Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Kansas City Royals vs. Seattle Mariners June 24, 2015


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Kansas City Royals (40-28) vs. Seattle Mariners (33-39) 7:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Danny Duffy LHP (2-3, 5.87 ERA) vs. Roenis Elias LHP (4-4, 3.56 ERA)


Tampa Bay Rays:

Jun 21, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals batter

Kendrys Morales

(25) singles against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

1. Alcides Escobar SS

2. Mike Moustakas 3B

3. Kendrys Morales DH

4. Eric Hosmer 1B

5. Salvador Perez C

6. Alex Gordon LF

7. Alex Rios RF

8. Omar Infante 2B

9. Jarrod Dyson CF

Seattle Mariners:

Jun 15, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder

Austin Jackson

(16) grounded into a fielder

1. Austin Jackson CF

2. Franklin Gutierrez LF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz DH

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Mark Trumbo RF

7. Logan Morrison 1B

8. Mike Zunino C

9. Brad Miller SS

3 Things to Watch For:

1. Guest Pick: Matt Jonson

Elias Does His Best Mike Montgomery: Roenis Elias is coming off an excellent start in which he racked up 10 strikeouts. With the Seattle Mariners throwing the ball very well lately, Elias will look to follow up Mike Montgomery’s complete game shut-out last night. Not including his rough 3.1 inning, eight run outing in Houston on June 14, in the other three of his last four games, Elias has allowed only five runs over 21 innings, en route to a 2.14 ERA. The prediction tonight is eight innings from Elias, with 10 strikeouts, 2 hits and zero runs scored.

2. Great Night From Trumbo

Facing the lefty tonight and coming off a day off, I expect Mark Trumbo to make some things happen tonight. Now that he’s got his first homer as a member of the Seattle Mariners, the slugger can swing a bit more freely in the box. Look for Trumbo to put one out tonight, with a pair of hits.

3. Nelson Hungryyyyy

It’s been a while since we saw Nelson Cruz get dominant at the dish and crush a deep home run. Again, with the struggling lefty Danny Duffy on the mound, I expect Cruz to get at least one or two elevated pitches to take a rip at. My prediction is a very long homer to left center field, into the pen, measured at at least 430 feet.

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Last Game’s Predictions:

1. Dustin Butt-Crackley, Part Two–HIT

Dustin Ackley had himself a night in yesterday’s game, going 3 for 4 with a double and two-run homer, racking up the two RBI and two runs scored. With the three hits Ackley picked up off of Jeremy Guthrie, he is 9 for 13 in his career off the right-hander, with three homers and five RBI. It is safe to say that Ackley has Guthrie’s number, and perhaps this was the game that Dustin needed to jump start his 2015 campaign. With Franklin Gutierez being called up today, perhaps there is a platoon in left field developing.

2. Montgomery Stifles The Cocky Royals–HIT

Well, I think it’s safe to say that this one was a hit. How does a complete game shut out with 10 strikeouts, while allowing only four hits sound? From the third inning to the ninth inning before a Kendrys Morales single with two outs in the ninth, Montgomery had retired 23 out of 24 batters, with only one man reaching on an error by Brad Miller. He was thoroughly dominant, and opened some eyes in a big way at Safeco Field last night.

3. We Win, Because I Am There–HIT

For the first time since probably the early 2000’s, I am 2-0 in Seattle Mariners games that I have attended. Perhaps the Mariners just needed my presence in Washington state to find their groove. I am going to the game again tonight, so hopefully they can continue that trend.

Season Tally:

Hits: 43    Outs: 66   Batting Average: .395

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