No Offense, No Ichiro, No Win
Seattle Mariners 1, New York Yankees 4
When: 10:10 ET, Monday, June 23, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Phil Cuzzi, 1B — Manny Gonzalez, 2B — Greg Gibson, 3B — Gerry Davis
1. Mariners Trade Ichiro
I know it seems like a bad thing, but this trade will only help the Mariners in the long run.
By moving Ichiro, Seattle opens up payroll. Immediately we’re seeing dividends. The move also frees the Mariners of any obligations they have to Ichiro in the cleanest way possible—no media war over a contract or disrespect to the future hall of famer.
Ichiro Suzuki gave plenty to the city of Seattle and he will be missed.
2. John Jaso
John Jaso had a solid night, providing all of Seattle’s offense. The M’s catcher was 2-4 with an RBI, raising his season average to .294.
Not only did Jaso keep Seattle from being shutout, but he kept his season going. The more Jaso hits the more he stays on the diamond. The longer he’s on the diamond the longer Jesus Montero is off it and in the DH role—exactly where he should be.
3. Pryor on his way Back
Stephen Pryor has been moved off the DL and is making some rehab appearances in the minors.
Pryor has hot stuff and could possibly represent the closer of the future. He’s got a 2.86 ERA with 12.0 K/9 across three seasons in the minors. In six MLB games this season he has a 1.69 ERA.
In June, Pryor strained his groin and has been on the DL since. His return will only bolster the M’s bullpen.
1. Ichiro on the Yankees
So, remember how I said Ichiro being traded was a good thing?
That still holds true.
BUT, to the stinking New York Yankees? Of all the teams it had to be New York. And on all nights it had to be tonight.
Since the Yankees were visiting Seattle there was no reason for him to suit up for the M’s. Ichiro swapped locker rooms, change uniforms and took rightfield as a Yankee.
It’s hard enough to see Ichiro playing against Seattle, but as a Yankee it takes the pain to a whole new level.
2. Three hitter
The offense looked absolutely overmatched tonight, garnering just three hits against New York tonight.
Yankee pitching dominated the night, striking out nine Mariners while walking just one. They gave up just one run on three hits. All hits were given up by starter Hiroki Kuroda, while the New York bullpen pitched two perfect frames.
After an offensive explosion on the road, this is not the way for Seattle to start their homestand.
3. Montero Hitless
Jesus Montero was a beast on Seattles latest roadtrip, hitting .461 with nine RBI over the M’s last seven games. He needed to come into tonight strong and prove he could hit in Safeco.
Unfortunately the DH came up short against his former team, going 0-4 at the plate. He didn’t even register a walk while striking out once and leaving three men on base.
Rodriguez’s home run was his 299th as a member of the Yankees and 644th overall.
The Mariners received minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar in exchange for Ichiro.
Ichiro had never batted lower than No. 3 in the order with Seattle. He wore No. 31 instead of his usual 51, which has not been used by a Yankee since Bernie Williams retired.