Manager Scott Servais discusses his bullpen decisions in the Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Angels

Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore, highlights and video and transcript of manager Scott Servais’ postgame remarks on the bullpen decisions in the Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Angels.


Obviously people were curious about the decisions manager Scott Servais made in the Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Angels. Whether it was pulling Marco Gonzales with one out in the fifth inning or staying with Andrew Moore for too long, they were angry and wanted some damn answers. It was first question and second question asked in the postgame presser (video above).

Here’s his answer about the difference between pulling Gonzales early and leaving Moore in there for so long.

“Where we are at pitching-wise right now, you are just trying to put a plan together every night going into it. I thought Gonzales threw the ball really well. He was in a situation where we wanted to get him through the lineup twice. He was in a little trouble there in the (fifth). Pagan was our guy to get us out of trouble, which he did. You go to Andrew Moore, who I thought threw the ball well in his first inning. You had the high hopper over his head that (Cameron) Maybin hit and then we couldn’t stop the bleeding after that. Obviously we were limited tonight with what was available in our bullpen. No Eddie Diaz, trying to use Nick Vincent only in a situation where he was the closer, no Tony Zych tonight, no Casey Lawrence. We were limited. Coming into this ball game, we knew Andrew Moore was going to pitch in this game. Hopefully we had the lead and we did have the lead. But he just didn’t execute pitches maybe the way we should have later in that inning to stop the bleeding.”

The Mariners are going to try and nurse these games with starters that can go hopefully five innings at least and a bonus if they go  more. If it’s only five or less, then they’ll use a variety of long relievers to hopefully bridge to the back end of their bullpen. It’s…

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