Game 35, Devil Rays at Mariners

DMZ · May 9, 2006 at 5:27 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Doug Waechter v RHP Felix Hernandez. 7:05 on FSN.

Soooooooooooo… Felix. Could you please bring your velocity and control today? I don’t want to make a big deal out of this, but you’ve really been worrying us lately. You’re flying all over the place, your pitches aren’t where they should be… what’s the scoop? Was it Chicago? Was it us? We can change.

Until lineups are posted, I can only wonder: do we get Lawton again?

And what’s the worst plausible outfield the Mariners could field? I’m thinking Ichiro takes a half-day off DHing, and it’s LF-Ibanez, CF-Bloomquist, RF-Lawton. If Ibanez has to play 1B, you could even get an Everett/Bloomquist/Lawton outfield (or heck, sit Bloomquist and go Everett/Lawton/Ibanez).


289 Responses to “Game 35, Devil Rays at Mariners”

  1. Shizane on May 9th, 2006 9:17 pm

    I bet Brian Meadows wished he was hosting an animal show right now….

  2. dkulich44 on May 9th, 2006 9:18 pm

    Nah. You use Green, Livingston and JJ for the 3 pitcher 9th!

  3. Dave on May 9th, 2006 9:18 pm

    If ever there was a time for Jake Woods, this is it.

  4. Ralph Malph on May 9th, 2006 9:18 pm

    Think how many RBI’s Lopez could have if he hadn’t bunted so much.

  5. bmanuw on May 9th, 2006 9:19 pm

    #251 IM BRIAN MEADOWS..That Parrot stole my credit card!!

  6. bmanuw on May 9th, 2006 9:19 pm

    HEY ..We are not in Last Place anymore!!!!

  7. killa3312 on May 9th, 2006 9:19 pm

    Typical Devil Rays… we are making you guys look like the 1927 Yankees at the plate. Good stuff.

  8. Shizane on May 9th, 2006 9:20 pm

    Let Ichiro pitch………oh crap, Grover might do it.

  9. JG on May 9th, 2006 9:21 pm

    Thats why Reed plays center!

  10. John in L.A. on May 9th, 2006 9:21 pm

    Lawton/Bloomquist would totally have had that.

  11. Ralph Malph on May 9th, 2006 9:21 pm

    If Fairly was doing the D-Rays broadcast he’d say Waechter pitched very well except for 2 innings.

  12. dkulich44 on May 9th, 2006 9:22 pm

    Willie would have done that standing, backwards, with a lot more grit, and then gave the ball to a small child who’s at their first baseball game.

  13. Alex W. on May 9th, 2006 9:22 pm

    14 hits and only one of those went for extra bases.

  14. JG on May 9th, 2006 9:23 pm

    262. Plus he would have balanced the budget.

  15. John in NV on May 9th, 2006 9:23 pm

    Hendu did try to say Waechter had a good outing a little while ago.

  16. Ralph Malph on May 9th, 2006 9:23 pm

    In fact, Waechter is on the same kind of roll that Pineiro and Meche are on. 2 BB and 1 K, 14 H, 7 runs.

  17. Rick L on May 9th, 2006 9:24 pm

    263. And that was Cretaceous Carl.

  18. Andren on May 9th, 2006 9:24 pm

    Are people actually smiling? Can’t remember the last time I saw that.

  19. Rick L on May 9th, 2006 9:25 pm

    266. Except Pineiro and Meche haven’t do the 7 runs thing lately.

  20. Alex W. on May 9th, 2006 9:25 pm

    I smell an eight game winning streak to get back to .500. And Doyle’s back tomorrow!

  21. msb on May 9th, 2006 9:25 pm

    so, is the Sexson bobblehead freakishly tall?

  22. Rick L on May 9th, 2006 9:25 pm

    That was obviously supposed to say done.

  23. Andren on May 9th, 2006 9:29 pm

    Hello, third place!

  24. msb on May 9th, 2006 9:29 pm

    so, tomorrow they only have to get past that Kazmir kid, and all is golden.

  25. Brian Rust on May 9th, 2006 9:36 pm

    OK, we can think sweep now. Then Angels and A’s. Important week, this is.

  26. killa3312 on May 9th, 2006 9:40 pm

    At least the Rays have Kazmir going tomorrow, so we have a chance. Of course, with the way they are hitting right now, they’ll probably lose 1-0. This series has been frustrating as hell.

  27. dw on May 9th, 2006 9:50 pm

    20,000 at the ballpark — with no giveaways and a ton of walkups. Woo.

