Game 108, Athletics at Mariners

DMZ · August 4, 2006 at 6:08 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

LHP Barry Zito v LHP Jarrod Washburn

I’m always leary when the talking heads on ESPN1-4 describe any particular game as a must-win. It’s along season, and there are many games to play. These three games at home against the A’s aren’t must-win games. But they’re certainly close. A sweep of the A’s would put the M’s a game back in the divisional standings and into the thick of it. A sweep at the hand of the A’s would put the M’s six games back of the A’s with two other teams between them and the season running out. 1-2 would be almost as bad: every day that goes by without making up ground is a day the team falls behind.

Win, team, win.

Or, you could always play Bloomquist in center.


239 Responses to “Game 108, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. seattlesundevil on August 4th, 2006 9:25 pm

    Hmmm… Woods / Mateo / Green. Yea I think Grover must have some October plans involving some sort of wild boar hunting so he can’t have this team going to the playoffs

  2. DMZ on August 4th, 2006 9:26 pm

    Arrgh. I know I’ve let this go this thread, but it’s RIZZS. With an ‘s’ on the end there. RIZZS. And Piniella. And…

    I suspect this would be a lot less annoying if the M’s were winning.

  3. JI on August 4th, 2006 9:27 pm

    “Rizz’s” was awfully close, though.

  4. IdahoInvader on August 4th, 2006 9:27 pm


    Now THAT is funny

    Please don’t tell me that means he’s broadcasting with one hand

  5. LF Monster on August 4th, 2006 9:27 pm

    I thought it was a “woods/green” hunting joke at first and was trying to figure out how you pronounce Mateo to fit him in…

  6. JI on August 4th, 2006 9:28 pm

    Nah, Val’s up there with him… oh wait.

  7. lmpike on August 4th, 2006 9:29 pm

    198 – I would buy that argument if Zito one or two hit the Mariners, but with 7 hits given up and 3 walks but only one run to show for it, it’s not a matter of Mystical Lefthanded Mojo.

  8. argh on August 4th, 2006 9:29 pm

    I gotta say: Willie looks about as good as anybody on the team tonight.

  9. LF Monster on August 4th, 2006 9:29 pm

    Walk-off time…Saved it all for the 9th!…?

  10. JI on August 4th, 2006 9:30 pm

    So does anyone think that Macha would dare use Street in a non-SV situation?

  11. LF Monster on August 4th, 2006 9:30 pm

    Ouch argh…

  12. IdahoInvader on August 4th, 2006 9:30 pm


    Good point. And that should tell ya everything you need to know when we play the A’s.

  13. JI on August 4th, 2006 9:31 pm

    One down…

  14. argh on August 4th, 2006 9:32 pm

    Okay, Willie jus slipped into second place behind Richie.

  15. argh on August 4th, 2006 9:33 pm

    Street’s warming up. We got ’em worried.

  16. IdahoInvader on August 4th, 2006 9:33 pm

    Kinda makes you wish Mateo wasn’t on the team AGAIN tonight.

    Two run deficit wouldn’t seem quite as insurmountable.

  17. lmpike on August 4th, 2006 9:35 pm

    Just think- if Washburn had been pulled after six, it’d be a one run game right now.

  18. AK1984 on August 4th, 2006 9:35 pm

    Re. #202:

    Well, DMZ, it’s been a long time since I’ve typed the surname Piniella — as it is, I’m accustomed to typing the last name Piñeiro, which is most likely why I misplaced the letters i and e in Piniella — thus, for whatever it’s worth to you, that’s my excuse for having had made the mistake.

    Anyhow, Richie Sexson may have an awful batting average (.223) and on-base percentage (.292), but at least he’s got a decent slugging percentage (.444); nevertheless, I’d like to see him play elsewhere.

  19. argh on August 4th, 2006 9:36 pm

    44,000 people throwing up in their mouth — a good crowd, indeed.

  20. bigred on August 4th, 2006 9:37 pm

    two out rally

  21. bigred on August 4th, 2006 9:37 pm

    that sucked.

  22. argh on August 4th, 2006 9:38 pm

    Last two strike-outs demonstrate this team should really not be in the play-offs. Can you imagine the embarrassment having the entire country watch that kind of crap?

    And it’s (mercifully) over.

  23. IdahoInvader on August 4th, 2006 9:43 pm

    Give Krueger credit (for once, lol)

    He made it a point to emphasize that the team simply lacks PLATE DISCIPLINE and that’s why Zito shut us down. He also added that we swung at too many pitches out of the strike zone.

