King Felix delivered a marvelous game Sunday afternoon, he had a no hitter going into the fifth inning. He pitched eight shutout innings,9 strikeouts, and walked 3. The Cleveland Indians T.J. House managed to squander a Mariners bases loaded jam in the very first inning. After the first inning, House settled in and retired the next 13 out of 14 batters, he was scoreless into the 5th inning.
Michael Saunders lead the sixth inning off with a chopper that T.J. House grabbed and blew the routine play to first which ended up in the right field line and with Saunders speed he ended up on 3rd base. Next up to the plate was Robinson Cano, who delivered game changer for the mariners and broke a 0-14, He delivered his 5 home run of the season and 3rd at Safeco. Cano scored later as a insurance run off a Mike Zunino single.
Taijuan Walker will make his 2014 season debut Monday in Houston Texas against the Astro’s. He also made his major league debut against the Astro’s. His last rehab assignment he pitched a complete game shutout for the Mariners farm system affiliate Tacoma Rainiers. Allowing only four hits, first he struggled with his command in his early games with Tacoma but has improved greatly. He has potential to be a future All-Star player.
With the move of Taijuan Walker being called up from Tacoma, Stefan Romero was optioned down to Tacoma, Romero in 50 games had a .200 batting average, with 3 homeruns, and a OBP of .240. Less than impressive and some work to be done to prove himself to this club. He is versatile, He can play the outfield, still needs improvement. Justin Smoak may stay down in Tacoma, since he is still on a rehab assignment and has a option left in his contract.
Since Logan Morrison’s return from a hamstring issue early in the season, he has come back with some thunder. Moving his BA from .160 to almost .250. It would make more sense for the club to leave Smoak down in the minors, and possibly be traded than to gamble on his power.
Corey Hart is another question the club will have to answer when he comes off the disabled list. Who will the club move in order to give Corey Hart some playing time? Possibly Cole Gillespie.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has spoken out about King Felix starting the All-Star game for American League team. In my baseball opinion, if the AL wants to win, they should start Felix. He’s been outstanding this season, even better than Yankee’s Tanaka. Some unspoken players that people should vote for are Mariners, Kyle Seager. He is a outstanding third baseman. Seager has a .274 batting average, OBP of .345, 12 homeruns, 55 RBI’s, 3 triples, 20 doubles, and a defense percentage of .967 in 78 games with the Emerald City Mariners.