Back home after a decent road trip the Mariner bats once again met that unfriendly northwest air and went 17-94 against the Dodgers, a .181 batting average. They may not hit in Safeco, but another concern are two starting pitchers playing themselves out of the rotation.
Blake Beaven lit up the Dodgers Sunday is floundering. In 12 starts he has pitched 62.1 innings and allowed 12 home runs with a 5.92 era. Five innings per start is not good, neither are the high number of long balls and his near 6 ERA.
Hector Noesi is in the same lifeboat. Like Beaven 12 starts and in 67.2 innings he has given up 14 homers with a 5.99 ERA.
With an offense that struggles for hits at home and with the majority of remaining games at Safeco, pitching is a premium.
Danny Hultzen, the number one pick last season by the Mariners, is currently at Jackson where he is 7-3 with a eye popping 1.28 ERA. He has allowed only 34 hits in 70 innings, only 2 of which are home runs. He has 75 strikeouts and 34 walks.
The photo is of Ed Walsh, carreer ERA of 1.82. Take a look at that face. Would you want to bat against this guy? Only 7.1 hits per 9 innings in career.
If the Mariners choose to look at Tacoma pitchers, Erasmo Ramirez is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA and Andrew Carraway is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA.
Ramirez started the season in Seattle’s bullpen, but was sent down to work as a starter. His numbers in Seattle alone did not merit the demotion.
Clearly with Beaven and Noesi struggling it is only a matter of time before a change is made. The Mariners are not in a position to have 40% of the rotation going five innings and losing games.
Another roster spot will open up when Franklin Gutierrez is ready to play and Mike Carp who struggled in Tacoma after coming off the DL, is still struggling with Seattle after 80 at bats with a below the Mendoza line batting average, being the most likely outfielder to return to the Rainiers.
Mariners have Monday off before the Padres and Giants come to town. Will either Beaven or Noesi be pitching is the question. And what Mariner pitcher can get that Big Ed Walsh look?