    Sure its stating the obvious, but usually FSN commentators tend to miss the obvious.

  24. Rain Delay on August 4th, 2006 9:45 pm

    223 – Everyone and their mom, were taking hacks at the hook of Zito’s and 9 times out of 10 it fell out of the strike zone.

  25. IdahoInvader on August 4th, 2006 9:47 pm

    Everyone’s mom could get more production vs Zito and Blanton than the M’s

  26. Mouse in a Bottle on August 4th, 2006 10:00 pm

    I just wish everyone’s mom played for the M’s.

  27. Mouse in a Bottle on August 4th, 2006 10:00 pm

    I hate playing the A’s. It’s going to be the same story tomorrow and the next day.

  28. dw on August 4th, 2006 10:09 pm

    I can’t believe Kirby Puckett is in the Hall of Fame. What a crock of crap.

    Cap Anson?

  29. lmpike on August 4th, 2006 10:22 pm

    Has anyone picked up Carl Everett, or is he going to be playing in Tacoma in a few days?

  30. LB on August 4th, 2006 10:30 pm

    #229: Why would he report to Tacoma when he can collect the same money for staying home?

  31. msb on August 4th, 2006 10:43 pm

    so, just saw the, um, highlights. Well, at least Hargrove finally remembered Green was out there in the bulpen…

    my god, the A’s don’t have anyone hitting over .300 this season.

  32. msb on August 4th, 2006 10:45 pm

    NEWSFLASH from the PI: “A’s own Mariners”

  33. Jon Wells on August 4th, 2006 10:59 pm

    # 229 lmpike said: “Has anyone picked up Carl Everett…”

    Shocking as it may sound, Carl Everett has cleared waivers and was released by the M’s. I wonder what happened to all those teams that needed a veteran hitter, not to mention his great clubhouse presence?

  34. lmpike on August 4th, 2006 11:11 pm

    Well I’m not too sure about the DFA rules, and after hearing that Petagine cleared waivers, I found the thought of Everett rumbling around in a Rainers outfit pretty funny.

  35. Typical Idiot Fan on August 5th, 2006 1:53 am

    Zito after the game was asked if there’s a good clubhouse chemistry amongst the A’s.

    “Yeah I’d say we’re good there. We got some good guys. We got some assholes too but you just ignore them.”

    Verbatim, on the air. Thank you Barry for making something amusing out of this.

  36. BelaXadux on August 5th, 2006 2:37 am

    I never have _any_ fantasies about managing a ballclub, but supposing that by some freak of nature Mike Hargrove in mufti and Bolle wraps sat down next to me on the sidewalk at Joe Bar with a Duvel, and said, as if to no one, “Would someone please tell me how to beath that Zito guy, please? Or just kill me??” Why I’d say, hold a pre-game meeting and say, “Anybody, and I mean anybody, in the lineup today against BZ who reads curve and swings, even with two strikes, is getting pulled before he reaches the benchan AND fined.” Zito’s curve just isn’t a strike. Don’t swing. Period.

    But the Bavasi Ms just aren’t capable of playing like that, which is why this team as constituted owns nothing of my heart.

  37. terry on August 5th, 2006 4:36 am

    Why all of this fascination about post-deadline waiver claims this season by the media?

  38. terry on August 5th, 2006 4:38 am

    and oh ya…. THOSE GODDAMNED As..

    I wore my new Ms jersy for the first time last night….now I can’t wash it until the Ms win…in fact, I’m going to wear it everyday until they do…

  39. Jon Wells on August 5th, 2006 9:00 am

    #237 terry said “Why all of this fascination about post-deadline waiver claims this season by the media?”

    It’s what they do every year when the M’s don’t make a trade at the July 31st deadline, spewing this “there is no deadline” crap. Yeah sure, lots of desirable players get through waivers in August…

    And there’s this, from today’s News Tribune, about the M’s not claiming Andruw Jones.

    Rumors circulated Friday that the Mariners had made a waiver claim on Atlanta center fielder Andruw Jones – but they were just that, rumors.

    “We’ve made waiver claims, but not on Andruw, and everyone we’ve claimed has been taken off waivers,” a source close to the Mariners’ front office said. “This time of year, teams put entire rosters through waivers.”

    Would the Mariners claim a player to block a possible deal if they suspected another team in the American League West was after him?

    “Only if we wanted the player, not just to prevent someone else from getting him,” the source said. “You make a claim on a player you don’t want, you could wind up with him and his salary.”

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