Making the best of it
It’s Mariners fan appreciation weekend – what the fans really want is something to look forward to.
Pitching match ups:
Game 147: RHP – Martin Perez vs. RHP – Hisashi Iwakuma
With Scott Feldman out Martin Perez gets his chance to show his stuff as a starter. Although he has only pitched 29.1 innings in the Majors this season he has an extra 127 innings worth in AAA.
His numbers as a starter are not fantastic considering he was 7-6 with a 4.25 ERA in the minors, but the Rangers are hoping he will give them a better chance at securing their hold on a 3rd consecutive A.L. West devision title.
- Current Line: 1-1 / 3.38 ERA / 41 BB / 18 SO / 1.36 WHIP
Hisashi Iwakuma has indicated that he indeed would like to continue his MLB career with the Mariners in 2013, which means that every pitch will be closely watched as the M’s are looking to how they can be better next season. This is especially important in an elite level American League division. Iwakuma pitched well against both the Rangers and the Orioles but the bullpen ended up losing both the games.
- Current Line: 6-5 / 3.39 ERA / 42 BB / 87 SO / 1.33 WHIP
Game 148: LHP – Matt Harrison vs. RHP – RHP – Blake Beavan
The Texas southpaw has been having a great September thus far, holding a 2.84 ERA for the month. The game against Seattle could drop that number more if he holds his 1.10 ERA against the Mariners for the season.
- Current line: 17-9 / 3.26 ERA / 53 BB / 120 SO / 1.26 WHIP
Like many of the starters lately, Blake Beavan was not able to secure a win even though he only have up 2 runs to the Rangers. While he has lost his last two starts Beavan has shown the ability to adapt throughout the year which should prove beneficial in trying to secure a roster sport next season.
It would be great to see success from the 23-year-old who came to the Mariners in the 2010 Cliff Lee trade. This trade seems more and more like a bust as the years roll by.
- Current Line: 9-10 / 4.88 ERA / 20 BB / 63 SO / 1.27 WHIP
Game 149: RHP – Ryan Dempster vs. LHP – Jason Vargas
Dempster was rocked by the Angels in his last start having to be pulled from the game in just the 4th inning. Maybe he considers the M’s to be an easy target. He may be right, especially since he is dominate to left handed batters and he is better on the road than at home. He should enjoy pitching in Safeco field.
- Current Line: 11-7 / 3.08 ERA / 46 BB / 135 SO / 1.15 WHIP
Jason Vargas is winding down his season still looking for that elusive 15th win. The Mariners should consider leaving Vargas home on road trips as his splits are ridiculous (2.62 ERA at home and 5.00 away). The M’s lefty has not fared well against Texas this season with a 1-1 record and a 5.21 ERA. Sigh.
- Current Line: 16-9 / 3.36 ERA / 52 BB / 115 SO / 1.28 WHIP
M’s vs. Rangers Series Predictions
Game 1: Prediction: Loss (Mariners 2 – Rangers 6)
Game 2: Prediction: Loss (Mariners 1 – Rangers 3)
Game 3: Prediction: Loss (Mariners 3 – Rangers 5)
The Mariners have homered in their last 10 games. Adrian Beltre is 3 RBI’s short of 100 – it would be his third consecutive season reaching the milestone.