M’s Arms Under The Spotlight
After starting off the season on a roll by taking three of four against Oakland, the Seattle Mariners came into the four-game series against Texas with no illusions.
The Rangers lineup, which finished 2011 leading Major League Baseball in total team offense, knew the Mariners pitching staff had their work cut out for them if they had any ideas of coming into the series with an eye of splitting the four-gamer.
With Rangers fans being a little extra arrogant coming into the series expecting the Rangers to win three games (if not to completely sweep the Mariners right out of the ballpark), the Mariners offense lived up to those Rangers fans’ expectations.
For the series, the Mariners offense put up a .237/.272/.339/.631, 12 R, 33 H, 36 K’s/1 BB’s, 50 TB, and 7-33 with RISP.
It wasn’t the offense that had the Rangers attention. It was the Mariners rotation that gave the Rangers something they haven’t seen in a long time at the Ballpark in Arlington. A pitching duel.
M’s Weekly Pitching Analysis
For the series, the rotation was 0-3 with a 5.31 ERA, 13 R, 23 H, 22 innings pitched against Texas. Due in a large part to Hector Noesi and Jason Vargas‘ bookend starts, which resulted in 11 ER, 13 H, ( K’s/4 BB’s, 10.23 ERA, 1.758 WHIP in 9.2 IP.
Most expected Noesi, Beavan, and Millwood to struggle in their starts and ultimately lose their games, leaving Vargas to duel Derek Holland for Seattle’s lone win of the series on getaway day.
It was Blake Beavan though who had the series performance against Texas. Holding the Rangers to 1 R on 6 H in 6.1 IP, he ultimately had the best week of any Mariners starter.
Beavan went 1-1 this week against Texas and Oakland. Giving up 4 ER, 12 H, 6 K’s/0 BB’s, 2.70 ERA, 0.900 WHIP in 13.1 innings pitched.
Hector Noesi had a very interesting week. After getting lit up in his Mariners debut,7 R, 6 H, 3 K’s/3BB’s, in 3 IP, he rebounded with a fantastic performance against Oakland, throwing 8 scoreless innings, scattering 8 hits, striking out 6 and walking 1. For the week Noesi was 1-1, 7 R, 14 H, 9 K’s/4 BB’s, 5.72 ERA, 1.636 WHIP in 11 IP.
The rest of the rotation had a solid week. Even though the trifecta of Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, and Kevin Millwood couldn’t earn a win in their starts, they did combine to throw 19.2 innings. Here is what their numbers looked like this week. 7 R, 18 H, 19 K’s/7 BB’s, 3.20 ERA, 1.270 WHIP.
All in all it was a pretty solid week for the Mariner rotation. Despite only winning two games, the starters were good enough to win every game this week with Hector Noesi’s Mariners debut being the only exception.
This Week’s Numbers
Here are the weekly numbers as a staff. 7 starts, 13 ER, 44 H, 35 K’s/11 BB’s, 3.67 ERA, 1.249WHIP in 44 IP.
All combined, the Mariners bullpen had a much better week. 16 IP, 8 R, 16 H, 12 K’s/5 BB’s, 3.76 ERA, 1.281 WHIP, 5 HR’s, 3 Hlds, and 2 Svs.
The rotation was 2-4, while the team was 3-4.
News and Notes
LHP George Sherrill was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what the team is describing as a strained flexor bundle. Sherrill didn’t pitch after Aug 26th of last season with inflammation in the same elbow. The Mariners have recalled LHP Charlie Furbush from AAA Tacoma to take Sherrill’s roster spot.
Six pitchers made appearances out of the Mariners bullpen this week. Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen both made 3 appearances, while Steve Delebar and Lucas Luetge both had 2. George Sherrill and Charlie Furbush also made appearances.
The Mariners offense for the week: .210/.252/.342/.581, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 21 R, 49 K’s/12 BB’s, 78 TB, and were 10-49 with RISP.
See you guys next week for the games in numbers.