Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians June 11, 2015

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Seattle Mariners (27-32) vs. Cleveland Indians (27-31) 9:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: J.A. Happ LHP (3-1, 3.31 ERA) vs. Shaun Marcum RHP (2.21, 5.19 ERA)

Lineups:

Seattle Mariners:

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1. Logan Morrison 1B

2. Austin Jackson CF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Kyle Seager 3B

5. Seth Smith RF

6. Mark Trumbo DH

7. Dustin Ackley LF

8. Mike Zunino

9. Brad Miller SS

Cleveland Indians

1. Mike Aviles SS

2. Carlos Santana 1B

3. Michael Brantley CF

4. Ryan Raburn LF

5. Yan Gomes DH

6. Brandon Moss RF

7. Giovanny Urshela 3B

8. Zach Walters 2B

9. Roberto Perez C

3 Things to Watch For:

1. Offense, Holy Lord in Heaven, We Have Offense

The Seattle Mariners erupted for nine runs last night, ending a franchise record string of 13 straight games with three runs or fewer. With another right-handed pitcher on the mound today for the Cleveland Indians, the M’s lefty heavy lineup should be looking to continue to build momentum. The boys in blue got past two tough pitchers in Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer, and have a seemingly much easier task today with veteran Sean Marcum on the hill. I look for the lefties to back another strong offensive performance, with the Mariners scoring at least six more runs tonight.

2. J.A. Happ, the Stopper

J.A. Happ has been an excellent surprise for the Seattle Mariners thus far in 2015, especially in the early goings when the rest of the pitching staff was struggling. In his first four starts, Happ gained the approval of Mariners fans with an ERA of 2.30 over 27.1 innings of work. He has simmered down a bit, gathering no-decisions in his last five starts with an ERA of 3.09. This is good news for the Mariners, as Happ seems due for a victory at the perfect time for the ball club. I predict another strong performance from a Seattle Mariners starter, with Happ turning in a quality start of six innings and three runs or less, at the worst.

3. Where Are the Dingers??

Although Kyle Seager went yard yesterday in the Mariners’ 9-3 victory, the fourth best home run hitting team in the American League has been in a bit of a power drought lately, slugging only two balls out of the yard in their last 10 games. New addition Mark Trumbo would have made that three yesterday if it weren’t for the high wall down the right field line at Progressive Field, which stopped the longest single of the season from leaving the park. With the Mariners looking to be moving on from their offensive woes of late, I think it’s about time the longballs started flying, and I expect at least three bombs tonight off of Marcum and the Indians.

Last Game’s Predictions:

1. Deja Vu All Over Again?–HIT 

Taijuan Walker turned in another excellent start last night, allowing only one run on six innings of work, and compiling six strikeouts. Although Walker did not get through seven innings of work, he only threw 92 pitches in the victory, a welcome site for manager Lloyd McClendon after Walker’s back-to-back eight innings outings. Despite a disastrous start to the season that had many, including myself, questioning Walker’s presence in the rotation, his ERA has now dropped to a somewhat respectable 5.40. That’s not too bad, considering it was 8.13 after his first six starts.

2. Dustin Butt-Crackley–OUT

Ackley went 1 for 4 with a walk last night, and scored a run as well. That being said, he only reached base twice in five plate appearances, so not good enough for a hit here. Ackley is still trying to find his groove in 2015, sitting at a .198 batting average for the season.

3. Trumbo Gets the Rally Monkey Off His Back–WALK

I am giving this one a walk, because Mark Trumbo hit the hardest single that I have ever seen last night.