g52-53 | M’s take the ‘Vedder Cup’ in crazy fashion . . .

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g52 Mariners 6 | Padres 14

Scoring SIX runs should by indicative of a win but, unfortunately, James (subbing for Felix who’s now on the DL with a calf strain) had a rough 2016 debut. He didn’t even survive the 4th and made a costly error that contributed to a SIX run 1st inning for the Padres.

The bullpen wasn’t much help – Joel and Steve each allowed FOUR hits and THREE runs! (and, Joel found himself DFA’d after the game)

The good news was: Kyle, Robbie, Nellie and Guti all stayed HOT, HOT, HOT (even Luis had a couple of hits!)

g53 Mariners 16 | Padres 13

You think the score is crazy? Wait till you hear how they got there!!!

THE biggest come-back in Mariners organization HISTORY!

Down 12-2 in the going into the 6th, the M’s proceeded to score FIVE in the 6th and NINE in the 7th to seal what would become one of the craziest wins ever (luckily, I got home just as the 7th inning started so, got to witness history, at least via TV). Obviously, not a lot of pitching on either side (Miley w/his worst M’s start) but, the ‘new guy’, Cody Martin gets the victory for the M’s

I’ll let some tweets tell the story . . . 

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/738709473544413184

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/738582702748663810

 

g50-51 | mini-sweep (whisk?)

Would have been nice to get some of this pitching and hitting in the Twins series but, we’ll take it! In the mini two-game sweep, M’s outscored the Padres 25-7

whisk

g50 Mariners 9 | Padres 3

ON the MOUND
Nate  a  l  m  o  s  t  made it through SEVEN . . .
the Padres scored early but, they didn’t score often
SIX.TWO innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

Bully . . . 
Steve, Joaquin and Joel combined for the rest (Joel allowed a ONE run shot)

AT the PLATE
The M’s didn’t score early but, they did score often . . .
~ NINE total hits – FIVE for extra bases
~ Seth w/TWO doubles
~ Kyle and Dae-Ho w/homers

IN the FIELD
* couple of errors – one each by the starting battery
* DP turned (DH-O’Malley-DH)

g52 Mariners 16 | Padres 4

ON the MOUND
Kuma was perfect through FOUR, not allowing his first hit until a lead-off single in the 5th. He managed to get out of that inning unscathed but, later allowed THREE homers before his outing ended . . .
SEVEN innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

Bully . . .
Vidal and Monty combined for TWO scoreless innings 🙂

AT the PLATE
lots to smile about here . . .
~ every starter had at least ONE hit except Robbie (who walked THREE times)
~ FIVE starters had multiple hits (Nori, Seth, Nellie, Kyle, Adam)
~ FIVE homeruns (Kyle, Seth (2), Guti, Adam)
~ TEN walks
~ 5/8 w/RISP
~ odd – no doubles

IN the FIELD
ONE double-play (Kyle-Luis-Adam)

tweets of the series . . .

https://twitter.com/ProspectInsider/status/737763662581006337

g44-46 | every which way but loose . . .

Ho-Hum, just another series victory!

winning

g44 Mariners 0 | Athletics 5
Enough hits (nine) but all singles and TWO errors by Taylor (who was brought up when Marte was placed on the DL)

g45 Mariners 6 | Athletics 5
Still need Nate to go longer but, Monty was AWESOME in relief! As for the bats . . .the hot stay hot and the late innings stay blistering! Robbie w/a TWO run shot in the 8th to bring the M’s to within ONE, Leonys with a TWO run shot to WIN it in the 9th

g46 Mariners 13 | Athletics 3
What series win would be complete without a blowout? Of course, then this is the time we get SEVEN strong from the starter (Kuma) but, we’ll take it (good to see Lind’s bat heating up)

tweets of the series . . . 

g37 | first the sweepers, then the sweepees

Mariners 0 | Angels 3

only the second time this season the M’s were shut out

closed door

Strange series to be sure . . .

  • M’s swept the Rays (who came into the series having won 8 of their last 12)
  • M’s got swept by the Halos (who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 12)

Go figure.

ON the MOUND
Probably Felix’s best start this season . . .
SEVEN.ONE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ NINE strikeouts
Unfortunately, much like seasons past but, UNlike the season so far this year – the bats were all but dead.

Bully . . .
Nick allowed an inherited runner to score (still think they should ‘share the blame’) and Monty pitched a scoreless 9th

AT the PLATE
Move along . . . nothing to see here 😦
TWO measly hits (both singles), TWO hit-by-pitch, ONE walk
yuckity yuk!

