Game 10, Mariners at Indians

Dave · April 13, 2006 at 3:51 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Happy Felix Day!

Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez, Grady Sizemore, and Jhonny Peralta anchor one of the best line-ups in baseball. The Indians can flat out hit. Even their bad hitters are not bad hitters.

But it doesn’t matter. King Felix is on the hill. The best hitters in baseball don’t stand a chance against the Royal Curveball when Felix has even mediocre command. Every night is a possible no hitter, and every batter is a potentially embarrassing strikeout.

Felix Day only comes around 30-35 times a year. Don’t take it for granted.

Long Live the King.


300 Responses to “Game 10, Mariners at Indians”

  1. G-Man on April 13th, 2006 7:18 pm

    GOd, have Beltre bunt

  2. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:19 pm

    Of course, it doesn’t matter if we swing at balls in the dirt.

  3. marinerme55iah on April 13th, 2006 7:19 pm

    wow big surprise he went after the low and outside pitch

  4. dan on April 13th, 2006 7:19 pm

    I’m really digging the new ESPN gamecast and it’s pitch location thing.

    For example, right now it’s telling me that beltre will still chase down and away pitches like a tool. I dont have to even turn on the tv to see this – it’s right here on my computer! convenient!

  5. G-Man on April 13th, 2006 7:20 pm

    Beltre K’s on a bad pitch … SHOCKED I am 🙂

  6. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:22 pm

    Carl’s OBP is pretty high in this game.

  7. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    Okay, Kenjji!!!!!!!!

  8. joser on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    Has Johjima been on base every game so far?

  9. dan on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    Time for K-Jo to get some action

  10. G-Man on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    PR for Carl, and it makes Hargrove look like a genius.

  11. Typical Idiot Fan on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    Jojima is after Prime Minister Koizumi’s job.

  12. Tae Bo Jackson on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    Clutch Kenji!

  13. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:24 pm

    One more and Eddie should be able to hold them. Come on Reed!

  14. Norm Charlton Fan Club on April 13th, 2006 7:25 pm

    that should be some good insurance right there!

  15. Jim Thomsen on April 13th, 2006 7:25 pm

    Kenji believe it?

  16. Sammy on April 13th, 2006 7:26 pm

    254. Yeah, isn’t it cool? It’s almost like watching the video game version. Speaking of which, the ’86 world series game as reenacted pitch-by-pitch on RBI Baseball:

    I bet at least one cleveland run scores in the bottom half.

  17. kmsandrbs on April 13th, 2006 7:26 pm

    Does that mean we have to give up a run in the 9th, so we can bring in Eddie to get the save?

  18. dan on April 13th, 2006 7:26 pm

    #258 no, he missed a couple times. 8 of 10 games.

  19. msb on April 13th, 2006 7:27 pm

    #261– well, their Imperial Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess still need a male heir….

  20. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:28 pm

    In our victories this year, we have been a lot like the Rangeers when A-Rod was there. Lousy pitching, great hitting.

  21. Sammy on April 13th, 2006 7:30 pm

    270. Or like the Yankees this year?

  22. dan on April 13th, 2006 7:32 pm

    #270 i’d much rather have that than have felix go out and get losses or ND’s due to lack of run support.

  23. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:34 pm

    267. That seems to be the thinking, leaving Putz in.

  24. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:34 pm

    272. Agreed

  25. Rick L on April 13th, 2006 7:36 pm

    We have won two thirds of our series this year!

  26. Sammy on April 13th, 2006 7:37 pm

    And look at that. The Indians gave us a series.

  27. Typical Idiot Fan on April 13th, 2006 7:38 pm

    I’m gonna go out on a limb right now:

    JJ Putz should be starting. Now that he’s mixing in his splitfinger and slider to disguise his fastball, he’s been damned effective. Stretch out that arm, get him some endurance, and make him a starter. He can’t do any worse then Gil Meche.

