Game 152, Blue Jays at Mariners

marc w · September 21, 2016 at 10:25 am · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. Aaron Sanchez, 12:40pm

Ha…happy, uh, Felix Day everyone. Woo! Not sure anyone’s feeling it.

If it makes you feel better, thanks to the past week, the importance of today’s game has dropped dramatically. No, doesn’t make me feel better either.

Maybe this article from Jonah Keri will help. Nope, that didn’t work either.

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


21 Responses to “Game 152, Blue Jays at Mariners”

  1. WTF_Ms on September 21st, 2016 11:22 am

    11 games to play, 11 games are a MUST WIN….no pressure. Getting closer, but pitching needs to be more reliable/consistent? I get that every pitcher has a bad day or two, but between Felix and the duct tape bullpen, the occasional bad day by Kuma is devastating. The off season should be interesting though? We’ll really get to see how Dipoto thinks.

  2. Moriner on September 21st, 2016 11:38 am

    Last night’s 4th inning was terrible. But it’s only one inning. Two of these last five games were pitching duels won by only a single run. The Toronto invasion is annoying, sure. But we’re still 9-4 over our last 13. Let’s see if we can get another streak started today!

  3. mrakbaseball on September 21st, 2016 12:42 pm

    On the radio, one of the “keys to the game” for the Mariners, playing at home, is to “quiet the crowd down”. That sucks.

  4. Westside guy on September 21st, 2016 1:09 pm

    It really seems like Vancouver deserves to be one of the first in line to get a major league team. If they’ve got enough fans willing to drive 150 miles to fill Safeco, it seems like a no-brainer they’d have enough local support to maintain a major league team.

    It’d make for a nice natural rivalry with the Mariners too. One of the lower-key rivalries, for sure…

  5. WTF_Ms on September 21st, 2016 3:39 pm

    Joey Bats just did his thing….apparently, he’s not fooled by a 99 mph fastball? Gives the Canadians something to scream at….

  6. Grayfox3d on September 21st, 2016 3:40 pm

    well this turned from decent to s**t really quickly here…

  7. line drive on September 21st, 2016 3:41 pm

    Why is Diaz pitching inside to Bautista in a 1 run 9th inning game?

  8. WTF_Ms on September 21st, 2016 3:42 pm

    Pitching inside, because he’s young, and still has “control” issues??? Can’t fault him too much. He’s pretty raw.

  9. WTF_Ms on September 21st, 2016 3:49 pm

    Guess we’re going to leave it to Lee….

  10. Grayfox3d on September 21st, 2016 3:53 pm

    3 pitches… nice one Lee.

  11. mksh21 on September 21st, 2016 5:06 pm

    Hmmm well still alive.

  12. Mid80sRighty on September 21st, 2016 5:09 pm

    1 win away from a guaranteed .500 season. Seems the pre-season projections are going to be pretty close. It’s nice to see the team moving in a positive direction, hopefully they can keep it up next year.

  13. WTF_Ms on September 21st, 2016 5:42 pm

    With 3 against Houston, we’ll see! At least we’re close!

  14. Steve Nelson on September 21st, 2016 6:06 pm

    As frustrating as the Trumbo situation has been, it’s still worth remembering that the Mariners had a tremendous roster problem. They couldn’t keep two DHs on the roster – one or the other of Cruz or Trumbo needed to go. Plus they had a big problem to deal with at catcher, since Zunino needed to go back to Tacoma.

    So Dipoto swapped Trumbo for a left-handed hitting backup catcher and salary relief to use to plug another hole on the roster.

    Trumbo certainly has generated a lot of value for the Orioles. But if he were still with the Mariners, a significant part of that value would have been given back by needing to play either Trumbo or Cruz in the field almost every game.

    There was nothing wrong with that trade. Rather it epitomizes the type of thinking that has been lacking in the Mariners office for many years.

  15. globalalpha on September 22nd, 2016 8:23 am

    I don’t mind the Trumbo trade. One could reasonably claim that Trumbo has performed at the top of his distribution. And even then, with 43 dingers, he’s sporting just 1.5 WAR according to Fangraphs. Which means he’s performing about to his salary — in a best case scenario, in a cozy ballpark.

    A rear-view GM could have kept Trumbo at first base and foregone Benoit’s salary in order to pay for Trumbo. He’s not nearly the fielding disaster at first as in the outfield. Would certainly have been an improvement on the Lind/Lee platoon of -0.2 WAR. Unfortunately neither we nor Dipoto has a crystal ball to help make such decisions.

  16. Notfromboise on September 22nd, 2016 8:26 pm

    Apart from the Tigers winning a doubleheader, everyone else in the wildcard race lost tonight (KC, NYY, BAL, HOU, etc)…

    Seattle still within 1.5 games of the playoffs.

    Trumbo meh.. We’d probably have platooned him or done something to screw it up. Trumbo was never, ever, ever part of Seattle’s long term plans. It’s the equivalent of Jesus Sucre next year hitting .270 with the Padres or something. Doesn’t move the needle much. Trumbo’s year has a lot more Ibanez than Trout in the metric comps. 🙂

    The important thing to hold on to is we have a GM now who doesnt even have Trumbo on the roster to start the season. So the, say, 15% of the time Trumbo exceeds his projections doesn’t hurt. And we have the satisfaction of knowing we did something that works out 85% of the time.

    Better question: Mariners get to the one game playoff.. Who’s your starting pitcher?

  17. JMB on September 22nd, 2016 9:08 pm

    Uh… Felix?

  18. Alec on September 23rd, 2016 10:58 am

    > Better question: Mariners get to the one game playoff.. Who’s your starting pitcher?

    Duh. It’s Felix if he can go. He’s given us so much, he deserves a playoff start. And to be honest, there’s no one I’d rather have out there.

  19. Notfromboise on September 23rd, 2016 11:44 am

    Exactly. Which is why they will need to burn him and Iwakuma in the final days to get into the playoff…

    So, that leaves Paxton. Walker. Miranda. A Nuno/Bartender combo platter…

    Now pick your poison. 🙂

  20. Alec on September 23rd, 2016 1:47 pm

    If Felix can’t go, I’d lean Paxton with a quick hook and everyone available in relief.

  21. eponymous coward on September 23rd, 2016 3:36 pm

    If you go by rotation turns, it would be Paxton. Based on FIP, that isn’t a completely stupid call. A lefty who can touch 97 in an October game could work out OK.

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