Game 130, Mariners at White Sox

marc w · August 29, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Jeff Samardzija, 4:10pm

The M’s look for a series win tonight against Jeff Samardzija, one of the White Sox disappointments. Acquiring him from Oakland was one of a series of bold moves aimed at jump starting their rebuild and making a play for a wild card spot.

Instead, players like Samardzija have regressed right along with the Sox returning players like Jose Abreu. With the Royals running away with the division, even a great year from Shark may not have mattered, but his decline may be a concern as he hits free agency. Lefties have teed off on him this season, and his K%, GB% and HR% all went the wrong way. He still throws 95 with good control and flashes elite potential, but he hasn’t quite harnessed those tools yet.

1: Marte, SS
2: Seager, 3B
3: Cruz, RF
4: Cano, 2B
5: Smith, LF
6: Morrison, 1B
7: Trumbo, DH
8: Miller, CF
9: Sucre, C

James Paxton’s 2nd rehab start was mediocre, as he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, but the bullpen and bats bailed him out. Jabari Blash’s HR led the way, and the R’s won 8-3. Adrian Sampson starts tonight.

Jackson’s anemic offense was back after their 11-run outburst the other day as Pensacola shut them down 7-1. Misael Siverio starts tonight in Jackson.

High Desert beat Bakersfield 2-1. Former 3B Ramon Morla pitched a scoreless inning for the Blaze and struck out 3 around a walk. Something to keep an eye on; I love ex-position player pitchers. Tyler Pike faces off against Reed Garrett in Adelanto.

Clinton shut out Burlington 4-0 with Tyler Herb going 5 IP for the win. The L-Kings had 10 base hits. Jarrett Brown takes the hill for Clinton tonight.

Everett beat Tri City 4-1 on a bullpen day with Rohn Pierce, Spencer Herrmann and Joey Strain all tossing multiple (effective) innings. Taylor Zeutenhorst homered for the AquaSox. Luiz Gohara makes the start tonight – one of his last in yet another disappointing season.


10 Responses to “Game 130, Mariners at White Sox”

  1. jak924 on August 29th, 2015 3:43 pm

    No point in reviewing the minors. Move along, nothing to see there.
    It’s hollowed-out.

  2. bluemoonking on August 29th, 2015 4:52 pm

    I think the next 30 days can be a turning point in the Mariners future. I read a lot of articles by respectable people. I think we all knew how bad it became. Right now there does not seem like there is much there. I prefer to let the dust settle and see how the new GM and baseball people address the problems.

    It sounds like Mr. Mather understands the problems and how to fix them. And if the Mariners are in the same position 4 years from now, it will be him leaving and I think he knows it.

    Mr Mather has done very well on the business side and now it is time to do well on the baseball side…

  3. bluemoonking on August 29th, 2015 4:58 pm

    Would still prefer to see Seager bat 4th or 5th and Cano 2nd.

    Lastly, I wonder how much influence and pressure was placed on Mac to do things a certain way and set the line up and who plays. Jack Z is not and was not a bonafide baseball person…

  4. Longgeorge1 on August 29th, 2015 5:19 pm

    Jak924 In AAA there are three guys that look promising. Two are actually a couple of pick-ups we just got from the Yanks.
    Ramon Flores (LF)- showed a real knack for being an “Anti-Mariner”. Athletic and was leading the planet in OBP. In true Mariner fashion he just broke his leg and is done for the season.
    JC Ramirez (RP) 95+ fastball and seems to have a clue.
    Then there is Jabari Blash. Sees to be off the weed. After he came up from AA has shown great power and is very patient. Draws a lot of walks. Being a power guy that gets deep in counts he will K, but not excessively. A little rough on running routes but the glove seems fine and has a + arm even in RF.
    After that the cupboard is pretty bare.

  5. djw on August 29th, 2015 5:20 pm

    It sounds like Mr. Mather understands the problems and how to fix them.

    What gave you that impression? When I read this:

    My reaction was “wow, he really doesn’t know anything about baseball, although I appreciate how refreshingly candid he is about that fact.”

  6. Longgeorge1 on August 29th, 2015 5:24 pm

    “It sounds like Mr. Mather understands the problems and how to fix them.”

    Mather looking for an “experienced” GM bothers me. Aren’t all the “experienced” guys that are on the street unemployed because they failed at their last gig?

  7. bluemoonking on August 29th, 2015 5:31 pm

    I read that too. But I am hopeful that Mather is going to get a GM and not another wanna be like Z…

    First time since spring training that I have felt good about the Mariners. I know the problems, I have seen and been following the players. It’s shit… But maybe there is something to work with. Won’t know until the new GM puts their people and systems in place.

    Again, if Mather does not fix this HE WILL BE NEXT!!!!!

  8. Westside guy on August 29th, 2015 7:29 pm

    I’m assuming one of the “experienced” voices he will be listening to is Howard Lincoln.

    Which is rather depressing.

  9. bluemoonking on August 29th, 2015 7:56 pm

    Ya, that is a thought that could keep you up at night…

  10. eponymous coward on August 30th, 2015 8:50 am

    Would still prefer to see Seager bat 4th or 5th and Cano 2nd.

    Why does it make much of a difference? Cano has a higher lifetime SLG, if you really want to get down to it, and thus you could legitimately bat him in a “power hitter” spot.

    You definitely want to bunch Seager/Cano/Cruz/Smith together.

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