Mariners on Three Game Win Streak

The Seattle Mariners offense has come alive in the last three games and the pitching is very good to. The starters have been going at least five and keeping them in games along with the bullpen doing a fine job.

On Tuesday Kyle Seager was player of the game hitting a home run and a double in three hits and drove in four runs. He wasn’t alone in the offense that had a total of nineteen hits. Lead-off hitter Jean Segura had four hits in six at bats though he wasn’t one of the guys who scored the Mariners ten runs. The final score was 10-4. Ben Gamel who came in for injured Nelson Cruz had three hits along with Guillermo Heredia. Catcher Mike Zunino and Robinson Cano each had two hits. One of Cano’s hits was a home run.

Ariel Miranda started the game for the Mariners going five innings giving up three hits and two runs however he did walk four batters and only striking out one batter. He recorded his fifth win against two losses. Good ratio when the Mariners have twenty- four wins against twenty-nine losses. This is especially true when in spring training he was not in the starting rotation and was sent down to triple A.

James Paxton makes his return Wednesday night in Seattle against the Colorado Rockies again. It will be nice if Paxton can go five or six innings and keep the Mariners in the game. This being his first game back he will be on a pitch count. The bullpen that did an excellent job in the last three games should be ready to go.

After this short two game series at home against the Rockies the Mariners will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three game series over the weekend. They will have Monday off and then play three against the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays. They will play the Twins again in Minnesota for four games and then go to Texas to take on the Rangers for three before returning home once again. If the Mariners can win each of the series at home and then win three or four on the road in Minnesota and Texas they will be in good shape at that point. Go M’s.

 

Trout Out for Couple Months

Here in Seattle we know it was like having Robinson Cano out of the Mariners lineup for ten days and how the offense went into a tailspin. In fact the offense is still working its way back to be where it was before his absence. The same most likely happen to the Los Angeles Angels who will lose centerfielder Michael Trout for two months.

Trout announced that he was going to have surgery on his left thumb. What is making it bad beyond the fact he is best player in the major leagues he looks to having his best season ever. He is currently batting .337 with sixteen home runs and thirty-six runs batted in. His best home run season was 2015 when he hit 41 home runs while 2014 he had 111 RBI’s. At this rate he may have hit more home runs however 111 RBI’s would have been hard to pass up.

We remember when Ken Griffey Jr was out for quite some time in 1995 when he returned the Mariners made a move to win the American League West over the Angels. I am not sure whether the Angels have the personal to do the same thing on Trout’s return. The Houston Astros are so far ahead in the division this year it may be hard for anyone to catch them in the West and likely not the Angels at this point.

I am sure we won’t miss seeing Trout when he faces the Mariners however we hope a good recovery for him. He reminds me of Bo Jackson with his power and speed. It will be interesting to see what the Angels will do with him out of the lineup for that amount of time. In the meantime we hope that the Mariners will be able to get back into the race with the return of their starting pitchers in June and July. Also we hope that the offense will now be able to do their job. If they can get back to scoring around five runs a game the Mariners should have a good chance to move up and battle the Texas Rangers for second place in the division and the wild card. I don’t think the Angels and the A’s have the power to compete over a long period of time; however, we will see won’t we. Go M’s.

Mariners Shut Out Red Sox

The Seattle Mariners on Sunday avoided the sweep against the Red Sox and snapping their scoreless streak as well. Also they blanked the Red Sox as well behind the pitching of Christian Bergman. He pitched seven innings giving up four hits, two walks and two strike outs; if he continues pitching this way for the Mariners even when Felix Hernandez, Iwakuma and Drew Smyly he could be the fifth starter.

He was followed by lefty James Pazos who faced one left and then Nick Vincent in the eighth inning who gave up one hit. Edwin Diaz is back in the closer role. He pitched well however Kyle Seager and Jean Segura did not make it easy both having errors in the ninth inning. In fact Segura’s error should have been a game ending double play however Diaz was sharp and struck out two batters. He did not give up a hit or walk anyone.

The game was still in doubt until the top of the ninth inning. The Mariners were leading 3-0 when Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer over center field to make it 5-0.

The Mariners now go to Colorado to face the Rockies for two games before coming home. They face the Rockies in two games at Safeco Field as well. It is a day game today because of Memorial Day. Sam Gaviglio makes another start for the Mariners. Like Bergman if he continues to pitch like he did in his last outing will make it difficult to keep him out of the rotation when the other pitchers get healthy and either he or Bergman could be the long reliever out of the bullpen as well.

