Game 48, Mariners at Devil Rays

DMZ · May 28, 2005 at 3:12 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Aaron Sele v LHP Tony Fossas. Casey Fossum, sorry, sorry. 3:15, radio only.

It’s a stunning day out. No television coverage, Sele coming off a complete-game start… even if you don’t get out to enjoy the sun, take the radio out in the backyard, or on the balcony, enjoy a beer or some iced tea. And please, don’t tell anyone outside of Seattle how nice it’s been this week.

Also: if you’re reading this outside of Seattle, it’s been nasty here. You get so used to the horrible weather that you can’t handle a sunny day with temperatures over 70. It’s awful. Don’t move here. Thank you.

Jeff, by the way is here.


145 Responses to “Game 48, Mariners at Devil Rays”

  1. David J Corcoran on May 28th, 2005 5:13 pm

    Willie Bloomquist is my hero.

  2. Dave in Palo Alto on May 28th, 2005 5:14 pm

    MLB-TV says I’m still blacked out.

  3. anotherjeff on May 28th, 2005 5:14 pm


    Go to the Tampa Bay Site. It worked for me.

  4. David J Corcoran on May 28th, 2005 5:15 pm

    I am concerned about Nelson’s performance these last few games. What does this mean? What are the potential problems affiliated with this? Is the world spinning off its axis? Where is the real Nelson?

  5. Matt Williams on May 28th, 2005 5:16 pm

    I would love to see Soriano back. I still pray they don’t turn him into a closer. I could tolerate long relief (especially just starting him there, until his arm recovers), but I think he has more promise as a starter than Meche.

    I (obviously) didn’t get to see Sele pitch today, but the last two games weren’t as good as his ERA looks. He’s still putting a lot of guys on, even if he’s getting out of jams.

    To me he looks like the guy who chases bottom pair and open ended draws with pot+ bets time after time. Sometimes he hits a couple in a row and wins a bunch, but you know that in the long run it won’t work.

  6. Jeremy on May 28th, 2005 5:16 pm


    Click on one of the other teams’ games. Click on the Oakland-Cleveland game. Once that comes up, then click on the Seattle-Tampa Bay TV icon. You should be able to get it then.

    Hopefully this helps. It helped me.

  7. msb on May 28th, 2005 5:18 pm

    Matt Williams said: “I (obviously) didn’t get to see Sele pitch today, but the last two games weren’t as good as his ERA looks. He’s still putting a lot of guys on, even if he’s getting out of jams.”

    but that’s Sele… and it’s fine, if he also has a 6-8 runs per game average, as used to happen for him in the old days

  8. Daaaan on May 28th, 2005 5:18 pm

    #105 whaaaaaat. 15 2/3 innings, 8 hits 0 walks 1ER on 1HR. The guy is no superstar but give him some credit – his last two outings have been solid, and he could have gone 7 or 8 tonight had bloomquist not opened the inning with an error.

  9. anotherjeff on May 28th, 2005 5:20 pm

    Dont ask where the real Nelson is. Someone might go looking for him.

  10. MSH on May 28th, 2005 5:21 pm

    There is a parallel universe somewhere that is wondering what happened to their ‘ace’ Sele and can’t figure out why the normally stalwart Nelson has gotten all whiney all of a sudden.

    One the plus side, Pokey ‘Iron Man’ Reese was still able to play even after getting shot twice and being hit by a truck earlier in the morning.

  11. Daaaan on May 28th, 2005 5:22 pm

    Q: do you double steal here with reed and ichiro on, up by one with two outs?

  12. Dave in Palo Alto on May 28th, 2005 5:23 pm

    Got it! Thanks for the help. I hope I don’t regret turning it on.

  13. Matt Williams on May 28th, 2005 5:23 pm

    Daaaan doh, forgot about that last start (I think I was busy that night). I think the games against NY were still on my mind.

  14. John in NV on May 28th, 2005 5:23 pm

    Lou — walk Winn, #3 hitter is 40 pts. worse than HIM…

  15. David J Corcoran on May 28th, 2005 5:23 pm


  16. world series on May 28th, 2005 5:23 pm

    #97 and

    Yeah it is pretty funny when he throws a bugs bunny change or goes even slower and strikes someone out, but I meant in between pitches, he’s as slow as they come and that drives me crazy, especially when he’s not getting calls on his location anymore – which is how it is now, he grinds down to a halt.

  17. Rusty on May 28th, 2005 5:24 pm

    By the time his career is over, Ichiro may end up owning the record for Intentional Walks per Extra Base hits.

  18. David J Corcoran on May 28th, 2005 5:29 pm

    Where is Valdez? Don’t we want the defensive upgrade?

    I just have a feeling we have seen Valdez for the last time.

  19. anotherjeff on May 28th, 2005 5:29 pm

    I am VERY comfortable with Reed roaming center field.

  20. msb on May 28th, 2005 5:31 pm

    phew. ok, I think I’ll go watch the rest of ‘They were expendable’ on TCM, with PT boat captain Robert Montgomery as a PT boat captain in the Pacific…

  21. world series on May 28th, 2005 5:32 pm

    Mariners win, oh yeah!

  22. Dave in Palo Alto on May 28th, 2005 5:33 pm

    Note to Fairly: they did not score 4. Won anyway. Go figure.

  23. Matt Williams on May 28th, 2005 5:35 pm

    Wait a moment…you’re editing those three starts. According to his last three starts (including tonight, to cut out that horrible NY start, are:

    21.2 IP, 14 H, 7 walks, 2ER. A WHIP of 1 isn’t bad, but with only 10 SO the BABIP has to be very skewed.

    If you ignore tonight’s start they were 17.2 IP, 17H, 9BB, 8SO. Not good.

