Game 68, Oakland at Seattle

Jeff · June 20, 2005 at 6:43 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Pop quiz, hotshot: identify what the following pitching lines have in common.

90.2 IP, 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP 51 K
85.2 IP, 3.78 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 51 K
92.2 IP, 4.66 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 69 K
87 IP, 4.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 67 K

All are or were members of the Oakland A’s rotation. It seemed fitting to bring this up as the M’s start a series with the Green and Yellow Elephants tonight.

First up is Mark Mulder. Next is Tim Hudson. Third is Barry Zito, rounding out the former “Big Three.”

And number four? That’s Dan Haren, who goes tonight against the Mariners. You could make a solid case that he’s pitched at least as well as any of the others — including Mulder, who he was traded for. The A’s also got Kiko Calero and catching prospect Daric Barton in the deal.

The A’s offensive moves haven’t worked out this year, but Haren is legit. And he turns 25 in September. I’ll be rooting for the M’s to treat him like Tom Glavine, but if they don’t, it may not be the fault of the bats.

Aaron Sele v. Dan Haren. TV: FSN. Radio: KOMO.


175 Responses to “Game 68, Oakland at Seattle”

  1. Bodhizefa on June 20th, 2005 9:39 pm

    Thank you, Bodhizefa, for the timeliest bit of unintentional humor we’ve had all evening. Almost takes the bad taste of “I’ve got one pitch and it sucks” Nelson out of my mouth.


    Yeah, it really couldn’t have worked out any worse for me there, ay. Like I said, remind me to just not talk next time 😉

  2. Noel on June 20th, 2005 9:43 pm

    Thornton is in… I guess Hargrove is throwing in the towel.

  3. Jeremy on June 20th, 2005 9:44 pm
  4. Colm on June 20th, 2005 9:46 pm

    What exactly happened there? It was 3-2 when I turned off the radio a few minutes ago, and Ellis had just hit an infield single of Nellie. I figured he only had time to walk the bases loaded, not cough up 3 runs.

  5. Noel on June 20th, 2005 9:47 pm

    154: Maybe it was better that you didn’t hear what happened. 🙂

  6. Noel on June 20th, 2005 9:47 pm

    Thornton got through an inning without giving up a run??

  7. Todd in Phoenix on June 20th, 2005 9:49 pm

    Is Street still hurt?

  8. Jeff in Fremont on June 20th, 2005 9:50 pm

    They’re playing “Mambo #5”.

    I have a very bad feeling about this.

  9. Noel on June 20th, 2005 9:50 pm

    157: Niehaus says Street isn’t expected to pitch in this series, even though he’s not on the DL right now.

  10. Colm on June 20th, 2005 9:53 pm

    Yikes. Nelson in for a dribbler, a walk and a blast. Don’t lefties eat him for breakfast these days? I mean, he’s never been that good against lefties. That was why we had Arthur Rhodes.

    Nice hit Reed. I like that kid. He’ll do well.

  11. Shoeless Jose on June 20th, 2005 9:53 pm

    When was the last time the Mariners were down by more than one in the ninth and came back to win? I can’t remember, but it has to be a long time….

  12. Paul Molitor Cocktail on June 20th, 2005 9:57 pm

    Maybe we can trade Nelson and Villone for Tony Womack or something.

  13. Bodhizefa on June 20th, 2005 10:01 pm

    Maybe we can trade Nelson and Villone for Tony Womack or something.
    Yeah, um, Womack’s the answer.

    :rolls eyes:

    I mean, a joke is supposed to be funny. This was just bad. Pure bad.

  14. argh on June 20th, 2005 10:07 pm

    Checking in late via TiVo but there was clearly an evening of regression to the mean.

  15. eponymous coward on June 20th, 2005 10:53 pm

    The postgame show is saying Boone gets his job back because he’s a “potential Hall of Famer”.

    Does that mean we should sign Ryne Sandberg and Robby Alomar as well, so we can have 3 washed up Hall of Famers?

  16. ChrisK on June 20th, 2005 11:10 pm

    Did the postgame show really say that? They never cease to amaze me.

  17. Noel on June 20th, 2005 11:38 pm

    Hargrove was also quoted in one of the Seattle papers as saying that Boone definitely will get his job back. Maybe management is just being tactful, however.

  18. Dead Ball Tim on June 21st, 2005 7:14 am

    2.74 ERA, 6 Holds, 1 Save, 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 HR allowed in 23 innings, .220 BA against, 9.39 K/9.

    Hate the dude responsible for this travesty!! =D

  19. Dead Ball Tim on June 21st, 2005 8:06 am

    And this guy should be despised even more!

    16 games appeared, 13.2 innings pitched, 13 strikeouts, zero Earned Runs.

    Stone him, I say!!!

  20. Jake S. on June 21st, 2005 8:17 am

    Someone should be fired at ESPN for not including Reed’s catch in their Top Ten.

  21. Paul Covert on June 21st, 2005 10:49 am

    Doesn’t it seem like anyone who calls Boone a “potential Hall of Famer” should be forced to make a round of groveling apologies to Bobby Grich, Lou Whitaker, and Willie Randolph?

  22. Jim on June 21st, 2005 11:24 am

    From my seats last night, Sele was getting rocked but was very lucky (or make that nonrepeatable) with the great plays by Reed and Winn, and several very-hard-hit balls right at infielders. That must be why Keilty was so cheesed at his caught-looking K – “dude, everyone else is smoking the ball and you didn’t even get the bat off your shoulder!” I guess Villone and Nellie don’t have the same non-repeatability factor.

  23. Dead Ball Tim on June 21st, 2005 11:28 am

    #171 – I’m thinking of deserving players who aren’t in the HOF and trying to grok why Boone should be elevated above them… Here are just a few:

    Bobby Bonds, of, mostly S.F. Giants
    Ken Boyer, 3b, mostly Cardinals
    Rocky Colavito, of, mostly Cleve. Indians
    Keith Hernandez, 1b, mostly Cardinals & Mets
    Elston Howard, c/of, mostly N.Y. Yankees
    Tommy John, p, mostly Dodgers & Yankees
    Jim Kaat, p, mostly Minn. Twins
    Bill Madlock, 3b, mostly Cubs, Giants, and Pirates
    Roger Maris, of, mostly N.Y. Yankees
    Thurman Munson, c, N.Y. Yankees
    Tony Oliva, of, Minn. Twins
    Vada Pinson, of, mostly Cincinnati Reds
    Richie Ashburn, Phillies

  24. ChrisK on June 21st, 2005 5:20 pm

    re: Hargrove’s HOF comment – if this is the M’s way of pumping up Boone’s trade value, they should try a different tactic.

  25. eponymous coward on June 21st, 2005 5:44 pm

    There are a lot of people on that list I wouldn’t put in the HOF…but I don’t think I’d put Boone there, either.

    Boone over Sandberg? Eh, not so much. Ditto Randolph, Whitaker, Grich and Alomar.