Game 48, Orioles at Mariners

DMZ · May 24, 2006 at 5:50 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

RHP Kris Benson v LHP Jarrod Washburn.

I remember back when Kris Benson looked like he was going to be really good, and then when he looked like he still might break out and be really good even though it hadn’t happened yet… and now here he is, the leader of the Orioles staff.

Baltimore’s been pretty kitten-like (cute, harmless) against left-handers this year: .214/.288/.384 as a team (!). Which is way better than Richie Sexson or Adrian Beltre’s overall line, and a little bit better than Jeremy Reed. That’s really sad.

Seattle, if you’re curious, against righties: a not embarassing .276/.327/.430

Fun fact: Kris Benson will be paid about $1m more than Washburn in 2006.


327 Responses to “Game 48, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:03 pm

    Also, I need a thorough rundown on alternate routes, in case of Idaho mountain hurricanes.

  2. BelaXadux on May 24th, 2006 10:04 pm

    #283, Jim don’t _do_ that. A blast from the past like that is like reliving in a dream being peppered with birdshot; you wake up pawing at yer ass expecting a bloody hand, then sweat for a half hour before you can lie back down again.

  3. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:05 pm

    So, all in all, I’d say Washburn’s pitching exactly at the level he was expected to … thoroughly league-average.

  4. BelaXadux on May 24th, 2006 10:06 pm

    Those ‘mountain hurricanes’ are called chinooks in this corner o’ the country. I mean, you could get caught in a flash flood and never heard from again; just a press card and a tennis shoe washed up on a bend in the river twenty leagues downstream.

  5. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:14 pm

    Also, I need Corco to exhaustively describe all the flora and fauna along each route … I’m allergic to poison sumac, marmots and white supremacists.

  6. argh on May 24th, 2006 10:30 pm

    The single most astonishing thing about this game thread is that nobody even mentioned Everett’s steal attempt. Have you all gone text-messaging blind?

  7. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:33 pm

    #306: He already successfully stole $3.5 million.

  8. msb on May 24th, 2006 10:42 pm

    [pah dum pah!]

    huh. The McCall Chamber of Commerce doesn’t list Corco as a Civic Highlight….

  9. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:43 pm

    I think he’s more of a national monument. Check under the Department of the Interior or the National Park Service. He comes with his own interpretive signage and restroom facilities.

  10. Jim Thomsen on May 24th, 2006 10:44 pm

    Aaron Sele tonight:

    7 3 0 0 1 5

    It truly is a world gone mad.

  11. msb on May 24th, 2006 10:53 pm

    #309– ooh, and cool graffitti, too, I bet.

    on the postgame they brought in Matt Pittman to give them his knowledge of the M’s minor leagues, which as far as I can tell consisted of a cursory reading of the stat sheets, and asking Pat Rice a few superficial questions (and forgetting to ask him others, such as how Foppert is doing, and then confusing himself as to whether Foppert is playing right now or not. He thinks not.).

    When asked, his summary of Doyle thus far is that he has no home runs, a couple of doubles, and is only hitting .276 … apparently the numbers at the other end of the stat line (OBP, etc etc) don’t mean anything. He did remember that ‘Dobber’ has a sweet left-handed swing, though.

  12. Typical Idiot Fan on May 24th, 2006 11:01 pm

    Doyle hit his first XBH yesterday but went 1-5 to drop down to:

    .267 / .436 / .300, 8 BB, 10 SO, 1 2B.

  13. msb on May 24th, 2006 11:03 pm

    correction– it was Mark Ockett (sp.?) who was dispensing the fruits of his knowledge, not Pittman. He also mentioned that Adam Jones wasn’t hitting very well, but (when prodded by Blowers) said that Pat Rice thought he was handling the outfield, and then Mark helpfully pointed out that Jones is still relatively young, as he was a 2003 draft pick. uh-huh.

  14. joser on May 24th, 2006 11:05 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, the all-time leader in interleague wins? Aaron Sele.

