Washington National Pick Up Hunter Strickland and Elias From the Mariners

The Mariners made two trades today with less than an hour remaining in the trading deadline. Hunter Strickland expected to be the Mariners closer this year, however, was on the injured list until last week was traded to the Washington Nationals for a Double-A reliever. Jerry Dipoto traded Roenis Elias to the Nationals as well. They picked up two more relievers as well.

The Nationals feel to make the playoffs they need bullpen help. 
The Mariners will have to bring up a couple of relievers to take over the spots of Strickland and Elias. They could promote a starter, and move LeBlanc or Milone to the bullpen. 

We will have to see whether Mike Leake and or Domingo Leake will go as well. Stay tuned. 

Mariners Sweep Tigers

It is never easy for a team to sweep another in four games no matter how much better or worse of a team you or they are. We know the Mariners have been struggling after getting off to a 13-2 record but the Tigers have the worst record in the major leagues. This series helped the Mariners for sure. We hope this gives them confidence going on the road to Texas and Houston for five games.

The game for a long time didn’t look like the Mariners would win although the Tigers weren’t accomplishing much themselves. The Tigers scored first having a home run off of Tommy Milone in the fourth inning.  Milone came in the game in the third inning after Matt Wisler went the first two innings. Wisler had a good time being the opener going two innings without giving up a hit or a walk while striking out two.

Milone gave up one other run in the fifth inning. He went five innings all together giving up six hits along with the two runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

The Mariners had a hard time getting anything done on the Detroit Tiger starter and Mercer Island’s own Matthew Boyd. The Mariners finally were able to score a run on him after a hit by Tim Beckham and a double by Kyle Seager to make the score 2-1 Tigers. Boyd walked three batters in six and one-thirds innings; however, he struck out ten Mariners.

Hunter Strickland made his first appearance out of the Mariners’ bullpen since he went on the injured list on March 30. He gave up no runs or hits throwing nine pitches in his one inning in the eighth inning.

Strickland was followed by Anthony Bass and Roenis Elias who neither gave up a run.

Domingo Santana hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game. The game went into extra innings. Dylan Moore entered the game late replacing Kristopher Negron after he was pinch-hit by Omar Narvaez.  Moore hit a double then JP Crawford hit a ball dropping in between the Tigers’ center fielder, right fielder, and second baseman. Moore scored all the way from second after having to wait to see whether the ball would drop. Actually, he didn’t wait but he did feel the ball would go down for a hit. So Crawford went away with a walk-off single. It was the second walk-off hit in the series.

The news came out after the game Kristopher Negron had been traded. He was excited and the Mariner players gave him hugs to give him a sendoff. At the time Negron didn’t say where he was going. It wasn’t until later when the news came down.

The Mariners had to make a move since they had acquired outfielder Keon Broxton on waivers from the Baltimore on Saturday. The Mariners made the trade of Negron to the Los Angeles Dodgers officially in late Sunday night. The Mariners received minor league infielder Daniel Castro from the Dodgers. He will be reporting to Tacoma. This was a good deal for Negron going to the Dodgers who are likely to make the playoffs. Playing in the national league will give him additional time on the field. The Dodgers often use utility players. We wish Negron the very best.

We should expect Broxton will be activated before Tuesday’s game in Arlington, Texas.  Mike Leake is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington. The question will he actually make the start or be traded beforehand or be traded after the start or not be traded at all. Stay tuned for the next three days to see what may happen before the deadline.  We expect Dipoto should make another move before the trading deadline on Wednesday; however, he did say last week something may not happen either depending on what happens in any talks. Go M’s.

Mariners Look To Sweep Tigers

The Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon 8-1. Marco Gonzales continues pitching well for the second month in a row. He went seven innings giving up six hits, one run, no walks and striking out eight.  Gonzales now has a record of 12-8. He is now one win away from his total of last year.

The Tigers scored first getting their only run of the game in the third inning. The Mariners got at least one hit from every player who started except Domingo Santana.

