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April 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Mariners’ lineup against Jamie Moyer, and other morning tidbits

Here’s the lineup the Mariners will send out against the Rockies today in the long-anticipated (well, in the 24 hours since it was announced) matchup of Jamie Moyer and Felix Hernandez. As far as I can tell, it’s the first time Moyer has faced the Mariners, spring, regular or post-season (ha ha), since May 21, 1996 — about two months before he was traded to Seattle for Darren Bragg. Here’s the box score of that game. Note that Jay Buhner already had 42 RBIs on May 21. Miguel Olivo led the Mariners in RBIs last year withi 62.
Chone Figgins LF
Brendan Ryan SS
Ichiro RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero C
Casper Wells CF
Carlos Peguero DH
Alex Liddi 3B
Munenori Kawasaki 2B
Felix Hernandez P

Shannon Drayer has a provocative post today about Felix’s waning velocity so far this spring. That bears watching, though his stuff sure was effective through eight innings in his Japan start against Oakland.
All four of the sick players from yesterday showed up today, with Carlos Peguero back in the lineup at DH. Dustin Ackley, who missed two days, said he felt much better, but he was held out of action one more day, as was Michael Saunders. We’ll see if George Sherrill gets in the game.
I talked to Jason Vargas about being moved ahead of Hernandez in the rotation. He joked, “I guess I’m the No. 1 pitcher now. Felix isn’t even in the picture any more.”
He added, more seriously, “I don’t know, I think it just happened to work out that way, with him being able to pitch today, and come back and pitch against Oakland the next two times. It is what it is.”
Vargas will have one last throw day tomorrow to get ready for Friday’s start. That session will be turned into a modified simulated game. Vargas said he pitched in Japan in a similar situation, having not pitched in a game for about 10 days, and turned in a strong outing.
“Maybe a 10-day rotation is good,” he cracked.
With Jesus Montero behind the plate today, I checked his starts this spring at catcher to see if there was any pattern. Perhaps the Mariners have him earmarked to work with one particular pitcher, I thought. It doesn’t look that way, however. Here are his starts behind the plate, and the starting pitcher:
March 2: Blake Beavan
March 7: Beavan
March 10: Erasmo Ramirez
March 13: Hector Noesi
March 16: Felix Hernandez
March 20: Kevin Millwood
March 26: Hisashi Iwakuma
April 2: Felix Hernandez
There doesn’t seem to be any real pattern I can see. Montero worked with every starter except Vargas at least once, and with none more than twice.

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