Game 42, Mariners at Devil Rays

DMZ · May 23, 2007 at 3:36 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

4:10. All the Mariners need to do to stay in this, to catch up, to take the division, is win, and win, and win. Today, they need to beat Casey Fossum, and Casey Fossum’s 3-3 with a 7.80 ERA. Win, dammit, win.

Fossum’s not-superficial stats: 45 IP, 10 HR, 12 BB, 26 K
Batista’s not-superficial stats: 45 IP, 6 HR, 14 BB, 26 K


143 Responses to “Game 42, Mariners at Devil Rays”

  1. Dave in Palo Alto on May 23rd, 2007 5:43 pm

    It really hasn’t been a “sometimes” thing for Richie this year.

  2. KingFelix21 on May 23rd, 2007 5:46 pm

    Damn you would think Lopez could have beaten that one out. The 3B hesitated enough for him to beat it out. Not sure if Jose was going full speed on that one.

  3. Bender on May 23rd, 2007 5:46 pm

    I believe the two GIDP from Turbo puts him tied for the league lead, though it was hard to find that stat.

  4. JR Ewing on May 23rd, 2007 5:47 pm

    the top ten list of guys with most dp situations is littered with names like arod, ortiz, holliday, pujols, and abreu. those are the only guys with more than vidro

  5. shortbus on May 23rd, 2007 5:48 pm

    Today Jose = Double Play

  6. argh on May 23rd, 2007 5:50 pm

    How does a pitcher start out looking so bad (as Batista did) and then bring it around in later innings? Isn’t that counter to the received wisdom that the more looks a batting order gets at a pitcher’s stuff, the better they will do?

  7. marbledog on May 23rd, 2007 5:52 pm

    This is a very slow and boring game. To state the obvious.

  8. msb on May 23rd, 2007 5:53 pm

    #91–oh, it’s not just an embroidery business anymore– they’ve expanded — probably not a surprise as Edgar was a business major before he left college to play ball …

  9. Buckyfan on May 23rd, 2007 5:58 pm

    Ellison is going.

  10. msb on May 23rd, 2007 5:59 pm

    I think USSM needs some branded merchandise …

    USSM flash drives?

    no! USSM shot glasses!

  11. DMZ on May 23rd, 2007 6:00 pm


  12. Beniitec on May 23rd, 2007 6:00 pm

    Our DH has found his true purpose… Nice JOSE!!!

  13. bhsmarine on May 23rd, 2007 6:00 pm

    YAY! Grover makes a smart choice, he most have read the blog this last week.

  14. DMZ on May 23rd, 2007 6:01 pm

    Who would have thunk it

  15. Dylan on May 23rd, 2007 6:02 pm

    Has Richie always had such a pronounced leg kick?

  16. marbledog on May 23rd, 2007 6:03 pm

    Awesome. I would buy an Edgar Martinez/USSM shot glass or three.

  17. CSG on May 23rd, 2007 6:04 pm

    The ‘j’ pronunciation of the ‘y’ and ‘ll’ is Cuba and also Argentina. There may be more locations that do it too, but I’m not sure.

  18. SpokaneMsFan on May 23rd, 2007 6:08 pm

    I would like to thank Good Batista for the outing after I said he was lost, hope he stays around for another 4 months.

  19. Thom Jimsen on May 23rd, 2007 6:10 pm

    #106: He’s not pitching well. He’s pitching against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

  20. Ralph Malph on May 23rd, 2007 6:11 pm

    M’s are 3/7 plus 2 walks with RISP tonight.

  21. Thom Jimsen on May 23rd, 2007 6:12 pm

    My paper caught up with Jay Buhner a few days ago when he was in Silverdale coaching his son’s team. We asked how he spent his days these days, and he replied:

    “Fishing and enjoying life, and doing various endorsement work with whoever wants me to endorse their product.”

  22. msb on May 23rd, 2007 6:19 pm

    that’s our Jay

  23. msb on May 23rd, 2007 6:22 pm

    you know, it’s too bad there isn’t a fine novelty company like Minkmans out here … Jay would be the perfect spokesman.

  24. Typical Idiot Fan on May 23rd, 2007 6:25 pm

    Is Green doing something different? Did he always drop down sidearm like that?