The Mariners scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Ryan Court making his first start in the major leagues playing the first time in right field had a single to drive in a run in the fourth inning. Later he hit a double in the seventh inning driving in two of the four runs.

Court and Austin Nola carry a big stick since being promoted to Seattle were the big heroes. Nola had two hits in the game driving in three runs as well. So these two players who didn’t start the season in Seattle or had any plans to be in a Mariner uniform playing their first times in the majors leagues counted for six of the Mariners eight runs.

While Court made his major league debut he was playing the first time in his life in right field in place of Domingo Santana. Having missed a couple games because of a poor shoulder Santana took his spot at designated hitter.

Catcher Omar Narvaez continued his hot hitting having four hits on Saturday scoring two runs though he didn’t drive in a run. Also, Tim Beckham another good day having three hits driving in a run. He made an outstand catch and throw in the 9th inning. He caught the ball while running then throwing the ball to Court at first base to make a double. Court moved from right field to first base in the 9th inning.

It was a fun game for sure to watch. Oh yes can’t forget this game was the first where neither team hit a home run in a Mariner game this season. They had the record which now ends at 107 games. Though it would have been nice to keep the streak alive the game in itself was exciting to watch.

News came during the game the Mariners acquired outfielder Keon Broxton off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Broxton is known for his defense more than his offense. He was hitting .204 with four home runs for the Orioles after he was acquired from the New York Mets on May 22.

This is now the fourth team Broxton has played for in the major leagues. He began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates than traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He only played a handful of games for the Pirates and he played for the Brewers three seasons before being traded to the Mets during this last off-season.  He did show some power in 2017 where he hit 20 home runs but not much of anything else since.

Broxton is many known for his defense playing in center field. A major reason the Mariners picked him up though they believe can help him turn his hitting around too. We will see wouldn’t we? Picking him up on waivers means the Mariners don’t have much to lose especially this season.

The Mariners still haven’t made a move on the trading front as of yet. Jerry Dipoto has four days remaining to make a trade of one of their players who might be able to bring back a prospect in return. The two likely players are pitcher Mike Leake and utility player Tim Beckham. They are both doing well right now so getting a decent prospect in return could happen. The Mariners don’t really have any one else to trade at this time with much value unless they decide to trade Marco Gonzales, however, he is considered part of the Mariners future. In his case, the Mariners would have to get a good prospect in return to do so.

The Mariners are expected to go with an opener once again on Sunday with Tommy Milone expected to come in either the second or third inning. The Mariners haven’t announced as of yet who the opener will be.

Having beaten the Tigers three of the games so far going with an opener again is a good idea continue to see how it works out.  The Mariners will head to Arlington Texas to take on the Texas Rangers then onto to Houston over next weekend to face the Astros. The Mariners do have Monday and Thursday off. So the players continue to have a lot of rest days since the all-star break. Besides having August 1st off the Mariners have four other off-days in August. Three of the four days will take place in the first half of the month. In September the Mariners will have one day off per week. The season ends for them on September 29th at home against the Oakland A’s. Go M’s.

Vogelbach Home Runs Make Difference

Wednesday afternoon the Seattle Mariners finished the series off against the Texas Rangers winning 5-3.

The pitching was outstanding for the first four and a half innings when Dan Vogelbach hit the first of his two solo home runs in the game. The Mariners bottom of the batting order were able to get on and score three more runs to take a 4-0 lead.

The lead was short lived in the top of the sixth inning after two outs the Rangers had back to back single then second baseman Rougned Odor hit a three- run homer to make the lead 4-3.

In the bottom of the sixth inning Dan Vogelbach responded with his second home run of the game making it 5-3. No more scoring happened the rest of the way.

So the game came down to two innings the fifth and sixth innings. Mike Leake pitched for the Mariners his first since he almost had a perfect game last Friday. He had a little trouble early on but settles down until the sixth inning when the Rangers scored on the Odor three-run homer. The Mariners had trouble getting Odor out in the series since it was his fourth homer in the three games.

