Game 50, Mariners at Twins.

DMZ · May 26, 2006 at 6:44 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

That sucks — Expedia was throwing me out of my office so I could enjoy the wonder of an open space work environment, so I was making margaritas for our going-away party, and I get home and no one else has thrown up a game thread either, and it’s 3-0 Twins and the M’s managed to get out of a bases-loaded opportunity without scoring.



124 Responses to “Game 50, Mariners at Twins.”

  1. terry on May 26th, 2006 7:41 pm

    alright, my conscience has gotten the better of me….. I wont perpetuate a lie. In fact, the giant gallon is a marketing ploy by the pacific northwest dairy association… it’s just like the *extra large* condoms that are the samme size…it’s purely meant to generate more sales by tweeking the consumer’s ego…

    (God I hope I wont be fired now but I think I’m covered by that whistle blower law)

  2. Rusty on May 26th, 2006 7:41 pm

    Felix is looking a little slimmer tonight

    I thought this very thing earlier. He must be on some training regimen.

  3. Jim Thomsen on May 26th, 2006 7:41 pm

    Nice overall outing for Phelicks, by the way.

  4. Sammy on May 26th, 2006 7:41 pm

    92. Good one. I fell for that one (“He linked that to a Wikipedia article? Why, it MUST be true!”)

  5. juustabitoutside on May 26th, 2006 7:43 pm

    Felix has cut down to an 8 oz. bag of Doritos on days when he starts.

  6. msb on May 26th, 2006 7:43 pm

    that Terry Ryan might be good at his job.

  7. Jim Thomsen on May 26th, 2006 7:44 pm

    Adam Jones clears the bases with a triple … Tacoma up, 4-2.

    The Cult of Michael Garciaparra thrives … 1-2, .286 average.

  8. Rusty on May 26th, 2006 7:44 pm

    Nice overall outing for Phelicks, by the way.

    I agree. But for 2 grounders hit just slightly past the range of Betancourt and Beltre and this game would be 1-1.

  9. Jim Thomsen on May 26th, 2006 7:45 pm

    Bizarro Universe: Greg Dobbs was intentionally walked to get to Adam Jones.

  10. eponymous coward on May 26th, 2006 7:49 pm

    So, let’s see… lose 3 in Oakland, win 4, lose, win, lose 2. So we’re down a game from where we started in Oakland

    Yeah, I predict “the meeting” will NOT go down in history as a turning point in the 2006 Mariner season…

  11. msb on May 26th, 2006 7:49 pm

    Hey, he’s a treat with that sweet left-haned swing. It was just after Doyle struck out. I find I am assuming that when Doyle gets called looking it must be the replacement umps at fault…

    so, could the M’s beat Boof tomorrow, at least? Because the odds of thumping Santana are not that great…

  12. msb on May 26th, 2006 7:49 pm

    Hey, he’s a threat with that sweet left-handed swing. It was just after Doyle struck out. I find I am assuming that when Doyle gets called looking it must be the replacement umps at fault…

    so, could the M’s beat Boof tomorrow, at least? Because the odds of thumping Santana are not that great…

  13. ChrisK on May 26th, 2006 7:57 pm

    96 – some more promotion ideas:

    1. Rick Rizzs Kool-Aid packets
    2. Dave Valle Homer Doll (pull the string & Valle praises another bad M’s player)
    3. Bill Bavasi Buzz Cut Night
    4. 1995 Night (don’t do anything; people will show up anyway)
    5. 2001 Night (same as above)
    6. Howard Lincoln Spreadsheet software (rigged so every calculation results in a negative profit)

  14. terry on May 26th, 2006 7:59 pm

    I’m glad the roundtable cleared this up: the M’s offense isnt awful, theyve just faced quality pitching all season….

  15. msb on May 26th, 2006 8:00 pm

    I think it must be all those visiting Simmons readers throwing off the server– a lot of double-posts and lags this evening … sadly, the typos are mine own.

  16. dw on May 26th, 2006 8:27 pm

    Not that I want to get you in any trouble, DMZ, but I’ve been told by my bosses where I work that we desperately, desperately are looking for smart people with software industry experience, and please harass your friends, enemies, and so on. It seems the market has sweung back to “tight” for talent from about 5 years ago.

