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    2013 Mariners Season Thread

    A new baseball season always makes me happy. It's the Mariners' 2013 season. Post away.


    Put it in the books.

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    The Mariner's currently sport a 1-0 record, tied for 1st in our division.

    They won earlier tonight 2-0 over the Oakland Athletics. Felix started his 6th (consecutive) Season Opener for the Mariner's (tying Randy Johnson for most in team history). He threw 109 pitches over 7 1/3 innings, pulling him in the 8th after giving up a double and a walk (his only walk of the night). Felix put down the first 9 in order and looked pretty good all night until the end when he seemed to fatigue a little and his pitches went a little wild.

    Things got a little unnerving in the 8th when Furbush who came in to replace Felix walked his first and only batter to load the bases. When John Jaso was pulled for Pinch hitter Derek Norris, Wedge replaced Furbush with righty Pryor who was able to finish the inning unscathed. Tom Wilhelmsen was brought in to close out the 8th and other than a walk, he got through it and closed out the first win of the season for the M's and picked up his first save of the season.

    Our only 2 runs of the game came in the 5th inning off of starter Brett Anderson. Ackley and Ryan were both knocked in by Franklin Gutierrez.

    So the good news is that the M's won and Felix looked good. in not so good news, we had no extra base hits and struck out 11 times.

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    2-0 after another great win last night.

    Iwakuma was masterful giving up only 1 run on 2 hits with 7 SO's (0 walks) on the way to a 7-1 victory!

    Iwakuma kept them in the game for 6 innings, followed by Capps and Perez. But it was Michael (not Mike) Morse and his 2 HR's (3-run and a solo shot) that won us the game. Seager also got on 5 times last night with 2 walks and 3 hits (2 doubles) while scoring twice. Saunders who lead off got on base twice and scored twice as well as helped by him successfully stealing a base each time.

    The team as a whole took 8 walks as well, so everyone out there seems to be showing patience.

    Great pitching both from starters and relievers alike. We are being aggressive on the bases and it seems to be paying off. We finally got a show of power from Morse and all is looking good so far!

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    Leadoff HR by Gutierrez to start the game tonight! If he can stay helthy and produce like we know he can, then we will be sitting pretty!!!

    Also, Felix's last start needed him win #99, so his nex win puts him over the century mark. The Mariner's home opener will have the all-time team leader in wins (Jamie Moyer) there to throw out the first pitch. So realistically, he is only 2 1/2 more seasons from taking that title from him... wow. It's going to be fun watching him here over the next few years!

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    2-2 coming into the game tonight. Not bad against the defending AL West champs while on the road.

    Tonight, we got another good performance from Guti and Brendan Ryan has been pulling his weight and then some down in the 9 hole. Beavan did not have a great night and it was close most of the game.

    Tom Wilhelmson just about gave me a heart attack in the 10th when he gave up a run to bring us within a run and then loaded the bases... but he got the 3rd out and we pulled off the win.

    So tomorrow we have Felix on the mound for us again so should put us in the win column again!

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    Felix is going for win 100 in about an hour here! He is also only 5 SO away from 1500! Go Mariners!

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    Jason Bay hit a home run. That is nice to see.
    "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing." - Warren Spahn

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    We lose 2 bad ones to the Astros... that was pathetic.

    Now on to Texas, still at home.

    Felix will be going for win # 100 again, let's hope he gets it this time!

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    Well, interesting game so far (still going here in the bottom of the 13th).

    Felix was great, going 8 innings with only 1 UNearned run to go with 12 Strikeouts.

    Sherzer on the other hand was nearly identical with 1 Earned run with 12 Strikeouts over 8 innings.

    Both were great with Felix just a little better with only 4 hits and no walks vs. 6 and 1 for Sherzer.

    But the game did not end there. They teams have taken the 1-1 tie into the 14th inning and have continued striking out along the way.

    So far the M's Pitchers have struck out 21 Tigers players and the Tigers pitchers have struck out 19 of the M's players for a running total of 40!

    I believe that the record for SO in a single game is 43, so we may very well reach that. I will keep you all updated on this not so distinguished occurrence.

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    Big win tonight as Felix wins his 100th!!!

    The Bats opened up tonight off the power of two doubles and 3 HR's! Seager continued his hot hitting with a couple of hits including a 2 run HR in the 3rd to put the M's up 3-0.

    Felix went 6 innings giving up 5 hits, 1 walk, 9 SO and no runs! He was pulled after only 93 pitches and a 7-0 lead. He was replaced by Capps who almost immediately gave up a solo HR to Rick Ankiel (hist 5th of the season). This was the only mar for Mariner's pitching tonight. Capps completed the 7th inning and Perez and Wilhelmsen each did 1 inning apiece to finish the game. M's pitchers struck out 12 Astros while M's hitters only struck out 3 times.

