.500! Woooo!

DMZ · April 13, 2005 at 3:33 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Last time the Mariners were a .500 — April 2nd. Last time the team was over .500 — September 28th, 2003.



32 Responses to “.500! Woooo!”

  1. jaketrash on April 13th, 2005 3:36 pm

    What about beign 1-1 on April 5th? Or is that not considered a big enough sample size?

  2. Roger on April 13th, 2005 3:37 pm

    Excepting, of course, April 4th or 5th of this year.

    I’m actually pleased we’re hanging in there. Our pitching so far has caused indigestion, but I can deal with it if our offense continues to be exciting. 81-81 is a huge improvement over last year, if it ends up that way. Hooray!

  3. Basebliman on April 13th, 2005 3:42 pm

    I posted this on the game thread, but it’s more relevant here. Ahh, .500! After last year I didn’t know if I could feel this good ever again! Time to whip out the brooms, baby! Oh wait, the M’s are facing a pitcher for the first time tomorrow… there goes that idea!

  4. PositivePaul on April 13th, 2005 3:51 pm

    Pedro’s cousin, too. Let’s hope he takes after Ramon moreso than Pedro…

  5. DMZ on April 13th, 2005 3:53 pm

    I would be soooo happy if this team finished with 81 wins this year.

  6. pensive on April 13th, 2005 3:57 pm

    DMZ-Now to celebrate and dull the anxiety over the item bugging you..1 ice cold mug or glass (2) open bottle of Anchor Steam pour & chug (3)Repeate as necessary not to exceed 12 per hour..Enjoy..

  7. PositivePaul on April 13th, 2005 4:03 pm

    So hopefully, pensive, one of the USSM bloggers who resides near where Derek lives or works has the charitable generosity to deliver him a shiny new 6-pack. I’m sure the wallet has to be fairly tight.

  8. Jim Thomsen on April 13th, 2005 4:03 pm

    #6 — Have Aaron Sele pour it for you at your favorite sports bar, since that will be the only job he has come October.

  9. Adam T on April 13th, 2005 4:10 pm

    I heard today that it was the first Ichiro didn’t get a hit since Sept. 19th, 2004 — I think that includes Spring Training and of course the Playoffs (or lack-there-of)

    What a machine!

  10. Manzell B on April 13th, 2005 4:15 pm

    Unfortunately, I guarantee that if the M’s go 81-81, USSM will not be satisfied, and pointing out various misteps that coulda put the Mariners in the playoffs. I’m not hatin, I’m just sayin.

  11. DMZ on April 13th, 2005 4:19 pm

    Why is it unfortunate that you’d guarantee something?

    I’m tired of defending against this kind of “too-bitter” attack. We’re all clearly fans first, otherwise why would I even be doing this? Why would we build this, and write so much?

    If trying to be careful and considerate in our criticism and praise earns us a reputation as carpers, then so be it.

  12. Chief on April 13th, 2005 4:30 pm

    #10. With our pitching staff I agree with DMZ (# 5) that 81 – 81 would be happiness.

    #8. Sele will be looking for a job sooner than Oct and Nelson will probably be right there with him.

    What is the over/under on Felix being called up before June?

  13. DMZ on April 13th, 2005 4:35 pm

    Doesn’t over/under require a date with a 50/50 on each side?

    I’d say July 1st would be my pick for the 50/50 date.

  14. Martino on April 13th, 2005 4:57 pm

    I think the 50/50 is if he gets called up by July 1st or if he goes in to get his shoulder examined and finds out he’ll be out for a year.

    I say this with tounge slightly in cheek, but geez – this is the most excited I’ve gotten about a Mariner prospect in a long while and the way young arms have been blowing up in this system (even though he has no history of injury that I’m aware of) I’m almost expecting him to go down.

  15. Spiegs on April 13th, 2005 5:00 pm

    This ballclub is going to win more than 81 games, you heard it here first.

  16. Jim Thomsen on April 13th, 2005 5:00 pm

    From today’s AP story, to be included in the forthcoming anthology: “The Wit And Wisdom Of Ichiro”:

    “But there has to be a stadium where you have the least amount of hits and you have a stadium where you have the most hits,” he said through a translator. “I think that’s what it is. If you could hit the same in every park, that would be weird.”

    Thank you … he’ll be here all week.

  17. pensive on April 13th, 2005 5:05 pm

    If 81 & 81 gets M’s in playoffs then fans should be satisfied..but some fans get abit complacent.With the reveue the M’s generate fans should be only be satisfied with winning season.

