Houston fills bats needs
Seattle 7, Houston 1
When: 8:10 PM ET, Monday, April 22, 2013
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Umpires: Home – Ron
After a disastrous weekend, Seattle unloads some power on Houston
Happy Felix Hernandez day feels like hitting the restart button for Seattle, but instead of this day taking place annually, the King takes the mound every 5 games.
No love and hate today, instead, let’s dive into whether Monday’s results were upward trends or faulty aberrations.
1. Getting off early
You know when your boss tells you to knock off work an hour or two early just because you and your coworkers did a good job? It is a great feeling.
You know how it feels when your boss guarantees you $175 million for 7 years of work? Yea, me neither, but it seems cool.
Felix’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 ER and 9 K’s, Win #100
Efficient and studly, Felix proved too much for the Astros while keeping his pitch count below 100 in a game.
This is not a regularity for the king. Perhaps this will give him an extra boost in his next scheduled start at home vs. the Angels on Saturday.
Astros SP Brad Peacock got off the mound early as well, but that is because he got rocked-giving up 3 home runs and had base runners on every inning. Let’s hope both trends continue.
2. Kyle Seager
Seager extended his hit streak with a single in the first, and then solidified his hot streak with a 2-run home run in the third inning. He smacked that ball into the second deck in right field.
Whether or not Seager can improve his home statistics, his road numbers remain consistent from a year ago, hitting over .300 and with home runs in his last two games.
3. Jesus Montero
Not ready to sign off on Dustin Ackley quite yet, who is 8/24 since I demanded he be sent to AAA a week ago, but Montero is due.
Although his playing time has been really inconsistent of late, when he has gotten at-bats he has gotten hits. With 3 RBI Monday night and a #MonteroMash that easily cleared the 404 sign, I think he is ready to breakout.
1. Justin Smoak
Smoak raised his batting average and slugging percentage with 2 hits (1 double) against the Astros, but he has been porous offensively this season. Hopefully, this is the turnaround he needs, but don’t expect it.
Smoak has always hit well in Texas, playing his former team in the Rangers, but this time he didn’t. Unless we see a home run or two in Houston, expect the same results in SafeCo later this week.
2. Franklin Gutierrez/Michael Morse
Both Gutierrez and Morse could not have started the season better, but both have struggled of late for the same reason. Injuries have plagued both players throughout their careers, and because both of them need time off, neither of them is getting it.
Guti’s leg issues are the most worrisome, as he left Monday’s game once again because of hamstring issues.
Morse has a fat finger that is affecting his play, when Michael Saunders returns, hopefully Morse can take a breather and get his hand right finally rested.
Since Minute Maid Park opened in 2000, it has been a hitter’s park. Home runs have driven the home team and more often the visiting team as well.
The Mariners are a better offensive team in 2013, but 3 HR’s in a game will be the anomaly more than the norm.
Did you know Houston was the 4th largest city in the United States? I had no idea. Seattle is 22nd.
Former OF Casper Wells is now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Can the Mariners take Jose Altuve from Houston? He leads the AL in singles and despite his small frame (5’5’’) will be a fixture in the All Star game for years to come representing the Astros.