    Each Mariner's starter had at least 1 hit (3 for Ackley) except for Morse (0-5, no SO) and Ryan (0-4, also no SO).

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    Wedge says Robert Andino replacing Brendan Ryan as regular shortstop going forward.
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    Harang won his first game with the M's tonight on solid pitching. 2 ER over 6 IP with only 5 hits and 1 walk.

    The Mariner's pulled of an 8-3 win over the Orioles tonight off some very good hitting. We garnered 11 hits (that gives us 10+ hits in 6 of the last 7 games and 9 hits in the game before those), including 3 doubles, a triple (Montero) and Morse hit his 9th HR of the season (a 2 run shot) in the 4th inning.

    Saunders who lead off had 3 hits, as did Morales. The team also combined for 7 walks tonight.

    Very glad that Harang did not implode and he did give us 6 innings. And the offense giving us some extra base hits was nice to see.

    We are now 13-17 on the season and we look like we could be on an uptick.

    The one question I have now is this: When will Nick Franklin be called up? He is not exactly Brendan Ryan with the glove but he sure looks like he could out hit both him and Andino... combined.

    He is currently hitting: .410/.538/.623 with 25 hits and 16 walks in his first 17 games down in Tacoma. It's just a short drive up, I say give him a shot while he is hot!

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    If Nick Franklin continues to hit, the Mariners will be forced to make a decision. We know Ryan is an elite defender but nothing offensively. Andino has contributed nothing so far. If Franklin continues to rip PCL pitching, I'm sure he'll be up by June 1, at the latest.
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    The Mariner's won a good one today against the Toronto Blue Jays (4-0)

    Felix went 8 scoreless innings giving up no walks, only 5 hits and 7 SO. He lowered his ERA to an incredibly low 1.60 ERA, even lower than teammate Iwakuma's 1.67 ERA!

    The team did not have 10+ hits again but they put up 8 including 2 HR's. Seager went 3-4 with a 2-run HR and Jason Bay went 1-3 with a Solo shot as well. Ackely put up 2 hits and knocked in one of the 4 runs. Montero and Brendan Ryan, tting 8 and 9 respectively, each went 0-4 to lower their respective BA's to .200 and .141.

    Ryan was still masterful in the field and because of that, he is hard to imagine not having him out there but his hitting is ATROCIOUS!

    Felix is now 4-2 on the season with a 1.60 ERA in 50 2/3 Innings. With no walks today, hit SO/BB is 7.29.

    He and Iwakuma so far this year are combining to be one of the (if not THE best) 1-2 combo for starters. Each are in the top 5 for ERA, WHIP and ERA+. Let's hope for their continued success.

    The M's have also confirmed that Iwakuma has been pushed back from his Saturday start to Sunday to give his finger with the blister some extra time. No other issues with him that I know of.

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    I lied, my sources were wrong... Iwakuma did pitch today! And as per his usual, he was masterful!

    7 innings (only the 2nd time this season he has pitched 7 or more innings), only 1 Run, 5 hits, 3 walks and 5 SO!

    He lowered his miniscule ERA from 1.67 to 1.61, just above Felix's 1.60. Definitely the best dua in the AL if not in all of MLB and that includes Detroits Sanchez and Verlander (1.82 and 1.83 ERA's respectively).

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    Masterful pitching by Felix in their game today! He went 8 innings giving up only 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 SO. He lowered his ERA to a currently AL leading 1.53 ERA, just below Verlander at 1.55. His WHIP also went down from 0.908 to 0.903, still 2nd behind teammate, Iwakuma.

    He was nearly matched today by AJ Burnett! He gave up 2 runs over 7 innings with 9 SO. But the 2nd run, of the game, a solo HR by Jesus Montero was the difference. This was Felix's 50th "Felix Quality Start" of his career. For those who don't know, a "Felix Quality Start" is pitching 8 or more innings while giving up 1 or fewer runs. He is in rare form right now and I'd be willing to say he is in the early lead for the AL Cy Young Award.

    Felix is currently 5-2 on the season (tied for 2nd in Wins), 2nd in WHIP, 1st in ERA (1.53), 1st in IP (58 2/3) and top 5 and top 10 in most other categories.

    Verlander is definitely going to be pacing him along the way. Buchholz is also there so far but I think he will revert to the norm sooner rather than later (depending on how much Sunscreen he chooses to use).

    Of course, Iwakuma is also great and has thrown his name into the mix.

