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