Game 114, Mariners at Athletics

marc w · August 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Joe Wieland vs. Sean Manaea, 7:05pm

The red-hot M’s take on the Athletics in a series in Oakland, with Joe Wieland making his debut in an M’s uniform. He’ll be facing Sean Manaea, the lefty prospect who’s numbers look a bit better than they did early on, but is still having something of a rough go in his first MLB season.

Ariel Miranda was scheduled to start this one, but now it’s Joe Wieland’s turn to take the hill. Wieland was just selected from Tacoma, and to make room on the 40-man, the M’s have DFA’d Daniel Robertson. To make room on the active roster, the M’s sent down Jarrett Grube, who’d been in the bullpen as emergency depth. Wieland’s a righty who’d been a Ranger prospect, but made his MLB debut several years ago with San Diego. Though he made a handful of (forgettable) appearances with the Dodgers last year, he was signed on a minor league deal in the offseason. As Tacoma’s opening day starter, I think the M’s thought he might be some helpful rotation depth, but he got off to a brutal start in the PCL: after his first 5 starts, his ERA stood at 17.31. He’s been much better since, but his season numbers are still a bit ugly thanks to an April in which he gave up 36 hits and 31 runs in all of 13 innings pitched. As for his repertoire, the best way to describe it is that he’s a starting version of Blake Parker – he’s got a straight, kind-of-rising four-seamer, a big curve ball, and then a change-up. He used to throw a slider, but hasn’t for some time now. Wieland throws around 91-92.

Manaea’s whippy, lower 3/4 delivery produces a lot of armside run. His four-seamer has more than 2 standard deviations more run than average; it’s a bit like Carson Smith’s sinker, only from the left side and obviously nowhere near as effective. Manaea’s secondaries are a slider (this one more clearly behind Smith’s big breaking slider) and the makings of a pretty good looking change-up. Despite a lot less movement, Manaea’s slider has been pretty effective, and even the change’s results look solid, especially given that he’s generally throwing it to right-handed bats. But his fastball is just getting squared up far too much, and that’s something the A’s are going to need to work on this offseason. Righties are destroying him, while his arm angle and slider allow him to dominate lefties. Righties are slugging nearly .600 on his fastball, and while that should regress, he’s clearly got to figure out how to keep his fastball from breaking right into righties’ barrels. Improved command may help, but I wonder if he may need a mechanical tweak of some sort.

1: O’Malley, LF
2: Gutierrez, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Lee, 1B
6: Seager, 3B
7: Zunino, C
8: Martin, CF
9: Marte, SS
SP: Wieland

The Tigers are facing Yu Darvish and the Rangers in Arlington, for those wanting to do a bit of scoreboard watching.


11 Responses to “Game 114, Mariners at Athletics”

  1. Dennisss on August 12th, 2016 7:34 pm

    This game will test whether the M’s can start Joe-Anybody and still beat the A’s. Not looking good so far…

  2. Dennisss on August 12th, 2016 7:47 pm

    Interesting box score for the Mariners so far: 3 innings, no hits, 3 GIDP. That’s very tough to do.

  3. WTF_Ms on August 12th, 2016 7:55 pm

    Hey, I might have mentioned this, but can Guti not run? He looks like he can’t get to the balls in right and doesn’t hustle up the line to first. Basically, I just don’t like him.

  4. Dennisss on August 12th, 2016 8:10 pm

    Hey, there’s a hit!

  5. Sowulo on August 12th, 2016 8:32 pm

    that’s better

  6. Dennisss on August 12th, 2016 8:40 pm

    That got worse pretty quickly.

  7. Dennisss on August 12th, 2016 8:59 pm

    Mariners could use five actual starting pitchers.

  8. Westside guy on August 12th, 2016 9:16 pm

    What exactly is a “refresherator”?

  9. JMB on August 12th, 2016 9:28 pm

    Ugh. Four hits.

  10. Notfromboise on August 13th, 2016 2:23 am

    For as solid as Seth Smith has been this year, he is still behind Guti in OPS.

    And speaking of OPS shenanigans, don’t look now but Lind has climbed over .700 for the first time all season. For frame of reference, Lee is .764.

    And I’m continually impressed by Zunino this time around. He may never be a legit contact hitter by any stretch, but the one thing he’s truly shown us since he’s been called up is his ability to actually get on base. 9 walks in 52 at-bats (17%) compared to 53 in his first 960 at-bats (5.5%).

    Its a smaller sample size, but he’s also been HBP 4 times this year. And he’s always been good at getting plunked, its just that this year he’s getting Don Baylor’d at an even heftier clip than usual.

    He’s basically either been forced to watch Ianetta’s game tape all year in AAA, or someone in the system has really gotten through to him about working deeper in counts — The only Mariner today to see more pitches overall than Zunino (15) was O’Malley (17) who had an additional plate appearance to get there.

    Long story short – Zunino is homering, walking, and getting plunked at a much higher rate this year. I’m about as excited as I can possibly be about a dude who’s still a career .196 hitter… and managed more WAR in a month+ this year than the previous 3 years combined.

    Side note: I agree with Denisss, and am unsure why we ditched Montgomery and Miley… to then send Walker down to AAA.

  11. mrakbaseball on August 13th, 2016 10:57 am

    Lee’s been garbage since the third week of June. Don’t even look at his post-All-Star break numbers either.

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