Playing Catch Up
The Seattle Mariners have slipped into the cellar of the AL West. The team can’t seem to catch a break lately. When the pitching is on, the hitting isn’t. When the hitters put up runs, the pitchers give up even more. It’s a crazy game and I guess that’s why it’s 162 games every season.
Things are getting ugly for Seattle baseball this year and before the All Star break, yet again. It’s getting hard to watch even for die-hard fans.
Rebuilding is a process, yes, but it shouldn’t take 5+ years. C’mon, M’s.
With that being said, the Mariners starters were spotty this week. While a few had good performances, the offense quickly snuffed them out. This rotation may be out of order due to injuries and call ups, but it’s still the same product.
How’d they do this week?
The Mariners took 1 of 3 from both the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres. It was an ugly week for hitting, but it was especially ugly for the pitchers. While the offense put up 33 runs, the pitching staff managed to give away 42 of their own.
I don’t know about you, but those numbers don’t match up. If pitching wins games then what are the Mariners doing?
King Felix was the only starting pitcher to put up a solid performance AND get the win. Despite his struggles this season and the fact that he just came back from a very minor back injury, it’s nice to see King Felix back in form…for now at least.
We’re going to pick up the slack where my colleague left off. We’re reaching into 3 different series here to pull starters’ numbers to even things out. Are you ready for this painful look into the recent past?
Last turn through the new, *improved* rotation:
Jason Vargas: 8 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strike out, 1 home run
Kevin Millwood: 5 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strike outs
Felix Hernandez: 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 7 strike outs
Hector Noesi: 6 innings, 9 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strike outs
Erasmo Ramirez: 4 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, 5 strike outs, 2 home runs
Jason Vargas: 4 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 10 runs, 10 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strike outs, 5 home runs
Kevin Millwood: 5 innings, 8 hits, 8 runs, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 3 strike outs
Felix Hernandez: 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 10 strike outs
Hector Noesi: 6 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strike outs
Erasmo Ramirez: 8 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 10 strike outs, 1 home run
Erasmo Ramirez was a casualty of poor offense this week after putting up a true King Felix performance. He hit his career high in strike outs and only gave up 1 in getting the loss. He doubled his innings pitched from his last start and looked good out there. Could he be a starter of the future? Or is he just filler for now?
Jason Vargas has seemingly taken a 180 degree turn since his hot start to the season. While Felix was getting zero credit for his good games pitched, Vargas seemed to have the offense behind him. That trend is starting to reverse on Vargas now, too.
News, Notes, and Injuries
Since the last update, George Sherrill went out for the season with an elbow injury. He underwent the dreaded Tommy John surgery and will look to make his comeback next season.
Erasmo Ramirez was brought up to take Kevin Millwood’s spot in the rotation as he had to miss a start due to injury.
Blake Beavan was sent to AAA Tacoma when Millwood came back from his injury.
Newly called up Stephen Pryor was put on the 15 day DL on June 13 with a groin injury.
See you guys next week for the week in numbers.