Mike Leake ended up pitching seven innings giving up 9 hits, 3 runs, no walks and striking out 7. He was relieved by Anthony Bass who didn’t give up a hit and struck out two in the eighth inning. Roenis Elias came in the 9th inning taking care of the Rangers quickly on five pitches including a pop up to end the game.

Domingo Santana didn’t play in the game after being taken out early in Tuesday’s game. A MRI was taken so the Mariners are hoping the results will come in on Thursday. The Mariners have the day off so resume action on Friday against the Detroit Tigers at home. The Mariners are hoping Santana won’t have to go on the injured list.

With Thursday off and the trading deadline only six days remaining I hope Jerry Dipoto will have a busy day. With the injuries not too many players to trade right now. Having another outstanding game on the mound the Mariners might be able to trade Mike Leake. The only other player or make it two would be Tim Beckham and Roenis Elias. I am sure Leake would get the best value in return. Stay tuned Go M’s.

Mariners Season Continues Same Way

The Seattle Mariners lost Sunday’s game 9-3. So the Los Angeles Angels took the series over the weekend and the season.

The Mariners will not play the Angels again this year which is odd in itself since the season still has two months remaining. The Angels took ten of the nineteen games. Just think the Mariners could have won the series if just one game would have been different. Also, if they didn’t give up so many home runs especially to Mike Trout.

Sunday’s game the Angels were leading 1-0 going into the fourth inning. The Angels scored for runs all with two outs. So similar we see to Saturday night when the Angels won in the 9th inning. Albert Pujols had a single then Brian Goodwin hits a home run off of Yusei Kikuchi. The Angels scored a couple more runs that could have been prevented as well.

I have to say getting tired of a team where the pitchers are giving up too many home runs and the fielders can’t get to balls. This is happening over and over again.

I wonder how much the shifting is hurting the position players getting to balls they should get to.  It is possible they wouldn’t get to them anyway but something I do think about.

When it comes to playing this game the all-star break didn’t do any good for this team for sure.  I don’t want to be over critical but the same things are happening over and over again as I stated earlier.

Let’s stop the shifting all together to see how much better the fielding will be. Another thing can we get pitchers who won’t throw home run balls so often. The Mariners are on a steak where there has been a home run in every game. It would be awesome if the Mariners had home runs in almost every game but actually the opposition has had many of the home runs. 

This series against the Angels they had five home runs while two by the Mariners. The Mariners home runs were both by Daniel Vogelbach in game one when Mike Leake almost pitched a perfect game. Four of the home runs by the Angels were in Sunday’s game. The lone home run on Saturday was by Mike Trout in the 9th inning making a big difference in the game after fielding miscue by Tim Beckham.

The pitching coaches (they have more than one by the way though only one has the title) need to seat down with the pitchers on how not to throw home run pitches.  The problem isn’t just this season it has been going on for several years. I know the ball is juiced this year so more home runs are being hit by record numbers but the problem is location as much as the ball. Stop making mistakes where throwing the ball especially to guys named Pujols and Trout. 

Anyway I will try not to mention this again.

Now the Mariners take on the Texas Rangers for three games before facing the Detroit Tigers next weekend at home. It will follow by going to Texas to take on the Rangers for two and the Houston Astros for three before returning to Seattle. Go M’s.

Mike Leake’s Almost Perfect Night

In my last post, I said it would be nice if the Mariners could end the losing streak by beating the Angels at least once so Mike Leake took care of it in the first game of the series.

Going into the 9th inning Leake was pitching a perfect game. We know it isn’t an easy accomplishment to do. The last one was by Felix Hernandez on August 15, 2012. I remember where I was at on that day. I was working. Someone came by to tell me Felix was pitching a no-hitter. He didn’t say it was a perfect game but was a nice surprise to find out later.

