard. Like most pitchers in Toronto, he gave up a few too many HRs, and despite a solid K rate, he allowed too many baserunners to score thanks to dreadful numbers from the stretch. He seemed to find a way forward in the second half of 2014, but he had a well-defined list of issues to work on as well.

In 2015, he’s been a different pitcher. Instead of working on his weaknesses, it’s what we thought were his strengths that have failed him. The slider is back to its first-half-of-2014 shape, and righties are now hitting it without a lot of trouble. Worse, they’re also teeing off on his fastball. Some of this is BABIP related, and some of this is the result of a terrible April when his velo was down a tick. I don’t think a bad April can explain away all of the problems, however. One thing he may want to look at is predictability. Hutchison loves to use his fastball up, especially against lefties. He throws his slider to one spot – low and away to righties. That’s a decent spot and all, but he’s thrown it there more than he has thrown it in every part of the strikezone combined. Whatever the reason, the result is that righties are hitting him harder than *lefties* did last year, and his strand rate has only gotten worse. Last year, he seemed like a guy on the cusp of a breakout thanks to an ERA that was well above his FIP. Instead, he’s just pushed that gap wider, as his ERA is now 1.4 runs higher than his FIP.

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

Tacoma was crushed 9-2 by the Salt Lake Bees, though the game was notable for the CF debut of Ketel Marte. Marte homered in the game as well, but Chien-Ming Wang was hit hard.
The M’s MWL affiliate got no-hit last night by Peoria. Rehabbing Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia went the first 5, and the Chiefs bullpen kept the Lumberkings hitless.
Edwin Diaz pitched pretty well, notching seven consecutive strikeouts at one point, but his Jackson Generals were shut out by Montgomery. Have I mentioned how dispiriting this year’s been in the minors? Yeah.
Tyler O’Neill hit 2 HRs in his first game back from Pan-Am games duty with Team Canada, and Bakersfield beat San Jose 8-5. Those were O’Neill’s 17th and 18th bombs on the year.
Everett cruised past Spokane 8-1 behind solid pitching from Anthony Misiewicz and Andrew Moore. Misiewicz had 7 Ks in 4 IP, and Moore still hasn’t given up a walk this year in 18 IP. \

Jimmy Gilheeney, Stephen Landazuri, Dan Altavilla, Tyler Herb and good ol’ TBD start for the M’s affiliates today. The game of the day is probably in the Cal League where Altavilla faces off with Giants’ prospect Martin Agosta, who blanked Bakersfield over 8 IP recently.


33 Responses to “Game 97, Blue Jays at Mariners”

  1. jak924 on July 24th, 2015 6:02 pm

    I am sick to death of the phrase ‘Happy Felix Day.’ There’s absolutely NOTHING ‘happy’about this team. It stinks and it’s a complete dumpster fire.

  2. ck on July 24th, 2015 6:16 pm

    Perhaps the M’s consider Ketel Marte a better Centerfield option next year than Brad Miller.

  3. WestyHerr on July 24th, 2015 7:12 pm

    Happy No Decision/Run Support Day!

  4. Longgeorge1 on July 24th, 2015 7:14 pm

    Well on paper there is no way we can lose tonight. Of Course on paper we were to have the AL West wrapped up be on our way to the Series.

    ck – Marte seems blocked. CF might be his only option. Cano at 2b and he doesn’t have a SS arm

  5. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 7:20 pm

    This is not starting out how I would of liked. If we could just win Felix starts for the rest of the season I’d be fine with that, since the season is over anyways.

  6. tame on July 24th, 2015 7:23 pm

    Well at least the team seem to have decided to provide us with some comic relief. Have never seen a runner come home because the 1st baseman wasn’t watching.

  7. Longgeorge1 on July 24th, 2015 7:25 pm

    tame – Haven’t you ever watched T-Ball?

  8. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 7:42 pm

    Trumbo walked! Things are different now!

  9. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 8:03 pm

    Come on, Nelson. Clobber something!

  10. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 8:26 pm

    You get a hit! you get a hit! and you!!! get a HIT!!!!

  11. Longgeorge1 on July 24th, 2015 8:31 pm

    We have to be leading the world in bad base running. Is there another that makes more outs from bad base running?

  12. Sowulo on July 24th, 2015 8:34 pm

    This team just plays like it has a very low I.Q. top to bottom.

  13. msfanmike on July 24th, 2015 8:34 pm

    Nothing quite like crisp, well played, heads-up baseball.

    Nothing like it.

  14. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 8:37 pm

    I agree, Mike.

    It’s just too bad we don’t ever get to see that.

  15. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2015 8:42 pm

    You mean we don’t get to see those plays made by Mariners.

  16. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 8:45 pm


  17. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2015 8:46 pm

    So of course we see Seager with a great heads-up play followed by a crushed ball by Cano.

    Give me more.

  18. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 8:47 pm

    I was a little worried Cruz would blow out his knee running hard like that because, Mariners. But it’s nice to see Cano make good contact.

  19. WalterNeff on July 24th, 2015 8:57 pm

    Help me with something. strike three passed ball. Batter gets to first, but it’s still recorded as a strike out, yes?

  20. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 9:02 pm

    That’s correct, Walter – as far as the pitcher’s stats go, it’s a strikeout.

  21. Longgeorge1 on July 24th, 2015 9:03 pm

    Yes there are a few oddities in baseball scoring, although I agree with this one.

    I don’t like “vulture wins” and no errors on the second half of DP’s.

  22. Westside guy on July 24th, 2015 9:04 pm

    Well, that was quite a homer.

  23. WalterNeff on July 24th, 2015 9:07 pm

    2001 Ms: 5.72 runs per game. yikes!

  24. msfanmike on July 24th, 2015 9:11 pm

    The marine layer was a lot thinner in 2001.

    That’s probably THE reason.

  25. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 9:11 pm

    I certainly will not miss Austin Jackson when he departs.

  26. WalterNeff on July 24th, 2015 9:15 pm

    The following year – f*** you Billy Beane – 5.02 per game.

  27. msfanmike on July 24th, 2015 9:16 pm

    I’m glad Marte us being converted to CF now, rather than in the offseason. I hope it works out. A switch hitting CF with good speed is exactly what every team could use.

  28. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 9:45 pm

    I’m happy that Justin Smoak has not hurt us this game, unlike when Erasamo decided he was gonna show us a thing or two.

  29. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 9:46 pm

    Msfanmake! thats perfect trade bait for Z to pick up a big hitter on the wrong side of 30 years old to add to this team.

  30. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 9:49 pm

    After a pretty well put together game today by the Mariners, I fully suspect them to completely shit the bed tomorrow.

  31. Grayfox3d on July 24th, 2015 9:53 pm

    well… except of course the undisciplined base running is absolute trash. It seems that Lloyd does not care to teach or reiterate the small things in baseball that lead to wins/runs.

  32. tame on July 24th, 2015 9:58 pm

    Lloyd just stubbornly refuses to believe anything that any other half clued manager does like how high the negative value of a caught stealing is or that Beimel going 0-3 against A-Rod is meaningless small sample size.

  33. stevemotivateir on July 24th, 2015 10:27 pm

    Miller gets picked off and Logan get’s thrown out easily. Poor focus and bad ideas, yet they won.

    I hope everyone in the dugout was paying attention when Seager took third.

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