Game 91, Astros at Mariners

marc w · July 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Lance McCullers, 1:10pm

After losing to Doug Fister and the Astros last night, it’s not going to get any easier today, as the M’s face hard throwing Lance McCullers. The young righty uses a hard, sinking four seam fastball averaging 95 mph around 40% of the time, but his primary pitch is an extremely hard curveball that gets some serious movement and is thrown at 85. He throws that hook almost half the time, mixing in a rare change and cutter.

Coming up through the minors, McCullers struggled with walks, a problem he seemed to largely correct last year. This year, though, the problem’s back; his walk rate’s over 13%. It hasn’t mattered, somehow. McCullers’ ground ball rate and hard breaking curve have helped him limit HRs, and they’re also pushing his K rate up near 29-30%.

1: Robertson, LF
2: Martin, CF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Seager, 3B
5: Lee, 1B
6: Lind, DH
7: Gutierrez, RF
8: Sucre, C
9: O’Malley, SS
SP: Iwakuma

That line-up is…something.

Chris Taylor had a career day for the Dodgers last night, finishing a single short of the cycle and launching a long grand slam for his first HR. The HR in particular looked like a swing he just wasn’t capable of when he was here. I still wonder what the M’s tried to do with Taylor, especially in 2015, where the M’s seemed to focus on hitting to the opposite field and working counts.

The biggest story of the night came in Tacoma, where Felix Hernandez tossed 5 2/3 brilliant innings against Colorado Springs. Felix gave up 1 run on a solo HR, and he struck out 7 while walking only 1. DJ Peterson had 2 hits, and Tyler Smith homered. Jarrett Grube starts for the R’s tonight.

Luiz Gohara struck out 9 in 6 solid innings for Clinton, giving up 2 R in the L-Kings 4-2 win. Perhaps no prospect in the M’s system has seen his results improve as much as Gohara – not DJ, not Alex Jackson, not Tyler Herb. Great to see the Brazilian go from talented enigma to low-minors force.

Speaking of Herb, he’s in AA now, and he’s starting for Jackson today.


12 Responses to “Game 91, Astros at Mariners”

  1. Dennisss on July 16th, 2016 1:32 pm

    With what passes for our ace — at least until Wednesday – on the mound, we don’t need the A lineup.

  2. Dennisss on July 16th, 2016 1:33 pm

    This lineup is more of a B-

  3. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 2:58 pm

    I obviously haven’t been paying attention… Who the heck is Robertson?

  4. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 3:09 pm

    Well whoever Robertson is, a crack defender he is not. That was almost Liddi bad.

  5. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 3:13 pm

    Kuma certainly brought his A game today!

  6. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 3:29 pm

    Trying to bunt? That was a bizarre decision to make against Diaz. Maybe he didn’t recognize that a new pitcher was in the game? 😉

  7. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 3:57 pm

    Woo hoo! Mariners win, 1-0!

  8. Dennisss on July 16th, 2016 4:18 pm

    B- lineup was barely enough. Thanks to Kuma.

  9. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 7:40 pm

    Could someone explain why Sucre is up? I was on vacation until a couple days ago, and it’s obvious I missed a number of things (Robertson; Sucre; Cruz and Marte getting banged up).

  10. Celadus on July 16th, 2016 8:18 pm

    Westside: “Could someone explain why Sucre is up?”

    Clevenger on DL. Decision was that Zunino wouldn’t get enough playing time because of all-star break and upcoming pitching matchups.

  11. Westside guy on July 16th, 2016 8:27 pm

    Thank you, Celadus.

  12. davepaisley on July 18th, 2016 8:28 am

    Tyler Herb promoted to AA?

    It’s about thyme.

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