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Posted on: June 12, 2010 7:49 pm

Silva's luck runs out

Cubs starter Carlos Silva has been pitching well this season, but he's also been getting plenty of run support (almost seven runs per nine innings, fifth in the National League). That dried up today , and so did Silva's bid to go 9-0.

Silva went seven innings against the White Sox, allowing two runs, but his offense couldn't deliver, scoring just one run in the ninth.

Silva was the first Cub to go 8-0 since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967, and the first pitcher to start 8-0 in his first season for the Cubs since King Cole 100 years ago.

The right-hander is going to be an All-Star, something inconceivable at the beginning of the season considering how utterly awful he'd been the past two seasons in Seattle (5-18 with a 6.81 ERA).

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 11, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2010 12:53 am

Big doings in Seattle

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times recaps a busy day in Mariner-land :

• Pitcher Mark Lowe will undergo back surgery that will likely end his season.
Luke French replaces Ian Snell in the rotation.
Chone Figgins is back at the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
• And manager Don Wakamastsu has gotten the dreaded vote of confidence from general manager Zduriencik.

"Don's our manager," Zduriencik told reporters. "Look, he's our manager. Last year, there were so many praises, and so many people were high on the job Don did. Because the club's been in a bad stretch, because the club hasn't played well, certainly Don's disappointed like everyone else. He's our manager right now. We're moving forward. I expect Don to right the ship. I expect Don to take charge of the thing. He's the manager. That's his job. I look forward to watching it. Don hasn't swung a bat this year, Don hasn't fielded a ground ball, and Don hasn't thrown a pitch.

"As we move forward from here on out, I'd like to say this club is going to play better baseball from here on out. That's would certainly be what I'd hope to see. And Don will be the manager watching them do it."

So that means, what, two more weeks of the Wakamatsu reign?

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 1:12 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:33 pm

Are interleague 'rivalries' still relevant?

Interleague play opens up again Friday and yet again I'm underwhelmed by the Reds-Royals, Mets-Orioles and Pirates-Tigers.

But it's not just those mashups of also-rans that have begun to bore -- anyone excited for Cubs-White Sox? A's-Giants? Dodgers-Angels? Aren't those the reasons we're still stuck with a bastardized schedule? OK, it's Mets-Yankees and nothing else.

Every time this argument comes up, we're pointed toward interleague attendance numbers, without noting that most of those dates are summer nights on the weekend -- nights when teams would draw regardless of the visiting Royals or Pirates.

So what's on tap this weekend for our interleague overlords?

White Sox at Cubs: Nurse that hangover from the Blackhawks parade at Wrigley. What does it say that the NHL in June will overshadow one of the prime interleague matchups? Everything, really.

Astros at Yankees: Loser has to claim Roger Clemens?

• Mets at Orioles: When the Wilpons and Peter Angelos get together, there are no winners. Really.

• Pirates at Tigers: Well, there will be two nice looking uniforms on display.

Nationals at Indians: Yes, they're going to play twice before Steven Strasburg pitches. But one relevant game out of three ain't bad.

• Royals at Reds: The first-place Reds 24th in home attendance. There's only one way to solve that -- a visit by the Royals.

Phillies at Red Sox: OK, I'll admit, this should be a good series. Boston plays in front of sold-out crowds every night, so it's not like this is going to help the gate.

Braves at Twins: Two of the best debuts of 2010 (non-Strasnurg division), Target Field and Jason Heyward meet.

Rangers at Brewers: Does any argument about interleague play hold up when it involves the Brewers?

Blue Jays at Rockies: I got nothing... Blue Jays. Rockies. That's enough.

Mariners at Padres:
Two great ballparks, two awesome cities, one good team.

Angels at Dodgers: If you live in Southern California and want to see the Angels, you've got 81 chances.

• A's at Giants: See above, substitute "Southern" for "Northern."

Oh, the excitement.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 10, 2010 11:21 am

M's Snell might be out of chances

The Mariners might be out of patience with right-hander Ian Snell after his disastrous outing Wednesday night: 1 2/3 innings, seven earned runs, eight hits, two homers. Snell is 0-5 with a 5.89 ERA. In fact, the Mariners have managed to lose 10 of the 11 games in which he has appeared this season.

Seattle seems likely to punt Snell from the rotation, if not the team. According to the Seattle Times , the Mariners have a ready replacement for his starting spot in Luke French, who threw 5 1/3 innings (four earned runs) in his first extended action since being called up.

"Possibly," manager Don Wakamatsu said of French joining the rotation. "It was his first long outing up here, and we were able to stretch him out. It gives us that option."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm

Mariners shake up lineup

According to the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker, Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu has told first baseman Casey Kotchman he can get used to the bench and Chone Figgins will be batting ninth for the near future.

Kotchman will ride the pine in favor of Matt Carp, who had 10 homers and 31 RBI for Triple-A Tacoma.

"Right now, we're going to give him an opportunity to play,'' Wakamatsu told Baker of Carp. "I brought Casey in and we talked. It gives Casey a chance to maybe work on some things and continue to try to get his swing to where he feels comfortable with it. But right now, we're giving Carp an opportunity to play."

Figgins has had a chance, but hasn't lived up to his 4-year, $36 million contract, hitting .220 with a .331 OBP heading into Monday night's game against at Texas.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am

Sweeney latest bad news for M's points out that the Seattle Mariners have a lower team on-base percentage (.316) and slugging percentage (.350) than the average shortstop in the American League. Ouch.

The Mariners, a trendy preseason pick to win the American League West with Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee topping the rotation, knew they were going to rely on pitching and defense. But they didn't count on being as flat-out miserable at the plate as they are. Their OPS of .666 is worst in the league and at least 25 points worse than everyone except the hapless Orioles .

Now it's being reported that DH Mike Sweeney will go on the DL today because of lingering back problems, with first baseman Mike Carp being called up to take his spot. Sweeney hasn't exactly set the world on fire this season, but his .258 average is 13 points higher than the team average and 17 points higher than the league average for DH.

Today the Mariners embark on a 10-game road trip after being swept at home by the Angels over the weekend, a sweep that left them eight games back in the division. Oh yeah, and the most popular player in the history of the city walked away last week without so much as a tip of the cap.

Tough times for Mariners fans.

Category: MLB
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