Miley Comes Off Disabled List

The Seattle Mariners lost first game with Wade Miley pitching after he just came off the disabled list. Like most of his outings Miley struggled early and gave up a couple runs in the second and three more in his final inning the fourth.

He was replaced by Donn Roach who pitched just the fifth inning but gave up three innings. On the positive side if there is one they neither gave up a home run. Nathan Karns who made his first bullpen outing gave up only one hit in two innings and not a single run. For right now it could be the move the Mariners will needed in the bullpen especially with Nick Vincent going on the disabled list. Hard to know right now how long Roach will be on the pitching staff or be returned to Tacoma for another call up. I am sure we will know soon.

Speaking of the disabled list backup catcher Steve Clevenger was injured in the third inning with a possible broken finger. A specialist will see him on Thursday so the Mariners will be bringing up someone to replace him. Manager Servais mentioned Mike Zunino’s name however I hope that it will be left handed hitting catcher Rob Brantly who was in spring training for the Mariners until being sent down. The only thing is he is not on the 40 man roster. Depending on how much use the Mariners plan to use the backup catcher they could go with Steve Baron who is on the 40 man roster and is playing double A. We should know the move in a few hours.

The Mariners now take on the Baltimore Orioles in a four game series before going on a road trip on July 4 starting with the Houston Astros before the All-Star break. The Orioles have been on a pretty good winning streak coming into Seattle so this could be a tough time the rest of this week. Of course, they have former Mariner who played for part of last year for them Mark Trumbo who likely DH along with some play in right field or first base. He is having an outstanding year having hit nineteen home runs so far.

TaiJuan Walker will be taking the mound Thursday followed by Wade LeBlanc. On Saturday and Sunday we will likely see the beginning of the rotation again with Paxton and Iwakuma. Miley will make his next start in Houston. I think we may only see Walker for five innings depending how he does since he has missed a couple of outings. I would not be surprised if we see Mike Montgomery come in first from the bullpen. Roach and Karns are two we probably won’t see pitch Thursday since they did on Wednesday. The rest of the bullpen should be ready to go.

I like the starting lineup since Aoki was sent down to Tacoma though another outfielder would be nice. I expect no change until after the All-Star break. We may see Felix return right after the break depending if he is able to go on a rehab assignment during the break. In the meantime go M’s.

Iwakuma Takes Down Pirates And Cruz Continues Power

The Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Tuesday night 5-2 in the first of two games behind the pitching of Iwakuma and the bat of Nelson Cruz who hit his twentieth home run of the season for the eighth straight season.

Iwakuma went through the first six innings without giving up a run though he did struggle some through the game. In the seventh inning he gave up a couple runs and had some runners on base when Edwin Diaz replaced with two outs. Diaz was able to get the batter out and then gave a single in the eighth though he was able to make it without any other trouble. Steve Cishek came into the game to get the save in the ninth inning. He did have some control problems but still able to get through the ninth. Now the rest of the bullpen has additional day of rest.

Wade Miley will be coming off the disabled list to make a start against the Pirates on Wednesday night. Having the additional day of rest will help the bullpen if Miley happens to struggle early and be taken out of the game. Also the Mariners announced that Nathan Karns will be going into the bullpen. He likely takes the spot of Donn Roach who will be sent back to triple A. They plan to start Karns the same way they did Mike Montgomery in pitching two or three innings at a time. When he is built up and comfortable out of the bullpen he could pitch an inning in the same sort of fashion as Nick Vincent. Speaking of Vincent we hope that he can cut down on giving up home runs. The same goes for Nuno.

Originally the Mariners said that TaiJuan Walker would not pitch on Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles that changed and now Wade LeBlanc will start in place of Karns in the rotation. We hope the changes will help the Mariners in the long run. Go M’s.

Mariners Take On Pirates

 

The Seattle Mariners now take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Safeco Field Tuesday and Wednesday before the Baltimore Orioles come to Seattle to play the Mariners Thursday through Sunday.