    Offshoring will fix this, and if it doesn’t, the doubled H1-B visa limits in the immigration bill surely will. My area (web development/design) still hasn’t come back.

    Speaking of, I was editing a podcast at work until late (I kept screwing up the compression and the gain), so I got to listen to the Twins radio team. Blyleven is a less annoying Rick Rizzs. But they have this guy who comes on in the fourth or so with this Ballard-like accent who is competent and not at all annoying. Why can’t the M’s poach him and bin the Rizzs/Valle/Hendu team of idiots?

  17. Kouvre on May 26th, 2006 8:31 pm

    Just checked Yahoo’s stats – not counting tonight’s game, the Mariners are hitting .195 w/ 2 outs and RISP, dead last in the AL. Only four NL teams are worse.


  18. Allen Jacobs on May 26th, 2006 8:55 pm


    #7 Demonstration of Howard Lincoln teflon battle tested by a CEO not getting fired after 4 straight years of declining customers.

  19. Allen Jacobs on May 26th, 2006 8:56 pm

    113 that is.

  20. Rusty on May 26th, 2006 8:59 pm

    What does it matter if there are 2 outs? This is a bogus stat. Mariners are 9th out of 14 AL teams at .260 in batting average with RISP (0, 1, or 2 outs). We can all groan about what we’re seeing in regards to the Mariner offense. But we don’t have to go searching for the worst stats in order to make the story sound worse than it actually is.

  21. shortbus on May 26th, 2006 10:06 pm

    #120: That depends. Aren’t you statistically more likely to have RISP with two outs than with none or one out? In other words, if more instances of RISP come with two outs, then that stat would be pretty interesting.

    Also, if you have zero or one out and a guy on third, and you sacrifice the guy in…does that count against the average? That would mean the exact same performance at the plate looks better with zero or one outs.

  22. Rusty on May 27th, 2006 12:06 am

    #121: I don’t see your point. The average of .260 that I quote is across all 3 out conditions. They hit .195 with 2 outs and hit .308 collectively with 0 or 1 outs. I don’t see how hitting with 2 outs is qualitatively better than hitting with 0 or 1 outs. A run is a run no matter how many outs are on the board when it is scored.

    On your 2nd point, SH’s and SF’s usually don’t make a huge difference on averages. In this case the M’s have 11 of each. If you count all 22 sacrifices as at-bat’s against the Team RISP average, it would result in a .281 average with 0 or 1 outs.

  23. Typical Idiot Fan on May 27th, 2006 2:54 am

    It’s official: Jose Lopez is in a slump.

    He’s 2 for his last 23 with 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 1 home run. Average fallen from .311 to .286, OBP from .337 to .316, and SLG% down from .521 to 488.

    Considering he was one of the most consistent and productive hitters helping to keep the team score runs despite the black-holiness of Sexson and Beltre, for him to NOW go into a funk without those two producing is really really bad. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Raul Ibanez is only 4 for his last 26 with 5 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 double, and 1 home run as well. Hell, the month of May hasn’t been fun for him period with a .227 / .306 / .381 line. At least Raul knows how to freaking walk. Lopez needs to figure that out so he can at least still be on base when he’s not making outs.

    So Ichiro’s hitting singles. Lopez and Raul are the Event Horizon for the black-hole duo of Sexson and Beltre. Throw in King of the Single Carl Everett (.297 / .340 / .407, 27 hits in May, but 23 of those are singles!) inbetween them and right now the 2-6 hitters are basically non productive!

    Thank GOD Jojima, Betancourt, and Ichiro are holding their own or we wouldn’t score at all! Is it any wonder this offense is crap right now? Sexson and Beltre have GOT to wake the hell up! This is the exact scenario where they simply must be here!

  24. Rizzs? ugh.. on May 27th, 2006 11:30 am

    Maybe he’d have a few more hits if they stopped taking his at bats away with ridiculous bunts. I’m as patient as anybody but the mismanagement is killing me. The pieces are there, why does it seem like the organization (or Hargrove?) can’t see it? It probably doesn’t amount to a noticeable difference in wins and losses but it makes the product difficult to support.

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