Game 20 + Minors Rewind: Teal Alert!

Teal alert== He said “I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore” ==

Ah, the Good Old Days when the Mariners still seemed to be a pretty good team that was pretty good at finding unusual ways to lose close games.

Why, I remember that time that Kyle Seager lost control of a “transfer” at third base … back in ’14 it was.  In fact, you can see the ball starting to come out in this photographic image found in an old trunk in Howard Lincoln’s attic.

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That was a pretty short Golden Age.

Now it seems like they’re just not very good period.

OK, Erasmo Ramirez was not an ideal choice to try to stop a losing streak, given that he was starting mostly due to the complete lack of anyone who might take his place.  He’d earned a demotion, but there wasn’t anyone to demote him under.

  • Hyper-detailed baseball-reference.com boxscore here.

Actually, though, Erasmo wasn’t bad this time.  He was mostly good: he had eight strikeouts and 19 swing-and-miss strikes.  He had the classic 92-82 whipsaw going.

But he left a couple of pitches up and inviting, as he tends to do, and the Astros delivered them over the wall.

In other words, like any non-ace, most nights e-RAM is going to need some margin of error.

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And this offense seems a long way from giving any pitcher any margin of error.

We’ll have some more stat analysis later today, we hope, and there’s plenty of blame to go around, but …

  • Mariner leadoff hitters have a .267 OBP despite a .340 BABIP.  Mariner leadoff hitters don’t walk (5.6%) and strike out an unfathomable amount (34.4%).
  • Mariner No. 3 hitters have an ISO of .077, with only four extra-base hits in 20 games.

You probably guessed by now.

Mariner leadoff hitters = Abraham Almonte (20 out of 20)

Mariner No. 3 hitters = Robinson Cano (20 out of 20)

Cano will surely come around, but Lloyd McClendon‘s dogged attachment to Almonte is well into malpractice territory.

So we’re issuing a Teal Alert on this one.

Even if you’re convinced he’s your only center fielder … get the man out of the leadoff spot where he will lead the league in outs produced!

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • We have a faithful commenter who calls himself “Tacoma Rain,” but he didn’t know how accurate he’d be.  Rainiers rained out for the sixth time Tuesday.
  • That left the spotlight on AA Jackson, where two of our favorites were on display.
  • Blash Splash!  No. 4 for Jabari Blash was a three-run shot.  He has 20 walks to go with his 9 XBH.  Only a .286 BABIP is keeping him from jaw-dropping numbers.  As it is, he’s at .254/.442/.524.
  • And Stephen Landazuri‘s line was marred by a two-run homer allowed, but otherwise he was sharp: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K
  • High Desert catcher Tyler Marlette had his third homer (three-run shot), and also his third steal.
  • Reports are now that D.J. Peterson was lifted from Monday’s game with a tight hamstring.  He was out of action Tuesday.
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