When the Mariners game finished today I almost forgot that I just got done watching a Mariners game. Apart from Michael Saunders, who went 3-4 with a double and a homerun for the team’s only run.
Maybe this game was boring because the Mariners pitchers missed a total of three, count ‘em, three bats all night. Blake Beavan missed three in 84 pitches, and Hisashi Iwakuma missed zero in 31 pitches. Iwakuma did induce eight groundball outs, and struck out one batter (looking, duh) to finish off the game. I don’t know how much longer the Mariners are going to give Blake Beavan, but it is really beginning to look like he’s the worst pitcher in the rotation. I don’t know if that means that Iwakuma takes his place, or Erasmo Ramirez, or with Felix potentially out for a little bit if both guys get shots in the rotation soon, but Beavan is pretty ordinary.
The Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is significantly better than Beavan. Richards had a really good fastball tonight, and it had a ton of arm-side run. One of John Jaso’s at bats before I clocked out mentally from the game sticks out, when Jaso swung and missed on a fastball low, then check swung on a fastball about a foot out of the strike zone. John Jaso is a really disciplined hitter who rarely strikes out, and Richards made him look silly. It was an 0-2 count, and Jaso was certainly expanding his zone, but this was a particularly awful pitch to swing at.
Mark Trumbo made Mariners pitching look bad, hitting one of the three Angels homeruns off of Blake Beavan, but while Torii Hunter’s homerun was bad, Trumbo went deep to center twice. On the first one it didn’t even seem like he got all of it but it cleared the centerfield wall nonetheless. And the guy hit a double too. Mark Trumbo is to the Mariners what Vernon Maxwell was to the Sonics in the 1990s. Not a name that you think of immediately when you think of Mariner killers, but a guy that seems to consistently kill them. I say that of course, even though Vernon Maxwell was the first name that came to my mind. I just lied to you. Karl Malone came to my mind first, but I don’t want to think about Karl Malone right now. Or Sonics playoff runs for that matter, especially right now for obvious reasons.
I’ve been buried pretty deep in the Mariners draft, and I appreciate the help of Michael Schwartze, check out what we wrote about it today and yesterday.