Speaking of the bullpen they should be all ready to go today. Nick Vincent may be the only one that might not pitch. If he doesn’t most likely Steve Cishek will take his spot. Vincent and Cishek look to be the primary guys in the seventh and eighth inning. Depending on the score and who is up for the opposition Edwin Diaz may come in the eighth inning. In that case Vincent or Cishek could close the game. If they are facing tough lefties in the ninth we could see lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski as well.

The Mariners sent starter Rob Whalen back down to Tacoma after pitching Saturday against the Red Sox. The Mariners brought up Rainier closer Ryne Harper. He had an era of 1.89 in fifteen games with three saves. He has nine walks and twenty-four strike outs in nineteen innings. I have to say that he does deserve a shot to pitch out of the Mariners’ bullpen. Depending on how the game goes today we could see him come into the game. The Mariners lineup is their regular lineup except Nelson Cruz is playing in right field because of no designated hitter. Ben Gamel playing left field and Guillermo Heredia will be coming off the bench. Go M’s.

 

 

The Mariners Get Blanked in Fenway

The Seattle Mariners continue to struggle offensively on the road. They have only scored nine runs in the last nine games. Of course you can’t win too many games that way. They had five total hits in the game on Saturday. Guillermo Heredia continues to hit lefties well had two of the hits along with Jarrod Dyson. Valencia batting second this time had the other hit.

Rob Whalen made his first start in a Mariner uniform after being called up earlier in the week. He had a rough start giving up three runs in the first inning. He did a good job from the second inning through the fifth inning and then gave up a two-run homer to Jackie Bradley Jr in the sixth inning. He was replaced by Casey Lawrence who pitched the final 2 and 2/3 innings so the bullpen was saved at least. Also Bradley Jr made some outstanding catches in the outfield too.

James Paxton who made a rehab assignment on Friday night is expected to pitch for the Mariners in their first home game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. I am sure the Mariners will try to limit his pitches and hopefully he will make it through five innings and allow the Mariners to be in place to win the game.

I am sure manager Servais have asked the guys to relax and we hope that they can score some runs in the Sunday final in Boston. They do go to Colorado for two games where we hope that the bats come alive. I was hoping that when Robinson Cano came off the disabled list on Tuesday when the Mariners faced the Nationals that the Mariners bats would come alive as well. We hope to that Mitch Haniger will be able to make his rehab assignment this week so he will be back into the lineup. Whatever the case the pitching and hitting need to come together; they can’t let this drag on too much longer before being out of the race. Right now they have the worst record in the American League at 21-29 just behind the Kansas City Royals. They are currently two games behind the Oakland A’s and four behind the second place Los Angeles Angels so a little winning streak would put them right back in the thick of things.

Mariners Win in Washington

The Seattle Mariners finally won a game after losing five straight games. They beat the Washington Nationals in the final game of the three game series after giving up a lot of runs to them in the previous two games. The Mariners lost five in a row since they had beaten the Chicago White Sox in the first game of the four game series against them at home.

The last game they had won Ariel Miranda who pitched a wonderful game giving up three hits in five innings Thursday afternoon also had beaten the White Sox in the first game in the four game series. Going into this game the Mariners had won only three games while losing ten after having their record come to 17-17. The Mariners record now is 21-27.

The Mariners offense that scored only one run in the previous five games beat the Nationals on Thursday 4-2. The Mariners offense came alive in the sixth inning on a home run by Nelson Cruz. It put the Mariners ahead 3-2. The Nationals had scored their two runs the previous inning going ahead 2-0. The Mariners made their fourth run in the seventh inning.

The Mariners bullpen did a good job giving up three hits in four innings and did not issue a walk at all. Although he was a little wild Edwin Diaz recorded the save.

The Mariners now go to Fenway Park in Boston. Fenway being an offensive ball park it would be nice if the Mariners can come more alive in this series before heading to Colorado where we know the ball will fly.

One thing we do know is that the pitchers will need to do a better job than they have been. At least the bullpen gave hope in the last game in Washington shutting the Nationals out.

A positive thing the Mariners will not have to face lefty Chris Sale who beat the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Yovani Gallardo who gave up ten runs in his last outing for the Mariners will be facing the Red Sox on Friday night. We hope that he does a better job and can go at least six innings. The most important thing is that he gives the Mariners a chance to win the game.

