Mariners Insider

Archives: May 2012

May
28th

Ackley sitting, but understands why

There’s no doubt Dustin Ackley is part of the Seattle Mariners future, which doesn’t mean he plays every day in the present – and today is one of those days he won’t start.

The reason almost certainly is left-hander Matt Harrison, today’s Texas Rangers starting pitcher.

“That matchup is probably the biggest reason,” Ackley said of sitting. “I haven’t had much success against him. I think he’s one of the more underrated pitchers in the league. He sits mid 90′s, has good command, good off-speed stuff.”

Coming off a home stand in which he went 3-for-22, Ackley didn’t figure to

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May
28th

Here’s a lineup: Watch your blood pressure!

Happy Memorial Day, which may explain why manager Eric Wedge has pulled old veteran Chone Figgins out of mothballs and put him second in yet another all-new Seattle Mariners lineup.

Coming off a series sweep by the Angels, the Mariners open a three-game set in Texas with perhaps their most consistent May pitcher, Kevin Millwood. All Millwood figures to need tonight is five runs, since the Rangers usually score four aagainst everyone.

We won’t have access to Wedge until a little after 3 p.m. (PDT), so until then any comment on the lineup would be pure speculation. Any batting order

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May
27th

Angels 4, Mariners 2: postgame notes and video

Hector Noesi gave the Mariners another eight inning outing, his second straight and third of the season. He allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts. He might have had a few strikeouts if he was better on 0-2 and 1-2 counts.

All three runs that were driven in came on either 1-2 or 0-2 counts.

In the first inning, Kendrys Morales dumped a single to left off on a 1-2 changeup that was up in the zone for the Angels first run

In the fourth inning, Morales then launched

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May
27th

Eric Wedge vents a little before today’s game

The Sunday pregame conversations with the manager can be unpredictable. Sometimes they are laid back with manager’s telling stories and making jokes. Other times they are informative with stuff on injuries and player development. Today gave Eric Wedge a chance to vent a little about his team.

Here’s a few of his comments …

— “When you are playing this many young kids without a veteran bopper in the middle, that makes it tougher.”

— “What I don’t like and this is what bothers me more than anything is when I see guys moving in the right direction and then

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May
27th

Remember Chone Figgins? He’s starting in center field today.

While Casper Wells starts today for the Rainiers, the player that forced him to Tacoma – Chone Figgins – will make a rare start today. Figgins will be batting second and playing center field.

When was the last time Figgins started a game?

It was back on May 16 in Cleveland. He went 0-for-3.

Why is he getting the start today?

Well, the Angels are starting lefty CJ Wilson and its a way to give Michael Saunders a day off. And everybody gets to play every once in a while, unless you are Hisashi Iwakuma.

Figgins has played in just

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May
26th

Felix loses, the Mariners offense doesn’t help

Felix Hernandez has owned up to some bad pitches, some dismal outcomes over the years, but the grand slam home run he allowed Saturday that beat him?

Not so much.

“It was a good pitch, inside fastball, and Alberto (Callaspo) just got his bat on it,” Hernandez said. “He talked to Miguel Olivo later and said ‘I don’t know how I hit that ball.’

 “I don’t either.”

 For the Mariners, Callaspo’s pinch-hit grand slam in the fifth inning was the game changer, turning a 2-1 Seattle lead into a 5-2 deficit from which they never recover, losing to the Los

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May
26th

For now, League out as Mariners closer

After losing a ninth-inning lead and the game to the Los Angeles Angels last night, manager Eric Wedge decided this morning the Seattle Mariners would ‘pull back’ closer Brandon League and attempt to finish games off with other pitchers.

Who specifically?

“We’ll match up with what we think works,” Wedge said. “We’ve only got seven guys in the bullpen, and Hisashi Iwakuma is the long guy and League will work in other roles for now. Other than them, it could be anyone, depending upon the situation.”

No reliever on the staff has a save this season other than League, who

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May
25th

Yet another new-look Mariners lineup

Having taken a kick to the butt last night from the Los Angeles Angels, the Seattle Mariners will try to rally today behind another of manager Eric Wedge’s how-did-he-do-that lineups.

Taking a seat: Dustin Ackley, Miguel Olivo and Brendan Ryan. Which allowed the team to play Kyle Seager (2B), Alex Liddi (3B), Mike Carp (LF), John Jaso (DH) and Jesus Montero (C).

Here’s the lineup:

Michael Saunders  CF
Alex Liddi  3B
Ichiro  RF
Kyle Seager  2
Justin Smoak 1B
John  Jaso DH
Jesus Montero C
Mike Carp LF
Munenori Kawasaki SS

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