Mike Leake ended the perfect game by giving up a single to right field to 2nd baseman Luis Rengifo. He walked the next batter catcher Kevan Smith. The Mariners were leading 10-0 with no outs so there was no question they would win the game but whether Leake could preserve the shout out and end with a complete game. He was able to with the next batter Matt Thaiss grounding out followed by leadoff hitter Brian Goodwin popping up in the infield. The third out would be the toughest one with Mike Trout coming to the plate, however, Leake was able to rise to the occasion to strike him out to preserve the shoutout.

You wonder what feeling Leake had going into the top of the 9th inning and then after by giving up the single. I am sure disappointment and relief at the same time.

How did the Mariners score the ten runs they did in this game? Though Leake was pitching a perfect game the score was tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the 4th inning. With two runners on base Dan Vogelbach hit his first of two home runs in the game to take the lead 3-0. Omar Narvaez dhing hit a single followed by a double by Kyle Seager then catcher Tom Murphy had a single driving in both of them. It may have been a double but a great throw by Kole Calhoun from right field got Murphy trying to stretch it into a double. So the Mariners led 5-0.

In the fifth inning, Vogelbach hit his second home run to make it 8-0. The Mariners finished the scoring in the sixth inning when JP Crawford hit a double to drive in Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith. Dan Vogelbach did have an opportunity to hit his third two-run homer but the ball was caught at the warning track. Along with Leake’s almost perfect game, it would have been a sight to see Vogelbach hitting another three-run homer. Also, no Mariner has driven in nine runs in the game either.

There was talk before the game with the trading deadline looming that no team had any interest in trading for Mike Leake. I am sure this game increased his value. I am sure everyone is thinking what a way to go out if this was the last game he pitches for the Mariners. Whether he leaves or stays we thank you, Mike Leake, in pitching one of the top games in Mariner history.

No pitcher has been announced for Saturday night’s game for the Mariners yet. Wade LeBlanc could start like he did in his last outing or come in after the opener. Not sure who the opener would be either. Erik Swanson recently called up was the opener on Wednesday in the loss to the A’s in Oakland.

So let’s relax and enjoy Saturday night’s game whether the Mariners win the game or another loss comes our way. Go M’s.

Look Forward To This Weekend Edgar

While the current Mariner players try to snap a six-game losing streak we get to see the Baseball Hall-Of-Fame honor Edgar Martinez.

I believe this will be special beyond the induction of Griffey Jr because Edgar played his whole career in Seattle.

Edgar was on the two best years in Seattle Mariner baseball history. The first was 1995 when they came from a deficit in August to tie the Los Angeles Angels at the season’s end then win the final game over the Angels to make the playoffs for the first time.

All of us Mariner fans have seen the video of him knocking in Joey Cora and Junior to beat the Yankees. We will never forget to see the grin of junior when the other Mariner players pile on him.

The other season was 2016 when the Seattle Mariners won 116 games to tie the Chicago Cubs for the most ever wins in the history of the major leagues. Unfortunately, the Mariners were not able to make the World Series losing to the Yankees. If it were not for 9/11 which I am sure we all wish had not happened they probably would have made and won the World Series. 

Edgar Martinez was on that team in 2001 as well. What more can we say for the legend of the Mariners. There is a street named after him along with Dave Niehaus. Our favorite play by play announcer who made the hall-of-fame as well.

Not only is Edgar in Cooper’s Town so is Junior along with fellow teammates Jay Buhner, Jamie Moyer, Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson. I am sure there are other of his other teammates making the way besides a lot of fans. I wish I could be there.

I visited the baseball hall-of-fame in late May, 2011. It was an experience I will never forget. I hope to make it there again so I can see these great men of baseball past.

So we hope the Mariners can beat the Angels this weekend in Seattle to help Edgar make it in on Sunday. I am sure those on the team this year who were on the team last year will be thinking of Edgar as well since he was the team’s hitting coach. I am sure those who get to be coached to whatever degree by Edgar in the future will be honored to hear his words about hitting.

Thank you Edgar for the memories; we look forward to hear your speech whether live or not. I am sure we will want to listen to your words over and over again just like the video in 1995. I am sure they will show the video during his introduction into the hall-of-fame.