2014 Mariners Season Thread
Felix Hernandez made 11 strikeouts in only six innings of work last night for his first "W" of the season on Opening Day against the California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim!
• Don Baylor busted his leg on the ceremonial first pitch from Vladimir Guerrero.
• Raul Ibanez struck out three times for the Angels. I wanted him to play for the Mariners again this year!
Been a while, life has been crazy!
But glad to be back and enjoying the season, early as it is!
The M's are 3-0 to start the season! Erasmo Ramirez got the win last night in front of 40,000+ fans, giving up 2 runs over 7 innings, striking out 6. CJ Wilson gave up 6 of the M's 8 runs.
Tonight, James Paxton was masterful, allowing only 2 hits and 2 walks with no runs allowed over 7 innings with 9 SO to boot! The offense kept chugging along and scored another 8 runs on the way to the M's first series sweep of the season (the first one against the Angels while on the road since June 2006). 8 of the 9 starters reached base with Ackley being the sole loner in that regard (though that is fine since he knocked in 4 runs between the first 2 games of the series). Almonte was hitless at the top of the order but reached base via the walk on two occasions. Batters 2-6 each contributed 2 hits apiece including HR's by Smoak and Corey Hart. Zunino hit a 3 run HR in the 6th inning to double our lead.
Aside from Trout who doubled and tripled, the heart of the Angels' order, Pujols, Freese and Hamilton, were silenced, going 0-10 tonight.
The M's pitching has been wonderful (aside from Noesi giving up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. We outscored our opponents 26-8 the last 3 games, an 18 point differential!
According to MLB.com, this is just the 3rd time in M's history to have started the season off 3-0 (the first since 1995). The Angel's inauspicious 0-2 start was there worst since 2001 and 0-3 now is their worst since 1992!
So, so early in the season but everything we have seen is good. Where is the bad? We have had 3 errors so far, though none tonight. So maybe we will not win based on our outstanding D. But with great pitching and solid, timely hitting, maybe we can afford to take a step back in that department. The club is young but has experienced players throughout. Cano, Felix, Buck, Rodney, Hart, all bring several years to the table. And even light hitting Willie Bloomquist (one of my favorite players I might add) with 12 years in the Big Leagues has leadership experience to share with his former and now current club.
Yes, we also have young guys on the team with over 20 of them having fewer than 5 years in the Bigs. But the young core of players (i.e. Smoak, Ackley, etc...) who we have watched slowly and painfully develop may be showing signs of turning the corner. Too early to tell so far but seems promising. Zunino has a good mentor to follow in Buck and I have heard that Cano has been taking Smoak underwing and seems to be paying early dividends with 2 HR's and 7 RBI in the first 3 games of the season.
So a great start for the team and excited to keep it up! Go M's!
Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-03-2014 at 07:22 AM.
THanks for the summary Edgar! I was just coming here to post about the awesome opening sweep of the Angles - in California, but you did a much better job.
Game One: 10-3
Game Two: 8-3
Game Three: 8-2
Rookie pitcher Roenis Elias looks to get the nod tonight in the series opener against division rival Oakland. We will be facing against Jesse Chavez a now 7 year veteran who has been with Oakland since 2012.
Chavez has spent most of his career as a reliever and has only 2 starts to his name in the Bigs. However, he had a good showing this spring going 5-1 over 5 starts (7 games) with a 2.22 ERA.
The Mariner's are sitting at 5-2 right now, going 2-2 after their wonderful 3-0 start. They did however pick up their 4th consecutive win against the Angels last night.
Roenis Elias who is sporting a 1.80 ERA is getting the start again tonight, his second of the season. He pitched well enough in his first start, a little wild with 2 walks in the first but only gave up the 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks.
Felix moved to 3-0 on the season, though the bullpen did its best to prevent it.
Felix is not 113-58 in his career (.568%).
With a 20 win season this year, he would have 130 by seasons end.
And his SO/9IP has shown improvement for 8 consecutive seasons so far, from 7.8 in 2007 to 9.5 last year and is sporting a 12.7 SO/9IP in his first 3 starts this year!
Mariners swept by the Marlins that stinks! :-(
Felix is on the mound tonight for his 5th start of the season, looking to go 4-0 to start the year!
They are facing the Houston Astros in Seattle, so this could be the perfect game to get the M's back on track.
Felix has a league leading 39 SO over 28.1 IP this season and is going up against the 5-14 Astros who are tied for the most SO in the AL with 173, so he should be looking at another double digit strikeout performance as long as our fearless manager decides to not pull him after 1 late innings hit and allow the bullpen to blow another incredible game by the King.
Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-21-2014 at 06:59 PM.
31 games in and the M's are over .500 as they sit 16-15 on the season after they top the A's 8-3 tonight. The M's look forward to their double header against the A's tomorrow, headlined by Felix starting for the Mariners.
