Playing Catch Up
The Seattle Mariners had a rough week again, but managed to salvage a respectable showing out of it. Between surmounting injuries and poor play, this team has turned an already angry fan base into a Molotov cocktail of spite.
After 2 extra innings games and almost 3 walk offs, the Mariners have exhausted just about everybody involved in the franchise right now.
Now if only they would let Felix Hernandez bat, too, the team could put up some runs in a hurry.
While that isn’t realistic, Felix needs all the help he can get right now. With the offense struggling so mightily, the pitching staff has had to shoulder quite a load.
While they have lost their fair share of game with poor pitching at times, this team would have a lot more wins under their belt if the hitters scored another run or two here and there for the starting pitchers.
How’d they do this week?
The pitching staff did their job this week, covering up for a lackadaisical offense that put up very few runs. It hurt em, though, as the pitching staff suffered 2 more injuries that cut starts short this week. Thankfully there is no shortage of arms with all of the young talent sitting in Tacoma.
Playing musical chairs is something this team is used to doing, especially with the dismal last few years.
The pitchers have been doing their jobs for the most part, as the offense has been unable to give even minimal run support for some of the great games these Mariners pitchers have had.
Last turn through the new, *improved* rotation:
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
Hector Noesi: 5 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strike outs, 4 home runs
Erasmo Ramirez: 2 2/3 innings*, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 strike outs
* – Left game early with injury
Jason Vargas had a heck of a game, but gave up 2 runs. Knowing this offense, that usually is never enough to win games, but Vargas continues to deliver with no reward.
Kevin Millwood and Erasmo Ramirez were both in the middle of great performances when they went down with injuries. King Felix dealt like a Cy Young is supposed to and Hector Noesi was…well…Hector Noesi.
The next trip through the rotation will look different with the 2 injuries suffered this week. Don’t be surprised if the Mariners decide to start making pitching moves out of spite at this point.
There’s lots to look forward to in the minor league system and half of this rotation is looking like it could get a facelift pretty soon.
News, Notes, and Injuries
Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the 7 day DL after taking a pick off attempt to the face. Poor Guti, he can’t catch a break. RP Steve Delabar was recalled from Tacoma to replace him on the roster.
Erasmo Ramirez was placed on the 15 day DL with an elbow injury. RP Josh Kinney was called up to replace him on the roster.
Kevin Millwood is listed as Day to Day after leaving his last start with a groin injury.
Hisashi Iwakuma grabbed his first Major League start tonight in place of Millwood. He didn’t get a decision but went 5 innings. He threw 71 pitches, 39 for strikes. Allowed 3 hits, 3 runs, walked 3, K’d 4, and allowed 1 HR, with a 4.84 ERA.
See you guys next week for the week in numbers.