The Pirates have had an awful June as well. They were nine games over five hundred at the end of May and now are three games below five hundred. I am not sure exactly if there situation has been the same as the Mariners like injuries for example however Monday they had a game that has been similar to what the Mariners have experienced all June. They started the game getting a lead and the Los Angles came from behind to beat them 5-4. So this could be quite an interesting series coming up. The Pirates were also trying to sweep the Dodgers too. I give the Mariners the advantage because they seem to play the National League clubs pretty well. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals two out of three who is a good club. Of course we know how they did against the Padres and the Reds who are both awful clubs.

The Mariners will have Iwakuma pitching Tuesday night and we hope that he can pitch better than his last out. It would be nice if he can go six or seven innings so the bullpen will be OK. Wade Miley is expected to come off the disabled list to pitch on Wednesday. The Mariners will need to have the relievers all on deck just in case and that is the same for Thursday when TaiJuan Walker is expected to start. It is anyone’s guess how long he will be able to pitch. In both cases I expect that Mike Montgomery may have to come into one of those games to pitch a couple innings. The same could be said of Vidal Nuno. At this point no one knows who will pitch on Friday either Karns or LeBlanc. There is a good possibility whoever doesn’t start of those two will likely pitch in relief in the next several days as well.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have left hander Jonathon Niese going for them on Tuesday. He has lost his last two games and has not three in a row since May 2015. The Mariners will have Dae-Ho Lee starting at first ball and Shawn O’Malley most likely will play left field in the Mariners new lineup against lefties. Mostly likely Franklin Gutierrez will be in right field unless Nelson Cruz is inserted. Either way Cruz or Gutierrez will be designated hitter. The Mariners do not have another off day until the All-Star break so hopefully yesterday’s off day helps them. It will be critical that the Mariners starters go long in games so the relievers are not over used. At least now the Mariners have eight in the bullpen than the seven they had until last week when Aoki was sent down. Most likely Aoki will not be back up for the Mariners until after the All-Star break unless an injury happens with one of the outfielders. So this will be an important week for the Mariners to keep themselves at or around five hundred. Also this will tell what kind of moves he may have to make in July. Would not surprise me if they pick up another reliever and an outfielder; best wishes and go M’s.

Sweep Not In the Cards

Early in Sunday’s game the Mariners looked like they had the chance of sweeping the Cardinals but it was not in cards so to speak.

The Mariners got up early taking a 3-1 lead after three innings however the Cardinals hit several doubles plus a triple off of Karns to make it 5-3 for the Cardinals. I thought at the time here we go again especially when the Cardinals hit a home run in the sixth inning however Gutierrez hit a three run homer to tie the game to give us some hope tying the score 6-6. The tie did not last long because in the top of the seventh Nick Vincent gave up back to back home runs. It did not end there with three more solo home runs that ended the game 11-6. Rookie Diaz I let him slide because he throws the ball hard and is successful most of the time. When someone does get a hit off of him the chances it will be a home run though he has given up a few singles to; however, Vincent and Nuno seem to like giving up home runs.

The Mariners coaching staff needs to look into who they should be pitching in these close games. Home runs are giving up too many games. I think they may have to move the fences back out again. Not necessarily where they were before. David Rollins seems to be throwing strikes. He only gave up one walk in Tacoma so he may have to replace Nuno as the left specialist.

The Mariners starting rotation will be making changes this week because Miley is supposed to be coming off the disabled list on Wednesday and TaiJuan Walker is expected to pitch on Thursday. The Mariners will need to make a roster change on Wednesday so I am sure Roach will be sent back down. I would move Karns to the bullpen when Miley is reinstated. So the new rotation would be Paxton, Iwakuma, Miley, Walker and LeBlanc. This would make the rotation going from one lefty when the season started now to three. Karns could be the first man out of the bullpen when Montgomery isn’t. We could find out this is a good role for Karns. Something happens with one of the other guys he can be added back in.

The Mariners take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday. They actually struggled to lose twenty out of twenty-six game recently. Iwakuma will start Tuesday’s game after the Mariners have Monday off followed by Miley.

The Mariners will face the Baltimore Orioles in a four game series over the weekend. TaiJuan Walker is expected to start that game. Friday’s game could be either LeBlanc or Karns starting the game. I would put into the hands of LeBlanc myself. We will be seeing more changes this week especially in the pitching. So enjoy Monday off and get back to it on Tuesday. Go M’s.

