State of the Mariners – Weekly Notebook | August 16

Mariners holding tryouts for next year

Welcome to  the State of the Seattle Mariners update for the 2012 regular season.  In these weekly updates you will find all the information and news regarding the Seattle Mariners Baseball Franchise.

Upcoming Match Ups

The Mariners just finished up a homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays, before a day off and a weekend series against the Twins.

Recent Results

The Mariners went 3-5 on a road trip that took them New York, Baltimore and LA.  The Mariners log in the most mileage of any of the MLB teams.  A factor that must be considered by any complaining fan.

The Good News

A new era.  Since trading Ichiro the Mariners management has been able to really make changes with the line up and with position players as well.   It is hard not see area 51 manned, but it is exciting to see the potential starting to flourish.

The Bad News

Carp. Mike Carp is a slow starter.  It doesn’t help that he has had to restart so many times.  Now he is facing yet another stint on the DL it may be his season is over.

Dave Neihaus

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Roster Moves / Trades

Mike Carp is heading to the Disabled list for the 3rd time this season, which would likely mean that Justin Smoak would find his way back to Seattle, which is exactly what the young switch hitter needs to do: find his way.

This tweet from @wwbaker captures the sentiment of Smoak’s return: Justin Smoak is back up. Good news: OBP .390 & the 16BB/16K looks good. Bad news: 0 HR in 66 AB.

Injury Report

Brendan Ryan finally was reactivated after fighting off a minor injury caused from being hit by a pitch.

Charlie Furbush has yet to be reactivated following his injury.  Furbush had been an excellent left handed option out of the pen, but with Lucas Luetge and Oliver Perez the Mariners have lots of left handed options there this season.

Franklin Gutierrez is still struggling with headaches following a concussion – he is likely finished for the season as well.


Mike Zunino has advanced from A to AA, any bets if he can make the majors in the same year as being drafted?  If not, just the fact that he will be catching top Mariner’s prospects such as Walker and Paxton will help him pave the road for a spot on the 40 man roster in 2013.

It has been reported on Twitter that the Mariners have signed a southpaw phenom Luiz Gohara from Brazil.  The M’s international scouts have been very successful in finding talent beyond North America.  Keep an eye on this kid.

Remember Alex Liddi?  At AAA Tacoma he is hitting .333 in his last 14 games and can play first as well as third and outfield, yet the Mariners didn’t seem to give him a second thought?  Why?

The Perfect Game

In what seemed like another dismal day of baseball in the Emerald City, Felix Hernandez achieved perfection.  This feat came against one of the MLB’s hottest teams and marked the 23rd perfect game in MLB history.

It was the first time a perfect game had been thrown against a team and by a team in the same season as well as having two perfect games thrown in the same stadium in the same season.

In a season that is hard for fans to take, Felix reminds residents of the Pacific Northwest that a better future is coming.

All hail the king!

What’s on tap this week?

Next 5

8/17/12 MIN W 5-2 5/6/12
8/18/12 MIN W 5-2 5/6/12
8/19/12 MIN W 5-2 5/6/12
8/20/12 CLE L 5-6x 5/17/12
8/21/12 CLE L 5-6x 5/17/12


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