Friday, June 17, 2011

Series Preview - Mariners

Philadelphia Phillies (44-26) @ Seattle Mariners (35-34)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 10:10, Roy Oswalt vs. Michael Pineda
Saturday, 10:10, Vance Worley vs. Felix Hernandez
Sunday, 4:10, Cole Hamels vs. Jason Vargas

M's Bats:
AVG - .228 (30th)
OBP - .298 (30th)
SLG - .342 (29th)
R - 247 (28th)

The Mariners home field of Safeco Park is ginormous and neutralizes power potential of even mammoth sluggers. It's amazing they have a winning record with as awful as the offense has been. They look like a lineup full of Wilson Valdez's. Even the wizard of the wand has fallen on hard times, as Ichiro is only batting .269, and he's their leader of that statistic. Justin Smoak/1B has 12 homeruns and Miguel Olivo/C has 10, but outside of those two there are no threats in the lineup. Poor Chone Figgins signed on there and instantly discontinued getting figgy with it (.198/.514).

M's Pitching:
ERA - 3.42 (6th)
WHIP - 1.21 (3rd)
BAA - .241 (5th)

Pitching is how this team gets by, and this weekend the Phils face two of their best starting pitchers. Tonight goes rookie sensation Pineda and he is dominating with a 2.72 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning (80 K, 82.2 IP). Saturday Worley gets the unlucky task of squaring off against King Felix (3.30 ERA, 103 K in 106.1 IP). Sunday Seattle's "worst" man in the rotation, Vargas (4.13 ERA), finishes off the series.

In the bullpen is the astonishing David Pauley (4-0, 39.1 IP, 1.14 ERA) and Aaron Laffey (1.27 ERA). Closer Brandon League has 19 saves and journeyman Jamey Wright has 11 holds.

Prediction:
Legion of Broom, Phillies sweep. Why? Because they're on some kinda hot streak/winning streak that is destined to reach double digits (currently at 7).

An aside- screw Interleague play and screw the West Coast.
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Adios Romero:
Free JC! Ruben Amaro did just that. Yesterday, Juan Carlos Romero was designated for assignment and the Vanimal (Worley) took his roster spot. Romero did a lot of good for the Phils early in his tenure (2007-2008), but was suspended, wild, injured, and ineffective during the latter portion (2009-2011). Phillies fans should hold no animosity towards him, and just be happy with the fond memories and WFC he helped produce. Career with Philly- 237 G, 165 IP, 6-6 record, 64 HLD, 4 SV, 2.73 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 117:133 BB:K. Peace out homey.

8 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Keep an eye on Tagg Bozied at Triple-A. He was once one of the best prospects in the game until severely injuring himself. He killed at Reading last year and has been bashing in Lehigh Valley for a month now playing 1B/3B/LF.

ripjgarcia said...

Lefty/Right? Cool name though.

ripjgarcia said...

Are you guys hiding some demonic purpose. I mistype the URL as pabaseball.blogpot.com and get a bible study site.

Andrew said...

"screw Interleague play"

AGREED!!!!

Corey said...

do you think we should spring for the hosting fee and get wsbgms.com or weshouldbegms.com ???

GM-Carson said...

Garcia- you've figured us out. We're right wing bible thumping Presbyterians. Now may God have mercy on you soul.

Preserve Jon said...

Can someone please explain to me why Chase is not the DH tonight?

All we've been hearing since Spring Training is how fragile he will be when he returns. Manuel is handed an opportunity to rest his star second basemen and doesn't take advantage of the opportunity. What gives?
The Goatee can fill in ably - at least in the field - and bat 9th.

GM-Carson said...

This too makes no sense to me. Just as losing 4-2 to the M's makes no sense.