    Also like TV or reading material one does not have to come to this site it is a choice. I may not always agree with authors but appreciate all the effort they put into the site. It is the most comprehensive I have found. The diversity makes it interesting, informative and fun..Keep it up…

  18. Pete Livengood on April 13th, 2005 5:09 pm

    At the end of ST, I put the over/under (really, more of a prediction, since Derek is right about how you are supposed to set an O/U) on King Felix’s arrival at July 15, which is currently his first post-AAA-All-Star-Game turn in the Rainiers’ rotation. I think that they will want him to pitch in the AAA ASG, barring more injuries at the ML level and the team magically staying in contention. If either or both of those things happen, I would have to move that date up.

  19. DMZ on April 13th, 2005 5:27 pm

    Ooooh, that’s an excellent date Pete’s got. I’m changing my guess to July 15th.

  20. John in L.A. on April 13th, 2005 5:38 pm

    What is the earliest they could bring Felix up and not burn a year of his contract? That’s my guess for when we see him.

    Re: criticism: I am happy they are 4-4, I am happy with many performances so far… ecstatic with some. I think they have come a long way from the misery of last year already.

    BUT why on earth should that make anyone not critique the areas of concern? Why shouldn’t I be critical of the base-running so far, for example?

    We all want the Mariners to play to the best of their ability. Sharing thoughts and concerns about where they are not doing that is pretty darn valid. In fact… discussing the good and the bad is kind of the point, isn’t it?

  21. firova on April 13th, 2005 5:51 pm

    I’ve decided to lay off Sele and Nelson until they post a combined ERA well north of the current 3.07. Let’s give them that much rope, at least.

  22. firova on April 13th, 2005 5:58 pm

    Regarding contention, I still say May 23 is the date to pencil. Check out the schedule leading up to that date. If they are within, say, 3 games of .500 at that point, given the injuries and everything else, there is a possibility of contention this year. At the very least, anything less than 81 wins will be a severe disappointment if they are hanging in against those heavies. I don’t expect it, but check it out. I think May 23 will be a very good time for a full analysis of what has happened up to that point and what Felix’s (and Boone’s) short-term future might be.

  23. Pete Livengood on April 13th, 2005 6:15 pm

    Re: #22 (firova)

    I mostly agree, though I think late May is a bit early to decide whether you’re a buyer or seller at the deadline (i.e., Boone’s future). I’d lean more toward right after the first round of interleague play (late June) on that score.

    April’s schedule doesn’t look that tough, other than being in division a lot. I don’t think the White Sox are going to be all that good this year, and I think both the Angels and A’s have slipped a little. May will be tough, though.

  24. pensive on April 13th, 2005 6:35 pm

    RE 23 Isn’t Boone a sell regardless of status of team. Assuming a player of equal value in exchange.Considering veriables of paying less in salary and picking up player from some other team if not the one Boone traded to.

  25. Alex on April 13th, 2005 7:08 pm

    I too would think that there’s about a 90% chance that Boone would be traded in June or July. I think the organization has made it very evident that they’re not going to re-sign him next year (the grooming of Jose Lopez for 2B makes that apparent) and they might as well get something for him this year. As pensive said, however, I don’t see them getting rid of Boone in a straight salary dump. That would be bad PR..

  26. anotherjeff on April 13th, 2005 7:44 pm

    I’ve gotta wonder when Winn will be moved into the #2 spot. I have every belief that Reed is going to come around and have a great year, but right now Winn is swinging a decent bat and it might be good for Reed to find his swing in a less crucial spot in the order.

    Anybody else?

  27. The Ancient Mariner on April 13th, 2005 9:25 pm

    Don’t forget, btw, that we reached 2-2 on April 8.

  28. DMZ on April 13th, 2005 9:36 pm

    Oh, thanks, ruin my joy. Fixed.

  29. paul on April 13th, 2005 9:47 pm

    #23/#24 et. al. –

    Boone’s definitely a sell. But with a contract like that, for a player like that, who’s buying? This isn’t a case where personality goes a long way – for $9m a year, a team’s gonna want more than 25 stupid bat flips a year…

  30. eponymous coward on April 13th, 2005 9:49 pm

    Uh, the last time we were OVER .500 would have been on April 4 (1-0).


    Gil’s start has been pushed back to Sunday (second time in two days it’s been pushed back). Something is rotten in the state of Denmark…

  31. john on April 13th, 2005 10:09 pm

    Re: #14

    Has anyone here at USSM (or anywhere else anyone is aware of) looked at any other team’s injury stats? I realize that may be hard data to acquire, but I keep wondering if the Mariners’ issues with pitcher injuries are *truly* any worse than any other team is experiencing?

  32. Baltimore M's Fan on April 14th, 2005 11:08 am

    #31 I have the same question. What about the Cubs and their pitching injuries? Are the M’s really that bad when it comes to pitching injuries compared to the rest of the league? I would really be interested to see some data to support that.