I guess the medicine man didn’t work: the Rays lost again, 3-0 to the Mariners. It was their 13th loss in 14 games. And it came, once again, with the help of a terrible offense.
That offense let David Price down. He allowed three earned runs over eight innings and struck out ten while walking only one guy, but it didn’t matter as he got no support at all. Price’s ERA is not Cy Young worthy — it stands at 3.97 — but he has a 111/10 K/BB ratio in 99 and two-thirds innings and he deserves better than a 4-6 record.
It was a team effort on the pitching side for the Mariners, as Erasmo Ramirez was inefficient as all get-out, walking five in four and two-thirds innings and not being able to hang around to qualify for the win. The bullpen then took over and four relievers combined to pitch four and a third scoreless innings. The M’s runs came on a Robinson Cano two-run double and a Stefan Romero fielder’s choice.
Just some terrible baseball from the Rays these days.
The latest update in the American League All-Star balloting has been released and there are a few things of things of note. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is now the leading vote-getter, passing Mike Trout. Oakland’s Josh Donaldson is running away with things at third base while Seattle’s Robinson Cano has increased his lead at second base and Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz has begun to distance himself from David Ortiz at the DH spot.
The assumption has been that Derek Jeter will win the vote at shortstop for the American League in his final season. And let’s be real here, he probably still will. But it’s a lot closer than you would expect. Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez, who is having an excellent season, is right on his heels in the balloting.
Here’s the full update:
So much for that.
Nick Franklin lost his spot as the Mariners’ starting second baseman when the team signed Robinson Cano for $240 million, but worked his way back into their plans as an outfielder/infielder by hitting .376 in 20 games at Triple-A.
That earned him a call-up to Seattle, but now after hitting an abysmal .128 with a 21/3 K/BB ratio in 17 games Franklin has been demoted back to the minors.
Franklin is still just 23 years old and still projects as a good all-around regular, but the Mariners are never going to give him another chance at second base with Cano around and don’t seem to believe he can handle shortstop on a regular basis. That means he either needs to be traded somewhere else or needs to prove that he can hit enough to be an asset as a corner outfielder, the latter of which looks iffy with a .214 batting average and .649 OPS through 119 games as a big leaguer.
Robinson Cano is back in the Mariners’ starting lineup tonight after missing the past four games with a stomach virus followed by a bruised hand. And what do you know? They’re playing the Yankees, in New York.
Cano’s lack of power has drawn some headlines two months into a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners, but looking beyond his two home runs he’s hit .327 with a .371 on-base percentage. Combined during his final five seasons with the Yankees he hit .314 with a .369 on-base percentage.
One interesting note about Cano’s four-game absence: Seattle initially turned to last year’s starting second baseman, Nick Franklin, to fill in, but then went with veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist for the past two games. Franklin has hit just .128 with an ugly 21/3 K/BB ratio since being called up from Triple-A.
The latest update in the American League All-Star balloting is in and there are a couple of changes. Robinson Cano has passed Ian Kinsler at second base. And, in a development which is sure to cause some to clutch for their pearls and grope for their fainting couches, Nelson Cruz has passed David Ortiz at DH.
Note: anyone who portrays this as a shameful development without noting that Mr. Ortiz’s record is not exactly spotless when it comes to PEDs is disqualified from our game. If you are worried about being able to navigate that thicket you can do the simplest thing and simply not care one iota. Plus, it has more going for it than mere simplicity: it’s hypocrisy free!
Either way, both Ortiz and Cruz paid the price for their PED transgressions. In Ortiz’s case it was nothing because the survey testing in 2003 did not have punishment attached per the rules. In Cruz’s case it was 50 games, which he served. Both should be allowed to go on with this crap in their rear-view mirror.