Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros June 14, 2015


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Seattle Mariners (28-34) vs. Houston Astros (35-28) 11:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Roenis Elias LHP (3-3, 2.79 ERA) vs. Lance McCullers RHP (2-1, 2.32 ERA)

Elias: Someone is upset about starting the season in Tacoma. Roenis has pitched a quality start in seven of his nine appearances this season, and has given up just three runs in his last 15 innings. He has enjoyed pitching against the Astros is his short career with five runs given up in 17.1 innings.

McCullers: The 21-year old has been stellar in his first five career starts. He has a 2.32 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 10.45 K/9 and a .193 opposing average. He has yet to face the M’s though, let’s see if they can introduce themselves in the appropriate fashion.


Apr 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison (20) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners:  

1. Seth Smith RF

2. Austin Jackson CF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz DH

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Mark Trumbo LF

7. Logan Morrison 1B

8. Brad Miller SS

9. Jesus Sucre C

Notes: Lloyd found something good and he’s sticking with it. This is the exact same lineup as yesterday, with the exception of Sucre. If the offense can be half as productive as they were yesterday, the M’s should get the win.

Houston Astros:  

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1. George Springer RF

2. Carlos Correa SS

3. Evan Gattis DH

4. Chris Carter 1B

5. Colby Rasmus LF

6. Hank Conger C

7. Jake Marisnick CF

8. Luis Valbuena 3B

9. Marwin Gonzalez 2B

Notes: Like the Mariners, Houston goes with the same lineup except for the catcher. Still no Jose Altuve for the Astros. On behalf of the Seattle Mariners, I would like to say that I wish him the best of luck in the future, but I’m more than happy to be the team that catches Houston on his days off.

3 Things to Watch For:

1. If It Ain’t Broke…..

No changes in the lineup were made, and hopefully, there won’t be too much change in the results. Baseball is probably the most psychological of any sport, so if you think something is the reason for improvement, it is. I think the Mariners put five runs on the board today.

Mar 8, 2015; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Sucre (2) in the dugout in between innings against the Cincinnati Reds during a spring training baseball game at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

2. Give Me Some Sucre!

If a stellar pitching performance doesn’t build a backup catcher’s confidence, I don’t know what will. It’s no secret that he hasn’t produced so far at the plate in his short MLB career. But there is a reason why he is in the big leagues, and we will see it today.

3. Mr. Smith Goes To Houston

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Carson Smith, but I think there will be a sighting today. The M’s will hold a 5-4 lead going into the ninth, and Smith will get his third save.

Last Game’s Predictions:

1. Number 22 Is Coming Around–Walk

He didn’t get multiple hits, but he did get multiple bases and a run scored. Cano has four doubles in his last five games.

2. We Need to Manufacture Runs–Out 

They obviously scored runs, but not the way that was predicted. Instead of playing small-ball, the Mariners had five extra base hits and two home runs. Until James Jones is recalled or a trade is made, this team just doesn’t have the speed to steal any bases.

3. Seth Smith Is a Really Good Player–Hit 

Smith did what was needed from the lead-off spot, going 2-4 with a single and a double. He continues to be one of the only consistent hitters in the Seattle Mariners’ lineup. He didn’t get the RBI that were predicted, but he didn’t get the chance with runners in scoring position.

Season Tally:

Hits: 32   Outs: 52   Batting Average: .381

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