Another Win Over Cards

Saturday night the Seattle Mariners scored five runs in the first two innings before holding on to win the game 5-4.

Nathan Karns came out pitching well the first two and two-thirds innings getting the first eight batters out. He struggled though trying to get the third out. He ended up giving up one run the third inning however he had to have some luck involved. The fourth inning he did fine again and it looked like could go deep into the game however he struggled again in the fifth giving up a three run homer. The highlight of the fifth inning was when a fan ran onto the field while a ball was hit to Seth Smith who was able to catch the ball. One of the security guards was able to tackle him and take him down. The guard should get a tryout with the Seahawks.

Mike Montgomery came in and pitched two outstanding innings. He should be the player of the game for the Mariners. Really like it when Montgomery is able to pitch this way. He is able to give the other relievers a chance to get some more rest.

I know that the Mariners would like Karns to go deep as he can in a game however his history especially in June he has trouble in at least one inning early in the game. My thought is that the Mariners should have a pitcher warming up at the fifth inning just in case he does get in trouble so can enter the game quickly. It was fortunate that the Mariners had a 5-0 lead and was able to chase the Cardinals starter but they should not let them get back into the game. I would have been upset if the Cardinals would have come back to win the game. Hopefully the coaching staff learns from this and has someone ready in Karns next outing; can’t let a game like this get away from them.

On Monday the Mariners will have a needed day off for sure before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates in Safeco Field. It would not only be nice to sweep the Cardinals but to take both games against the Pirates since they have been struggling this month as well. The Mariners show that they can match up well with the National League. It will be good if the Mariners can go with the eight man bullpen until the all-star break. Wade Miley should be back next week and Felix should return just after the all-star break. I would still like the Mariners to go after an outfielder that can play every day instead of platooning. We can hope that Dipoto is on the phones hearing from teams that are no longer in the race to see who they have willing to give up. In the meantime let’s continue going for it M’s.

 

Thanks Adam Lind

Friday night Adam Lind hit a walk- off home run for the Mariners over the St. Louis Cardinals in Seattle to win 4-3. The Mariners we going into the bottom of ninth behind 3-1 after reliever Benoit gave up three runs in the eighth inning. We now see if this will put the Mariners into a little win streak themselves after losing six straight games including being swept in four games by the Detroit Tigers.

Wade LeBlanc who the Mariners got in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday started in the place of TaiJuan Walker who was unable to go because of his injury. Walker should be back next week to pitch along with Wade Miley who will come off the disabled list.

On Friday the Mariners made several transactions besides add LeBlanc to the roster. They sent leftfielder Nori Aoki on options to Tacoma to work on his hitting especially against left handed pitchers. Also Tom Wilhelmsen was sent down to Tacoma as well. The Mariners brought up reliever Dave Rollins and Donn Roach who came in to replace Benoit and got the victory for the Mariners.

In other news Adrian Sampson who was supposed to start on Thursday was added to the disabled list as well. More News came out that he will need surgery and likely will be out for the rest of the season.

When Miley makes his next start the Mariners will have to make another move to the roster. I am sure the Mariners will eventually make another move when the bullpen is rested because the Mariners have only two players coming off the bench besides Steve Clevenger the Mariners backup catcher. On Friday the Mariners lineup included Lee playing first base and Adam Lind at designated hitter so Franklin Gutierrez and Sean O’Malley were available on the bench. Without Aoki we will probably see Lee more in the lineup against right handers. Gutierrez does not hit right handers very well so he still will start primarily against left handers. Also Sean O’Malley will be in the lineup against lefties most likely too. In those cases Adam Lind and Seth Smith will be on the bench to pitch hit. O’Malley will start against some right handers to since he is a switch hitter and the Mariners will not have Lee in the starting lineup all the time.

Saturday night the Mariners will be starting Karns who started well in April and May but just like the Mariners team he was not done so well in June. The Mariners hope that he will be able to go six innings. He will be facing Mike Leake for the Cardinals who has been pitching better in last seven outings.

We hope this series against the Cardinals will put the Mariners back on track into winning ways. Saturday night will show for sure whether it was just a one night deal or not. Go M’s.