    Still very early but looking good for the King!

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    Masterful pitching by Felix in their game today! He went 8 innings giving up only 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 SO. He lowered his ERA to a currently AL leading 1.53 ERA, just below Verlander at 1.55. His WHIP also went down from 0.908 to 0.903, still 2nd behind teammate, Iwakuma.

    He was nearly matched today by AJ Burnett! He gave up 2 runs over 7 innings with 9 SO. But the 2nd run, of the game, a solo HR by Jesus Montero was the difference. This was Felix's 50th "Felix Quality Start" of his career. For those who don't know, a "Felix Quality Start" is pitching 8 or more innings while giving up 1 or fewer runs. He is in rare form right now and I'd be willing to say he is in the early lead for the AL Cy Young Award.

    Felix is currently 5-2 on the season (tied for 2nd in Wins), 2nd in WHIP, 1st in ERA (1.53), 1st in IP (58 2/3) and top 5 and top 10 in most other categories.

    Verlander is definitely going to be pacing him along the way. Buchholz is also there so far but I think he will revert to the norm sooner rather than later (depending on how much Sunscreen he chooses to use).

    Of course, Iwakuma is also great and has thrown his name into the mix.

    Still very early but looking good for the King!

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    Nick Franklin up to .344 in Tacoma. It's time to end the Bendan Ryan experiment and try to infuse some offense into the lineup.
    "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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    I would love to give Nick Franklin a shot!

    Brendan Ryan is great and if there was a designated fielder, he would be my choice... but there is not one. he has 10 hits (.137 BA) in 26 games this year. Even if Franklin hit .250/.300/.350 he would be an improvement over what Ryan is doing now.

    And Andino isn't doing any better, hitting .169 (10 hits in 22 games).

    We need a hitter in the lineup. Plain and simple.

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    Well, Colon got hit today, throwing 83 pitches over only 4 innings. So that now makes Felix the most efficient pitcher in the AL (fewest pitches/inning). He is also the only AL pitcher currently averaging fewer than 14 pitches/inning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgartohof View Post
    I would love to give Nick Franklin a shot!

    Brendan Ryan is great and if there was a designated fielder, he would be my choice... but there is not one. he has 10 hits (.137 BA) in 26 games this year. Even if Franklin hit .250/.300/.350 he would be an improvement over what Ryan is doing now.

    And Andino isn't doing any better, hitting .169 (10 hits in 22 games).

    We need a hitter in the lineup. Plain and simple.
    Totally agree with you. For every run Ryan saves every few games, he gives up more than that on a daily basis. Franklin made it public that he gained weight this offseason on some diet and the results look good so far. Unless you're getting .900+ OPS from your 1B & 3B, you can't have light hitters in the middle like Ackley and Ryan/Andino. I still think Ackley can get it going, but Ryan is what he is - all glove and no bat. That no longer works in the majors like it did in the 60s & 70s.

    I really think it's in the best interest of the team to make a change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgartohof View Post
    Well, Colon got hit today, throwing 83 pitches over only 4 innings. So that now makes Felix the most efficient pitcher in the AL (fewest pitches/inning). He is also the only AL pitcher currently averaging fewer than 14 pitches/inning.
    Dude is friggin' awesome!
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    Iwakuma is starting today to open the home stand against the Athletics.

    The A's are 18-18 this season and the M's are 16-19. If we could sweep them, we could pass them in the standings! He will be pitching opposite Dan Straily a 24 year old 2n year pitcher. He brings in a 5.94 ERA over 3 starts this season so hopefully we will be able to hit him early and hit him hard.

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    Iwakuma was masterful last night. After giving up a leadoff single to Jaso, he sent down something like the next 16 batters! He did finally get touched up for 2 runs but still went 7 innings (95 pitches) giving up 4 hits and no walks while striking out 9! Despite his great pitching, his ERA rose to 1.74 on the season, still good for 4th in the AL.

    He got the run support we all like to see. The M's scored 2 in the 1st inning off A's starter Straily. He was also touched up for a 3-run HR by Rauuuuulll Ibanez and gave up the 6th and final run in the 5th inning. The A's bullpen was able to shut us down from that point but we had already done enough by then. Perez came in for the 8th inning to relieve Iwakuma and proceeded to immediately give up a Solo HR to Derek Norris (his 1st of the season); luckily he was able to come back from that and struck out the side!

    Wihelmsen came in and closed out the 9th inning for his 10th save of the season and lowered his ERA to a miniscule 0.56!

    The M's are now 17-19 on the season, in 3rd place in the AL West, just behind the struggling Athletics who have now dropped 5 in a row.

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