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Seattle Mariners (11-13) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (16-9) Hector Noesi vs. Matt Moore Mariners Lineup 1. Ackley - DH 2. Liddi - 3B 3. Ichiro - RF 4. Smoak - 1B 5. Montero - C 6. Seager - 2B 7. Wells - LF 8. Saunders - CF 9. Ryan - SS P. Noesi - SP [tab:Mariners Game News] Even news that Brian Cashman has egg on his face cannot deter my thoughts away from how unimpressive Hector Noesi (1-2, 8.83 ERA) has been so far in 2012. Noesi is touting an ERA nearly 4 times higher than the ageless one, Jamie Moyer, but is currently sitting nearly 4.00 whole points lower than ex-Mariner Freddy Garcia, through the same amount of starts, so I guess I should be thankful. Outside of Noesi's second start of the season, an 8 inning shutout of Oakland, there has not been much to cheer about. Noesi has been getting the ball across the plate with 66% (216/325) of his pitches being thrown for strikes. Unfortunately 29 base runners over his 17.1 innings of work haven’t had any trouble with his pitch location. Hopefully Noesi can finish stronger in this outing than in his last where he allowed four runs in the fifth inning after tossing a no hitter through 4+ innings. Seattle lost their hottest hitter in Miguel Olivo (8 game hitting streak with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs in that time) last night. He is headed to the DL with what appears to initially be a strained groin. There was speculation that Quiroz would be called up from AAA-Tacoma to take over catching duties while Jaso continued to be a situational hitter for Eric Wedge, but for tonight at least, Montero gets the start at C. Mike Carp was recalled from AAA-Tacoma this morning; taking the spot vacated by Olivo as he was placed on the 15-Day DL this morning. He has been struggling in his rehab from an injured shoulder, batting just .137 over 50+ PAs, but Jack Z and the gang think he is healthy enough to start swinging Major League wood again. Notes: Noesi appeared in 5 games against Tampa Bay last season giving up 5 ERs in 10.2 innings; all relief appearances. Liddi has been making contact with the ball somewhere around 80% of the time he swings the bat; combine that with his .357 batting average and its easy to understand why Eric Wedge has him batting 2nd in the lineup tonight. Saunders is batting .314 over his last nine games; raising his average a total of .93 points to an average .254. [tab:Rays Game News] Matt Moore came into 2012 as a rookie, under team control until 2019 (sneaky Rays), and the #2 overall prospect in all of baseball throwing just 9.1 innings of MLB ball last season. In his first 4 starts of the season Moore has a 0-1 record with a 4.68 ERA and has encountered issues with putting runners on base. He’s walked 14 batters in 25 innings of work but has registered three quality starts and gone over 100 pitches in all 4 starts. The Rays announced that Evan Longoria will be on the DL somewhere between 6-8 weeks per a knee injury he suffered in last nights ballgame against the Mariners running the bases. This is a costly injury for a team that suddenly appears to have at least four teams contending for their division this season. Notes: The Rays announced prior to the start of last nights contest that Hideki Matsui has signed a minor league contract with the ball club and will begin working out in AAA immediately. [tab:Keys to the Game] Make Matt Moore throw you strikes. 14 walks in 25 innings of work show that he will put players on base; the Mariners just need to be patient with their pitch selection when they do pull the trigger. Solid baseball fundamentals – The Mariners have not played the game of baseball on a regular basis in a fashion that is indicative of a quality MLB team. No errors, a few stolen bases, and a handful of solid inning starting singles could go a long way tonight against a young pitcher. Jesus Montero – Miguel Olivo is out; Montero will be counted on as Seattle’s everyday catcher for the unbeknownst future. His power has begun to show but he needs to flash a little leather if he wants to solidify himself as a top-tier catcher in baseball. Wildcard Key to the Game: Noesi needs to register a quality start, pitching at least 6.0 innings in tonight’s game. The Mariners bullpen does not have the ability to consistently keep hitters like Longoria, Pena, and Upton off the base paths. [tab:Post Game] [tab:END]
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