Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners June 21, 2015


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Houston Astros (40-30) vs. Seattle Mariners (32-37) 1:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Vincent Velasquez RHP (0-0, 4.66 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ LHP (3-3, 3.79 ERA)


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Houston Astros:

1. George Springer RF

2. Carlos Correa SS

3. Evan Gattis DH

4. Chris Carter 1B

5. Colby Rasmus CF

6. Domingo Santana LF

7. Luis Valbuena 3B

8. Marwin Gonzalez 2B

9. Jason Castro C

Notes: After drubbing the Mariners in Houston a week ago, the Astros offense has quieted down at Safeco thus far, mustering only five runs total. The funny thing is, that would have been enough to seep the M’s anyways in the two teams’ last series, as Seattle scored only one run in the entire series.

Seattle Mariners:

Jun 7, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop

Brad Miller

(5) hits an RBI-single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Logan Morrison 1B

2. Mark Trumbo RF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz DH

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Seth Smith LF

7. Brad Miller SS

8. James Jones CF

9. Jesus Sucre C

Notes: One would like to think that the four walks drawn by Seattle Mariners hitters last night were due to the appointment of Edgar Martinez as hitting coach. Only time will tell, but the boys in blue are off to a great start in the Edgar coaching era.

3 Things to Watch For:

1. Cano Goes Yard

Robinson Cano has been swingning the bat noticeably better lately, batting .296 in his last seven games. He seems poised for a major hot streak, and it begins tonight with a longball.

2. What’s Happ-ening? 

In his last few starts, J.A. Happ has been a little bit off, allowing 18 earned runs in his last 28.1 innings pitched. Since posting a 2.98 ERA after his first  seven starts with the Mariners, Happ has come back down to earth, but has still been reliable for Seattle tonight. I say that Happ comes out with his best stuff and collects another quality start.

3. Brad Miller, Starting Shortstop

Well, it seems that the drama at shortstop in Seattle is gone, at least for now. With the spot all his, and his bat producing at a decent rate, Brad Miller is in a really good position. It is time for him to start capitalizing on it and cementing his role as the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners. I look for a couple of knocks for Miller tonight, and a great defensive play on the other side of the ball.

Last Game’s Predictions:

1. Taijuan Walker Goes All The Way–HIT

It wasn’t a complete game shut out, but it was another quality start for Walker, who allowed only two runs and struck out a career high 11 batters over 6.1 innings. Taijuan did not walk a man.

2. Kyle Seager Is My Boiii–OUT

Seager went 1 for 4 and scored a run, but did not drive in any runs. Consistency is the key for Seager, who is as solid as they come.

3. Edgar Makes the Difference–HIT

Edgar’s presence seems to be rubbing off on the swing happy Mariners, who drew five walks last night. The end result was six runs, so hopefully we can see more plate discipline in the coming games.

Hits: 40    Outs: 62    Batting Average: .392