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September 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Wednesday’s pregame notes and lineups: Mariners at Angels

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Update 4:05 p.m. 

Roenis Elias’ season is done. Manager Lloyd McClendon said the rookie left-hander probably won’t pitch again this season. And there really is no reason to take that risk.

Elias left last night’s game with pain in his left elbow in the fifth inning. Team medical staff are calling it a flexor bundle strain. He is scheduled to fly back to Seattle on Thursday to have a MRI.

It’s disappointing end to a pretty solid rookie campaign. Elias made the jump from Class AA to the big leagues this season, he made 29 MLB starts, going 10-12 with a 3.85 ERA. He threw 163 2/3 innings, struck out 143 batters and walked 64.

“He’s had a hell of a year,” McClendon said. “He’s done a wonderful job. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s been everything we thought he was going to be.”

Really if you think about it, Elias can be more. His changeup still needs a little work and he needs to get a little stronger. But this was a solid start to his career.

When asked about a Sunday starter, McClendon wouldn’t announce a starter on Sunday.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “We have ‘t set our rotation yet.”

He didn’t say it wouldn’t be Taijuan Walker. In fact, everyone knows Walker will replace Elias. But since Walker is fresh and not coming off a start or an extend relief outing, there is likely a chance, McClendon could adjust his starters for the Astros series.

The current probables are this ….

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But, there is a chance that Walker could slide into the Friday start against Brad Peacock and then Young would be bumped back to Saturday and Iwakuma to Sunday. Why do this? Well, it’s a chance to give Young and Iwakuma an extra day of rest. That’s not a bad thing, particularly with how much Iwakuma has struggled in his last five starts. Also this allows Walker to have semi-normal preparation for the start. And since he threw a full bullpen session today – something starters do two days before starts – I think they might actually make that move.


From earlier 

Yes, Justin Smoak is in the lineup tonight and Kendrys Morales has moved back to batting fourth because a lefty i son the mound. So I will pause while everyone freaks out. Not really too surprising of a lineup with CJ Wilson on the mound, including Smoak.


Well, here’s Wilson’s numbers vs. the Mariners’ hitters

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I love Baseball Reference!


There are some ugly numbers against left-handed hitters. And it’s not just the Mariners’ lefties that struggle against him, it’s most lefties. Here’s his splits

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2014 splits


 Career splits!

Career splits!


There has been some bleating about Morrison’s OPS against left-handed pitching this season. Yes it’s .800 in …. 74 plate appearances.  Here’s Morrison’s career splits as well. A .722 OPS against lefties isn’t terrible. Yes, Smoak has 38 plate appearances against Wilson which is a small sample, but 74 PAs against a variety of lefties is just as small if you think about. Honestly, I have no idea why I wrote this paragraph or if it makes sense or has any meaning.

Apparently Lloyd values Smoak’s past success against Wilson in 38 PAs more than Morrison’s .800 OPS in 74 PAs. I’m pretty indifferent to the move. But I’m indifferent to the lineup on most days. Lloyd has done things his way all season. And I don’t foresee it changing.


Sucre gets the start at catcher. The temps on the field have been over 100 degrees the last two games. With Zunino catching Felix Hernandez tomorrow, Jesus Sucre will get the start behind the plate. Sucre didn’t catch Paxton’s last start in Oakland, but caught the last four before that. They work well together and have a comfort level that dates back to their time in Tacoma.

Official game notes

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