With Endy Chavez, a AAAA player whose best asset is his glove, as the right fielder, and Cole Gillespie, a AAAA player to date (though trying to prove that he’s not), at DH, plus rookie James Jones, struggling Dustin Ackley, and the rest, the Mariners weren’t exactly sending Murderer’s Row up against Masahiro Tanaka.
So it was no huge surprise that Tanaka pulverized them into fine dust for 8+ innings.
And with both Chris Young and Roenis Elias we’ve been pointing out that they’re susceptible to ill-timed home runs given the nature of their approach.
So it was no huge surprise that Mark Teixeira belted one out with two on in the 5th to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.
Yet, with one gone in the 9th, Robinson Cano countered with his first Safeco Field homer as a Mariner (the prior two were in Texas), and suddenly the M’s had a jolt of life, down 4-2.
Of course, Tanaka promptly stomped out that flicker of hope with strikeouts of Kyle Seager and Logan Morrison to finish his complete game.
Felix comparisons were made.
In other news, Michael Saunders was placed on the disabled list with joint inflammation.
His replacement is …
[To be completed.] [Jesus Montero?]
In other news, Jack Zduriencik tells Shannon Drayer that he expects to be active in the trade market.
As we know, in the past Z has been reluctant to give up his vaunted prospects because he didn’t think he was getting full value back. Maybe his comments hint that he’s at point where that will change.
Besides the fact that the top guys haven’t exactly been lighting up the night sky, he’s got an emerging 10-car pileup in the middle infield. Cano ain’t going anywhere, obviously, and Nick Franklin couldn’t displace Brad Miller. And here comes Chris Taylor and 20-year-old Ketel Marte.
Then way far off in Venezuela he’s got a 17-year-old named Greifer Andrade hitting .325/.369/.425. And in between a couple of solid-citizen college glove guys.
What it all means, I think, is that the Franklin bullet is being loaded into the chamber, and Z will be a little more trigger-happy than in the past.
- And then there’s Ty Kelly, who walks like mad but hasn’t ever had the bat for a corner position (career .103 ISO). Except that this year his ISO is .194 after his 9th homer on Wednesday. And there he is in right field. I can’t tell if he’s a plateau-leap guy or not, but even just as a switch-hitting OBP guy he’s got some value — just not so much at a corner.
- Jesus Montero had 7 HR in April and just one since. He had three walks on Wednesday, though.
- I know there are lots of guys named “Tyler” but don’t lose track of Tyler Olson. He’s establishing himself as a solid option, especially with Stephen Landazuri on the shelf (yes, there’s lots of guys named “Stephen” too). Olson on Wednesday: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.
- Dario Pizzano got his 4th AA homer and 7th overall. Yes, moe, he’s starting to make an impression.
- High Desert lost one of those Cal League shootouts, with our favorite Dylan Unsworth taking the brunt of it. But Jabari Henry got his 12th homer.
- Sharkie’s buddy Lars Huijer also got shelled for Clinton. But Austin Wilson had two hits.
- Wilson: .294/.375/.517 with 9 HR and 26 XBH in a pitchers’ league. Time to move him up the ladder, please.