Mariners Vanquished by Strikeouts, Pitching

Week 3 Recap

Date Home Team Score Away Team Score Result
4/15
4/16 Mariners 2 Tigers 6 L
4/17 Mariners 1 Tigers 2 L/14
4/18 Mariners 2 Tigers 0 W
4/19 Rangers 7 Mariners 0 L
4/20 Rangers 5 Mariners 0 L
4/21 Rangers 11 Mariners 3 L
  • The Mariners had some tough pitching matchups this week, facing Doug Fister, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, and Yu Darvish all in the span of four days. But they didn’t do any better against the likes of Nick Tepesch, Derek Lowe, and Justin Grimm. Mariner hitters were flailing at pitches this week with a combined total of seventy-two strikeouts. Their swing happy ways are reflected in their record this week. We we’re lucky to escape with a single win (against Justin Verlander!).

Player Performances

One of the features I’m including is a look at the recent player performances from the past two weeks. That small of a sample size will give us some pretty extreme data points. If you want to see the methodology behind these statistics, check out this page. The two tables below are the batting and pitching data from the last two weeks (4/8-4/21).

PA 1B/2B/3B/HR AVG/OBP/SLG K%/xK% BB%/xBB% HR%/xHR% SCOUT
Jesus Montero 26 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 .250 /.308 /.292 11.5/17.3 7.7/5.8 0.0/10.3
-10.5
Kelly Shoppach 25 3 / 3 / 0 / 1 .333 /.440 /.619 36.0/33.8 16.0/8.9 16.7/11.7 0.1
Justin Smoak 53 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 .188 /.264 /.208 28.3/30.4 15.4/10.4 0.0/9.3 -16.2
Kendrys Morales 52 6 / 3 / 0 / 0 .209 /.327 /.279 17.3/17.8 15.4/8.1 0.0/9.3 -14.9
Dustin Ackley 45 8 / 1 / 0 / 0 .214 /.222 /.238 20.0/19.5 2.2/8.3 0.0/9.6 -13.1
Robert Andino 20 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 .211 /.250 /.263 30.0/21.8 5.0/7.4 0.0/10.5 -7.7
Brendan Ryan 37 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 .091 /.135 /.091 24.3/17.6 5.4/7.1 0.0/9.9 -12.0
Kyle Seager 48 6 / 7 / 0 / 1 .311 /.354 /.533 20.8/18.2 6.3/7.0 7.7/10.7 -5.7
Mike Morse 39 3 / 2 / 0 / 1 .167 /.231 /.306 25.6/22.9 7.7/6.1 12.5/11.5 -2.8
Jason Bay 33 5 / 0 / 0 / 1 .214 /.333 /.321 30.3/24.6 15.2/12.5 14.3/11.6 8.0
Raul Ibanez 37 4 / 1 / 0 / 2 .200 /.243 /.400 27.0/18.6 5.4/8.1 22.2/12.6 11.5
Endy Chavez 26 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 .240 /.269 /.280 19.2/11.8 3.8/5.3 0.0/10.3 -9.4
Franklin Gutierrez 30 3 / 1 / 0 / 2 .214 /.233 /.464 26.7/21.7 3.3/6.2 33.3/13.5 14.3
  • Michael Morse came back only four days after he broke his pinky finger but he didn’t look comfortable at the plate at all. He did collect his first two, non-home run, extra base hits. I’m not sure how much his injury will affect his performance at the plate but I’ll be watching his at-bats a little closer this coming week.
  • Kyle Seager and Kelly Shoppach carried the offensive load for the team this week. It’s nice to see Seager carry over the progress he made last year into this season. It’s weird to think that Seager has been more valuable to this team than Dustin Ackley, even though they were drafted in the same year, from the same college, and started in the majors around the same time. Seager never had the hype Ackley had as a prospect but he’s certainly developed into an important piece of the roster puzzle.
  • It seems like Jesus Montero has lost his job as an everyday catcher only three weeks into the season. Kelly Shoppach started four of the six games this week and has hit well, much better than Montero. I’m starting to wonder when Montero will be shipped off to AAA-Tacoma to begin learning how to play first base. Smoak clearly isn’t progressing as quickly as everyone had hoped and has probably played himself out of the Mariner’s future.