 

Mariners Return Home After Disastrous Trip

On Thursday afternoon the Mariners demonstrated again why June has been a terrible month for them and being swept by Detroit Tigers. They went 2-8 on this recent trip where they could have easily been 5-5 or a winning record. Thursday’s game showed exactly how bad the road trip was. Adrian Sampson who was supposed to start the game for the Mariners had to bow out having been injured while warming up in the bullpen. He was replaced by Vidal Nuno who pitched just over four innings and giving up four runs. The bullpen did an outstanding job and the Mariners came from behind 4-1 to tie the game at 4-4 by hitting four home runs including two by Nelson Cruz how had Wednesday off. The Mariners showed in the tenth inning how much bad luck they had demonstrated on this road trip. Sean O’Malley led off the inning with a single and the Tigers tried to pick him off but the ball was overthrown so he went to third base without an out. It looked as though the Mariners should score at least one run in the inning but with one out a ball was hit to second base. O’Malley had left third base on contact and was called out on a run down between third and home. Robinson Cano ended the top of the tenth inning. The Tigers ended up loading the bases after a poor throw to Seager at third base so the two runners moved up to second and third. The Mariners did an intentional walk however Cishek threw a wild pitch that brought home the winning run to end the game. This totally showed how bad the Mariners had played in Detroit if not the whole road trip. The Mariners lost five in a row after beating the Boston Red Sox in the first game of that series last Friday. The Mariners do come home with a winning record still on the road but it is now 21-19. Also the Mariners are one game below five hundred as well. They have only won six games this month.

The Mariners now take on the St. Louis Cardinals for an interleague series over the weekend. The attendance should be outstanding over the weekend since the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the National League over many years.

The Mariners traded with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday for Wade LeBlanc a left handed starter who had been pitching in triple A. He lasted started a game in the major leagues in 2014 after spending 2015 in Japan. He is expected to start Friday night’s game for the Mariners. The Mariners will likely make several roster moves today. Wade Miley is expected to make a rehab start in Everett. He should make his next start next week with the Mariners. Also TaiJuan Walker is expected to return next Thursday to start depending on his injury. King Felix is not expected to return until after the All-Star break in the middle of July.

It will be interesting to see what trades that Jerry Dipoto may make over the next several weeks. I see that Luis Sardinas has recently been playing in the outfield so a possibility he could be playing some outfield along with Sean O’Malley. I would not be surprised if Aoki is off the roster if he continues to play the way he has so far this season. The Mariners need to improve the defense in the outfield. Neither Seth Smith nor Nelson Cruz been playing very good defense. O’Malley and Gutierrez have been playing late in games depending on who the Mariners are facing in the lineup. It would be nice to have an outfielder who can play regularly in either left or right field. Also take Leonys Martin spot when he needs a rest in center field. He is still hurt from the injury that occurred to him when he landed on the disabled list so he is not at one hundred percent at this time.

I was reading where the Pittsburgh Pirates who were having a good season until recently as well has lost twenty out of their last twenty-six games and are five games below five hundred. So nice to know that the Mariners are not alone however we hope this home stand will put the Mariners back together again. So Jerry Dipoto shake your magic wand and go M’s.

 

 

 

 

Mariners Continue to Struggle

Hard to say about the Mariner game on Wednesday night except that Iwakuma and the offense both had a bad night. This month it has been one or the other most of the time.

Mariners play the final game in less than three hours in Detroit so at least the misery of the road trip will be over whether they win or lose. There was hope going into this road trip of ten games because the Mariners had the best road record in the majors. I am sure that is no longer the case. I am sure there are some who still have optimism when returning to Seattle. It would be nice to see a win to at least have some hope in coming home.

The coaching staff can only do so much themselves right now. The players have to decide that they are tired of this and turn things around. You can blame it on ailing starting rotation however they did a good job for much of the trip while the offense decided to go silent most of the time. The true optimism is that the team was in almost every game so a few things have to change.

I am sure you know where I stand on trades. It is nice they added LeBlanc to the starting rotation especially to give more depth when Felix and Miley come off the disabled list. TaiJuan Walker is expected to return next Thursday so we will have to see where that goes.

