Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners May 31, 2015


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Cleveland Indians (23-26) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-25) 1:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Danny Salazar RHP (5-1, 3.65) vs. J.A. Happ LHP (3-1, 3.71 ERA) 

Salazar: He has been inconsistent throughout 2015, but has been very good when he’s on. He has good numbers overall, but has been susceptible to the long-ball. The young righty has never faced the Mariners, so hopefully they give him a thorough tour of the Safeco outfield, from Edgar’s Cantina to the Hit it Here Cafe.

Happ: He has been solid in his career against the Tribe, and current Indians are a combined 9-51 (.176) with just two extra-base hits. However, May has not been kind to J.A., after a fantastic April. Let’s hope he can finish the month on a good note.


Cleveland Indians 

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1. Jason Kipnis 2B

2. Carlos Santana DH

3. Michael Brantley LF

4.  Ryan Raburn RF

5. Brandon Moss 1B

6. Yan Gomes C

7.  Mike Aviles 3B

8. Michael Bourn CF

9. Jose Ramirez SS

Notes: No David Murphy or Jerry Sands today for the Indians. Not quite sure what Terry Francona‘s reluctance to play Sands is over. He is hitting .375/.444/.583 in limited action in 2015, but can’t seem to crack the lineup.

Seattle Mariners

May 22, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz (23) reacts after crossing homeplate after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

1. Austin Jackson CF

2. Seth Smith RF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz DH

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Welington Castillo C

7. Logan Morrison 1B

8. Brad Miller SS

9. Dustin Ackley LF

Notes: Good to see Castillo in there, and interesting to see Ackley still in the lineup for the fifth straight day. Fans have been calling for his demotion for a while now, but Lloyd continues to show faith. He had an RBI last night, and a home run on Thursday, hopefully that trend continues today.

3 Things to Watch

1. Hip-Happ hooray

Happ was a calming presence for the M’s early in the season, but hasn’t been nearly as good as of late. I’m calling a “Felix quality start” with 7.0 innings and two runs given up from J.A.

2. Give ’em the full-Nelson

Cruz was the only starter without a hit in yesterday’s loss. I think he makes up for it today. Two hits and homer for Nellie this afternoon.

3. Seattle Mariners for .500 please

It didn’t work out yesterday, but I think the M’s even out the series, and even out their season today and get the W.

Last Game’s Predictions

1. There’s (Ca)no getting him out–Hit 

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Was it good to see Robby back in there or what? He went 2-4 with a two-run homer and a walk. This team is going to need him to play better than he has been if they are going to achieve their goals this season.

2. Why was six afraid of seven?–Sacrifice 

The bottom three of Miller, Zunino and Ackley didn’t get the four hits I predicted, all three did have a hit and Miller and Ackley manufactured the Mariners’ third run. Not quite good enough for a hit, but not an out either.

3. Seattle Mariners for .500 please–Out

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The M’s will have to wait until at least Monday before they will be able to say they have more wins than losses.

Season Tally:

Outs: 32     Hits: 20     Batting Average: .384

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