Game 77, Mariners at Padres

June 25, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 360 Comments 

Got back from today’s century just in time.

Pineiro v Thompson. Also, the second half of Portugal v Netherlands.

Game 76, Mariners at Padres

June 24, 2006 · Filed Under Game Threads · 328 Comments 

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.

Why are you at a terminal reading this?

June 24, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 49 Comments 

It’s beautiful! Get out and run around!

From the Times notebook:
– Guardado’s frustrated
– Everett has some odd views on Ozzie Guillen’s “fag” comment:

Everett believes that Mariotti should be held equally accountable for critical comments he makes in his guise as a columnist and television commentator.

“If you call me stupid, that’s derogatory,” he said. “Don’t just pick a certain word, because the world is sensitive to gay people. You call me stupid, you call me an idiot, people are sensitive to that.

“So don’t just single out a couple of words. You’ve got to take everything as a broad spectrum. You call a player stupid or ignorant, you just touched a subject you shouldn’t be touching. But they give you the right to say it because you’re media. Bull.”

Everett shared the enmity of his former manager toward Mariotti.

“Yeah, Ozzie talks a lot,” he said. “But at the same time, Jay Mariotti has a big mouth, too. If you want to tell people to be quiet, take his butt to sensitivity training.”

– some guy from some band I listened to a long time ago visited the clubhouse

In the PI notebook:
– Guardado again
– the players voted
– an abridged version of Everett’s opinions on the Guillen/Mariotti thing

Game 75, Mariners at Padres

June 23, 2006 · Filed Under Game Threads · 285 Comments 

Meche v. one of my favorites, Jake Peavy. 7:05pm.

And speaking of favorites, Mike Cameron is batting leadoff and playing center for San Diego tonight.


Game 74, Mariners at Dodgers

June 22, 2006 · Filed Under Game Threads · 263 Comments 

Felix v Lowe!

I wonder how much of the team’s interleague success is due to losing the DH.

Standard lineup of the last couple weeks: Ichiro/Beltre/Lopez/Ibanez/Sexson/Johjima/Reed/Betancourt

Dave on the air

June 22, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 13 Comments 

Late notice, I know, but I’ll be joining Pat Dillon in about an hour to talk about the M’s on the Everett Aquasox pregame show. The interview should air around 6:50 pm pacific time. You can listen live thanks to or turn your radio to AM 1380.

Also, since I haven’t plugged Pat recently, if you’ve never listened to him call a game, make it a point to do so. He’s great.

This is fun

June 22, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 154 Comments 

Do you remember the last time rooting for the Mariners was this enjoyable? The game was on ESPN last night, so I endured the 10:10 pm first pitch for a chance to watch the game on a real tv. A month ago, I would have been in bed. But this team, playing this way, is a joy to watch. Even when Washburn gave up the lead and we trailed 5-2, my first thought was “it’s only three runs, and the Dodgers bullpen isn’t very good.” For the first time in a while, I was anticipating a come from behind win. That’s a nice feeling.

The team is now 13-5 in June. The surge has been almost entirely due to the offense. Take a look at some of these June numbers.

Ichiro: .463/.494/.638. Also 6 SB, 0 CS. Player of the Month.
Ibanez: .348/.421/.682.
Beltre: .303/.369/.579. And just smoking the ball right now.

Those three are carrying the offense. And the guys who aren’t hitting like MVPs are still hitting. Sexson is slugging .522. Betancourt is at .317/.348/.476. Reed, Lopez, and Johjima are putting up good enough lines, considering their positions. Carl Everett is the only guy who is playing with regularity and not hitting.

All this has led to a .295/.352/.498 line for the month and the team is averaging 5.9 runs per game. You score that many runs, you’re going to win a lot. Obviously, they’ll cool off eventually, but we were optimistic about the offense going into the season, and the fact that they’ve been able to hit well for three weeks validates some of that.

This still isn’t a great team. They have some major flaws, and while this season may not end with a championship parade, they’ve made a huge step forward – it’s no longer painful to be a Mariner fan.

Hooray for hope.

Game 73, Mariners at Dodgers

June 21, 2006 · Filed Under Game Threads · 254 Comments 

LHP Washburn versus Chaaaaaaaaaaaad Billingsley. 0-0 Billingsley will, as all random starters with no records do, stymie the M’s.

Lopez returns to the lineup:
RF-L Ichiro!
3B-R Beltre
2B-R Lopez
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R Sexson
C-R Johjima
CF-L Reed
SS-R Betancourt.

Mmmm. 7:10.

This and that

June 21, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 164 Comments 

A few random comments on things going on.

    1. Jeff Clement is being activated from the DL and assigned to Tacoma today. The M’s continue to push their prospects through the system very aggressively. Rob Johnson will likely head to San Antonio once he returns from dealing with his family issues. If you needed another reason to go watch the Rainiers, now you have one.
    2. The Everett Aquasox have begun their season with a couple of wins over Tri-Cities. Last night saw the system debut of Steve Uhlmansiek, who is still recovering from the TJ surgery he had at the end of his college career. He pitched exceptionally well, but reports indicate that his stuff isn’t all the way back yet. Good to see him on the hill and getting outs, though.
    3. Speaking of the Aquasox, you really should go watch them play. It’s a good value, a cool place to watch a game, and they have some interesting young talent. Get thee to Everett.
    4. Adrian Beltre, in June; .278/.342/.556. 10 of his 20 hits have gone for extra bases. I’m certainly not jumping on the “he’s back!” bandwagon after such a small sample, but just for comparison, he had only nine extra base hits in April and May combined. The nicest thing about his current success is that it’s not based on balls finding holes – he’s legitimately hitting the crap out of the ball. Let’s hope some form of this continues, because Good Adrian replacing Holy Crap You Suck Adrian in the line-up would be an amazing upgrade.
    5. The Mariners have a +9 run differential. The A’s have a +5 run differential. While the rest of the world is convinced the A’s are better than the Mariners, I am not.
    6. There are some lights out relievers in the American League right now. The Fielding Independant ERA for B.J. Ryan, J.J. Putz, Jon Papelbon, and Joe Nathan, in order; 1.34, 1.52, 1.60, 1.64. Papelbon is the only one of the three not averaging 13 K/G or more.
    7. The Mariners defense, per the Hardball Times, is +18 on groundballs and -9 on flyballs. The M’s infield is, without a doubt, the strength of the defense. If the team is going to add another arm to the rotation at any point this year, they should emphasize GB rate. Jason Johnson would be a perfect fit at the back of the M’s rotation.

Game 72, Mariners at Dodgers

June 20, 2006 · Filed Under Mariners · 212 Comments 

Woah, stayed at work too late, almost missed the start. 7:10. Some guy versus some other guy. Things at stake.

Bloomquist at second again. This is where I like having Bloomquist on the roster: a guy who can sub in for a couple of starts for a regular and not kill you with the glove, isn’t totally helpless with the bat, can steal a base.

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