Game 76, Mariners at Padres

JMB · June 24, 2006 at 6:48 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Crafty lefty Jamie Moyer vs. RHP Chan Ho Park, who’s making over $15M this year. 7:05pm.

Usual Ichiro-Beltre-Lopez Ibanez-Sexson-Johjima Reed-Betancourt-Moyer batting order.

Beltre, in case you were wondering, is hitting .311/.374/.544 in 90 at-bats (small sample size caveats apply) since moving into the #2 slot. Over the course of a full season, and given his defense, that’s the sort of production which justifies his contract. Sadly, the news isn’t so rosy for Richie Sexson. He’s slugging over .500 in June, sure, but he’s not walking enough to get away with a batting average in the low .200’s.

I’ll come right out and say it — the M’s need a win after dropping back-to-back games. Oakland’s already lost today, and Texas is down 7-0 early at Colorado.


328 Responses to “Game 76, Mariners at Padres”

  1. Phoenician Todd on June 24th, 2006 9:57 pm

    What happened, Injury delay doesn’t tell me much.

  2. JMB on June 24th, 2006 9:58 pm

    Somebody’s getting a day off tomorrow.

  3. IdahoInvader on June 24th, 2006 9:58 pm

    Great recovery by Putz…whew!

    Kenji has really played more innings than any catcher? He’s been such a wonderful addition to the lineup. Granted, any catcher with a pulse also would’ve been after the catching debacle last year with Uncle Pat and the Miggie twins

  4. JI on June 24th, 2006 9:58 pm



  5. Coach Owens on June 24th, 2006 9:58 pm

    I think Kenji just faked the pain to talk to Putz without getting a time limit.

  6. JMB on June 24th, 2006 9:58 pm

    Johjima caught a foul tip off his knee.


  7. Phoenician Todd on June 24th, 2006 9:59 pm

    At least Eddie’s curse only lasted 4 batters.

  8. trauts on June 24th, 2006 9:59 pm

    301, Kenjoh had a ball fouled off his know, where the shin guard plates meet.

  9. trauts on June 24th, 2006 9:59 pm

    301, Kenjoh had a ball fouled off his knee, where the shin guard plates meet.

  10. Rick L on June 24th, 2006 9:59 pm

    Kenji looks like he can barely walk.

  11. juustabitoutside on June 24th, 2006 9:59 pm

    #268: Cano does in fact lead 2nd basemen in errors with 7. Lopez has 5.

    Cano and Lopez are pretty much middle of the pack in other defensive metrics on ESPN, for what that’s worth.

    From what I’ve seen, Cano’s range is better than that of Lopez, but he’s not as sure handed.

    Lopez does have one sizable statistical advantage, in RBI, but that may be a function, at least somewhat, of Cano batting in the 6 or 7 hole while Lopez has been #2 or 3 all year. Granted, 6 or 7 in the Yankees lineup is better than most lineups.

    I’m not saying I like Cano better. I don’t. I was responding to #243’s question about the reason Cano is leading the balloting.

    Seems like there are a lot of good reasons…and a lot of 2nd basemen having good years to this point.

  12. KW on June 24th, 2006 10:00 pm

    Awesome work by JJ.

  13. mark s. on June 24th, 2006 10:00 pm

    how much you want to bet Hargrove puts kenji out there tomorrow at some point. starters are starters for a reason.

  14. Coach Owens on June 24th, 2006 10:02 pm

    312. Yeah… after giving up 5 consecetive hits.

  15. Rick L on June 24th, 2006 10:02 pm

    313. He usually uses Rivera in a day game after a night game anyway.

  16. JI on June 24th, 2006 10:05 pm

    I’ve got it:

    Edcliff Mesla

  17. BelaXadux on June 24th, 2006 10:12 pm

    _What_ to do with Guapo Guarohno? He used to pound the strikezone with wiggly pitches for quality strikes. Now he pounds the zone with flat, straight pitches with their luggage packed to travel faaaaarrrr!. His shoulder may well inhibit his ability to get on top of his pitches for movement. If the Ms DL him for, say, a month, no matter what’s up with his arm, it would clear a spot for an arm they can actually afford to use. OTOH that would eliminate the slim but non-negligible possibility they could move him at the break paying a chunk of his remaining $$$. Cutting him ensures the loss, so how do they play the cards to still net something on him? The good news is that JJ is a better closer than Eddie ever could be.

