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August 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Pregame notes and lineups: Blue Jays at Royals

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Update 4:24 p.m. 

Roenis Elias will pitch on August 13 for Tacoma. He will throw about three or four innings. He’ll then rejoin the Mariners for the series in Philly and pitch on either August 19 or 20. Manager Lloyd McClendon said that once Elias comes back to the Mariners, he won’t have to go back down because of innings restrictions. He should be able to finish the season with Seattle.

Fernando Rodney is good to go for tonight after having last night.

Speaking of the bullpen, McClendon mentioned how he was able to not overexpose his bullpen despite a tough first month.

In April, McClendon had relievers make 81 appearances for 81 2/3 innings pitched. But looking at last year, Eric Wedge went to his pen 75 times for 90 innings in that first month. It helps that Hisashi Iwakuma came back and Chris Young emerged as a competent starter.

Quick at the monthly usage splits.

2014

  • April — 80 appearances, 81 2/3 IP, 3.92 ERA
  • May — 79 appearances, 74 2/3 IP, 2.65 ERA
  • June — 71 appearances, 76 2/3 IP, 1.69 ERA
  • July — 80 appearances, 83 IP, 1.84 ERA

2013

  • April — 75 appearances, 90 IP, 3.90 ERA
  • May — 66 appearances, 71 IP, 3.80 ERA
  • June — 70 appearances, 83 IP, 5.53 ERA
  • July — 70 appearances, 82 IP, 4.61 ERA

What do those numbers mean? Well, I have too much free time.

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Checked in to see how Nick Franklin was doing with Class AAA Durham. The stats aren’t so great. But he’ll be up with the big club in September, if not sooner.

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Sorry for the delay. Lineups got posted a little late and then we had a lot of clubhouse interview time. Pretty predictable lineup for the Mariners with lefty J.A. Happ on the mound.

Here’s Happ’s career splits. They are somewhat close with righties having a predictable advantage.

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The splits this season are a little more dramatic.

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Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Happ

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Heres the upcoming pitching probables. With Royals now in first place in the AL Central with their eighth straight win, the Tigers’ series carries a little more importance. That’s a pretty good pitching matchup with Felix Hernandez and David Price squaring off. Justin Verlander underwent a MRI for his ailing right shoulder. The test showed no structural damage. Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus wouldn’t rule out Sunday, though it seems kind of unlikely.

Official game notes …

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