It’s been a brutal start to the season in Tacoma, with hitters slumping all over the place and most of the pitching staff not faring much better. There haven’t been many highlights to the season for the Rainiers so far, and a lot of guys will have to start getting things right before the team on a whole will be able to find success. Still, there’s been a handful of guys who are putting up good numbers early on, and now I give them to you.
Mike Carp, 1B/OF
Stat Line: .250/.341/.421, 19 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 BB, 19 K’s
Carp was one of many Rainiers batters off to a horrifically brutal start to the 2011 season, but has turned it around strongly in the last week or so. Carp was one of Tacoma’s best hitters last year in a rather pleasantly surprising fashion, and it was hoped that he could help lead the team again while waiting for a chance to return to the major leagues. A slow start after a tepid spring training did not do much to engender confidence, however. Continue reading
I’ve neglected to mention this until now, but it needs to be said: my sincerest condolences to all of those effected by the severe storms that have been lashing the southeastern stretch of the country. There’s been much loss of life, and many people have had their homes and businesses destroyed by tornadoes and high winds.
Tacoma Rainiers (6-15)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 1 vs Colorado Springs (COL),
4 @ Salt Lake (LAA), 1 @ Reno (ARI)
Notes: A 2-4 week and the Rainiers are really scuffling, though the offense has started to come around the last few days. The pitching, on the other hand, has done little but struggle of late, and the defense has as well, posting a shocking 11 errors for the week. Continue reading
There were several transactions within the Mariners organization over the weekend. Some were minor, some were more significant, but all could have some potentially interesting consequences down the road.
First and foremost, the Mariners have optioned both OF Carlos Peguero and RHP Josh Lueke to Tacoma, calling up RHP Dan Cortes from the Rainiers and activating 1B Justin Smoak from the bereavement list. Smoak had missed the last six days with the Mariners during their last homestand after the passing of his father, and will re-join the team tomorrow in Detroit. Cortes has been Tacoma’s closer so far this year, posting a 3.24 ERA over six games and 8 1/3 innings pitched. He gave up three runs on nine hits, posting a 9/4 strikeout to walk ratio and giving up one homer.
Remember how I said last week wasn’t a very good week for the M’s minor league system? Yeah, neither was this week.
Tacoma Rainiers (4-11)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 4 vs Sacramento (OAK), 3 vs Colorado Springs (COL)
Notes: The Rainiers went 1-6 on the week, and were outscored by a whopping 41-21 over those seven games, thanks in large part to a crushing 13-1 loss at the hands of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox last night. Carlos Peguero’s callup took what little wind was in the Rainiers’ sails at the plate, and the pitching was rough, at best, giving up runs in every game during the week. Even Chris Seddon wasn’t immune, having his scoreless inning streak snapped and taking the loss on Tuesday. Continue reading
The Seattle Mariners activated Matt Mangini from the 15-day DL earlier this afternoon, and immediately assigned him to the Tacoma Rainiers. Sending him to AAA comes as no real surprise, as Mangini had very little playing time in Spring Training while nursing a quad injury. Mangini is already in the lineup for tonight’s game in Cheney Stadium, and will be DH’ing this evening
According to Mike Curto, Mangini will be playing “a lot” of first base with Tacoma now that he’s healthy and on the roster. His natural position, third base, will continue to be manned by Alex Liddi. Where this leaves Matt Tuiasosopo, who had been taking the lions’ share of the first base starts so far, is not yet known.
So, as I said on Saturday, things have been more than a little hectic for me this week. I’ve had some family issues to attend to, and haven’t had a lot of time at home to write. I’ve been keeping up on the news as best I can, however, and finally got some time to sit down and write it all out for you (albeit at the cost of sleep, but hey, I love my readers).
First and foremost, my sincerest condolences to Justin Smoak and his family after his father, Kevin, passed away from cancer at the far-too-young age of 57 on Tuesday. Justin had been placed on the bereavement list earlier that day so that he could be with his father, and it sounds like he did manage to get there in time. I wish Justin and his family the best I possibly can in this difficult time.
The first full week of minor league action is complete, and with it comes the first edition of MFR’s weekly recaps for each club. For now, it starts simple; as things progress and time allows, the recaps will get more detailed. For now, we start with what we have. Everything should be pretty self-explanitory; if not, ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.
Tacoma Rainiers (3-5)
Streak: Lost 1
Opponents: 4 @ Sacramento (OAK), 4 @ Fresno (SFG)
Notes: Continue reading