The Mariners will be facing Eduardo Rodrigues who has an era of 3.10 in nine games. He has started eight of those games and has struck out 55 batters in just over 49 innings. So the Mariners will have to look at getting the bat on the ball. He is a lefty so I expect that the Mariners will go primarily with a right handed hitting lineup. Of course Cano and Seager should both be in the lineup even so.

Regardless how this series goes it would be nice if the Mariners could win this opening game against the Red Sox. The Mariners may have James Paxton back soon since he has gone on a rehab assignment. More news on that front could come today. Go M’s.

Mariners Go to Washington

The Seattle Mariners series at home against the Chicago White Sox was just awful. Not only did they lose three of the four games the losses were not even close. They were similar to the victories that the Mariners had against the Phillies except in reverse.

The pitching was not only horrible giving up over twenty runs the offense was missing the whole series. The recap of the series the Mariners won the first game 5-4 then on Friday lost 2-1. On Saturday and Sunday both games were over in the first inning. They went on to lose 16-1 and 8-1. The defense did not help either in both games.

The offense did not work with Robinson Cano being on the disabled list. He comes off the DL Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington D.C. We hope this will help the Mariners offense. The Mariners will not have the DH in this series along with going to Colorado next week for two games. The Mariners need to pick things up so they don’t get further behind in the standings. Outside of the Houston Astros being in first place the Mariners are not far behind the Rangers, Angels and A’s. Right now the Mariners record is 20-25. They will need to go at least 4-4 on the road trip. Anything less will make things hard for sure.

The Nationals are playing pretty good ball and are in first place in the national league east division however the Mariners have done well playing inter-league games. We hope this will continue.

James Paxton is expected to make a start on a rehab assignment this week which if things all go well he will be back in the Mariners rotation soon. The first game in the series against the Nationals Christian Berman will start for the Mariners. He pitched outstanding in his last start for the Mariners. If he is able to keep the Mariners in the game for at least six innings this will work for them. Nelson Cruz is expected to play right field against the Nationals. This will mean that either Ben Gamel or Guillermo Heredia will not start however they will be ready for pinch hitting duties.

The Mariners have recalled Mike Zunino from Tacoma. The hitting by the catchers has been awful since he was sent down to Tacoma. We hope that his offense will be improved over the time period he was gone. His power did improve with the Rainiers and the Mariners hope that will happen with them. He doesn’t need to have a high batting average just something OK with his power returning. I am sure we are all wondering how many more chances the Mariners will give to improve his hitting. The Mariners need him to be above the .200 mark instead of being down less than .175. His defense is the only thing giving him a chance to be on the ball club. I am sure the Mariners patience is running thin.

The Mariners not only need the offense to improve they need the pitching to do so as well. This goes not only for the starting pitching it goes for the bullpen as well. At this point they have the worst bullpen in the major leagues. The Mariners need Edwin Diaz to return to his closing role at the same time with Steve Cishek. The pitching needs to keep them in the game along with the offense getting back where they were before Cano went out with his injury. Go M’s.

 

Return of Cano

Robinson Cano has been out for the Mariners since the end of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mariners were swept by the Toronto Blue Jays than at home won two out of three against the Oakland A’s. Now they have won the first game against the Chicago White Sox and losing the last two. They play the final game Sunday against the White Sox. In the ten games they have gone 3-7.

The Mariners pitching has had its moments on the positive side however the bullpen has been struggling as well and the offensive has had bad times mainly in these three series without Cano. On Saturday night the first inning Mike Freeman who was playing second base because Danny Valencia was out to so Taylor Motter played first base. Motter had been playing in Cano’s spot before. Freeman made a miscue on a grounder that should turn into a double play. Next thing we knew starter Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs in the first including a two-runner. It was not the end of it. By the time Gallardo left the game he had given up ten runs. Later on the Mariners scored one run for the game.

Lefty Dillon Overton entered for long relief. In his four innings he gave up five runs. Not a pitching game by the Mariners and the hitting continued to suffer. So they didn’t need to use another reliever in the ninth inning Freeman who had made the error in the first inning went in and pitched. He gave up three hits and a run. Not bad under the circumstances.

