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Twins 5, Mariners 4 – M’s DFA Colome, Texeira after game

Post by Ryan Divish on May 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm with 8 Comments »
June 1, 2010 11:21 am
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As we were all crafting on our game stories (epics in my case), we were informed the Mariners made a series of roster moves. RHP Jesus Colome and RHP Kanekoa Texeira have both been designated for assignment. To take their place, the Mariners recalled RHP Sean White and LHP Garrett Olson from Triple A Tacoma.

White has appeared in four games with the Rainiers, since being optioned on May 19. He has allowed no runs and two hits in 4 1/3 innings pitched.

Olson has split time being starting and relieving. He started the season in the Rainiers rotation, but has moved to the bullpen in the last few weeks. As a starter, he was 1-4 with a 4.08 ERA in six starts. As a reliever, he has posted a 2.38 ERA in 11 1/3 innings pitched with 17 strikeouts and three walks.

Colome is no real loss. He’s 32, and is what he is, a hard thrower, who has little command. He’s shown that for most of the season, and I’m surprised he’s lasted this long. He was 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA in 16 relief appearance.  In 17 innings pitched, he’d allowed 15 hits, 10 runs, walked 11, hit one and struck out 16.

And yet, somebody will likely take a chance on him since he throws mid 90s with decent stuff.  Can you say KC Royals?

As for Texeira, that’s a little more puzzling. He’s only 24, and he has had some decent outings. Sure there were moments of inconsistencies, which are expected since he’s never pitched in the big leagues before. Obviously Sunday’s outing was a debacle. But he showed some ability to get outs, and his sinker and breaking pitch had promise. The problem is that because he’s a Rule 5 pick-up, Texeira had to stay on the 25-man roster. He couldn’t be sent down to Triple A.

So according to Jeff Evans of the M’s media relations, who knows stuff like this …

Since Texeira was selected by the Mariners in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft from the Yankees. Any team that acquires Texeira, via trade or off of waivers, must keep him on their Major League, 25-man roster for the remainder of the season. If no team claims or acquires Texeira, Seattle must offer him back to the Yankees for $25,000 before the club can outright him to the minors.

GAME STUFF

Manager Don Wakamatsu applauded his team’s effort tonight. The Mariners came back from a 5-0 deficit against one of the best teams in baseball and made a game of it.

“I know it doesn’t mean a whole lot in the win column,” Wakamatsu said. “But watching our club play tonight, you couldn’t tell we just got walked-off on two days in Anaheim. They came out and battled, down 5-1 against a first-place club and battled all the way back.”

If Casey Kotchman’s hard hit ball is a foot either way, or a few feet higher, the Mariners tie that game. But instead it was gloved and turned into a game-ending double play.

. But Seattle has been short on breaks for most of this season, and didn’t get one on Monday.

“I guess you could say that’s typical,” Wilson said. “But at the same time, we still believe things are going to start changing, those walk off wins will start going the other way, those balls will start getting through.”

One person you have to commend is starter Doug Fister. He clearly didn’t have his best stuff, and it showed, and yet he still gave the M’s a chance to win.

In the second inning, he gave up an RBI single to Michael Cuddyer and then hung a curveball to Delmon Young, who crushed it into the visitor’s bullpen for a two-run homer. In the fourth inning, Cuddyer and Jason Kubel hit back to back home runs to push the lead to 5-0. Fister came into the game having allowed two homers all season.

“His velocity was down a little bit,” Wakamatsu said. “You look at a young pitcher that’s gone deep into games as many starts as he has, you’re going to go through a little bit of a dead-arm. I thought he had that.”

Fister is never going to be confused for Felix Hernandez in terms of velocity. But he will usually sit around 89-90 with his fastball. On Monday, his fastball was around 86-87. The fastball to Cuddyer was 84 mph and the fastball to Kubel was 87.

But Fister blamed the poor location not the lack of velocity.

“That’s basically everything that hurt me tonight,” Fister said. “I made a couple of mistakes and they capitalized on it. I just had to refocus.”

And he did a nice job of refocusing. After the fourth inning, Fister retired 11 of the next 12 batters he faced, never allowing another run, working 7 2/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits, while striking out six batters and walking none.

“I thought he competed all night,” Wakamatsu said. “He knew our bullpen was short, he continued to battle and gave us 7 2/3 innings when we didn’t have anybody in the bullpen.”

A lot of pitchers with Fister’s experience, or lack there of, would have probably melted after the fourth-inning eruption. But perhaps Fister’s best attribute is his poise and his ability to “refocus” after getting into trouble.

“Doug is ice cold out there on the mound,” Wilson said. “He never shows any fear. That’s the way he is. He’s not going to give in. Just because he gives up a hard hit ball or a homer, even back to back homers, he’s coming right back at you. He’s mature beyond his years for sure.”