  25. DMZ on May 23rd, 2007 6:28 pm

    Hee hee hee. Vidro gets praise for that great sacrifice bunt. Yeahhh… you’re doing a heckuva job, Jose.

  26. Thom Jimsen on May 23rd, 2007 6:32 pm

    Sexson, singles-hitting monster!

  27. darrylzero on May 23rd, 2007 6:34 pm

    Why is it that Upton can’t apparently handle 2b or short? He’s a great athlete, right? So when great athletes, who might thrive in center, can’t play the infield, what is missing? Concentration?

  28. Ralph Malph on May 23rd, 2007 6:36 pm

    Michael Jordan is a great athlete. Why couldn’t he play baseball better?

    Not every great athlete is great at every athletic endeavor.

  29. darrylzero on May 23rd, 2007 6:38 pm

    OK, fine, but I’d like to understand it better than that.

  30. Dylan on May 23rd, 2007 6:42 pm

    Great athletes have completely different skill sets. The most athletic players in baseball history couldn’t necessarily pitch.

  31. David* on May 23rd, 2007 6:43 pm


    And we won even.

  32. Dylan on May 23rd, 2007 6:43 pm

    There’s nothing to understand. NFL Players are great athletes. That doesn’t mean they can play something else at the same level. Sure, they would probably be better at a greater number of sports than your average joe, but that doesn’t make them elite.

  33. bhsmarine on May 23rd, 2007 6:44 pm

    Good start to catching up with the Angels. Tigers look like they are about to blow their 4 run lead though.

  34. darrylzero on May 23rd, 2007 6:50 pm

    Ralph, Dylan…

    I realize this; I’m not an idiot. But hitting and pitching, particularly seem pretty unique. Fielding does not seem that unique to me. I think there has to be more interesting answers to this question.

  35. msb on May 23rd, 2007 6:55 pm

    you know, it’s been painful to be an M’s fan the last few years — just imagine if you loved the Rays.

  36. Dylan on May 23rd, 2007 7:03 pm

    I see what you are saying. Catching a ball in the outfield and playing the infield are so completely different though. Each are unique in their own right.

  37. AuburnM on May 23rd, 2007 7:14 pm

    Hey! Another well pitched game. How many quality starts in a row is that?

    If we keep getting good starting pitching we will stay in this race.

  38. David* on May 23rd, 2007 7:17 pm

    If we keep playing the Devil Rays we’ll stay in this race.

  39. S1lent on May 23rd, 2007 8:04 pm

    And Betancourt’s play doesn’t even make web gems. If you just watched ESPN you’d think the M’s had been contracted or something.

  40. awolfgang on May 23rd, 2007 8:36 pm

    #135, No one loves the Rays, they don’t have any history of success nor longevity to build a loving fan base. Plus, most of the South Florida population is still Yankee fans.

  41. killa3312 on May 23rd, 2007 8:41 pm

    I love the Rays. And, being a former Mariners fan myself and growing up in Seattle, the M’s had their fair share of growing pains and empty seats. I firmly believe the Tampa Bay area would support baseball if the team become a winner, or even a contender. The area has a strong tradition of producing great players and spring training has been in the city for years. It’s in the Bay Area’s blood.

  42. NBarnes on May 23rd, 2007 11:17 pm

    From the St. Petersburg Times:

    “Dukes’ wife, NiShea Gilbert, 26, a teacher at Beth Shields Middle School in Ruskin, told the court in another filing Thursday that her husband threatened to kill her and sent a photo of a handgun to her cell phone.

    She played the St. Petersburg Times a voice mail message she said was from Dukes:

    “You dead, dawg,” says an angry voice. “I ain’t even bulls——-. Your kids, too.”

    I take back and apologize for the part about you smoking crack, Dave, re: trading Ichrio for Dukes.

  43. Ralph Malph on May 24th, 2007 12:14 pm

    Playing good outfield (aside from the obvious requirements of speed and arm strength) is about tracking a moving object through space. A good outfielder judges early in the ball’s flight where it will land and can run to that spot.

    Playing good infield (again, aside from speed and arm strength) requires a quick reaction time and quick hands.

    Those are totally different skills.

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