Game 64, Mariners at Rays

marc w · June 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Tai Walker vs. Jake Odorizzi, 4:10pm

So, the M’s have a Texas Rangers problem. We’ll see how the Rangers’ loss of Yu Darvish affects them, though of course, it hasn’t hurt them yet in either 2015 or 2016.

Tonight, the M’s take on Tampa, a team that’s off to a bit of a slow start, but could potentially figure into the wild card picture with a strong second half and a collapse or two in their (tough) division. Jake Odorizzi continues to develop his rising four-seam, sinking splitter game, and he’s now in his second year of holding opponents’ BABIP well below average, thanks to lots of pop-ups and lazy fly balls. But I think the Rays are still waiting on him to make the leap from nice-to-have middle of the rotation guy to strong #2. Somewhat like with Drew Smyly, Odorizzi’s been hurt by home runs, and while his ERA’s better than his dinger-inflated FIP, it’s still not great for 2016 (it’s not bad, either). Odorizzi shows flashes, but he’s lacked consistency and still struggles to get out righties.

A righty himself, his four-seam and split combo has been death to lefties for a few years. The strongly reverse splits looked like a fluke, or due for some regression at least, but Odorizzi’s doubled down in 2016, with a FIP of 2.33 vs. lefties and *5.28* against righties.

1: Martin, CF
2: Smith, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Lind, 1B
7: Iannetta, C
8: Aoki, LF
9: Marte, SS
SP: Walker

A lefty-heavy line-up. Hmm.


20 Responses to “Game 64, Mariners at Rays”

  1. djw on June 14th, 2016 4:16 pm

    Let’s see if Walker gets the same XXL strike zone Odorizzi’s getting.

  2. stevemotivateir on June 14th, 2016 4:47 pm

    Tampa exploiting Marte’s error in humiliating fashion. Dickerson crushed that.

  3. stevemotivateir on June 14th, 2016 5:20 pm

    Seriously, what is up with Mariners pitchers giving up dingers this season?

  4. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 5:20 pm

    the amount of home runs the pitching has given up lately is really go… fuc…. just stupid.

  5. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 5:23 pm

    just pissing away another good start by the offense.

  6. mrakbaseball on June 14th, 2016 5:25 pm

    Well, I hope this latest injury isn’t serious.

  7. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 5:25 pm

    just what we needed! another rotation injury.

  8. djw on June 14th, 2016 5:26 pm

    Yikes. Was looking forward to a gem based on the first inning.

  9. Westside guy on June 14th, 2016 6:25 pm

    Just came in… What happened to Taijuan?

  10. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 6:27 pm

    Aggrevated right Achilles tendon.

  11. Westside guy on June 14th, 2016 6:28 pm


    Okay, Lind, let’s earn that paycheck!

  12. Westside guy on June 14th, 2016 6:39 pm

    It seems like, this season, Sims has been on the radio side a lot more often than he was in past seasons… or am I imagining that?

  13. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 6:48 pm

    Vincent is such a damn Liability! thanks for losing this game for us!!! F YOU!

  14. Westside guy on June 14th, 2016 6:49 pm


  15. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 6:49 pm

    I really dont know why Vincent is still around, every time he has come in he gives up at LEAST 1 run, and usually by way of home run.

  16. Notfromboise on June 14th, 2016 6:52 pm

    1. ) at least we are hitting

    2. ) Diaz looked really good.

    Thats all i got at the moment. Go Ms!

  17. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 6:54 pm

    and now Montgomery either can’t throw a strike or this strike zone sucks…

  18. Grayfox3d on June 14th, 2016 6:59 pm

    oh well im out for a while, dont care to watch them flounder away another damn loss… gonna listen to Tom Petty Free Fallin because thats what the Mariners are doin.

  19. djw on June 14th, 2016 10:39 pm

    I really dont know why Vincent is still around,

    You’re kidding, right? ERA, FIP, and XFIP are all below 3. K:BB ratio of 9:1. He’s been excellent. Don’t overreact to the last couple of games.

  20. Notfromboise on June 15th, 2016 3:32 am

    We’re competitive. We got the pieces in place. The Texas games feel a lot more like Texas succeeding than the Mariners failing.

    It’s been a solid year for Martin in center, Marte at short. Walker and Paxton continue to show promise. Montgomery and Nuno prove worthy additions to the pitching staff.

    As for the older band aids, Ianetta has been solid if unspectacular, Smith and Aoki are a far cry from the days of Endy Chavez and Willie Bloomquist… Lee has been praise-worthy, Lind has been passable as of late. I do like Cishek, and can’t wait for Zych and Furbush to get back in the pink. Miley’s been exactly the unspectacular innings eater we expected, and Nate Karns has been arguably our most consistant pitcher.

    Could be worse 🙂

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