Gotta beat the O’s
What goes up must come down. Can the Seattle Mariners bounce back from disappointment in the Bronx?
Pitching match ups:
Game 111: LHP – Jason Vargas vs. RHP – Chris Tillman
Jason Vargas is hoping that August will be as effective for him as July. Last month he tied a club record of number of wins in a month and was named AL pitcher of the month.
- Current Line: 12-7 / 3.71 ERA / 42 BB / 100 SO / 1.14 WHIP
Tillman was originally drafted by the Mariners in 2006, but never made it higher than single A ball in the organization. He was a part of one of the worst trades the Mariners franchise ever made in sending off a bunch of their best for Erik Bedard.
Tillman is putting up impressive numbers this season with an ERA of 2.70 compared to his career average of 5.21.
- Current Line: 4-1 / 2.70 ERA / 9 BB / 20 SO / 1.31 WHIP
Game 112: RHP – Blake Beaven vs. LHP – Zach Britton
Beaven has not lost a game since his return from AAA. Blake Beaven struggles the most when the pressure goes up from having runners on base, unlike Felix who bears down once he is dealing with base runners.
Control is not a problem, as is evidenced by only posting 12 walks all season, but trying to be perfect rarely works.
- Current line: 7-6 / 5.06 ERA / 12 BB / 48 SO / 1.22 WHIP.
There are a lot of doubts about this lefty as Britton looks to be struggling with the shoulder that has kept him on the disabled list this season. The Mariners have been hitting left handed pitching better since the all star break so perhaps they could have the advantage here.
- Current Line: 1-1 / 8.35 ERA / 14 BB / 11 SO / 2.02 WHIP
Game 113: RHP – Kevin Millwood vs. RHP – Tommy Hunter
Kevin Millwood hasn’t pitched poorly, but pitching is more than throwing a ball well, it’s about inspiring the team to work hard for the win. Millwood is supposed to be the veteran leader on the team yet the Mariners consistently offer the old guy no run support.
It is hard to have faith in a guy the team doesn’t have faith him themselves.
- Current Line: 4-9 / 4.01 ERA / 42 BB / 86 SO / 1.38 WHIP
Tommy Hunter’s ERA at home is over 5 which should give the Mariners some hope heading into this game. Actually the whole of this series could be a momentum builder for the series against the Angels.
- Current Line: 4-7 / 5.55 ERA / 19 BB / 60 SO / 1.37 WHIP
M’s vs. O’s Series Predictions
This will be the most difficult match up of the three, as Tillman has been pitching well. Prediction: Loss (Mariners 3 – Orioles 4)
Beaven can out pitch Britton for sure. Prediction: Win (Mariners 5 – Orioles 4)
Hunter will be hunted. Prediction: Win (Mariners 5 – Orioles 4)
Baltimore 1B Mark Reynolds, who went hitless in the weekend series, has no homers has 27 strikeouts in his last 18 games. He is 0-for-5 in his career versus Jason Vargas. The Mariners have not fared well versus the AL East, posting an 11-19 mark.