St. Louis Cardinals: More on Mariners Pitching

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Jun 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) reacts after surrendering a walk, forcing in the game-tying run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 24, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit (53) reacts after surrendering a walk, forcing in the game-tying run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The St. Louis Cardinals found success on Friday night against the Mariners’ bullpen which is a trend that should continue.

In an article posted yesterday, I covered how the St. Louis Cardinals should feast on the Mariners’ starting pitching.  In last night’s game, as I predicted, the Cardinals batters struggled against the lefty who they had never seen.  What I hadn’t predicted was the ability of our batters to show up against the pen.

Let’s take a look at the Mariners’ bullpen which, like their starters, has struggled of late.  In last night’s game, the Cardinals faced Nick Vincent, Joaquin Benoit, and Donn Roach out of the Mariners’ pen.  Vincent pitched a scoreless/hitless inning.  Roach pitched 1.2 innings surrendering only one hit.  Benoit, on the other hand, surrendered two earned runs in only 0.1 innings on no hits.

Is this a continuing trend?  The Mariners have struggled over their last seven games.  Below, I will review the pen arms according to the Mariners’ published depth chart.

Steve Cishek has appeared in two games (2.1 innings) and has accounted for one hit, one earned run, and one strikeout for an ERA of 3.86.

Benoit, mentioned above, was at one time a shut-down pitcher and seemingly held this status into last night’s game.  Over the past seven games, he has appeared in two contests surrendering two hits, zero earned runs, while amassing four strikeouts.  His ERA over this period was an impressive 0.00 ERA.

Patience is key when dealing with Benoit as was displayed by the Cardinals last night.

Vidal Nuno has appeared in three games (6.0 innings) over the past seven games and has surrendered eight hits (two home runs) and six earned runs while striking out only two batters.  His ERA in this period is the team-worst of 9.00.

Mike Montgomery has appeared in two games over this seven-game period and has surrendered five hits and one earned run while striking out seven batters.  His ERA in this period is an impressive 1.35 across 6.2 total innings.

Vincent, discussed slightly above, has appeared in 3.1 innings (three games) over the past seven contests and has surrendered three hits (1 home run) and two earned runs while striking out four batters.  His ERA in the seven-game period is 5.40 despite his scoreless/hitless inning in Friday’s game.

Edwin Diaz has appeared in three games over the last seven and has surrendered four hits (one home run) and one earned run while striking out six batters.  His ERA in this period is 2.70.

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David Rollins has appeared in one game in the seven-game period and has surrendered two hits without giving up an earned run or striking out a batter.  His ERA over the last seven games is 0.00.  My guess is that the Cardinals will see him during their visit to Seattle.

Roach, just called up on Friday for the contest that night, owns a 4.26 ERA in minor league pitching this season (82.1 innings pitched).  In the minors this season, Roach has surrendered ninety hits (six home runs) and thirty-nine earned runs while striking out forty-six batters.

Roach’s success last night came against a Cardinals team that struggles against pitchers they have never seen.

What does this all mean?  My guess is that, in light of the struggle of the starting pitchers the Cardinals are set to face tonight and tomorrow, that our bats will face these arms.  My hope is that their struggles will continue and that our bats might add a touch of struggle to those with impressive ERAs of late.

Next: Time to Change Closers

Which of you readers will be staying up late like me to watch tonight’s contest?  Follow me on Twitter and let’s see if our birds can find a way to rock this struggling pen.

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