Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels June 26, 2015


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Seattle Mariners (33-40) vs. Los Angeles Angels (37-36) 7:05 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Taijuan Walker RHP (5-6, 4.94 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker RHP (4-5, 5.20 ERA)


Seattle Mariners:

Jun 23, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman

Logan Morrison

(20) hits a solo-homer against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Logan Morrison 1B

2. Austin Jackson CF

3. Robinson Cano 2B

4. Nelson Cruz DH

5. Kyle Seager 3B

6. Mark Trumbo RF

7. Seth Smith LF

8. Brad Miller SS

9. Mike Zunino C

Notes: The Seattle Mariners have been either boom or bust in 2015, scoring three runs or fewer in 44 games this season. In those 44 games, they are 13-31… The M’s scored one, seven, and two runs in the three games against Kansas City. If the boys in blue want to pick up the pace in 2015, they are going to need some consistent run production from the offense.

Los Angeles Angels:

Jun 21, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels outfielder

Mike Trout

(27) points towards first base coach

Alfredo Griffin

(4) after hitting a single against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Efren Navarro LF

2. Kole Calhoun RF

3. Mike Trout CF

4. Albert Pujols 1B

5. Erick Aybar SS

6. David Freese 3B

7. Matt Joyce DH

8. Chris Iannetta C

9. Taylor Featherston 2B

Notes: Like the Seattle Mariners, the Angels have underachieved in 2015. However, they have done a better job of treading water than the M’s, en route to a record of 37-36. The Angels are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and will be looking to get hot as they begin their a home stand tonight against the struggling Mariners. The phenomenal Mike Trout will be an important factor in this game, bringing in a .340 batting average over his last 15 games, and a stellar .419 OBP in that same stretch.

3 Things to Watch For:

1. Robinson Cano Gets Hot

In his last seven games, Robinson Cano is batting .346, hitting safely in six of those games. Cano has been hitting the ball hard for a couple of weeks now, compiling seven doubles and a homer in the month of June. I say that Cano really breaks out tonight, with a couple of extra base hits, and a pair of RBI to top it off.

2. Taijuan Struggles Early, Settles Down

Taijuan Walker has been incredible lately, posting a 2.27 ERA in his last five games, logging 35.1 innings in that span. After a tough start to 2015 that raised a lot of questions, it seems that Walker has calmed down, pounding the strike zone with his fastball. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Angels score a couple off Walker in the early-goings of tonight’s game, but I say that he settles in for seven innings of work, with three earned runs or fewer.

3. Logan Morrison Checks In

LoMo has been awesome lately, getting himself on base with frequency, and hitting the ball hard with consistency. Despite a .192 batting average in his last seven games, Morrison has still posted an on-base percentage of .300 during that span. Overall, the former Miami Marlins prospect has been great for the Seattle Mariners in the last month, batting .284 in the last 30 games with an OBP of .346. Logan slugged one out in Tuesday’s win, and I think he will do it again tonight. A couple of hits, including a long ball from Morrison tonight.

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Last Game’s Predictions:

1. Elias Does His Best Mike Montgomery (Guest Pick: Matt Jonson)–OUT

After starting the night with three perfect innings, the usually steady Elias faltered, allowing seven runs before being yanked by Lloyd McClendon in the fourth inning. The M’s weren’t able to recover from the big inning, which marked the second time in three starts that Elias has allowed seven runs in fewer than four innings.

2. Great Night From Trumbo–OUT

Mark Trumbo continues to struggle for the Seattle Mariners, looking more and more like a less attractive version of Richie Sexson, minus the home runs. Trumbo went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, dropping his Mariners batting average to .159 through 17 games.

3. Nelson Hungryyyyy–OUT

Nelson Cruz didn’t fare any better than his teammates on Wednesday night, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Power has been hard to come by lately for the man who started on such a torrid pace in 2015, slugging only one homer in the last 24 games.

Season Tally:

Hits: 43    Outs: 69   Batting Average: .384