SEATTLE – Physically, Sean Green feels exactly the same as he did before the All-Star break when he was one of the Seattle Mariners most reliable relievers.
The tired arm that bothered him just after the break is a distant memory and he feels strong and capable.
But the improved health has not made Green more effective in recent weeks. If anything, Green, who’s tied for first in the American League in appearances at 63, has been less effective, particularly in recent outings.
On Wednesday, he blew a 4-3 lead, giving up three hits that led to three earned runs, while taking his fourth loss of the season.
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“My command has been down, but I still feel good,” Green said. “My arm feels good. I’m just not getting it done right now.”
In his past 10 appearances, Green has allowed runs in eight of them. In the last three he has allowed eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
“You just gotta keep going out there and know you can pitch,” Green said. “It’s one of those situations where you go through some rough times and bad breaks.”
Manager Jim Riggleman thinks that Green has been getting a run of bad breaks.
“Anything that could go wrong for Sean is going wrong,” Riggleman said.
But because Green doesn’t throw with great velocity and relies so heavily on location and movement, the slightest change in either can lead to hard-hit balls.
“I was pretty sharp in the first half, but I just haven’t been as sharp as of late,” Green said “You can get hurt pretty quick, and that’s what happened the last few times I’ve pitched.”
No Saturday TV
Seattle’s game with the Cleveland Indians on Saturday won’t be televised. The game was originally picked up as Fox national broadcast and scheduled for 12:55 p.m. But because neither team is in the playoff race, Fox dropped the game.
Cleveland officials decided not to change the time of the game, and it must be blacked out nationally because it falls during Fox’s national broadcast.
Jose Lopez’s two-run home run gave him a career high 12 for the season. … Raul Ibanez, who went 1-for-5 with a solo home run, is hitting .394 (38-for-99) in August with nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and 26 RBI. … Recently retired Seahawks offensive lineman Chris Gray threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Mariners catcher Jamie Burke, who played football for Oregon State, caught the pitch. … Ichiro Suzuki had his 50th multi-hit game of the season.