IN the FIELD
a nice DP to end the 2nd (and we’re thinking ‘we got this’ . . . *sigh*)

 

But, it was a fun day at the ballpark because I got to share in the misery 😉

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g34 | bristles all together now!

Mariners 6 | Rays 5 (in 11)

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ON the MOUND
Tai velocity was up, as were his K numbers – then came the 6th inning . . . 
double, walk, walk, grand slam 😦
FIVE.TWO innings ~ FIVE hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ NINE strikeouts

other than that ONE pitch from Nick in the 9th ~ Bully continues its spectacular run . .  
FOUR.ONE innings allowing only that ONE run and striking out SEVEN

AT the PLATE
Overall not a great hitting day but, when it counted, another new hero . . .

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/730551589954568192

 

g29 | on pace to split the four-gamer

Mariners 3 | Astros 6

cant win em all

ON the MOUND
When Rick and Aaron started mentioning Tai’s velocity was down, it was a bit concerning, apparently for good reason as he was out of the game after TWO innings. Later, we would hear it was because of “neck spasms” (while not great news, better than shoulder/elbow issues) . . . .
TWO innings ~ TWO hits ~ THREE runs ~ ONE earned run ~ ZERO walks ~ ZERO strikeouts 

} Mayckol got through his first TWO innings of work (3rd and 4th) unscathed (a couple of walks but, no hits) then came the 5th – THREE singles and a sac-fly netted the ‘stros a couple more runs
} Mike and Steve combined for THREE innings: ONE run ~ THREE walks ~THREE strikeouts

AT the PLATE
~ Only FIVE hits (fewest since the ONE-hit victory over the Royals at home on April 29)
~ TWO went for extra-bases: Kyle’s double and Ketel’s THREE-run triple (accounting for ALL the M’s runs)
~ Kyle and Ketel were also the only batters w/multiple hits

IN the FIELD
* Ketel had a throwing error
* the Astros continued their stellar DEE show

tweets of the game . . . 

g20 | of 1000 rbi, mis-counted outs and grand salamis . . .

Mariners 11 | Astros 1

eleven

Not to mention stellar starts (the fifth straight of at least SEVEN innings)

ON THE MOUND
By far, Nate’s best start . . .
(despite having to get an extra out when Robbie lost track of the outs)
SEVEN innings ~ TWO hits ~ ZERO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ SIX strikeouts

Bully . . .
} Tony walked a couple and gave up the ‘stros only run
} Monty posted a clean sheet 9th including TWO K’s

AT THE PLATE
THIRTEEN hits, only THREE for extra bases but, ONE of those counted for FOUR runs 🙂
~ Robbie collected career hits 999 and 1000 in the 5th with a 2-run single (and a third run scored on a throwing error)
~ then, in the bottom of the 7th, after losing track of the outs in the top of the inning and not completing an easy DP, Robbie redeemed himself in the best, most dramatic way possible . . . GRAND SALAMI!!!!
~ Guti and Kyle had a rough night (both hitless)  but,
~ FIVE others had multi-hit games including Marte with a THREE-hit night and THREE runs scored

IN THE FIELD
* Nori with an error
* Robbie with the brain-fart (all things considered, we’ll forgive him 😉 )

tweets of the game . . .

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/725171362298392576

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/725177531775610881

https://twitter.com/BBTN/status/725195916211281924

 

down on the farm  . . . 

g10 | road SWEET road!

Mariners 7 | Yankees 1

on the road, thankfully, again 🙂

road love

ON THE MOUND
Nate IN and OUT of trouble . . .
obviously, too many walks but, the solo shot in the first was the only XBH against him and that “getting out” part gives him a little grit factor 😉
FIVE innings ~ FIVE hits ~ ONE earned run ~ FOUR walks ~ SEVEN strikeouts

Bully back to form . . . 
Tony, Joel, Vidal and Monty combining for FOUR innings only ONE hit and ZERO runs

Nice to see the Yanks with “Mariner-itis” (ZERO for TWELVE w/RISP)

AT THE PLATE
Lots to like here! (as @Gary Hill would say 🙂 )
~ first double-digit hit game (12) since the last two games in the opening series in Texas
~ only the third game the M’s have scored more than THREE
~ FOUR extra-base hits (THREE doubles and a homer)
~ Robbie, Nellie, Adam and Chris all with multi-hit games
~ more walks than K’s (when does THAT happen?)
~ in fact, the fewest strikeouts (THREE) for the M’s in a game so far this season
~ Seth and Guti shared the DH spot tonight (Guti getting over the effects from the flu) and combined for ONE run, TWO hits, TWO rbi and ONE walk
~ Chris with THREE hits, including a TWO-run homer
~ Ketel with his first SB
~ Kyle REALLY starting   s   l   o   w   (he’ll get it turned around though!)