  28. Jar on April 13th, 2006 7:40 pm

    I can not understand a word Jose Lopez says.

  29. Smegmalicious on April 13th, 2006 7:43 pm

    A win is a win. Ahhhhh yea!

  30. msb on April 13th, 2006 7:47 pm

    #278– the Venezuelans have their own accent in Spanish, different from that found in other parts of Latin America, and I’ve noticed it continues when translated to English– a fast, slightly slurred sound… I wonder if it is sort of like a Southerner hearing a true New Yawk speaker for the first time 🙂

  31. Ed on April 13th, 2006 7:48 pm

    Yet another reason to love Kenji: his quasi-bat flip, a la Dan Wilson. I love it when players sling the bat away from themselves like that. Looks great without pushing into Boonesque arrogance (though that was funny in its way, too).

  32. joser on April 13th, 2006 7:52 pm

    Well, Jose didn’t really have much to say. He was looking for a fastball and he got it. Anyway, if you can’t understand him (or any of the latin M’s), just pretend he’s repeating “Baisbol’s been berry, berry good to me.” It’s not like any of these guys say anything very interesting or informative, no matter what their native language.

    Well, except for Carl. He’s always coming up with interesting, uh, facts. Did you know physics says home runs are impossible, and they’re all accidents (impossible accidents, I guess, like dinosaurs)?

  33. msb on April 13th, 2006 7:52 pm

    maybe it is catchers protecting their territory– the mask goes flying one way when catching pop-ups, the bat goes flying away from the plate in another direction…

  34. DMZ on April 13th, 2006 7:52 pm

    24,638. That ain’t bad for a Thursday night April game.

  35. joser on April 13th, 2006 7:57 pm

    Cubans have their own accent too, and often speak very, very fast (a friend from Argentina says he sometimes can’t understand Cubans unless he asks them to slow down).

    I think catchers may be especially concious of having crap cluttering the home base area and screwing up plays (or being downright dangerous). That would explain why both Wilson and Johjima fling the bat away like that. And I agree, it looks cool.

  36. nilokerus on April 13th, 2006 7:57 pm

    Wow, we don’t look bad at all compared to the rest of the division.

    Runs Scored/Runs Allowed:

    Anaheim: 38/50
    Oakland: 44/53
    Seattle: 55/56
    Texas: 44/51

  37. shortbus on April 13th, 2006 8:14 pm

    1.06 OPS for the day. We started the day something like 11th in the AL in that stat, so this should bump us up. BA was only .257 though.

  38. dw on April 13th, 2006 8:20 pm

    24,638. That ain’t bad for a Thursday night April game.

    Over 8,000 walkups, too. When was the last time the M’s had 8,000 walkups?

  39. Brian Rust on April 13th, 2006 8:26 pm

    8,510 walkups gotta be the Felix Factor. They probably all have him on their fantasy teams.

  40. jjb on April 13th, 2006 8:28 pm

    Hooray bullpen!

    Boo Beltre.

  41. seank100 on April 13th, 2006 8:37 pm

    #281 – Re: Boone’s bat flip
    It was funny until he flipped it and still got caught in front of the warning track.

    As for the game, it was said earlier that the team this year isn’t giving up, anf that, for me, is the best part of the season so far. Last year, if we were down by as little as one run as early as the third it seemed like we just gave up. If I’m not mistaken, we’ve had somewhere in the ballpark (pun intended) of three come from behind wins this season. Not bad at all for only three series.

    Now if we could just get ahead early and stay ahead…

  42. Calderon on April 13th, 2006 9:51 pm

    “Baisbol’s been berry, berry good to me.”

    Very Classy.

  43. davepaisley on April 13th, 2006 10:22 pm

    “The best hitters in baseball don’t stand a chance against the Royal Curveball when Felix has even mediocre command.”

    Um, yeah… unfortunately 8 walks in 9.2 innings doesn’t even qualify for mediocre.