  • If Smoak loses his job, the question becomes who plays first base. Mike Morse is probably the most likely candidate but as we’ve seen this week with all the injuries we’ve suffered, our outfield depth is critically thin. Its clear Gutierrez isn’t an everyday player yet (he’s dealing with a pelvic issue this week) and Endy Chavez and Raul Ibanez aren’t good enough to be starters either. Taking Morse away from the outfield will only make that situation worse.
IP BF K / BB ERA/FIP K%/xK% BB%/xBB% HR%/xHR% SCOUT
Felix Hernandez 14 2/3 60 17 / 2 1.84 / 2.08 28.3/24.7 3.3/6.4 9.1/10.9 8.5
Hisashi Iwakuma 12 2/3 44 8 / 2 0.71 / 3.34 18.2/19.2 4.5/6.8 8.3/10.9 5.8
Joe Saunders 18 77 7 / 7 3.50 / 4.21 9.1/11.2
9.1/7.7 5.6/9.8 12.2
Brandon Maurer 13 1/3 60 9 / 6 6.75 / 5.05 15.0/17.9 10.0/8.4 9.5/10.9 2.4
Aaron Harang 9 2/3 48 11 / 3 10.24 / 7.13 22.9/20.2 6.3/7.0 22.2/13.0 -16.4
Blake Beavan 10 1/3 49 6 / 3 7.84 / 5.33 12.2/11.1 6.1/4.1 10.5/11.2 3.2
Hector Noesi 3 1/3 11 2 / 0 0.00 / 1.90 18.2/16.3 0.0/8.3 0.0/10.9 2.5
Yoervis Medina 2 1/3 12 5 / 3 7.72 / 2.67 41.7/21.5 25.0/8.7 0.0/10.8 4.4
Bobby LaFromboise 2 1/3 12 5 / 3 7.72 / 2.67 41.7/21.5 25.0/8.7 0.0/10.8 4.4
Oliver Perez 5 1/3 21 5 / 4 1.69 / 5.91 23.8/22.9 19.0/13.1 12.5/11.4 -6.4
Carter Capps 6 2/3 32 9 / 3 7.20 / 8.70 28.1/27.2 9.4/8.9 18.2/12.0 -5.8
Charlie Furbush 5 27 6 / 9 7.20 / 8.70 22.2/21.9 33.3/10.9 33.3/13.3 -23.4
Tom Wilhelmsen 6 19 4 / 0 0.00 / 1.77 21.1/24.3 0.0/9.1 0.0/10.6 7.6
  • Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer dueled each other Wednesday night racking up twenty-four strikeouts between the two of them (there were forty! total strikeouts in the fourteen inning game). Felix was completely dominating in that game getting over 75% of his outs via strikeout or ground out and only allowing one unearned run on four hits. That was vintage Felix and the Mariners couldn’t get him a win. Over his last ten starts going back to last year, he’s 1-9. That’s crazy! We’re wasting the contributions of our best player because our offense can’t score a few measly runs.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma continued his brilliance even though his start was cut short because a blister developed on his throwing hand. Hopefully he will be able to play through this minor issue and continue to provide excellent results for the team.
  • This week saw the return of Hector Noesi, as the bullpen worked through its depth pretty quickly this week. He worked three innnings on Friday and only gave up one hit while striking out two.
  • Charlie Furbush continued to struggle to find his command as he gave up five walks in two innings of work. I’m not sure what’s going on with him. His career walk rate is only 8.7% so this is pretty uncharacteristic for him.

AL West Standings

Team Win-Loss Win% Games Behind
Rangers 12-6 .667
Athletics 12-7 .632 0.5
Angels 7-10 .412 4.5
Mariners 7-13 .350 6.0
Astros 5-13 .278 7.0

The Week Ahead

Date Away Team Probable Pitcher Home Team Probable Pitcher
4/22 Mariners Felix Hernandez Astros Brad Peacock
4/23 Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma Astros Bud Norris
4/24 Mariners Joe Saunders Astros Lucas Harrell
4/25 Angels Garrett Richards Mariners Brandon Maurer
4/26 Angels C.J. Wilson Mariners Aaron Harang
4/27 Angels TBD Mariners Felix Hernandez
4/28 Angels TBD Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma

The Mariners continue their sixteen game stretch this week staying in Texas to face the Houston Astros and then come home for a four game series against the Angels. If the Mariners continue to play poorly, they could slip behind the Astros in the standings after this week. Hopefully our offense will be able to turn it around.

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