Robinson Cano is suspected to rejoin the Mariners on Tuesday when they go on the road to face the Washington Nationals. When Cano went on the disabled list the Mariners were in second place and now they are in last place. The Texas Rangers who the Mariners beat in the last series has won at least ten games. In fact they won ten games in a row. The Angels and A’s have been doing well since playing the Mariners too.

Of course the Mariners haven’t been winning only because of Cano being out of action though it hasn’t helped that they are not scoring many runs. The Mariners are hoping that James Paxton the ace this season will return soon. He is expected to make a rehab assignment and then meet the Mariners while they are on the road. With Overton pitching Saturday night the Mariners have brought up Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Like several other pitchers this is another trip up for Heston to start. We hope that he will do a good job like Christian Bergman and Sam Gaviglio did in both of their starts.

We all hope that the Mariners hitters can come back alive starting Sunday and the pitching can be solid though they will still be without three starters when Paxton returns. Go M’s.

Upgrade?

The Seattle Mariners are still floating despite the fact the pitching has had its ups and downs because of injuries.

On Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox in the first game of four in Safeco Field the Mariners beat them with a 5-4 win on a walk-off single by pinch hitter Guillermo Heredia. Jarrod Dyson was on second base after running on a pitch that should have been on a double play but his speed allowed him to reach the base. It could easily been an extra inning game.

Sam Gaviglio who made his first major league start for the Mariners pitched five innings giving up only three hits and walking one batter had an outstanding game shutting out the White Sox. The Mariners took a four to zero lead with a home run by Dyson in the third inning and then Jean Segura who continues to hit a hot bat had a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Gaviglio hadn’t started a game in ten days so the five innings seem to be his limit this time out.

Casey Lawrence who the Mariners picked up several days earlier from the Toronto Blue Jays on waivers made his Mariner debut. The Mariners actually got him when they were in Toronto and sent him originally to Tacoma. He started off pitching well however gave up a two run homer in the seventh inning. Dan Altavilla who has been struggling spotting his pitches gave up another two-run homer in the eighth inning for the White Sox to tie the score at 4-4 before Heredia walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Vincent pitched the ninth inning for the Mariners to get the win.

Though the Mariners have had their ups and downs far as the starting rotation because of injuries the biggest obstacle has been their bullpen. Outside of right hander Nick Vincent and lefties James Pazos and Marc Rzepczynski the bullpen has been terrible. Closer Edwin Diaz has been removed from the spot as he is working on his mechanics. The Mariners need him to be back in order. Steve Cishek who blew the save on Sunday has just gotten back into action for the Mariners. He should make the bullpen better in a few weeks; also Tony Zych who came back shortly before Cishek should help as well. The bullpen has been the sore spot for the Mariners so far this season however we hope things will get better.

When it comes to the position players the real position that needs upgrading and we all know the answer is catcher. Currently Mike Zunino who started the season as the regular catcher was sent down to Tacoma because he was striking out way too often. He was named recently as PCL player of the week however I don’t think he is ready to resume his place as the everyday catcher. The problem is the two catchers who are platooning Chico Ruiz and Tuffy Gosewisch are doing fine defensively but the offense is not any better under them than Zunino. I am sure that Zunino will be back up in a few weeks or sooner however it would be nice if the Mariners could go out and upgrade at the catcher’s position. Of course with the injuries to the starting rotation the Mariners have had other priorities. I am sure though if there was someone out there to improve the catching they would so. A major problem is that there are not many catchers that would upgrade the Mariners however if Zunino isn’t able to improve when he is called up once again the Mariners will have to look at finding someone. The thing is the solution probably won’t happen until after the season.

It will be nice to see Robinson Cano and Mitch Haniger come off the disabled list when the Mariners go on their next road trip next week. Also James Paxton should be ready to go soon as well however they expect him to make at least one rehab assignment.

In the meantime if the Mariners can stay around the five hundred mark than they will be in good shape. On the positive side they are exciting to watch though the pitching can be aggravating. Go M’s.

 

Changes Keep On For Mariners

The Seattle Mariners on Wednesday took two out of three against the Oakland A’s in Seattle the last three days and now look forward to taking on the Chicago White Sox in a four-game series before going back on the road.

On Tuesday the Mariners had a rough outing with the bullpen going into the ninth inning with a one run lead however they ended up losing. Edwin Diaz who was the closer is now being used more likely in the middle innings while he gets his mechanics fixed. In the meantime the Mariners are using a bullpen by committee to close out games.

