Weekly Seattle Mariners recap: Series pitching vs. Cleveland, Chicago

What a week huh?!

We were all witness’ to something that is a very rare occurrence for team any to experience.  Blowing a 7 run run lead to Cleveland to start the week  and then finishing it off by having a perfect game thrown against you.

These types of experiences are baseball true to form. Even though perfect games are an oddity because of their rareness, blowing leads happen quite often to young, inconsistent teams.

These types of weeks will end up being one of many for the Seattle Mariners this season (without the perfect game of course).

Outside of the obvious it seemed like a typical week pitching-wise.

Pitching – The Week that was

Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, and Blake Beavan all made fantastic starts while Kevin Millwood and Hector Noesi struggled to throw strikes. The Indians and White Sox took advantage of Millwood’s off-speed stuff.

Most were flat and out over the plate for slugging stars Carlos Santana, Adam Dunn, and Paul Konerko to take advantage of.

Hector Noesi had a really hard time finding anything that resembled the strike zone against Chicago.

His fastball was erratic, his off-speed assortment was up and out over the plate, and as a result, Noesi was crushed for 6 ER in 1.1 IP.

Millwood and Noesi  combined for three bad losses in which they gave up 17 ER, 22 H,  5 K’s/5 BB’s, 14.33 ERA, 2.530 WHIP, a pair of 3-run home runs, 1 no-decision, and 2 ugly losses.

On the other side, Felix Hernandez  and Blake Beavan  pitched well enough to win the games they started, but ultimately ended up being victims of foul play.

Hernandez, who struck out 12 Indians through 8 innings and 126 pitches, was done in by a lack run support and highlighted by a Miguel Olivo squeeze play that scored Michael Saunders in the 5th as their only run of the game.

Blake Beavan

Blake Beavan was pitching opposite of Phil Humber. You've probably already forgotten that though right?

Blake Beavan on the other hand, was pitching opposite of Phil Humber. He watched  on as Humber tossed the American League’s 13th perfect game and MLB‘s 21st perfect game.

Combined, the pair gave up 3 ER, 12 H, 13 K’s/2 BB’s, 1.92 ERA, 1.000 WHIP in 14 IP, 1 no-decision, and 1 loss.

Jason Vargas was the only Mariners starter not affected by bad luck or lack of run support. Vargas improved to 2-1 on the season with 7 innings of 4-hit baseball against Cleveland, managing to strikeout 7 while walking 3.

With the win, Vargas earned the rotation’s only victory of the week.

With everything being what it was, the rotation went 1-3-2 this week, giving up 21 ER, 39 H, 25 K’s/10 BB’s, 5.96 ERA, 1.547 WHIP in 31.2 IP.

News, Notes, etc.

Despite the pitching staff having a good string of bad luck, the offense didn’t exactly help matters this week. Even though the offense did manage to score 20 runs in six games, (3.3 runs per game average) they did fail multiple times at pushing across much needed runs in clutch moments.

Here are the offensive numbers for the week.

.207/.278/.321/.580, 20 R, 40 H, 4 HR, 32 K’s/10 BB’s, 62 TB, 8-52 RISP (15.4%)

With a weekly number that reads like this; 8 R, 14 H, 23 K’s/8 BB’s, it’s hard to say the bullpen made improvement, but it did. The bullpen staff posted a weekly ERA of 3.32 and a WHIP of 1.015 in 21.2 IP while only giving up 1 HR.

The plan for Steve Delabar was for Erik Wedge to use him in 8th inning situations as the season progressed, but with the injury to George Sherrill, and with Delabar’s secondary pitches not progressing as hoped, Wedge is keeping Delabar in middle relief situations as a means of protection.

See you guys next week for the week in numbers.


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