  24. Idahobob on May 28th, 2005 5:37 pm

    We win and I still feel depressed. I know I’m probably behind the curve here, but today it struck me how Brett Boone has become a pretty darned awful baseball player. Sigh.

  25. eponymous coward on May 28th, 2005 5:59 pm

    This Sele is clogging more interesting pitchers.

    No, this Sele is increasing his trade value at the July deadline so we can see interesting pitchers AND maybe get someone back. (That being said, I’m still skeptical this will last, but hey, enjoy it while it lasts).

    A SP with a decent ERA making 700 K is someone even a small-market team can pick up at the deadline…

  26. dave paisley on May 28th, 2005 6:46 pm

    Welcome to Aaron Sele – staff ace


  27. msb on May 28th, 2005 6:52 pm

    Drayer was just saying on the postgame that Hargrove has been hinting heavily that come the arriveal back in Seattle, changes are a-coming. At the least, a line-up change, and poss. something involving AAA…

  28. Jim Osmer on May 28th, 2005 7:12 pm

    #127 oddly enough Doyle is not in the Tacoma lineup for the second straight day. Would be nice if he was meeting the M’s on Monday.

  29. DMZ on May 28th, 2005 7:13 pm

    The Mariners, by slugging percentage:
    Wiki Gonzalez (DL)
    Richie Sexson with .519
    Pat Borders with .500
    Raul Ibanez with .454
    Ichiro! with .452 (Raul, btw, hits home runs in his batter’s box, while Ichiro! hits singles)

  30. David J Corcoran on May 28th, 2005 7:16 pm

    Wiki Gonzalez,
    Pat Borders,
    in the Top 5,
    is a sad sight.

  31. ray on May 28th, 2005 8:40 pm

    Just to correct those — there was no blackout in Japan. Our schedule runs different than yours. I saw the game and it was real boring on the offense side. The pitching was not exciting either — barely an K’s. In other words, nothing to talk about.

  32. Jonathan on May 28th, 2005 8:40 pm

    Was no one else appalled by Rick Rizzs calling a long fly ball that Ichiro! caught in the late innings, “He had a long way to go, and a short time to get there!” ??? Did we have to go all Bandit?

  33. Daaaaan on May 28th, 2005 8:57 pm

    #123, sorry you’re right. somehow i forgot espn put the hr column between er and bb, and dropped a few of his walks.

  34. Jim on May 28th, 2005 11:03 pm

    Bret, your official Delta Tau Chi nickname is “Rallykiller”.

    Watching a struggling batter swing at the first pitch thrown by a reliever in the middle of a rally is painful. Any manager worth his salt would bench that guy. Plus, Grover’s publicly stated that he’d like to see more patience from his “hitters” (can’t use that term literally of course). Is Boone openly defying his manager? The guy can’t even have the decency to put up some tradebait numbers.

  35. Evan on May 29th, 2005 12:19 am

    I applaud Rizzs’s use of truck drivin’ music, there. I grew up with a lot of truck drivin’ music, and will always have a soft spot for it.

  36. Mords on May 29th, 2005 1:06 am

    I heard rumors that the Blue Jays are shopping Vernon Wells. Any potential? Desire?

  37. John D. on May 29th, 2005 1:12 am

    Re: (# 71) HELLING’S IMPALING – I think we’ve had a serious safety concern for some time, and it has finally been brought to our attention. (Now that we’ve been hit over the head with a hammer, maybe we’ll do something.)
    It seems to me that the reason we see so many broken bats these days is that their handles are of a smaller diameter than formerly–so they’re lighter; so the batter can swing them faster.
    There is (according to the rules) a maximum diameter that bats can be. To prevent something like this (or worse) happening, there should also be (IMO) a minimum diameter.

  38. Ryan on May 29th, 2005 3:29 am

    #126: that was my first thought when I saw the score on ESPN. Heh.

    #58: Rivera’s a good example of one of my favorite things about college softball – the crazy stats. As of today (don’t know if the last two games are included) she was hitting .362/.593/.913; 1.506 OPS with 60.9% of her hits for extra bases.

  39. Goob on May 29th, 2005 6:23 am

    Does anybody ever bother fact checking articles over at ESPN? Gammons’ latest article has the followingfun little tid-bit.

    “Remember Ryan Anderson, the 6-foot-10 “Little Unit” and former no. 1 pick of the Tigers?”

  40. firova on May 29th, 2005 7:30 am

    Aaron Sele now has the best ERA of all the starters, and is well below his career ERA. Pat Borders apparently knows how to call a game better than Miguel Olivo, and I wonder how much bad pitching can be attributed to Olivo’s inexperience (and deference?) behind the plate.

  41. Paul Molitor Cocktail on May 29th, 2005 7:40 am
  42. David J Corcoran on May 29th, 2005 8:39 am

    138: I noticed that last night. But I figured it was Gammons, so it wouldn’t be exciting. If it were Art Thiel that said that, I would’ve pointed it out.

  43. Russ on May 29th, 2005 9:07 am


    I’d bet it has some impact. I think Olivo is a poor catching player and this weakness of his shows up when it’s time to call pitches. He isn’t going to call for the pitch down and away if he knows he can’t catch.

  44. Mike Bannan on May 29th, 2005 9:43 am

    Another awesome start by Sele. I thought he had nothing to offer the team????

  45. anotherjeff on May 29th, 2005 10:20 am


    At this point, wether he pitches well or not, he still doesnt have anything to offer the team. Well I take that back…He’s been building trade value. I’m not trying to knock Sele, or what you are suggesting. Thats just the state of the team. If the offense turns thigs around AND Sele keeps pitching this way then I’ll say you’ve got a point.