Jamie Moyer’s Notebook: Arizona D-Backs vs. Seattle Mariners July 28, 2015


The Quick and Dirty Version

Arizona D-Backs (47-51) vs. Seattle Mariners (46-54) July 28, 2015 7:10 PM PST

Pitching Matchup: Zack Godley RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma RHP (2-1, 4.50 ERA)

3 Things to Watch For:

More from Seattle Mariners

1. Godly Is Still Just A Man

D-Backs prospect Zack Godley will make his second career start today at Safeco Field, coming off a historic debut. Godley tossed six scoreless innings in his first ever appearance, racking up seven strikeouts and walking zero batters. Unless this guy is a special kind of talent, we can expect his performance to likely be worse in his sophomore start. I look for the hungry Seattle Mariners lineup to come out swinging and get Godley for a few early runs.

2. Yes He Can-o

Robinson Cano has been ON FIRE in July, bringing his batting average all the way up to .265. It was as low as .236 in mid-June. In his last 30 games, Robbie has posted a slash line of .311/.364/.598, hit nine homers and driven in 20 runs. Add to that 22 runs scored and we’ve got a Robinson Cano on our hands. In case you forgot, this guy is a career .300 hitter and has been in the league since 2005; he knows how to hit. So if you jumped off the band wagon back in June, get your booty back on because this trend is going to last. Robinson Cano pick up a pair of hits tonight, including another majestic blast.

3. Iwakuma Raises His Value

As we rapidly approach the 2015 Trade-Deadline, Hisashi Iwakuma has popped up as a potential target for playoff contenders in need of starting pitching. With the Seattle Mariners mired in another puzzling losing season and a wealth of young starting pitching, perhaps the aging Iwakuma would be a wise piece to ship off while he is hot. Iwakuma has been solid in his three most recent starts, after struggling in his first start back from the DL. In those three starts, Iwakuma is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.74 in 20.2 innings. I say that Iwakuma stays hot and continues to help his case as a trade candidate. Seven innings for Iwakuma tonight, allowing three runs or fewer.

Last Game’s Performance (Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers July 21, 2015): 0-3

Season Tally:

Hits: 50   Outs: 82   Batting Average: .379

Next: Should The Seattle Mariners Trade Hisashi Iwakuma?