May 16, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hector Noesi (45) pitches against the New York Yankees during the second inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game at Oakland Cancelled, Hector Noesi DFA'd to Triple-A Tacoma


 

Game 2 of a 4 game series was cancelled last night down at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland. There had been a major downpour earlier in the day, but the Grounds Crew had neglected to get a tarp onto the field and the conditions were too dangerous to play. Skipper Lloyd McClendon went so far as to say they were some of the worst conditions he had ever seen.

With concerns that the field may not even be ready by Saturday’s 1:05 start, the teams decided to reschedule the game to be included in a double-header when the Mariners go back to Oakland in the month of May.

Though this rescheduled game is a buzzkill– especially since I woke up at 4 am to be able to watch it– there are some benefits to it. The Mariners are forgoing Chris Young in tomorrows afternoon game and jump right back to King Felix Hernandez. Expect Young to pitch the following game, but it’s nice to get Felix in early and often against a division opponent he traditionally dominates.

Moreover, rescheduling in May means one less game against a division rival without Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker in the rotation. Both are– ideally– expected to be in Seattle sometime mid to late April. So one more game against the A’s with better pitching sure can’t hurt the Mariners.

 

Noesi Designated for Assignment:

There was a general uproar during Thursday’s game when Hector Noesi came in and two pitches later blew the game in the 12th. Everyone on Twitter was semi-seriously joking that the game would end quickly once he got into the game. No one expected it to be that quick, though.

Noesi has never been able to pitch well for the Mariners. He is the butt of jokes and isn’t taken seriously by any fan.

Finally the organization listened and DFA’d Noesi– he is out of Minor League options. They chose to call up Dom Leone, a relief pitcher who, like Roenis Elias, got as high as Double-A Jackson last season.

Congrats to him and a very early Happy Felix Day! Let’s hope they get the field playable by 1.

 

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  • GD

    Amazing how the organization was concerned he would get claimed off waivers, since he was out of options. NO WAY will any team claim him with his serious failure at the MLB level. I’ve been so disturbed by his results over the past several years that I personally don’t even want him in the minors even if he was off the 40-man roster.

    Kudos to the Mariners Brass for stepping up and holding him “immediately” accountable for “additional” pathetic outing for the Loss. This move shows that the M’s Brass will have ZERO tolerance for players not stepping up this year. These guys have had the past 3 years to get it together, and they all know it (Ackley/Smoak/Montero/Noesi…and the other players that aren’t here any more)!

    The Cano signing seems to have put a fire under the butts of Smoak/Ackley/Franklin/Zunino. Cano’s presence and his $24m/yr salary, and Felix’s salary too, should be a great indicator to the rest of this team that if they produce at such high levels they are going to be very wealthy players with a great MLB career ahead of them. It’s put up or shut-up with the expected cuts looming for those that don’t show their “expected potential” that we have heard for the past 3 years of the organization boasting about. “If” Cano’s presence is what helped Smoak’s batting approach take off like wild fire, and others too, then Cano’s $250m contract is well worth it’s weight in gold!!!