What a horrible way to lose a ball game. It had to happen when I was already frustrated trying to fix a few things for my wife and I wanted just to take a moment and watch what could have been the Mariners taking first place (as the Rangers WERE losing). Then Justin Smoak botches a grounder, a few stray hits including one that actually hits Brandon League and we have Pauley in. I remember thinking this exact thing “I’m not worried Pauley has done a great job drawing ground balls at least he won’t give up a home run.” … I’m a moron.
Regression sucks and I’m not saying that David Pauley is a bad pitcher but he wasn’t going to go the rest of the year without giving up a home run. It just sucks that it happened to come right there. I still think Pauley is better than what most people thought coming into this year. But, he’s not going to continue getting lucky with home runs. That home run he gave up last night it was the first one he’d given up all season and that’s just luck.
I know some people were confused about why Wedge used League in a non-save situation but I don’t have a huge problem with it. I think the he’s still the best relief arm in the bullpen and he hadn’t been used since Friday. It was just a chance to get him some work in, it’s just too bad how things went down.
A few other notes:
- I still like Chris Gimenez and I’m interested to see what happens to him this off-season as he’s still under club control but with Adam Moore coming back maybe they make a move to free up some 40-man spots. There are going to be some interesting question marks when it comes to the 40-man and who the Mariners add. Guys such as Josh Fields, Dennis Raben, Brandon Maurer, Kenn Kasparek, Steven Hensley and Jake Shaffer all become Rule-5 draft eligible and some room is going to need to be made. That’s not including the locks such as Carlos Triunfel, Erasmo Ramirez or Nate Tenbrink.
- How awesome is it to have Dustin Ackley in the line-up? 2 RBI’s and they happened to come where in similar situations we’ve seen other hitters struggle. They weren’t HUGE AMAZING plays by any means. It was simply taking advantage of the situation given to him. He hit the ball to the right side or he hit the ball through a hole. It’s just fun to see.
- It was good to see Franklin Gutierrez have a solid game. As someone mentioned on twitter he really needed it.
- It’s time to start giving Greg Halman more at bats than Carlos Peguero. I get that Carlos Peguero can hit the ball a long, long, long, long, long way. That with being on the hot and muggy east coast that there is probably a need to have some wind generated. But Peguero is starting to frustrate people and maybe even himself with his play. It wasn’t a bad idea to try and get him going against a decrypted Livan Hernandez but it didn’t work. Now if Peguero wants to play he’s going to have to start earning it or Halman needs to lose it.
- Speaking of Left Field it would seem the Mariners have inquired on Ryan Ludwick. This isn’t a huge and unbelievable move. I still don’t if it’s the move I’d make for this team but without a doubt he’s an upgrade to what has been trotted out there. I still would like to see the team give Halman a bit more of a chance to assert himself as the possible left fielder. But, if the Mariners want to stay in it this maybe a move they need to make.
Mariners of the Game:
Doug Fister WPA (0.260)
Dustin Ackley WPA (0.121)
Adam Kennedy WPA (0.096)