Kyle Seager has been promoted to Seattle and most likely will get playing time at third. Chone Figgins is hitting .183 and making frequent errors in the field.
Kyle looks happy to be a Mariner
If Seager doe swell Figgins may walk the plank. Kyle was a teammate of Dustin Ackley at North Carolina and both were drafted in 2009; Ackley in the first round, Seager in the third.
At Double A Jackson he hit .312 with 25 doubles, 4 homers and 37 rbi’s. He was promoted to Tacoma and in 12 games hit .455 with 2 homers, 4 doubles, and 12 RBIS.
The Mariners could have promoted Alex Liddi, but they may feel Seager is another piece of the future. Ackley at second; Seager at third; Peguero on left, and Halman in center. Or Peguero at DH and Halman in left.
Gutierrez missed spring training with mystery stomach problems. The ailment was resolved and he has had enough time to get back in the swing of things. But the swing is missing. I love the way he plays, but a .180 batting average is only good for bowling-and even that is problematic. If the team was hitting .265 or so Seattle could get by, but with the worst team hitting in baseball, they need bat’s with hits in those swings. And Halman is hitting over .300.
He may be struggling with the bat, but not with his glove
Fortunately Jack Cust has been sitting. Again. The last time he got back in the lineup he had two hits and then went back to striking out. In his last ten games, 23 at bats and 13 strikeouts. There are 108 red stitches on a baseball. One would think Cust could hit one of those stitches.
The odd man with Seager’s arrival is sadly Jose Yepez, who was here for insurance for Bard and Olivo. The thirty year old did not get an at bat, but at good seats for ten days. He was designated for assignment, so if no other team is interested he could return to Tacoma.
In the AL West anyone has the chance to win the division. Unless a trade is made, the kids may carry the team. The way Ackley, Pineda, and Halman have played. as well as Peguero at times, Seager may fit in quite well.
The Mariners discovered another started in 22-year-old Blake Beavan who made his major league debut Sunday beating San Diego 3-1.
Mariner starters have gone 45 games pitching at least seven innings, 2nd in the major leagues. Beavan made it 46. In seven innings, he allowed three hits, two walks, and struck out four, giving up the one run.
He along with Justin Smoak and Josh Lueke came over from Texas in the Cliff Lee trade, one that looks good so far.
The question is what the Mariners do when Bedard comes off the DL. Much depends on what Beavan does in his next start or two. But the Mariners desperately need a bat and a pitcher may be dangled as trade bait to some contender.
It is possible that Bedard may be traded if Beavan shows he is for real.
The lineup today is one which Wedge should use more. Halman in left, Peguero at DH, with Figgins and Cust sitting. Halman is hitting .341 and his bat is needed in the lineup. Peguero is hitting only .206 but has more home run potential than Cust.
Pineda, Beavan, Halman, Peguero, and Ackley are five rookies making big contributions to the good ship Mariner. The future looks good and gives Mariner fans people to get excited about.
Brandon League got his league leading 22nd save. He had only one bad week all season and the players voted him to the all-start team. He will join felix, though if the King pitches next Sunday as scheduled, he will be disqualified as starters pitching the Sunday before Tuesday’s game are ineligible. That might open a spot for Pineda.
The Mariners took five of six from the Padres and now go to Oakland and Los Angeles before the All-Star break and need to take care of business in their own division.
The good ship Mariner leaves port in good shape. With some offense, it will come back still seaworthy.
The Mariners came to home port for a three game series with the Angels, a dreaded division rival. Prior to Monday’s game The Mariners were 1.5 games out of first, the Angels 5 games out.
After Tuesdays game, the second straight loss to the Angels, the seasick sailors are 2 out with Texas losing Tuesday and the Angels are 3.5 out.
So the Mariners who led those devilish Angels by 3.5 games have seen the lead decrease to 1.5 games. If the Angels win Wednesday they are 1/2 game behind Seattle.
The M’s could have gained ground, put some distance between them and those other guys down in Southern California, but that will not happen.
Fister gave up four first inning runs Tuesday and that was all the scoring, 4-0 as Jared Weaver, a true Mariner killer shut the M’s bats down. Weaver now has a career record of 11-4 against Seattle, including 5-1 in his last six decisions.
Fister, to be fair does not get run support. There is always one guy on a staff, who even when he is pitching well, gets no runs. But he did not help himself tonight.
The reeling M’s have a day off Thursday before taking on one of the best offenses in baseball, the Phillies. Pineda, Felix, and Vargas will take them on and they must come up big after these two losses.
Baseball is hard to figure, if not impossible. The Mariners were winning when Ichiro was not hitting. Now Ichiro is getting hits and the M’s are losing.
The M’s have now lost 7 of their last 11, so the ship needs to get righted, and that comes from hitting and scoring runs. What is not needed is what the Giants of the old days were famous for-the June swoon.
The Giants would start the season playing great baseball and come June, they went down like Goliath to David’s slingshot.
Oswalt will face Pineda Friday, other pitchers have not been announced.
The Mariners reached .500 with a 4-3 win over the Bronx Bombers Friday night. Michael Pineda was not in top form struggling to find the strike zone with 97 pitches in five innings, 55 for strikes, walking five and striking out five.
But the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings with League getting a 1-2-3 9th.
Down 3-0 the Mariners score two in the fifth and two in the sixth to get the lead and held on to break even at 25-25. Both runs in the sixth came on ground outs. The Mariners have now won 8 of their last 9.
Jack Cust watch: 1st homer at plate appearance 164. 2nd homer is pending at 13.
The .500 Mariners will now try to go over that mark with Admiral Felix pitching Saturday. More good news, the first place Rangers lost to Kansas Cityand the good ship Mariner has smoothly sailed to within ½ game of first place.
It is entirely within the realms of possibility that come Monday the M’s could be in first place. Crazy notion to be sure, but baseball like life is day to day, anything can happen, and like life, there is always hope.
Who are these slugging sailors who come into Motown and sweep the Tigers off the poop deck of the good ship Mariner?
Today Luis Rodriquez hits a three run homer, his first home run since July of 2009. Miquel Olivo also homers and Justin Smoak continues his hot hitting with an RBI double, his eighth run driven in for the three games in Detroit after returning from a weeks absence due to his father’s death. He hit home runs in each of the first two games.
The Mariners belted 33 hits in three games against the Tigers, scoring 24 runs in the process. The Tigers are struggling, but with their powerful lineup and playing at home a sweep by the light hitting Mariners was not in the sextant. They win 10-1, 7-3, and 7-2.
Rookie Michael Pineda, fourth in the league in ERA coming into the game, pitches another six innings with nine strikeouts, three walks, four hits, and two runs allowed. His ERA now is 2.01 while posting a 4-1 record.
Dave Pauley pitched two innings; one hit, two strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 1.10 and is proving to be a reliable bridge to Brandon League, surrogate closer until Aardsma returns. Jamey Wright pitched the ninth in a non save situation, lowering his ERA to 0.79.
But now it is on to Boston, with all due respect to Tigers, a more difficult test for the hot Mariners.
Streaks in baseball go hot and cold as quick as turning on a faucet. What waits in Boston is anyone’s guess, but maybe the heat off the Mariner bats will continue to scorch runs. With strong Mariner pitching it could be a good series.