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June 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Pre-game notes: Seager out with sore calf

It turns out there’s more to Kyle Seager’s absence in the lineup than his recent hitting struggles. In fact, manager Eric Wedge said he likes the way Seager has been swinging, and believes he’s been hitting in bad luck. The reason Seager is sitting is because he fouled a ball off his calf in last night’s game, and it’s still sore. Seager is available to pinch-hit, however.
This is a big start for Hector Noesi, who needs to show more consistency to maintain his spot in the rotation. Noesi hasn’t won since May 6, and is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four June starts.


“We’ve talked to him consistently about what he needs to do, so he understands that,” Wedge said. “He does a really good job of getting ahead. He just has to finish hitters off, and he has to be better with two strikes. Every pitch has to have a purpose. He has to be defiant with it.
That’s basically what we want. I want to see the consistency with his delivery, consistency with his aggressiveness. These are things we need to see. When he does those things, he’s pretty good.He has the ability to repeat his delivery and throw all of his pitches as well as anybody. But he doesn’t do that all the time. We’ll know early on where he’s at. When he doesn’t have it right away, he has to be able to go find it. We’ll see.”
Mariners starters have struggled in general, which is why Felix Hernandez’s outing last night was so important. It snapped a 10-game losing streak by M’s starters. Jason Vargas had the last win (June 4 against the Angels). Since then, Seattle starters were 0-10 with a 7.39 ERA. The Mariners were 5-10, with all five wins going to relievers. The bullpen was 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA over those 15 games, recording four saves in four opportunties.

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