So, they Mariner's are currently sitting 2nd in the Division, after starting the day in 4th, not too shabby!
The Mariner's won game 1 of the doubleheader, despite Felix giving up 4 runs (3 earned) and recording no strikeouts! The game went into extra innings after they M's tied it 4-4 in the 8th inning after the A's put 3 runs on the board in the bottom of the 7th.
Looks like Ramirez will be starting game 2 for the Mariners. Just a short break and we will get back to the action.
Kyle Seager went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI he had another double today after hitting 2 of them yesterday. He has now reached base safely in 11 straight games.
Justin Smoak is sitting on a short 5 game hitting streak and with 2 RBI in the game today has 5 in the series.
Michael Saunders who has recently been moved to the leadoff role has been hitting .355/.382/.419 with 7 runs in 7 games this month so far!
I am very happy with where the Mariner's are at right now but one thing to point out is our SS Brad Miller is sadly only hitting .160 on the season... That is 100 points less than what he did last year in half a season.
But down in Tacoma we have a hot hitting Chris Taylor who is hitting .371 with 13 doubles in the same number of games. I would love to see him brought up and see if he could shore up our offense at that position.
I haven't had a chance to see him play so I don't know much about his defense but I would love to have someone who could hit over .250, let alone just .200.
Great game by Felix last night! Too bad he gave up the 1 run but he went 8 2/3 Innings with only the 1 run (in the 9th inning) with 9 SO and only 4 hits and 2 walks along the way.
Rodney came in for a 3 pitch, 1 out Save to close it out for his 13th Save of the season.
The M's are back to .500 ball and Felix is currently 7-1 on the season with a 2.57 ERA. He is leading the AL in IP and is second in SO. His 7 wins ties him for 2nd in the league as well.
His 12 starts through the teams first 52 games puts him on pace for 36 starts this season which would be a career high. He still has not had a CG though since late 2012.
Why is Maurer still up here? Aside from his first start, he was sporting a 7.88 ERA over 5 starts going into tonight's' game wherein he proceeds to give up 5 runs over 4 innings!
His ERA is 7.52 over 7 starts and is 8.36 over his last 6. That is just not good. We have put up a decent team so far this season but if we continue to put him out there, we will never get anywhere. Send him back to Tacoma where he can hopefully find his form again.
How about Jordan Pries? Could he be worse?
10-2 win over the Yankees last night as Felix wins big in the Big Apple yet again!
The King gave up 2 runs over 7 innings with only 8 hits and no walks with 8 SO to boot!
The M's were carried by Seager who was a single shy of the cycle but had 2 triples on the night. He went 4-5 with 12 Total Bases, 3 Runs scored and 3 RBI.
The 2 runs against Felix were both knocked in by former teammate Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Felix is now 8-1 on the season, tied for the 2nd most wins in the AL and tied for 2nd best win percentage as well.
Felix (8-1, 2.57 ERA) is going for his 6th consecutive win of the season in the early start today.
He is matching pitches against Chris Archer (3-3, 3.73 ERA). Archer has been better as of late with just a 1.09 ERA in his last 4 starts.
Wow he's already got eleven strike-outs in only five innings!
This is Felix's 7th game with 11 SO.
He also has had 12 SO's in a game 7 times and 3 times he has reached his career high of 13 SO.
Considering how early in the game it is, he has a chance to set a new career high!
12 SO for him now! 80 pitches over 6 innings, so he still should have some more in the tank! Just needs 2 more for a new career high!
Now we just need the M's hitters to support the King in this fine pitching performance of his. Archer who has gotten in more trouble than Felix has still held the Mariner's scoreless...
Let's get some runs here in the 7th! We have a runner in scoring position with only 1 out. We just need to bring him in!
14 Strikeouts in 7 innings! Still 1 more out to get and there is a runner on 3rd. The M's still have not scored yet so we really cannot let him score - keep it up Felix!
Pitch number 100 gives him 15 Strikeouts on the day!
Could we ponder the chances of him going for 18+ SO?
They may let him pitch into the 8th inning but at 100 pitches already, unlikely he will be let into the 9th for the CG. But hey, given the chance for 3 more SO, it could happen...
It has been 10 years since it last occurred, last done by Ben Sheets. On a separate note, Sheets had a fabulous season that year, marred by a losing record... He was 2nd in SO (behind Randy Johnson in his prime), a 2.70 ERA, a 162 ERA+ and a WHIP under 1.000! And yet, he only ended up 8th in Cy Young Voting. Glad to see the advances by the voters in recent years, especially considering Felix.
Guess not... Felix was replaced by Medina... So no win for Felix, despite the incredible game he pitched - too bad.
Originally Posted by Edgartohof
Lol typacal Mariners even on the best day of Felix Hernandez's entire life they can't even generate enough "O" in time to give him the win! I don't know whether to laugh or cry lol.
I guess just be happy the team got the win, Felix didn't get the loss and the team is 4 games over .500!