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 ūüôā
~ 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 ūüėČ )

tweets of the game . . .

 

down on the farm  . . . 

g10 | road SWEET road!

Mariners 7 | Yankees 1

on the road, thankfully, again ūüôā

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 ūüėČ
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 ūüôā )
~ 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 . . . 

 

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 ūüėČ
* 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 . . . 

g2 | raining XBH at Globe Life . . .

Mariners 10 | Rangers 2

thumper

ON THE MOUND
Not Kuma’s best effort but hey, it’s early ūüėČ ¬†. . .
he threw a LOT of pitches (90) for FIVE innings
SIX hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

Nice bully again tonight ~ including TWO M’s debuts . . .
Vincent (W), Peralta and Zych combine for FOUR scoreless (only ONE hit and FOUR K’s)

AT THE PLATE
ELEVEN hits, SEVEN  for extra bases . . .
~ Robbie with his second homer in as many games, Nellie and Seth with their first homers of the season, and Luis with the first of his homer of his career (in his M’s debut)
~ Nori, Nellie and Seth all with TWO hits
~ Ketel, Guti and Dae-Ho the only batters without a hit
~ Chris the Catcher with a single, walk, HBP, ONE run and ONE RBI

IN THE FIELD
* Ketel with another error ūüė¶
* Robbie-to-Ketel-to-Luis to get Prince for the game-ending DP ūüôā

silliness of the game . . .
So, in the 8th, after giving up TWO homers and TWO doubles (and immediately after a visit to the mound from his skipper) our old friend Tom plunked our new friend Chris. Chris ended up crossing home plate later in the inning. Tom ended up with an early, mandated trip to the clubhouse.

tweets of the game . . . 

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

 

 

g159 | johnny all-staff starts

Mariners 6 | Astros 7

some do well, some do not . . .

bull pen

ON the MOUND
We knew going into the game, it would be a bullpen day . . .
} Tony Zych started things off well, going TWO.TWO giving up THREE hits but NO runs or walks and FOUR strikeouts
} Mayckol Guaipe did not fair so well , giving up TWO runs on THREE hits and ONE walk
} Logan Kensing gave up ONE run and was only able to retire ONE batter
} Ron Rasmussen retired the only batter he faced via a strikeout
} JC Ramirez had the roughest night of all allowing THREE runs on TWO hits and a walk
} Joe and Dave each posted a scoreless inning
} Danny lasted TWO full and allowed ONE run on THREE hits and posted THREE strikeouts

AT the PLATE
TWELVE total hits but, only TWO for extra-bases . . .
~ both homers as Kyle (26th) and Nellie (44th) go back-to-back in the 5th (both career highs!)
~ Ketel had TWO hits and Jesus S had THREE! (first career THREE hit game)

IN the FIELD
not a terrific night in the field FIVE total errors (FOUR by the ‘stros)

tweets of the game . . .

g157 | oh woes is the ‘stros

Mariners 2 | Astros 3

eaor

ON the MOUND
Roenis through a ton of pitches but, kept ’em in it giving up only TWO solo shots . . .¬†
SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ TWO earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Danny allowed a solo shot in the 7th and took the loss
} Tony, Joe and Mayckol combined for TWO scoreless

AT the PLATE
Ketel hit his FIRST Safeco Field homer (second total) but, other than that milestone, not much to see here . . .
only FOUR total hits (Ketel’s homer the only one for extra bases)

IN the FIELD
* TWO DPs, including this unassisted one from LoMo

tweets of the game . . .