  15. LizardLips on May 24th, 2006 11:21 pm

    I like his insight on Bryan Lahair, who is allegedly very young for AA.

    23 seems a little old for AA to me.

  16. dnc on May 24th, 2006 11:42 pm

    I always read the game thread after games I miss to see if I can get a feel for the tone of the game and find out anything interesting that doesn’t show up in the box (like everyone raving about Beltre’s throw yesterday).

    But after about 80 comments and 55ish of them Corco’s, I just couldn’t keep going today.

    Seriously dude, could you tone it down, just a bit?

  17. jephdood on May 25th, 2006 12:31 am

    FSN post-game player interview instruction manual::

    1. “Take me through _______ .” (Insert ‘that inning’ or ‘that at bat’)*, **
    2. “How important was ________?” (Insert ‘this game’ or ‘your performance’)*, **
    3. “What has changed?” (Be ‘creative’.. ex. between last night and tonight?.. Between last week and this week?.. etc..)*, **

    *When finished asking question, immediately wear proud grinning expression on face that exemplifies your investigative genius, you reporter you!

    **Do not listen to subject’s answers. It will only throw you off track. Quickly move on to next generic recycled question on list despite response.

    Please strictly adhere to this forula. If you do not follow this script verbatim, we will find another uninformed former TV weather personality to replace you.

    Good luck Cara and Cameron!

  18. David J. Corcoran I on May 25th, 2006 6:29 am

    corco needed his beauty sleep due to the fact that he is going to be rigourously tested today.

  19. DMZ on May 25th, 2006 8:05 am

    Academically or sophomorically?

  20. msb on May 25th, 2006 8:50 am

    #317, I cut Cara some slack, because I have seen her actually ask questions and demonstrate the ability the think extemporaneously; Cameron’s hiring I do not understand.

  21. dw on May 25th, 2006 9:26 am

    Clearly, Cameron Wong is a scrappy sideline reporter.

  22. dw on May 25th, 2006 9:34 am

    It’s interesting that the baseball definition of “scrappy” — a tenacious player who makes the most out of few skills — isn’t exactly what’s in the OED.

    The OED definition: “Inclined to scrap or fight; aggressive, pugnacious, quarrelsome.”

    What’s implied is that “scrappy” is a term you give to a boxer. A scrappy boxer in the OED’s mind is a guy who is pungacious and always ready to fight, to the point that he may pick a fight.

    I just don’t see WFB fitting that definition. C-Rex? Absolutely. But not WFB.

  23. msb on May 25th, 2006 9:41 am

    ah, it is Mark Aucutt:

    “A 20-year radio veteran, KOMO 1000 News sports anchor Mark Aucutt is a graduate of Tyee High School in SeaTac as well as Washington State University with degrees in Communications (Broadcast News Journalism) and Business Administration. He spent 15 Years in minor league baseball including nine as a minor league baseball play-by-play announcer for the Everett Giants/AquaSox (San Francisco Giants/Seattle Mariners), Kinston Indians (Carolina League – Cleveland Indians) and Salem (Virginia) Avalanche (Colorado Rockies)”

  24. msb on May 25th, 2006 9:50 am

    #322– hmm, a cursory look around the papers shows that according to the Seattle Times in 2003 the “scrappy rookie from Port Orchard could give Mariners’ lineup a lift.” I see that he isn’t ‘gritty’ like Spiezio and Aurelia, but he is a ‘sparkplug’ like Podsednik & Doyle…

  25. Typical Idiot Fan on May 25th, 2006 10:04 am

    Bloomquist and Podsednik are about the same player. Especially in that they both are overrated.

  26. Typical Idiot Fan on May 25th, 2006 10:05 am

    Furthur, Podsednik doesn’t belong in the same sentence as Doyle.

  27. jtopps on May 25th, 2006 10:19 am

    326 — Unless that sentence is similar to the one you just used.

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