Game 45, Padres at Mariners

Dave · May 21, 2006 at 11:43 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Chan Ho Park vs Felix Hernandez at 1:05 pm.

Don’t look now, but Chan Ho Park is having a hell of a year. He’s throwing strikes, missing bats, and keeping the ball in the yard, all leading to a 3.27 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. While he’s seemingly been around forever, he’s only 32 years old, and pitching in PETCO may be just what the doctor ordered to revive his career.

Of course, Chan Ho Park will have only a minimal impact on who wins the game today. The victor will essentially be crowned by the King. If we get Good Felix, the one who is mixing pitches, throwing strikes, and getting ground balls, the Padres aren’t going to muster any offense. If we get Bad Felix, who misses high in the strike zone, works slowly, and throws predictable pitch sequences, they’ll jump on him early.

Let’s hope for Good Felix.


371 Responses to “Game 45, Padres at Mariners”

  1. apunetid on May 21st, 2006 3:40 pm

    Everybody got shut out today except us!

  2. Arkinese on May 21st, 2006 3:40 pm

    Man, Carl Everett gives great interviews. Maybe he went to the Dubya School of Orating.

  3. argh on May 21st, 2006 3:41 pm

    Yeah, I’m ahead of the news cycle there, as some media outlet recently said when they reported some piece of at best premature and at worst fictitious news.

  4. pablothegreat on May 21st, 2006 3:41 pm

    338: Do you mean Yale? No, I don’t think C-Rex when to Yale. Also, the last place Angels just lost.

  5. argh on May 21st, 2006 3:43 pm

    I like Carl’s recent bat work but as for Yale, I bet he thinks that’s where they make all the locks.

  6. pablothegreat on May 21st, 2006 3:44 pm

    339: You’ve just described maybe every media outlet that exists.

  7. Rick L on May 21st, 2006 3:44 pm

    320. I agree. Petagine won three gold gloves, tow home run titles, and one league MVP in Japan He should be given a chance, despite his advanced age (34).

  8. Arkinese on May 21st, 2006 3:46 pm

    [deleted, come on now]

  9. Alex W. on May 21st, 2006 3:46 pm

    To anyone watching the Dodgers game: did they change the colors of Dodger Stadium? It looks pretty bad now.

  10. argh on May 21st, 2006 3:47 pm

    We have to remember how good this 3 games out of first/3 game sweep Sunday afternoon in May feels when the cold winds of September are blowing.

  11. pablothegreat on May 21st, 2006 3:47 pm

    344: They painted the seats gold, and painted the dugout railings grey. I was there just after they did it, and I can say that it looks just as awful in person as it does on TV.

  12. jephdood on May 21st, 2006 5:07 pm

    Just got done watching the Tivo’d M’s game.

    Holy cow.. King?

    King of WHAT??

  13. argh on May 21st, 2006 5:26 pm

    King of Gritty apparently, pitching on a twisted ankle and refusing to tell the coaching staff about it after he lost his balance and damned near did a face plant in front of 35,000 people.

  14. Dave in Palo Alto on May 21st, 2006 5:35 pm

    If so, maybe King of Foolish.

  15. dw on May 21st, 2006 5:36 pm

    King of Gritty apparently, pitching on a twisted ankle and refusing to tell the coaching staff about it after he lost his balance and damned near did a face plant in front of 35,000 people.

    Have they said it was a twisted ankle? Looked more like he landed awkwardly, or was practicing his Mitch Williams impression for the talent show.

  16. argh on May 21st, 2006 7:01 pm

    Chavez said twisted ankle in a post game interview but I dunno if that’s a full clinical diagnosis or not.

  17. Lifelong_Fan on May 21st, 2006 10:51 pm

    I know I am a little late with this. My first post on the site. Was at the game tonight and noticed Felix struggling with his finish point on every pitch while he was warming up prior to the game in the pen. At one point, shortly before the first pitch, Chaves drew a line in front of the mound. There was a discussion between the two and I continued to watch Felix end up with his right foot in a completely different spot on each delivery. This may mean nothing, or this might just be the “mechanical flaw” that I believe was mentioned last week.

  18. davepaisley on May 21st, 2006 11:03 pm

    So “mechanical flaw” is the latest euphemism for “sucking, and can only win when the offense scores 10 runs” then?

  19. BelaXadux on May 21st, 2006 11:11 pm

    Well, Chan Ho Park had a double-digit impact on the outcome of that game. Or vice versa. : ) Seriously, though, the Ms beat up on several not so great pitchers throwing not even that well down in Anaheim and here against the San Diego Puddle-jumpers. I wouldn’t read anything too much into that. When the Ms rip off a winnning streak, including batting well against guys with some kind of stuff on the mound, I can start too hope; now, they’re snacking on cripples.

  20. gwangung on May 22nd, 2006 8:03 am

    Still, snacking on cripples is much better than choking on them (like they have the past two years).

    They’re not ready yet to battle the good pitchers.

  21. msb on May 22nd, 2006 1:33 pm

    #265– FWIW, per Moyer:

    “Left-handed pitchers are goofy people. I’m not saying every one
    is, but a lot of ’em are. Maybe it’s because lefties wear their hats
    cocked a little bit on the side of the head. Maybe it’s because they
    used to throw a lot of curveballs. It’s funny — I do almost everything else right-handed. All I do left-handed is throw and hit a
    baseball, hold the telephone, shoot a basketball and bowl. But eat
    with my left hand? Can’t. The small motor skills I can’t do left-handed — hammering a nail or turning a screw with a screwdriver.
    Forget it. If you asked me to do that left-handed and walked off for
    an hour, all the tools would be out there still on the table. See, I’m
    goofy, too.”

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