IN THE FIELD
} couple of nice catches in the outfield and fine plays in the infield
} no errors (but the Yanks had one)
} no DP’s turned (though the Yanks turned THREE ;-( )

tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/721132569157218305

 

g5 | 23 total K’s does not a great game make . . .

Mariners 1 | Athletics 6

1-2-3

A’s only had ONE less strikeout, ONE more double, same number of homers (1) but, SIX more hits and, what really matters, FIVE more runs

ON THE MOUND
Nate’s pitch count early on seemed to doom his outing . . .
though he managed to recover fairly well from the 37-pitch 1st inning, and didn’t give up more than singles until the mistake in the 5th for a TWO-run homer
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

The bully of:  Tony, Vidal and Monty combined for . . .
FIVE innings ~ FOUR hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

AT THE PLATE
Despite the continuation of a couple streaks, the O was inept for the most part . . .
~ M’s have hit at least ONE homer in the first FIVE games (this time Chris)
~ going back to last season, Robbie has hit i 21-straight games (this time with a double)
~ but, only THREE other hits, all singles

IN THE FIELD
* at least no errors tonight 😉
* no DP’s but, an outfield assist
* TWO DP’s turned against them & some other spectacular leather flashin’ by the A’s

 tweets of the game . . . 

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/718980090340593664

https://twitter.com/SteveSandmeyer/status/718988118049751040

Let’s Meet those who are going to own the zone . . .

Jerry gathered all the pieces with controlling the zone as his guide, now it’s time for Scott to assemble to puzzle into a complete picture of work ethic, peak performance and leadership.

Only ELEVEN players on the 25-man roster have been M’s before . . .

ROTATION | TWO new guys

FELIXhernandez RHP The King is still The King  ~ set to start his NINTH Opening Day
HISASHIiwakuma RHP thank goodness he’s back ~ came  t h i s  close to being a Dodger
WADEmiley LHP at least he’s an innings eater ~ 190+ in each of 4-full seasons
TAIJUANwalker RHP time for Tai’s breakout season ~ slider a key performance indicator?
NATHANkarns RHP beat out Paxton for the 5-spot ~ if he can match last year, not too shabby

BULL PEN | FOUR new guys

STEVEcishek RHP couple years removed from TWO 34+ save seasons ~ can he do it again?
JOAQUINbenoit RHP an oldie but, hopefully still a goodie!
JOELperalta RHP another oldie but, a necessity with Charlie out for the start of the season
TONYzych RHP has the stuff but, this will be his first time on an Opening Day roster
NICKvincent RHP he switched clubhouses late in ST ~ from the Pads to the M’s
VIDALnuno LHP not a great season last year (but, then, who in the M’s pen had one?!?)
MIKEmontgomery LHP started last season (posted TWO shutouts) ~ long relief this year?

CATCHERS | BOTH new guys

CHRISiannetta C needs a bounce-back season, though was still better than any M’s C
STEVEclevenger C has been better defensively than expected and the 7th lefty bat

INFIELDERS | THREE new guys

ADAMlind 1B veteran solid first baseman with some pop but, only vs. righties
DAE-HOlee 1B   welcome to the U.S.! ~ plan to platoon with Lind vs. lefties
ROBINSONcano 2B after double hernia surgery in the offseason, bound to bounce back!
KETELmarte SS tasted the big leagues last season ~ won the starting SS spot out of ST this year!
KYLEseager 3B had a rough year at the hot corner (after his GG) but, looks to continue his upward trajectory at the plate
LUISsardinas U young at utility not always the case ~ hopefully, he can get some consistent time

OUTFIELDERS | THREE new guys

NORIaoki LF consistency seems to be his motto ~ as in consistently on base
LEONYSmartin CF stellar defender at a crucial position (and a new daddy for the second time!)
SETHsmith RF great against righties, will platoon with Guti
FRANKLINgutierrez RF here’s to keeping him healthy, then there’s no stopping him!
NELSONcruz DH key is keeping fresh and focused  ~ no doubt Gar can help with that

At-a-glance observations . . . 

  • lack of lefty pitchers is a bit concerning
  • mix of platoons/experience of the position players seems like a great balance
  • from all accounts, newbies and veterans alike are “all in” on the vision and philosophy set forth from day one of the new regime and, to a man, they are all focused on C the Z