Forget last night’s 16-9 demolition for the Mariners and the fact the Houston Astros undoubtedly just became the first team in baseball history to score only 17 runs total their first six games, then 16 runs in Game No. 7. Don’t need the Elias Sports Bureau to confirm that one. It’s only one game and counts for just one loss in the standings. For now, anyway. What the Mariners now have to ensure is that this one loss doesn’t torpedo the rest of the week. Unfortunately for the Mariners, MLB’s continued love affair with making their early seasons as difficult as possible sees them playing 14 games in a row to start the season. That means, there will be no respite for the team when it comes to resting a bullpen that was severely taxed last night after starter Brandon Maurer exited just 2/3 of an inning in. That means, for now, that Blake Beavan has to man-up and go deeper into this game. Beavan was rolling along pretty well in Chicago until he made a mid-game decision to get away from his fastball and show the White Sox more breaking stuff. Against this Houston lineup, if it’s working early, Beavan should just stick to the plan until things start to go wrong this time. No use fixing something that ain’t broke. If it breaks early for him tonight, Beavan might just have to wear it and get throttled because the team cannot afford another early exit. Mariners manager Eric Wedge made some noise last night about needing bullpen reinforcements and I’d say that’s a pretty good idea. Left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge threw three innings last night, a total which would have taken him about two weeks of work to accumulate this time last year. Luetge has minor league options left and hasn’t looked very good so far this season or in spring training. So, if a reliever has to go in order to make room for some AAA help, I can see Luetge getting optioned out and somebody like right-hander Yoervis Medina or southpaw Bobby Lafromboise coming up for the time being. The reason I mention those two guys is they are already on the 40-man roster. Logan Bawcom is pitching well in AAA and Danny Farquhar had a good spring, but to add one of those guys, you’d have to take somebody off the roster and it’s early in the season for that if this is only being done for a band-aid move at the MLB level.
Mariners prime concern right now has to be getting through rest of week
Seattle Times | Apr 10