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seajaw wrote:

The Mariners and A's could open the season with eight relievers apiece.

Staffs used to carry as few as nine pitchers.  Now, there could be almost that many relievers alone. disbelief

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/03/al-west-notes-de-aza-mariners-cashner-astros.html


 In some of the replays we've done having 8 pitchers active would by a luxury.  I'm thinking of the 1920 White Sox - it's mid-July in my replay and I have 5 active pitchers.



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The M's optioned Dan Vogelbach to Tacoma.

Vogelbach was batting just .228 in camp.

Danny Valencia will play full time for a while, with utilityman Taylor Motter filling in occasionally.

The M's are looking at the demotion in the same way they handled Mike Zunino and James Paxton last year.  Both were recalled after they got on track.

There is also the chance the M's could consider offering a deal to Ryan Howard, Justin Morneau, or Kelly Johnson, who are still available on the free agent market.



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It would be interesting to see Howard under the tutelage of Edgar. I think Howard has a lot of talent and is a hard worker, but has some bad hitting habits. If Edgar could help him, the Mariners could have decent power hitter for a couple of years. And don't worry that ballpark won't pose a challenge for Howard. He can hit them out of anywhere -- just ask the Mets.



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Tall Tactician wrote:

It would be interesting to see Howard under the tutelage of Edgar. I think Howard has a lot of talent and is a hard worker, but has some bad hitting habits. If Edgar could help him, the Mariners could have decent power hitter for a couple of years. And don't worry that ballpark won't pose a challenge for Howard. He can hit them out of anywhere -- just ask the Mets.


That could be.

The Mariners are looking at this in the short term, and plan on getting Vogelbach back to the bigs as quick as possible.

My thought for the short term is that Morneau might be a better bet.  He's a more accomplished all-around hitter, and the M's already have plenty of power.  Morneau should also be a little steadier around the bag.

He's also more familiar with Safeco Field, and how it plays.



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Hm-m-m-m...

I just read that the Arizona Diamondbacks have sent Ketel Marte to Triple-A.  Marte was a big part of the deal (along with Taijuan Walker) that landed shortstop Jean Segura (and rookie Mitch Haniger) for the M's.

Haniger -- who was all but handed the right field job upon his arrival -- leads all players in hits (19), as Spring Training winds down.

Meanwhile, Guillermo Heredia is batting .415, with 15 hits, both tied for third among all players.  Heredia came to the M's from Cuba last year.  He batted an even .300 in 93 games split between AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, before getting the call.  In 92 AB's, he batted .250 for the Ms.

Heredia will split time in left field with Jarrod Dyson and possibly another youngster, Ben Gamel.

Gamel (also a rookie) was acquired from the Yankees last year, and is coming off a 2016 season in which he was named the Player of the Year in the International League.



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Mitch Haniger is one of my deep sleepers in my Roto drafts..........love love love him..........

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I like so many of the moves that the Mariners have made and I think they will score more runs this season. I have one big worry: starting pitching! Felix and Paxson may be the only dependable starters and if that is the case the other three starts will be tough to win.


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TerryB wrote:

I like so many of the moves that the Mariners have made and I think they will score more runs this season. I have one big worry: starting pitching! Felix and Paxson may be the only dependable starters and if that is the case the other three starts will be tough to win.


 They definitely are setting themselves up to try to score a ton of runs, ala Baltimore..............and win games 7-5.........



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nacster wrote:
TerryB wrote:

I like so many of the moves that the Mariners have made and I think they will score more runs this season. I have one big worry: starting pitching! Felix and Paxson may be the only dependable starters and if that is the case the other three starts will be tough to win.


 They definitely are setting themselves up to try to score a ton of runs, ala Baltimore..............and win games 7-5.........


Maybe that's why they have the eight-man bullpen.

Hopefully, Smyly's "soggy" arm is just the old end of Spring Training dead arm.  And I trust Kuma to be Kuma.  Also, Arizona's not the best place to get a read on pitching, beyond getting their work in and staying out the trainer's room.



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The Mariners ran into the old Dallas Keuchel on Opening Night.

Keuchel, who suffered through a terrible 2016 campaign, limited the M's to three hits in seven innings, as Houston blanked Seattle, 3-0.

With Drew Smyly going on the DL for 6-8 weeks because of an elbow strain, Felix Hernandez caused further concern Monday, when he stepped awkwardly on first base to complete a 3-1 putout in the third inning.  He limped around a bit, threw a few test pitches, then continued.

However, he left after five innings because of what was being called tightness in the groin.  Felix allowed a pair of solo home runs among five total hits in his five innings, struck out six and issued no walks, though he took just the second Opening Day loss of his career.  



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The M's said that Felix should be ready for his next start.  Crisis avoided.



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seajaw wrote:
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The follow-up deal DiPoto pulled off sent Smith to Tampa, along with another pair of prospects, in exchange for Drew Smyly.


 Would the real Drew Smyly please stand up?

Are you getting the fully recovered nasty stuff Smyly or the 2016 batting practice pitcher inserted for 30 starts? His longball problems were real last year.


Hopefully, we're getting the one we need. wink

I'm guessing the M's have done a thorough job evaluating where he stands now. 


 The 60 day DL...hmm



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Seattle fell to 0-2, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Astros.

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well, but surrendered two solo home runs.

The M's big bats just can't seem to catch a break.

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Not good.

The M's dropped their third straight, 5-3, although they did manage their first lead in the series, on a two-run homer by Jean Segura in the fifth inning.

James Paxton pitched six innings of two-hit shutout ball on 100 pitches, then turned it over to the pen.

The Astros tied the game in the seventh, and stayed even through the 12th.  Reliever Chris Devenski, who was throwing almost entirely off-speed stuff, contributed four innings of shutout ball, with seven strikeouts.

Meanwhile, the M's were going through the entire pen.  Closer Edwin Diaz threw two shutout innings -- the ninth and 10th -- in his first appearance of the season.

Finally, Seattle took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 13th, opening the inning with four consecutive walks off Houston relievers Jandel Gustave and Brad Pea****.  Pea**** then retired the next three hitters without allowing any more runs.

The M's were forced to call on Chase De Jong, acquired from the Dodgers during Spring Training, to make his Major League debut.  He pitched around a leadoff walk and one-out single to get the first two outs.

But he left a breaking ball up and in the middle of the plate on a three-two pitch to George Springer, and Springer launched it into the front row of the Crawford boxes in left field to win it.

Agonizing. The ball was hit to the farthest right front row seat in the section.  Another couple of feet to the right, and it drops into the waiting glove of Jarrod Dyson.

Springer also drove in the two Houston runs in the seventh inning.



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Finally!!!  The M's are off the schneid.

Seattle scored twice off reliever Ken Giles in the top of the ninth, breaking a 2-2 tie, and Edwin Diaz came on to collect his first save of the season (with the help of a sketchy full-count checked-swing third strike to end the game).

Fellow reliever Dan Altavilla pitched the eighth, and walked away with his first Major League win.

Mitch Haniger connected for his first Seattle home run.

Both Houston runs came on solo homers.  George Springer led off the Houston first with his third homer of the season, and Marwin Gonzalez led the third with the other roundtripper, right after Seattle had tied the game at 1-1 on Haniger's blast.

Angel Miranda only surrendered three other hits in his five innings for Seattle.



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