Opening Day at Safeco
The spring training opener was against the A’s; the opening day series in Japan was against the A’s; the U.S. opener was against the A’s; Now the Seattle Mariners come to Seattle for their home opener… against the A’s.
Pitching match ups:
Game 9: RHP – Felix Hernandez vs RHP – Bartolo Colon
The King steps on to his throne with a 1-0 record for 2012 as he works his third start against Oakland on the year.
- 2011 ERA at Safeco last season was 3.67
- 2011 ERA against Oakland 1.45
- Current Line 4.40 ERA / 13 SO / .236 Opponent Average
Colon had his major league debut against Seattle in 1997 while with the Cleveland Indians. He is 1-1 against the Mariners coming into his third start against them at Safeco.
- The Mariners average against Colon is .260
- 2011 ERA was 4.55 in night games
- 2011 Left handed batters hit .297 against Bartolo
Game 10: RHP – Hector Noesi vs. LHP – Tommy Milone
Hector Noesi is coming off a terrible pitching debut for the Mariners where he only went 3 innings and walked away with an ERA of 21.00. Noesi worked out of the Bullpen for the Yankees last season, but won a roster slot over Japanese veteran Hisashi Iwakuma during spring training.
- The Mariners are hoping this mediocre pitcher will carry better numbers in the pitchers park that is Safeco field
- 2011 ERA 4.47
- Has difficulty with left handed batters
This will be Tommy Milone’s 7th big league game coming to Oakland from the Washington Nationals this off season in the Gio Gonzalez Deal.
- Milone gave up only 3 hits in 8 innings against Kansas City in his first start of 2012
- Milone had a .627 winning percentage through the minor leagues
Game 11: RHP – Blake Bevan vs RHP Graham Godfrey
Due to a unique schedule the Athletics currently have a 4-man pitching rotation. This will be the rookie Godfrey’s 7th career start.
- In AAA Sacramento last season Godfrey went 14-3 in 19 games with a 2.68 ERA.
- Godfrey is a contact hitter and will generally only give up about 2.5 walks per game
Athletics vs. Mariners Series Predictions
Felix had a rough outing in his last outing, but despite giving up 6 earned runs, the Mariner’s ace walked away with the victory. Going up against Colon at home should give Felix the confidence to pitch as well as he did in Japan. The problem in his last outing was relaxing a bit too much when he had the lead.
This is something the King is simply not used to. Colon is on the tail end of a career that started in 1997. While he still has good velocity he struggles against a left handed saturated line up like the Mariners.
While going up against the King he will not likely have the run support he needs to gain the win. Mariners 4 – Athletics 1
Tommy Milone is proving to be a great pick up for the A’s. This dominate strike throwing, left-hander pitched well in his first outing and Safeco field will play to his strengths even more.
The Mariners will have the disadvantage with the rookie and will have to drive his pitch count up if they want any chance at contending in this game. However Milone is quite efficient so the Mariners will be lucky to bring any runs across the plate for the Saturday game.
It looks like Noesi is headed for a second loss. Mariners 1 – Athletics 5
Blake Bevan was able to hold the Texas Rangers to a single run in Arlington, which is unheard of.
Against the Oakland offense, in Safeco field, he should look even more dominate. Let’s hope for a complete game shutout. Godfrey on the other hand, like Colon, struggles with left handed bats and may run into trouble with the Mariners.
Their plan should be to attack him early in the count, get Bevan an early lead and coast into victory. Mariners 6 – Athletics 0
More Mariners News
It was reported that the Mariners are shopping for some relief pitchers as George Sherill and Steve Delabar each have been unimpressive so far this season.
The Mariners are 4-4 which puts them on pace to be a .500 ball club this season. Even if that hold us, it would still be doubtful that they would do any better than 3rd place in the division.