Felix and Montero Seal Victory
Seattle Mariners 6, Kansas City Royals 1
When: 2:10 ET, Thursday, July 19, 2012
Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Umpires: Home — Mike DiMuro, 1B — Jim Reynolds, 2B — James Hoye, 3B — Jim Joyce
1. Montero Finishes Strong
It’s a good thing Jesus Montero was never traded to Kansas City. He might have become the best catcher to ever play in Kaufmann Stadium.
Montero finished the series going 3-4 today with a home run and 4 RBI. That puts his series total at 10-17 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI. Not a bad series for the young M’s backstop.
2. Strong Outing for Felix
Felix Hernandez is starting the second half off on the right foot.
Last week he pitched a 3 hit shutout against the Texas Rangers, striking out 12 in that contest. Today, he went eight innings giving up 1 run on 8 hits and 3 walks.
His ERA is back under 3.00 for the year while his back-to-back wins put him well above the .500 mark.
3. M’s Only Need Two Pitchers
The Mariners have ran through a lot of pitchers this series. Even with strong starting pitching, Eric Wedge has used a very redundant amount of relievers.
Today, Seattle only needed two pitchers which was a lucky break. Felix carried the majority of the weight with his eight innings, In came Lucas Luetge to mop things up in the ninth.
1. Cutting Felix Off at Eight
I was completely baffled that King Felix was pulled from this game today.
Sure he had a rough eighth inning and the temperature was pushing above 100 degrees, but he was only at 88 pitches. He had pitched a solid game to that point and deserved to have an opportunity to go the distance for a second game in a row.
2. Kansas City Series Over
Seattle has had a heck of a series in KC. They’ve won three out of four games, outscoring their opponent 32-18—that’s an average of eight runs per game.
The pitching has been strong—for the most part—and the lineup has been on fire. Now they head into Tampa to face off against one of the best rotations in the American League.
3. Seattle Quiet as Deadline Looms
With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, the Mariner’s have been suspiciously quiet.
A few rumors of Jason Vargas, but not much more than that.
If I was Jack-Z I’d be shopping three players: Brendan Ryan—time for Nick Franklin—Brandon League—he’s not closing and could be valuable—and Vargas—teams want starters and he doesn’t fit Seattle’s long term plan.
This is an important time for Seattle’s organization. They have a lot of key pieces in place and need those final support players.
Let’s hope they make some noise before July is over.
Kansas City continues it homestand on Friday by beginning a three-game set versus Minnesota.
Seattle will finish up its seven-game road trip with three contests at the Rays on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.