Aug 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Kendrys Morales (8) is congratulated by Abraham Almonte (36) after scoring a run during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The guys have started to turn it around a little bit. They took 3 of 4 in Houston, and are going for the split today against the Royals. What’s been most exciting, however, is watching all of the new guys come up. We got to see Tijuan Walker make two starts, and he looked decent in both. Yesterday’s start against Kansas City was his first real test, the Royals are a decent hitting team (especially compared to the Astros), and Walker went three no-hit innings before getting slapped a bit in the fourth. The second time through the order was not kind to Walker. Regardless, it’s exciting to see some new faces these days. On to the links!
First and foremost, our beloved Felix left the game on Monday night after experiencing some back pain. Coming off of a few bad starts, Felix was looking to get back on the horse. He went 6 2/3rds and gave up three runs, so it was a decent Felix Start. Both Felix and Eric Wedge claim that Felix will be ready for his next start. But this morning I’m seeing twitter claim he may be pushed back a day.
Losing sucks, and we’re all frustrated. Apparently skipper Eric Wedge isn’t immune to being pissed with his team. While none of us expected 95 wins this year, there’s been a lot to be annoyed with. Wedge has already said he wants more veteran leadership in the clubhouse, but is that the only key to winning?
We’ve all witnessed the excruciating streakiness of batting this season, and sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to what’s causing it. On the other hand, sometimes it’s painfully obvious. Take a look at the batting breakdown of the Mariners this season and you can see exactly what the problem is (hint: it’s lefties).
James Paxton is also getting the call this September, adding a sixth starter to the Mariners starting rotation. At the very least, this will get some big-league work in for him, while giving Felix some time off. Best case scenario is that the Mariners get some options for next season if Joe Saunders can’t find a groove.
Lookout Landing took a look at who is coming up for September this year. We already had Tijuan Walker and Abraham Almonte, but here’s a list of the other hot-shots that made their way up this fall.
Minor League News
The Pulaski Mariners are making their way through the Appalacian league playoffs right now, and are going for the two-game sweep tonight in Greeneville. Even though they won, the Mariners still fell victim to a triple play.
On the other hand, the Everett Aquasox were swept in two games against the Vancouver Canadians for the short-A Northwest League. Vancouver is going for its third straight pennant this year. The Aquasox started the game off alright and were only down 5-4 in the fourth, but Vancouver rallied for a second 5-run inning and never looked back. Can’t win ’em all I guess.