Mariners Insider

Tag: Justin Smoak


Sunday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the St. Louis Cardinals

Brad Miller is out for at least a few days with a strained hamstring.

“He’s not going to do anything today,” manager Eric Wedge said. “He’s sore and tight. We’ll just take it day to day. But it’s going to be at least a couple of days.”

Miller suffered the strain running to first on a sacrifice bunt in last night’s win.

“He runs hard and plays hard,” Wedge said. “I think it’s good we got him out of there when we did, so it doesn’t go to the next level.”

Carlos Triunfel will get the starts at shortstop

Read more »


Satuday’s line-ups, pregame notes, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Texas Rangers

Nick Franklin is out of the line-up today. He’s been struggling mightily at the plate and in the field. Since July 9, there are his numbers …

To quote former Mariners beat writer Larry LaRue: Yikes!

“Nick has a day off today,” acting manager Robby Thompson said pregame. “We’ll give Nick a little rest and a little work day. He’s been struggling lately, but he’s struggling even more so from the right side.”

So Franklin gets a work day today, which isn’t a bad thing. He put in quite a bit of fielding work

Read more »


Mariners 2, Brewers 0 — Felix Hernandez puts a stop to the losing

Felix Hernandez wasn’t going to let it continue. The Mariners’ losing, the Brewers’ hitting and his personal run of winless starts were going to come to an end, and they were going to end on Sunday.

The Mariners ace did what all staff aces are expected to do, giving his team a brilliant outing and leading it to a much-needed 2-0 win over Milwaukee at Safeco Field. The win helped Seattle

Read more »


Mariners 4, Angels 3 — first sweep of season completed just before break

Tom Wilhelmsen, right, picked up his 19th save Sunday. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson
Tom Wilhelmsen, right, picked up his 19th save Sunday. / AP photo, Elaine Thompson

Hair disheveled, side and knee wrapped in ice, Justin Smoak was sure of his answer when asked if the All-Star break was coming at a bad time for the Mariners.

“Not at all,” Smoak said.

Read more »


Indians 10, Mariners 8 – “We are just happy to be leaving Cleveland”

CLEVELAND – Tom Wilhelmsen pretty much summed up the thoughts of the Seattle Mariners and their fans in minutes after yet another stunning walk-off loss to the Cleveland Indians.

“We’re just happy to be leaving Cleveland,” he said flatly. “We are ready to leave this place.”

After four days and four losses – three coming on the final swing of the bat – the Mariners have taken enough punches to the gut in this city to last 10 seasons.

Monday’s 10-8 loss in 10 innings might have been the most painful.

Read more »


Monday’s line-ups, game notes and updated stats vs. the Indians

It’s early! It’s 6:42 a.m. in the Puget Sound, which is normally about two hours after I go to bed. It’s the last game of the series here in Cleveland and thus far it hasn’t gone too well. Hisashi Iwakuma will try and put a band aid on the bleeding for the Mariners. Manager Eric Wedge has rolled out a right-handed heavy line-up vs. lefty Scott Kazmir.

From the Mariners’ baseball guru Jeff Evans …

  • Jason Bay is batting .295 (13×44) vs. LHP, compared to .175 (7×40) vs. RHP.
  • Jason Bay and Kelly Shoppach have both

Read more »


Sunday’s line-ups, official game notes, updated stats vs. the Indians, and a few thoughts on Montero’s play at the plate

Michael Saunders is back in the line-up today after getting  much needed day off. The rest of the line-up is pretty similar to yesterday. Jesus Montero is back in there after a tough game yesterday.

I watched yesterday’s final play with Montero at the plate several times yesterday. Yes, he stretched with the wrong foot. Yes, he looked awkward. Is it a routine play? No. Routine plays are something that happen often. Asking a catcher to act like a first baseman at home and field a

Read more »


Mariners 16, Reds 0 — a different kind of hit fiesta


The facts

Brandon Maurer made another strong case for the starting rotation, pitching five shutout innings, giving up six hits and striking out seven batters, while walking one. For the spring, Maurer has allowed just two runs in 20 innings pitched. He also got plenty of run support with 16 runs on 16 hits, including two more home runs to push their major league leading total to 52 this spring. The 52 homers is a franchise record, snapping the previous record of 51 set in 1999.

Read more »