    So, in the first inning, I think Jojima called for 12 fastballs and a curve. Seemed like he was trying to send a message (to whom I don’t know). At the end of the inning he ran up the line to meet Felix and kept talking to him all the way into the dugout. 2nd through 7th inning, Felix was regularly hitting 97 on the stadium gun.

  28. shortbus on May 9th, 2006 10:14 pm

    I went tonight in part due to the low attendance yesterday. A) I knew I could get cheap tickets and sit wherever I wanted (which I did) and B) being a loyal fan, I wanted to help the team out. Plus it was a nice evening. Unfortunately my kid made me leave before the eighth-inning rally. Grrrr.

  29. JMB on May 9th, 2006 11:27 pm

    You could have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for your meddling kid.

  30. Typical Idiot Fan on May 9th, 2006 11:38 pm

    Oh my. Angels fans are not taking to being last very well.

  31. colm on May 10th, 2006 12:26 am

    Nor did we…. Let’s stay out of it.

  32. DMZ on May 10th, 2006 12:42 am

    What, are they rioting in Orange County?

  33. Joe on May 10th, 2006 1:19 am

    Suzuki has raised his average from .177 to .288 in three weeks. When asked if he was now hitting the way he wanted to, Suzuki replied, “When was I not?” …

  34. amarshal2 on May 10th, 2006 8:17 am

    What are Putz’s chances of keeping this closer’s job? Will Soriano take over? Will Eddie actually get his job back? I haven’t seen him pitch much so it’s hard for me to know, plus I’m not exactly in the head’s of the M’s FO/manager like some of you might be…

  35. dw on May 10th, 2006 9:23 am

    What are Putz’s chances of keeping this closer’s job? Will Soriano take over? Will Eddie actually get his job back?



  36. Evan on May 10th, 2006 9:49 am

    “When was I not?”

    Smart guy, Ichiro. He knows his batting average will fluctuate wildly.

  37. Evan on May 10th, 2006 9:52 am

    That said, last night was the first time this season where Ichiro appeared to be hitting the ball exactly where the defense wasn’t. It reminded me a lot of 2004.

    I think it was Mark Ellis who complained that season that if the defense moved around to adjust to Ichiro, he’d “hit the ball where we were.” He seemed really weirded out by it.

  38. byronebyronian on May 10th, 2006 10:22 am

    Wow…we are in 3rd place. Granted, I am not happy with the overall underperformance of the club, but watching the Angels have a harder time of it makes me a happy boy.

    Living here near Anaheim and watching the rudest fans on the West Coast suffer is justice. When I say rude, let me explain:

    Me and other M’s fans down here would go see them when they played the Angels. In 2001, the M’s OWNED the Angels and us M’s fans were there in force. The stadium usually was 1/3-1/2 full at best.

    Well up comes 2002 and the Angels are playing well in the second half. The fans don’t start showing up (with thunder sticks no less) until the end of the season (gotta love the bandwagon fans) when me and other M’s fans are there to see the final game between them in August. Well, I saw two fights started by uppity Angel fans to innocent M’s fans, saw beer poured on some kid wearing an M’s jersey and two M’s fans get thrown out for verbally sparring with the jerks in the back.

    2003 comes and these fans get crazier. They won a world series, fine, I tip my cap to them, but these fans get more outrageous. More reports of beer poured on fans who wear other team’s jerseys, no sense of humor whatsoever and I even had a kid flash gang signs to me to remind that he is an Angels fan and I am not welcome.

    It’s gotten worse EVERY YEAR. I’ve gone to see games in Safeco and NOBODY treats anybody else’s fans like that (unless it’s the Yanks, but they get that treatment everywhere they go!).

    Now, I am happily heading down to the games on Friday and Sunday to laugh my butt off at the Angels misfortunes. HAHAHA, couldn’t happen to a worse group of fans (sorry if that offends anybody, but I see lots of games around the country and outside of Boston and Philly, Angels fans are a mean bunch).

  39. shortbus on May 10th, 2006 10:48 am

    Oakland and San Fransisco (at least at old Candlestick) are not picnic either. Oakland fans are mostly just toothless, unemployed and in-gorant. But the Giants fans (at least those of yore) were belligerant and just plain scary. The ratio of cops to fans at the Stick was outrageous. In one case I looked up at a guy who had been chanting “GI-ANTS SU-UCK” for the last seventeen innings or so to find a Giants fan in the row behind him with both hands around his throat apparently trying to choke the life out of him.

    I took a trip last year to Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and all those fans were better behaved than either the Oakland or SF fans.

    My favorite bit of park atmosphere was at PNC park where the scorboard has digital pirate ship fights and a jolly, drunken pirate to keep the fans entertained between innings. SOOO much cooler than hydro races.

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