Seattle Mariners Weekly Notebook | September 18

MLB Baseball Update: Seattle Mariners

At this point the Mariners season feels a bit underwhelming, but dispite some disappointing losses it is promising to see that they haven’t completely kicked the bucket for the year and they are fighting each game to the bitter end.

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The M’s who are now 63-89 for the season travel on their last road trip of the year to Cleveland (75-75) for one day makeup game where LHP Charlie Furbush (3-9 4.86) will go up against LHP David Huff (2-5 3.40).  Both pitchers have lost their last three consecutive games.  Huff has lost both of his previous starts against Seattle.

The squad will then move to Minnesota to face the Twins who have the worst record in all of baseball this season with 59 wins and 92 losses.  The Mariners should have the advantage in this series sending Vargas, Pineda and Beaven to the mound with a combined 4.01 ERA vs the Twins starters (Hendriks, Slowey, Swartzak) at 5.67.

Tune in for what is sure to be Pineda’s last stand of 2011.

Recent Results:
From Sunday the 11th to Sunday the 18th The Mariners played Kansas City, New York and Texas going 2 and 5 over the week with a day off on Thursday.  The Mariners offensive production continued to show improvement and their defense made a major improvement from the week prior.  However, in typical Mariners fashion it would be the week where the pitching staff struggled.

  1. The bad news:
    Anthony Vasquez.  Who fell apart in both of his two starts this week.  In the game against the Rangers he only pitched 3 innings after giving up 3 home runs in 4 batters.  Yuck.Felix put up some of the worst numbers of the season against a team he normally shows total domination over.  Perhaps this was to get the Yankees from relentless pursuit of a trade for the Mariners ace.The Mariners made national news on the wrong side of another historic baseball moment as Mariano Rivera threw his 600th career save while in Seattle.  Sigh.
  2. The good news:
    Louis Rodríguez hit a walk off home run against the Yanks in a 2-1 victory that had his name trending worldwide on twitter.  As one of those baseball players that sits barely above existence most of the year, he has had some great game ending moments this year.Steve Delabar got his first Major League win against the Bronx Bombers.  Delabar who was working as a substitute teacher and high school baseball coach at the beginning of the season and called up to the show on September 6, lived the dream and won – against the Yankees.  Impressive stuff. His reaction? “It was a good feeling.”  I bet.

Division News
The visiting Texas Rangers used their time at the safe to help secure their hold in first place in the division.  Compared to the some of the other MLB divisions, the AL West is showing to be a race to the end.

Mariners Notebook For September 18th, 2011

•    3B Chone Figgins was officially declared out for the season with the hip flexor injury (And there was much rejoicing)
•    1B Justin Smoak left a game with a pulled groin and has left him in question for the remainder of the season.  This is disappointing as fans and management alike were hoping for a strong finished from Smoak.
•    OF Casper Wells was out with an unannounced illness.  He should return for the road trip
•    SS Brendan Ryan left a game with a neck spasm which adds to a list of unfortunately timed petty sounding injuries from Ryan this season.  I’m sure it is real, it just feels like it isn’t.

The Mariners announced that they hired a “special assistant to the GM” this past week.  This title sounds a lot like a male nurse at a senior citizen care home, but Pete Vuckovich is a former CY Young award winner and not a male nurse. Vuckovich is likely to assist Jack Z on assessing pitching talent from their scouts.

With all the injuries popping at seasons end Eric Wedge is said to be on the warpath about the training routines of his players and is likely to put his team on a intensive routine for the upcoming offseason.

Mariners Community News:
Seattle fans flocked to the ball field for the unveiling of the statue commemorating long time voice of the Mariners, Dave Neihaus.  The statue sits in the outfield among the fans and shows Dave sitting at his broadcast desk with his trusty playbook. Fans are able to sit next to Dave and relive some of the best moments of M’s baseball surrounded by his most famous catch phrases on the metal fense surrounding the statue.

This is the first statue in the franchise history and it was for someone that never played an inning for the team but made the game come alive to the city.

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