    So far this year KiFi has looked more and more like his mentor and hero, Freddy Garcia, at his maddening worst. The fidgeting, the sweating, the hint of getting out of trouble with just one good pitch, but then, oh, too bad, not so much…

  44. Jim Thomsen on April 13th, 2006 10:51 pm

    Interesting dispute about how to use closers between Tony LaRussa and Jason Isringhausen … shades of the Eddie Guardado situation.

    From the Associated Press:

    ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa believes the cure for Jason Isringhausen’s woes is keeping his closer in standard, ninth-inning save situations.

    Pitching in a tie game, Isringhausen gave up a go-ahead homer to Carlos Lee, his second crucial home run this week, in the 11th inning of Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

    “In games where he hasn’t been in a closing situation, he hasn’t been the same,” La Russa said. “Which is kind of typical for closers.”

    La Russa hoped the next shot would come Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

    “I think he probably didn’t throw enough to where we couldn’t use him,” La Russa said. “I hope there’s a save situation. And if we use him in that situation he’ll have an outstanding year.”

    Isringhausen disagreed, saying a lack of focus is not the problem.

    “I want to get in there as much as I can right now,” he said. “I need to get people out, I need to throw pitches to people, I need to see how they’re swinging at my pitches and right now everything they’re swinging at they’re hitting it pretty good.”

    VERRRRRRRRRRRY interesting. Is LaRussa being counterintuitive? Or counter-counterintuitive?

  45. Jim Thomsen on April 13th, 2006 10:53 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA … remember our Ryan Church discussion?

    From today’s Transactions:

    “Recalled outfielder Ryan Church and infielder Brendan Harris from New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League (AAA); optioned outfielder Brandon Watson and catcher Wiki Gonzalez to New Orleans.”

    That’s Jim Bowden admitting he’s a dumbass, without admitting he’s a dumbass.

  46. Evan on April 13th, 2006 11:10 pm

    The Mariners hit .257/.409/.600 in this game.

    I’ll take that.

  47. Mr. Egaas on April 14th, 2006 12:13 am

    Least it only took Bowden 2 weeks to realize his mistake, instead of a couple months.

    Wonder how long it’ll take Bavasi to realize his 4 million dollar mistake.

  48. Mr. Egaas on April 14th, 2006 12:18 am

    People need to start bringing “We Want Petagine” signs to the game or something.

  49. LB on April 14th, 2006 1:05 am

    #294: That tells me that when LaRussa looks at Isringhausen, he sees Dennis Eckersley.

  50. BelaXadux on April 14th, 2006 4:19 am

    Tony La Russa and Dave Duncan were instrumental in narrowing the role of the final relief pitcher to ‘save-only’ situations, that is in creating the modern role of closer, and also in using a deep bullpen to maintain situational roles for other guys. It’s no surprise that La Dufus thinks that the save situation is somehow magical, while his pitcher just thinks he’s throwing lousy and needs more work so as to make better pitches.

    La Russa’s career will be a fascinating one to dissect after he’s done; in many ways, he would make an excellent subject for an analytical biography. Most of Tony’s ‘intuition interventions’ are certifiable lunacy for which, I suspect, no statistical support is forthcoming. On the otherhand, he’s tinkered with many small refinements through the years, some of which have value. If ‘closer’ is overrated from the statistical standpoint, he understands the psychological impact of nailing down a victory or having it slip away on both teams involved. The idea of situational roles for non-closer bullpen guys seems to me to have merit, too, more so than the closer position in some ways. Tony looooooooovves to hog the media spotlight to the point where he feuds with players publicly in the media (tho not at Ozzfest-like levels), and makes offbeat observations matched to eccentric elliptical orbits, then drops a shrewd baseball observation into the melange as an intelligent integral to an equation that didn’t look to sum no how. Hmm.

    . . . I couldn’t imagine an ‘ideal manager’ functioning anything much like Tony—but that’s part of what makes him interesing in a maddening way.

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