Five thoughts

1. The Twins are really good. Their lineup didn’t have Orlando Hudson in it, and it had Jason Kubel and  Delmon Young batting 7th and 8th. Conversely the Mariners had Josh Wilson and Rob Johnson batting 7th and 8th and their first baseman for the night- Matt Tuiasosopo – batting ninth.

2. For all the purity and smoothness and beauty of Joe Mauer’s swing, his teammates Justin Morneau is equally as violent, explosive and scary. Both are quite effective. If they had the MVP vote today, Morneau should win it over A-Rod and Carl Crawford.

3. I don’t know how many pitchers would have rebounded from Fister’s fourth inning and come back to hold a team scoreless over the next 3 2/3. On the M’s?  Perhaps Cliff Lee and possibly Jason Vargas, and I’m not sure about Felix.

4. Josh Wilson had three hits and has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. In 24 games, he is hitting .300 (24-for-80) with four doubles, a homer and 11 RBI.  And while I don’t think he’s a .300 hitter by any means, he’s certainly been a nice surprise. Comparatively, Jack Wilson is hitting .253 (19-for-75) with seven doubles and  7 RBI in 26 games.

Jack is supposed to be the better fielder of the two. But I’m not really seeing that much of a difference, at least this season. Jack Wilson has been beat up and is seemingly always one step away from a strained hamstring. The wear and tear seems to be affecting his play.  Jack Wilson is getting $5 million this year and $5 next year, while Josh Wilson is getting the major league minimum.

5. If the Twins have any hope of winning in the postseason, it can’t involve Jon Rauch as their closer. I’m sorry it just can’t.

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  1. getitright says:

    thats nice and all..ok, maybe I can see them making a statement with mediocre pitchers..but seriously??? They need to can 1-4 of the bats that ARE NOT producing runs and make a move somewhere somehow to get soemone who can hit the little white ball. There has to be someone with better vision, intelligence, less toad like than Jose Lopez…c’mon…it isn’t too late to make a move and get back in the “race”…but if they wait any longer, you can start trading away everyone and hope for something worth a hoot in 3 years (again).

  2. wabubba67 says:

    Too bad about Texeira…I think we will eventually see him have a long, successful career elsewhere.

  3. westside_guy says:

    Seems really odd to be calling up White as part of the solution – as I recall, he was part of the problem only a few games ago.

    Let’s see – we can’t get rid of Griffey because we’ve still got more Griffey paraphernalia in the warehouse. We can’t get rid of Sweeney because of his long, storied relationship with the M’s since 2009. We can’t play Saunders against righties because teams always write off 23-year-old players as platoon guys even if they’ve had 3 ABs this year against them. We have to keep Tui because his dad is famous. Bottom line – we’re stuck with the same team we’ve got now – little offense, no bench to speak of, and absolutely no flexibility.

  4. Parkland says:

    It’s a leadership problem. Wakamatsu lets the inmates run the asylum, that was obvious ruing the LaRue / Griffey thing. The players circled the wagons and Wakamatsu was a willing schlub who then let Sweeney take control of the team. They need someone that has the nads to tell some of the “veterans” to shut their taco hole and sit down.

  5. bigmike04 says:

    Really you think Tex going to have long nice career get real, the last guy M’s draft from NYY is still in Triple A never to be seen again as it just show you that Tex who might be good just didn’t have the Cojones to get batter out but than again that could be said for guys like Jesus Colome, Ian Snell, Brandon League

  6. bigmike04 says:

    C Adam Moore and SS Jack Wilson took early batting practice and played some catch. They will be re-evaluated later today. If everything goes well over the next three or four days, Wilson would be sent out on a rehab assignment on Friday. Moore’s injury is a little different and he won’t be ready for a rehab assignment as soon.

    Hey Larry
    I have question with Jack Wilson when they do send him out on rehab Assignment how long will it be for???

  7. footballscaa says:

    I’d be surprised to see Kanaroke in a Yankee or anyones elses uniform anytime soon. Jesus just wasn’t doing it and I do believe White was sent down to make room for another bat, not because he was pitching poorly. So they send out two righties and bring up a L/R tandem. OK. But refining the bullpen isn’t the solution. Last year Wakamatsu ran the team without asserting himself as the leader and got away with it. His one move as a boss was to direct the players to wear suits and ties on the plane, only to be lampooned by Jr. This year it’s evident no one in the clubhouse believes he’s a leader. A leader would have blown a gasket upon finding out one of his players was napping during a game. A leader would call out those players not running when they should, misplaying ground balls and having no clue while at the plate. He even looked meek when he was thrown out of that game. A major league manager cannot just sit back and hope it all works out. McClaren tried that, and when he did try to stand up to his players or the umps, he just looked silly. Either you have it, or you don’t. The results speak for themselves.

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