On Wednesday Christian Bergman had a wonderful game pitching a shutout over seven and one-thirds innings giving up only two hits. At this point it looks like he is one guy who will stay in the rotation until some of the original guys return. Of course this will be determined on how he continues to pitch. The only sure starters are Ariel Maranda and Yovani Gallardo is the only original starter going into the season.

On Wednesday the Mariners sent Chase De Jong down to Tacoma. He isn’t needed to be used for a little while since the Mariners do have an off-day on Monday before going to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals. Also James Paxton did some throwing on the sidelines and may be sent on a rehab assignment shortly. Other good news Drew Smyly started throwing a little as well however he won’t be back until sometime in June. Likely he will go on a rehab assignment too.

Outfielder Mitch Haniger may be back with the team on the next road trip himself. The Mariners likely will go with the hottest hitters with Haniger, Ben Gamel, Jarrod Dyson and Guillermo Heredia. Both Gamel and Heredia will continue getting good playing time since they both have been play well during the time Haniger has been out. Dyson who has struggled some at the plate likely will be the one who won’t play as much especially against lefties. All four are good defensive players so the defense will not suffer whoever is playing.

At this point Robinson Cano who has been on the disabled list should return on the road trip if not sometime in the series against the White Sox.

What we hope for over this series against the White Sox that not only that the Mariners can at least split the series everyone will stay healthy as well. The Mariners don’t need anyone else to go down that is for sure. Go M’s.

Mariners Swept By Blue Jays

The Seattle Mariners after having a great time winning the first two games on the road beating the Philadelphia Phillies by scoring 21 runs went to Toronto where they barely scored any runs in four games.

I believe a lot of the problem with the Mariners not able to score runs because they didn’t have Robinson Cano play over the weekend. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager were not able to make up for the loss of Cano. Also most of the other players didn’t do their job either. It is obvious that the Blue Jays though they have been struggling so far in the season that their pitching is better than the Phillies as well; at least in this series any way.

It amazes me over the years whenever the Mariners are able to go on a nice little run where they win several games they turn around and lose about the same amount. This especially happens when they make ground up and land at five hundred like they did this time. We just hope that they can turn things around this week in Seattle. So far they have a good record playing at Safeco Field this season.

There is a possibility that Mitch Haniger will be back playing right field sometime this week and that James Paxton will be back in the rotation. Actually the starting pitching was good on this road trip especially in Toronto going with starters that would not be in the rotation except Ariel Miranda and Yovani Gallardo. In fact they would be pitching for Tacoma.

Another injury happen to a starter over the weekend where Ryan Weber who had been sent up to start up against the Blue Jays was pitching pretty well when he grabbed his arm in the fourth inning. He had to leave the game and he was put on the disabled list. Not sure how long he will be out. On the positive side the Mariners are showing guys like Chase De Jong who may be in their starting rotation in the future.

The Mariners lost Iwakuma last week as well. He looks like he will be out for four to six weeks. Now that he is in his mid-30s we must wonder how much longer he will be able to pitch for the Mariners. Also Felix could be out for a bit longer to. He threw on the side lines but the Mariners had to put him on hold. At this point Paxton is the only one looking to come back soon. Of course he has been the most productive starter so far this season.

The Mariners bullpen has been suspect so far this season. Sunday when the Mariners could have used a win very badly closer Edwin Diaz gave up a walk-off home run that gave the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead. The Mariners could have won at least two of those games if not more in the four game series. I am sure that manager Scott Servais will be glad that Steve Cishek should be back to help out Diaz in the late innings. Injuries along with poor performances haven’t helped the Mariners. The lefties in the bullpen have done a fine job but not the righties. Nick Vincent had been pitching pretty well for a month until he gave up a home run to key the win on Saturday for the Blue Jays. We hope that he will be able to get back to where he was pitching. Dan Altavilla who was brought back once again because of the injury to Weber we can hope that he can bounce back and is able to put his fast ball and splitter in the right spots. We can say the same for Diaz. The problem with Diaz is that he hasn’t been able to pitch on a regular basis. The return of Cishek it may be a good idea that he and Diaz split up the closer role. We have to remember that Diaz is only in his second season closing and hasn’t done a full season since he was a starter in the minor leagues before becoming one last May. It will be nice if the Mariners can get the pitching and hitting together at the same time. I hope that they can go 5-2 on this seven game home stand against the Oakland A’s and the Chicago White Sox. Go M’s.