The bullpen gave up a full share of home runs on this road trip but I don’t think they were the major problem. It was either the rotation or the hitters. Of the key hitters I will stay silent on because we know who they are did not have much going on this series except for Kyle Seager on at least a couple occasions. James Paxton had a great performance for at least five innings but other than Seager’s home run the Mariners were unable to score runs. This road trip had a real chance for the team to win instead of falling on their faces. They may have to look at some video from April and May to see what things were like when they were winning. I can hope for July and beyond but the players have to believe in themselves. I hope at least another trade will happen in the next couple weeks. I don’t want to wait until the all-star break or after. Nothing more to say except let’s go M’s.

Mariners Continue to Lose

The only positive thing about Tuesday night’s game for the Mariners against the Tigers was the pitching of James Paxton for at least five innings anyway.

This was another game the Mariners had in their hand and gave it away. Having a tie going into the sixth inning Kyle Seager hit a homer to put the Mariners ahead 2-0 however the lead did not last long and the Tigers beat the Mariners 4-2. Paxton was able to pitch into the eighth inning when he was replaced by rookie Edwin Diaz who finished off the inning and the game.

About this game we could go with a good known saying if it were not for bad luck we would have no luck at all. The Mariners should have gotten out of the eighth inning when a ball rolled down the first base line and neither Paxton nor Lind could reach the ball.

It looks like the Mariners have picked the bartender up once again and starting Wednesday Tom Wilhelmsen be back in the bullpen. With his record in Texas and being sent to minor a couple time this year I am sure the Mariners have a better idea where he fits in the bullpen. He is versatile enough that he fits anywhere. If no other reason the Mariners could use him for batting practice.

The Mariners also have picked up Wade LeBlanc a left handed starter from Toronto for a player named later. He is expected to start in place of Walker on Friday. It looks as though Walker may end on the disabled list but we will see.

Since Dipoto is back being busy we can hope the Mariners can pick up an outfielder to help the Mariners out. In the meantime the Mariners need some good luck to come this way. Go M’s.

 

Losses Keep Coming For Mariners

Right now the Mariners are a lousy team. After a good start they are 6-13 in June and the season record now is 36-34. The Mariners are looking like so many teams we have seen before in Seattle. The first two months they were doing quite well though they were losing some games that made me shake my head anyway. Now my head is shaking even more. They can use the excuse that King Felix and Miley are on the disabled list well as TaiJuan ailing and could be added too. Also Leonys Martin and Ketel Marte were on the list for a couple weeks as well. Both Martin and Marte had an excellent game on Monday getting on base ahead of the mighty three who turned in not so good outing other than Seager getting a home run. The problem though the pitching was not good despite the fact the offense scored seven runs in the game. Previous two games the offense was missing in Boston. Karns and Vincent both let Detroit get back into the game that should have been a sure game that was the problem this time.

Right now the Mariners are losing games that they should be winning. The record this month should be more like 9-10 or 10-9 instead of 6-13. I wonder if they lost the so called chemistry they had the first two months with the losses of players or the weaknesses have been found out by other teams. Before they were winning the close games now they are losing them. Whatever happens in the final three games in Detroit the Mariners need to look into making a trade now not waiting for a few weeks. First of all Dipoto needs to go after getting another starting pitcher along with an outfielder that I have been calling for in the last several days. Unless he can bounce back Aoki has no value to the Mariners. He has been moved down in the bottom of the batting order and his defense is suspect at best. Both would be OK if Seth Smith and Nelson Cruz defense were not suspect as well. It was shown again late in the game when Sean O’Malley was in left and Franklin Gutierrez was in right. I would be looking at a team who is out of the race right now to see what they have to offer and swing a deal. Though the Mariners don’t have a great farm system they do have a few possible prospects to trade away. Tyler O’Neil and D.J. Peterson are two that the Mariners could put into a trade out of double A. They could throw in a single A player or two as well. Though the Mariners the Mariners still have hope in Mike Zunino he could be possible trade bait too. I would look at trading everyone in the Mariners farm system even Alex Jackson for the right player.

So Dipoto do not wait for a few weeks pull off a trade soon as possible. In the meantime Go M’s.