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Sunday morning’s notes and links: Who do you want in the clutch? Bloomquist

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on June 1, 2014 at 5:55 am with 1 Comment »
June 1, 2014 5:55 am
Willie Bloomquist had a pair of RBI singles — this was the first one — in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Detroit. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Willie Bloomquist had a pair of RBI singles — this was the first one — in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Detroit. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Quick now: The Mariners have runners in scoring position. Who do you want at the plate?

The numbers suggest it’s the guy who played second base Saturday night in place of an injured Robinson Cano in a 3-2 victory over Detroit at Safeco Field That’s right: Willie Bloomquist.

Really.

Bloomquist is batting .414 with runners in scoring position over the last three seasons, and it’s a reasonable sample size: 41-for-99, after delivering a pair of RBI singles in Saturday’s victory.

Asked the reason for his success, Bloomquist said: “Just trying to get good pitches to hit. For me, that’s the biggest challenge right now — make sure I swing at strikes. Without consistent reps, you’re up swinging at a lot of stuff at time you shouldn’t be.”

The numbers also suggest it didn’t hurt Saturday night that Bloomquist was facing the Tigers. He owns a .343 lifetime average against Detroit.

 

Worth noting

Just a short post this morning — largely because the Mariners will be back at it at 1:10 p.m., when they conclude their 11-game homestand with the last of three weekend games against the Tigers. (I’m flying to New York; follow my teammate Christian Caple (@ChristianCaple) on twitter for the latest.)

And they face a stiff challenge: Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young winner, will start for Detroit, and he’s 6-1 this season with a 3.00 ERA. The Mariners are starting rookie lefty Roenis Elias (3-4 and 4.02.)

A few items:

***The Mariners have a lefty-heavy roster, but they’re still 15-8 when the opponents start a left-handed pitcher. All the peripherals, pretty much, suggest that can’t continue, but…15-8.

***The Mariners finished May at 16-14. That’s just the third time in 11 years that they’ve had a winning May.

***Chris Young surrendered a homer Saturday to Miguel Cabrera on an 0-2. That’s the second time this season that Young has yielded an 0-2 dinger after allowing only two prior to this season in his entire career.

***Felix Hernandez is roundly acknowledged as The King by all Safeco subjects, but Chris Young merits recognition as…what, Crown Prince, maybe? Young is 6-0 with a 2.84 ERA in nine career starts at Safeco. No other pitcher has made as many as seven career starts at Safeco without a loss. Young is 4-0 and 1.89 this season in five home starts.

***Cole Gillespie had two singles Saturday and, while neither left the infield, it marked his first multi-hit game since Aug. 3, 2013 while playing for the Cubs against the Dodgers.

***Nick Franklin is in a dreadful slump: He is hitless in his last 16 at-bats with nine strikeouts.

 

Around the farms

***Triple-A Tacoma suffered an awful 11-10 loss at El Paso (Padres). The Rainiers built leads of 6-0 and 8-2 and blew both. They scored twice in the eighth, but Todd Coffey and Carson Smith coughed up three runs in the eighth. Just-signed Xavier Nady was 1-for-5 in his first game. My guess is we’ll have a game story posted at some point but, for now, you’ll have to make do with just the box score.

***Double-A Jackson missed some chances in a 7-3 loss to Huntsville (Brewers). From the Jackson Sun.

***Hi-A High Desert loses a 15-10 slugfest to Bakersfield (Reds).  From the Victorville Daily Press.

***Lo-A Clinton blew a pair of late leads in a 6-5 loss at Beloit (A’s). From the LumberKings’ website.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Skysport says:

    Chris Young and Safeco Field are the best match since Ronald McDonald and McDonald’s.

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