Monday, July 24, 2017

Taylor Motter optioned by Mariners to Triple-A Tacoma

Taylor Motter has been optioned by Seattle to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday. In a corresponding move, the Mariners could add Danny Espinosa, who agreed to a Major League contract with the team on Sunday, to the active roster.

Motter, a 27 year-old infielder, has cooled off considerably, hitting .180 with two home runs and 10 RBI's in his past 52 games. Motter's demotion was sealed when he made a costly base-running error in Sunday's game against the Yankees. He was picked off first base when he came on as a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, and the Mariners trailing by two runs.

Yovani Gallardo pitches five innings in a no-decision

Yovani Gallardo (4-7) allowed three earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out five batters through five innings during Seattle's loss to New York on Sunday.  He did not factor into the decision.

Fantasy Implications: Gallardo gave up the three runs on three solo homers, a lead off blast by Brett Gardner in the first inning, and two by Didi Gregorius in the second and fourth. Despite getting in and out of trouble all game, he was in line for the win.  Unfortunately the bullpen coughed up the lead in the next inning.  Gallardo's next start is scheduled to be against the Mets next weekend.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Jarred Dyson is Out of the Lineup

Jarred Dyson is not in the starting lineup for Friday night's game against the Yankees. (Source: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times)
Fantasy Impact: The veteran outfielder is just 1-for-24 (.042 AVG) in the past seven games. With left-hander CC Sabathia pitching for New York, it was an easy decision to send Dyson to the bench for tonight's game. Guillermo Heredia will take his place in center field.

David Phelps Added to Mariners Active Roster

The Mariners added David Phelps to their active Major League roster Friday. To make room for Phelps, the Mariners optioned Max Povse to Triple-A Tacoma. (Source:
Fantasy Impact: The right-hander was acquired yesterday in a trade that sent four minor league prospects to the Marlins. Phelps will be in uniform and available to pitch in tonight's game against the Yankees.

Max Povse Optioned to Tacoma

The Mariners optioned Max Povse to Triple-A Tacoma Friday. (Source: MarinersPR on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Povse was sent down to Tacoma to make room for recently acquired right-hander David Phelps. Povse pitched one inning of relief last night allowing two unearned runs against the Yankees after being recalled from Tacoma earlier in the day.

Tyler O'Neill is Traded to Cards

Outfielder Tyler O'Neill was traded to St. Louis on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales. (Source: Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times)
Fantasy Impact: O'Neill was a third-round pick (85th overall) of the Mariners in the 2013 draft. He was batting .244 with 19 home runs, 56 RBIs, 21 doubles, two triples and nine stolen bases through 93 games for Triple-A Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League. Gonzales, 25, was a first round pick (19th overall) in the 2013 draft. He missed the entire 2016 season because of Tommy John surgery. In parts of three major-league seasons, he posted a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA in seven starts and five relief appearances. Gonzales will be under club control through the 2023 season. He will report to Class AAA Tacoma.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

MLB Musings


Shortly after posting my article on Tim Lincecum this afternoon (A Good(?) Experiment Gone Wrong), the Angels designated him for assignment. May the halcyon days of this great pitcher be long remembered.

The Phillies officially called up Jake Thompson today to make his major league debut against the Padres. The 22 year-old right-hander has fared very well at Triple-A Lehigh Valley going 11-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 139.2 innings. The 69th overall prospect in baseball, however, was rudely welcomed by the Padres. The rookie gave up six earned runs on seven hits and two walks before being chased after 4.1 innings. He only struck out one batter. 

Jake Arrieta is glad the month of July is behind him. After going winless in five starts (0-3) last month with a 4.88 ERA, he righted the ship today pitching eight shutout innings for the Cubs while allowing only three As hits, striking out four and walking one.

Starling Marte continued his impressive season going 2-4 including a double and one RBI against the Reds.  He also stole his 39th base, second in the Major Leagues to Milwaukee's Jonathan Villar with 41.  Marte's slash line now is at .321/.378/.474. His power numbers have waned however. He has only one homer in his last forty games and only seven for the year.

Tony Watson was able to nail down the save today after failing to do so last night. He is the projected Pirates closer now that Mark Melancon has moved on to Washington.

Chris Archer seems to be coming out of his season long slump after pitching his fourth straight quality start. The Rays 27 year-old right hander picked up his sixth win (6-15) against the Twins giving up one earned run on three hits and striking out seven.

Kansas City southpaw Danny Duffy continues to perform very well pitching his seventh quality start in his last eight outings.  Against the Blue Jays today he pitched 6.2 innings allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out seven.  Duffy now holds a 2.97 ERA and a stellar 10.3/1.95 K/BB ratio. He has punched 132 K's in 115.1 innings pitched while only walking 25.  The 27 year-older is worthy of his 8-1 record.

It's baffling that the Blue Jays recently gave Justin Smoak a two-year 8.5 million dollar extension.  The first baseman who has difficulty making contact went 0-4 today against the Royals.  His slash line now is at an ugly .225/.316/.410.

Rangers Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress are adjusting well with their new team.  The duo was traded from the Brewers this past week.  Today Lucroy blasted two solo home runs while Jeffress pitched an inning of middle relief giving up no runs and no hits with 2 K's.

Manny Machado has cooled down considerably this past month.  In the last 30 days he has a slash line of .237/.318/.392. Tonight the Orioles 24 year-old third baseman singled and scored once against the White Sox.

 The Nationals Stephen Strasburg had a rare off day against the San Francisco Giants and was tagged for only his second loss of the season.  His record now stands at 15-2. It was only the first time this season that he was unable to make it to the fifth inning.


Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees have called a press conference for tomorrow afternoon. It is not known whether he will be released, or that he will have a reduced role with the team.

Marlins Ichiro Suzuki legged out a single against the Rockies tonight to leave him one short of 3,000 total Major League hits.

Ryan Braun had a monster night. The Milwaukee left fielder was 3-4 smashing two HR's, scoring three times, knocking in seven RBI's, and stealing his 13th base of the season.


Jordan Zimmerman who just returned from the disabled list with a strained neck lasted only one start. Today the Detroit right hand starter complained of tightness in his back and was placed on the 15-day DL. Daniel Norris is expected to replace him for Tuesday night's game against the Mariners in Seattle.

 Pittsburgh's David Freese was forced to leave tonight's game against the Reds with a sore elbow.  The extent of the injury is yet to be determined.

Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos will be out for at least a month with a fractured fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand after being struck by a pitch thrown by the Mets' Logan Verrett. He was placed on the disabled list and will be replaced by Casey McGehee.