  18. LB on June 24th, 2006 10:15 pm

    Cano in the field makes Soriano look like Rogers Hornsby. (And Soriano was awful in the field.)

  19. BelaXadux on June 24th, 2006 10:17 pm

    New Nick for Eddie—The Can Opener: screw around a little and all the worms crawl out.

  20. BelaXadux on June 24th, 2006 10:31 pm

    A fine, fine game by Moyer will be forgotten amidst all the whoopla. And Jaime won’t mind at all; he knows that his guys know and their guys know, and for him that’s enough.

  21. Joe on June 25th, 2006 12:01 am

    Eddie Guano. Bat Guano. The really, really smelly kind.

  22. BelaXadux on June 25th, 2006 1:10 am

    Oh and yeah, the kaka-brown and dried-mustard-yellow old Padres doubleknits get my vote as the ugliest uniforms worn in modern baseball history.

  23. msb on June 25th, 2006 9:18 am

    checking in belatedly, were JJ’s struggles essentially that he was given a nice lead, which he then had to make into a save situation to succeed?

    #205– does your average KJR caller know Phillip Hughes?

    #206– Fassero was actually traded to Texas; he pitched for another six years before his retirement this year

    #264, 268. um, no. Martinez was in Montreal until he was traded to Boston, Piazza in the Dodgers system until he went to NY (via the Marlins)

  24. eponymous coward on June 25th, 2006 10:10 am

    Um, actually, Pedro was a Dodger before he was part of Les Expos.

    JJ gave up a seeing-eye groundball and a Texas Leaguer for his hits. They weren’t hitting the ball off of him hard like, say, other pitchers (*cough*Eddie*cough*).

    And on that note, I’m more convinced than ever that Eddie’s done. 30. Stick a fork in him. It wouldn’t stun me to see him to morph into a Tony Fossas/Jesse Orosco LOOGY, but I’m not convinced it will happen, and I sure wouldn’t do anything more than sign him to some spring training NRI come 2007. It’s too bad Eddie’s kinda mad about that and not getting work…but seriously, why should he get calls over the top 3 guys in the bullpen? Especially when he’s just getting creamed by RHB (.990 OPS against)?

  25. msb on June 25th, 2006 10:53 am

    of course he was, where was my brain at? and then Tommy Lasorda decided Pedro would never make it as a starter, so off he went to Montreal 🙂

  26. Karen on June 25th, 2006 11:20 am

    The postgame show guy said Kenji’s quadriceps took the brunt of that foul tip. I’ll bet he had one helluva cramp when he was limping it off, and the bruise must be all over his leg. They probably wrapped it before he even showered to keep the blood from spreading throughout the muscle. At least I HOPE that’s what they did…

  27. Fledie2004 on June 25th, 2006 12:04 pm

    I am begging the press not to write another article about how Guardado is not complaining about his role right after he goes on a rant in the clubhouse about how unfairly he is being treated.

    I use to like Guardado. Though I never believed he was reliable as his results showed during his streak last year, he was our best option and I thought he brought a good attitude.

    Guardado has proven me wrong. He is just another spoiled athlete that takes the victim stance when things don’t work out as they want.

    Hey, Guardado, I got a novel idea. How about get someone out and maybe convert a hold or two so Hargrove will have the confidence to use in anything but the mop-up relief role you deserve to be pitching. And shut up.

    The M’s are winning, no thanks to you Eddie.

  28. LB on June 25th, 2006 12:14 pm

    Yes, Eddie would do well to study some of Keith Foulke’s quotes and learn what the failed vetran (sic) closer is supposed to say when the young stud takes his job away.

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