Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/16/12
Burn on, big river, burn on…

May 14 – 15

Have I got you singing “Cleveland city of light city of magic” yet?

The Seattle Mariners (16-22) are half way through their road trip with a 1-4 record having lost 2 of three against New York and being swept in their only visit to Fenway park this season.

Game 1: Matchup | Preview

Pitching match ups:

The Mariners will have another two game stint against Eric Wedge’s former club the Cleveland Indians (20-16) who are currently in the lead of the A.L. Central division.

Pitching match ups: Game 39: LHP – Ubaldo Jimenez vs. RHP – Felix Hernandez

Ubaldo is a former All Star for his commanding performance in 2009 where he won 19 games for the Colorado Rockies.  He was brought over in a trade to the Indians mid way through the 2011 Season.  In his time with the tribe he has an ERA of 5.13, showing that changing leagues has been difficult on him.

  • Jimenez’s best outing was his first of the season in which he pitched 7 innings of one hit ball.  His team still managed to lose 7-4 against Toronto.  Since then his game ERA has not been under 4.00
  • Only four of the Mariners batters have ever faced Jimenez: Chone Figgins .333, Miguel Olivo 1.000, Brendan Ryan .125, and Ichiro Suzuki .200

Felix wasn’t as sharp as normal in New York, but he is still off to a great start for the season with an ERA of only 2.29

  • Career against Cleveland: 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA
  • Felix has 58 Strike Outs in 59 innings so far this season
Game 40: RHP – Zach McAllister vs. RHP – Hector Noesi

McAllister is still technically a rookie though he did pitch 4 games in 2011.  He is 1-1 in his 6 starts with a 4.15 ERA

  • McAllister faced Seattle in one of his 4 starts in 2011 and it was by far his worst outing. He pitched 3.1 innings giving up 10 runs.  That gave him an ERA of 21.60
  • Current M’s batters are hitting .500 against McAllister. HA!

This is a stark contrast in sending Felix to the mound one night and Noesi the next.  Noesi is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA on the road for the M’s.

  • Current line: 2-4 / 6.32 ERA / 13 BB / 22 SO / 1.30 WHIP

Mariners vs. Indians Series Preview from Progressive Field

Indians Vs. Mariners Series Predictions

Game 1:

The Mariners are so spotty at the moment that predictions are so difficult.

There are also a lot of players that are struggling that really shouldn’t be.  One wonders what the health of the organization as a whole is, if there is a methodical error that causes mental hardships.

Oh well Felix seem to be immune. Prediction:  Win (Mariners 4 – Indians 2)

Game 2:

Noesi stinks. Prediction: Loss (Mariners 2 – Indians 6)

More News

After the series in Cleveland the Mariners have three games at Colorado in interleague play. Ichiro Suzuki was the only Seattle player with more than one hit, singling twice in game 2 vs. Boston.

The Mariners fell to 1-4 on a 10-game road trip and were shut out for the fifth time this season. Blake Beavan (1-4) went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks.


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