Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners May 30, 2015


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Cleveland Indians (22-26) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-24) 7:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Shaun Marcum RHP (1-0, 6.28 ERA) vs. Roenis Elias LHP (2-1, 2.56 ERA)

Marcum: After pitching terribly in 2013, and not pitching at all in 2014, the 32-year old is being given a real shot to win the 5th spot in the rotation for the Indians. He didn’t make a very good case for himself last time out, giving up seven earned runs in 2.2 innings against the Texas Rangers on May 25. The only Seattle hitter who has faced Marcum a significant amount is Robinson Cano, who is 6-17 (.353) with a double and a triple.

May 25, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias (29) throws a pitch during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Elias: Why was this guy ever a Tacoma Rainier? Roenis has been dominant since being called up in late April, with five quality starts in six games. Last season, he gave up five earned in 6.0 innings in his only appearance against the Tribe, but Elias is playing the best baseball of his career. Don’t expect that to happen again.


Cleveland Indians

1. Jason Kipnis 2B 

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2. Mike Aviles 3B

3. Michael Brantley CF

4. Ryan Raburn LF

5. Nick Swisher DH

6. Yan Gomes C

7. Brandon Moss 1B

8. Jerry Sands RF

9. Jose Ramirez SS

Seattle Mariners

Apr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners third baseman

Kyle Seager

(15) hits during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

1. Austin Jackson CF

2. Seth Smith DH

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz RF

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Logan Morrison 1B

7. Mike Zunino C

8. Brad Miller SS

9. Dustin Ackley LF

3 Things to Watch For

1. There’s (Ca)no getting him out

What does a measly flu have on Robinson Cano? Absolutely nothing. He will jump right back into the swing of things with three total bases and two RBI.

2. Why was six afraid of seven? 

Zunino, Miller and Ackley have epitomized the frustrating player development within the Seattle Mariners’ organization. They have been up, down, and everywhere in between in their major league careers. Today, however, they get the job done. I’m predicting 4-10 with three RBI from the bottom three.

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3. Seattle Mariners for .500 please

The last time the M’s had more wins than they had losses, they were 1-0. That changes today as they will get the W by a score of 7-4.

Thursday’s Game Predictions

1. LoMo Starts a Great Homestand–Out

Extending a hitting streak is a plus, but 1-4 with a single and two strikeouts is not enough here.

2. Miller and Taylor Up the Middle–Out 

They played solid defense as expected, but went 0-6 at the plate. The Seattle Mariners desperately need one of these two to start playing consistently. Unless improvement is made by either Miller or Taylor in the next couple months, a trade or call-up of Ketel Marte might be in order.

3. Let’s Turn Two!–Out

No double plays turned by the Mariners, although there were only nine ground-ball outs to work with.

Season Tally:

Outs: 31     Hits: 19     Batting Average: .380

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