Game 112, Tigers at Mariners

marc w · August 9, 2016 at 4:47 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Wade LeBlanc vs. Daniel Norris, 7:10pm

Things are different now, Scott Servais says. What the M’s can overlook when they’re ten games back (or ten games up) can’t be overlooked with the M’s now 2.5 games out of the second wildcard. Thus, Taijuan Walker’s been demoted due to a lack of competitive edge. The Mariners, who started someone named Mike Freeman at shortstop *because Shawn O’Malley was sick* need to squeeze every ounce of production out of each spot.

The Zduriencik M’s used to talk a good game about talent, and trying to be more talented than their opponents. I have no idea what this new emphasis on ‘edge’ is, but there’s no doubt the M’s are less talented today than they were 2 weeks ago. They are also on a winning streak, so hey, maybe talent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But let’s be clear: the M’s are removing Walker from their rotation because Ariel Miranda threw a good game once and Wade LeBlanc’s the hot hand. Everything that makes this move coherent and ‘logical’ takes it further from a process we’d recognize as data driven and rational. It smacks of pop psychology and tiny samples. Of course, it’s worked to date, so maybe we just need to stop worrying and sweep the Tigers.

Detroit starts former top prospect (of the Blue Jays) Daniel Norris. The lefty has a fastball around 93, a slider, curve and another good change up. Personally, I think Michael Fulmer’s change, fastball and everything else are better, and apparently big league hitters agree. Norris is an extreme fly ball pitcher and he’s paid the price for that in home runs but hasn’t extracted a benefit in terms of low BABIP.

He’s also suffered some control problems that he seems to be moving past, but again, when he’s around the plate, he gets hit fairly hard. His slider in particular has been a longstanding problem. Batters are slugging .533 on it, and given that it’s his put away pitch to same-handed batters, that’s insanely bad. Lefties have, perhaps unsurprisingly, hit Norris harder than righties, who face his best pitch, the change.

1: Heredia, LF
2: Gutierrez, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz,
5: Lee, 1B
6: Seager, 3B
7: Iannetta, C
8: Martin, CF
9: Marte, SS
SP: LeBlanc

The standard vs. LHP lineup? Ah well. Go M’s.

The M’s roster fallout continues, as the Yankees picked up DFA’d reliever Blake Parker, while these Tigers just claimed Donn Roach. On the plus side, sounds like Arquimedes Caminero will be active tonight and Pat Venditte should make his Rainiers debut tonight at Cheney (hat tip, Curto, of course).

More importantly, Ketel Marte’s been activated from the DL, so the M’s have an actual SS on the roster again.


69 Responses to “Game 112, Tigers at Mariners”

  1. JMB on August 10th, 2016 12:04 am

    Dave Sims “This is plenty deep! Oh yeah!”

    And I’m like, “It is? Do you remember who’s on 3rd?”

  2. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 12:06 am

    Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing JMB!

  3. Notfromboise on August 10th, 2016 12:07 am

    Anything short of hitting it to the Space Needle might require a slide @JMB haha

    Zunino drives in Lind! — Now that makes for a fun unexpected headline.

    edit: don’t look now. 6 games over .500!

  4. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 7:33 pm

    Yeah, Verla dear, I’d walk Seager and take my chances with Lind too.

    … and, unsurprisingly, it worked.

  5. Notfromboise on August 10th, 2016 7:38 pm

    Game 113 (King Vs. Verlander)

    My thoughts exactly, Westside. In fact, I completely refuse to respect any managerial decision that puts Lind in the game prior to the 7th inning.

    Glad to see Cano came to play, though. That might be the only run of the night, considering the Lind/Zunino/Martin/Marte/Aoki stretch of the batting order. ’27 Yankees they are not.

  6. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 7:52 pm

    WOW!! Seager!!

    What a play!

  7. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 8:17 pm

    Interesting… Marte didn’t tag Kinsler, but Kinsler definitely hit Marte’s glove arm after he had the ball. Not sure what the rule is though.

    Okay, guess that’s not a tag!

  8. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 8:51 pm

    Nice hit Nori. Now that you’re on base, how about skipping the stupid base running deccisions this time?

  9. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 8:53 pm

    It’s always a WHAT, Ryan??

    He can’t have said what I thought I heard him say.

  10. californiamariner on August 10th, 2016 9:30 pm

    Best I’ve seen Felix look in a long time. That outing was fun to watch.

  11. mrakbaseball on August 10th, 2016 10:08 pm

    Vincent, don’t blow this.

  12. Notfromboise on August 10th, 2016 10:09 pm

    Martin with some timely hitting for insurance!

  13. californiamariner on August 10th, 2016 10:17 pm

    Diaz has pitched 4 of the last 5 and 8 of the last 11 days, made sense to give him the day off. But thank you for not blowing it Vincent.. Keep going!!

  14. Westside guy on August 10th, 2016 10:17 pm

    Woo hoo! Six in a row!

  15. Sowulo on August 10th, 2016 10:17 pm


  16. Notfromboise on August 10th, 2016 10:21 pm

    Way to go Nick! Our next 15 or so games are pretty much sub .500 clubs.. Perfect time to make up some ground :).

  17. mrakbaseball on August 10th, 2016 10:27 pm

    You’re right, they have to take advantage of the schedule.

  18. Notfromboise on August 11th, 2016 9:39 pm

    Only news to report today is the bummer:

    Furbush having rotator cuff surgery and likely to miss all of 2018, too.

  19. mksh21 on August 11th, 2016 9:46 pm

    on the bright side Red Sox lost again. 1 game out.

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