Game 96, Mariners at Angels

marc w · July 13, 2019 at 3:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Wade LeBlanc vs. Matt Harvey, 6:07pm

There’s not much to say after a game as emotional as last night’s was for the Angels. On the day Tyler Skaggs’ mom threw out the first pitch, and every Angles player wore Skaggs’ #45 jerseys, the Angels no-hit the M’s. I believe that’s the first combined no-hitter featuring an opener, and it reminded me a bit of an inverted form of the Angels FIRST combined no-hitter, when Mark Langston and Mike Witt beat the M’s in April of 1990.

Felix Pena’s long-standing issues with lefties didn’t materialize, largely because the M’s lefties are slumping right now. Matt Harvey has similar issues, and his breaking stuff is awful right now, but it remains to be seen if any of that matters. Wade LeBlanc will go sans opener today, so we’ll see if he’s any better than Mike Leake’s ill-timed disaster start yesterday.

Ill-timed in the sense that the market’s heating up ahead of the trade deadline. Baltimore flipped SP Andrew Cashner to Boston today, and the Rangers picked up a good 2B prospect from Tampa in exchange for a near-ready relief arm, which seems wise, as their pen blew a lead in a loss to the Orioles this morning. Nick Solak, the 2B with a very good hit tool, was apparently offered to Seattle in exchange for Edwin Encarnacion, but the deal foundered when the M’s wouldn’t eat more of his contract, according to Yahoo’s RJ Anderson in a tweet that looks pretty bad for *both* parties.

1: Smith, CF
2: Crawford, SS
3: Santana, RF
4: Vogelbach, DH
5: Narvaez, C
6: Seager, 3B
7: Beckham, 1B
8: Moore, LF
9: Gordon, 2B
SP: LeBlanc


One Response to “Game 96, Mariners at Angels”

  1. Stevemotivateir on July 13th, 2019 4:39 pm

    How does a team thin on infield depth/prospects turn down a top-100 middle-infielder (who can play the outfield) over a few million?

    Hell, Long has actually logged more innings at 3B this season. Could have shifted him there permanently and given Nick 2B.

    That could have potentially given them at least a semi-interesting infield on paper to move forward with.

    I get the interest in Then and need for arms, but damn…

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