Game 54, Orioles at Mariners

DMZ · June 4, 2007 at 6:13 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

A game thread that’s on time! Early, even!

7:05. Erik Bedard, who’s been having a pretty sweet year, faces Felix.

Bedard’s numbers, especially his strikeouts, are better than you’d expect, but the interesting thing is that his HR rate is actually a little over what you’d expect – he’s seen almost 12% of his line drives go over fences, which is almost 50% over his career rate. And he’s getting fewer grounders.

I don’t have a good explanation for whether he’s doing something different – I haven’t had a chance to see him this year – but I like going into this game thinking I might see a good pitching matchup.

Interesting lineup for the M’s:
DH-L Ichiro
2B-R Lopez
RF-R Guillen
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R Sexson
C-R Johjima
SS-R Betancourt
3B-R Bloomquist
CF-R Ellison

Baltimore offers

2B-B Roberts
LF-R Payton
RF-L Markakis
SS-R Tejeda
1B-R Millar
DH-L Huff
3B-R Mora
C-R Hernandez
CF-L Patterson


422 Responses to “Game 54, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:32 pm


    He and Guthrie must be plotting some serious wedgies in the lockeroom by now.

  2. joser on June 4th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Ok, you people forced me to look up ALF on IMDB (since I never saw the show). I’m assuming Max Wright was the father. IMDB says

    Was arrested and booked January 10, 2000 for drunken driving following a non-injury accident in Hollywood, California.

    September 2003
    Lost driving privileges in New York state for 6 months following a guilty plea to a drunken-driving charge. Wright was visiting his adult daughter upstate when he ran afoul of local authorities by running into some mailboxes and a traffic sign.

    No sign of child molesting, but hey, running over mailboxes while intoxicated is kind of the same thing, I guess…

  3. Lucky Number on June 4th, 2007 10:33 pm

    Both Turbo AND the Ignitor coming through for the M’s in one night?! I think my head may asplode.

    Now the real question: Do the M’s maintain some momentum here, or do they bungle themselves away from another easy sweep of their opponent?

  4. juneau_fan on June 4th, 2007 10:34 pm

    Must. Change. Channel.

    Ballwashing for Willie is the post-game show. Watch at your own risk.

  5. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:34 pm

    I vote bungle. But that’s because I’m such an optimist.

  6. UofMichgoMs on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    Meanwhile Mark Ellis just hit for the cycle and Oakland is threatening to keep pace in the bottom of 10.

  7. Anna11 on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    I love the Orioles bullpen.

  8. msb on June 4th, 2007 10:35 pm

    thank goodness for the Oriole bullpen.

  9. pumpkinhead on June 4th, 2007 10:39 pm

    Muahaha, did anyone see that AA braves dude? Grenade rosenbag…. holy crap that’s good stuff.

  10. SCL on June 4th, 2007 10:40 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that was the perfect way to use Vidro?

    There are 2 outs, so there is no GIDP threat. The tying run is at 3rd and all we need is an empty single.

    And best of all, he was on the bench most of the game.

  11. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:40 pm


    Fwiw, no sign (that I noticed) of ever being in a Law and Order. He was in Soul Man. An underrated funny but stupid comedy w/ C. Thomas Howell and even James Earl Jones!

  12. Anna11 on June 4th, 2007 10:43 pm

    SCL — great observation. Vidro should be converted to “that guy who comes in with 2 outs as a pinch hitter so he can’t GIDP.”
    Anybody else having a hard time posting comments on Baker’s blog? I keep getting a message in red letters saying “you are not allowed to post comments.” That’s what I get for critizing the front office’s decision to start Weaver again…

  13. colm on June 4th, 2007 10:44 pm

    I don’t think you could possibly ‘underrate’ a film as downright awful as “Soul Man”.

  14. geofftoons on June 4th, 2007 10:45 pm

    Great win!!

    All I can say, is that I hope Weaver is lit up like a christmas tree against the Padres so they DFA his ass after the game!

    Other than that game, GO M’s!!!!!

  15. Gunga on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm

    SCL (410) – You’re so right. When I heard that Vidro was PH’ing, my first thought was… CRAP! Then I thought about it and it struck me as the perfect time for him. No DP threat, need a single to tie. Like using Willie as a pinch runner, tonight’s performance notwithstanding. They took lemon and made lemonade. That’s what lemons are for.

  16. AuburnM on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm

    Love the win! Love being 4 over .500

    Really worried about Felix.

  17. IdahoInvader on June 4th, 2007 10:50 pm



    Hey. I did include the word “stupid.” I guess that’s what happens when you describe a movie that you last saw in high school.

  18. msb on June 4th, 2007 10:54 pm

    #389– IIRC it was coke & sex with consenting adults … but it was in the Enquirer

  19. Tom on June 4th, 2007 11:15 pm

    What an 8th inning!!!! I was at the game tonight and it was really encouraging to hear a crowd of 19,000 sound like a crowd of 32,000. At least from where I was standing.

    Now if only the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County of the state of California of the United States of the West Coast would lose a game every now and then. . .

  20. IMissBenDavis on June 5th, 2007 7:31 am

    Someone earlier this season commented that the AL West this year is “the NL West of a few years back”…granted, this was before Anaheim, Seattle, and Oakland all got ‘hot’ (that Seattle has been hot against basement teams is another matter). Considering that these 3 teams will likely all finish > .500, I don’t see the comparison to the NL West (of what? 2005?) where the Padres won their division despite being only .500, as legitimate.

  21. PositivePaul on June 5th, 2007 10:33 am

    Wow. 420 comments. Jeff Weaver would be proud!

    I’m sad that Dave didn’t get to see the game on MLB.TV — I was looking forward to reviewing his thoughts on Felix’s pitching during the game thread.

    Hopefully he’ll get a chance to watch the archive and throw some comments up. While I get the sense the defense didn’t help him, I also get the sense that Felix continued to be totally hittable, and hit hard. While strikeouts aren’t entirely reflective of his game, he needs a heavy dose of swinging K’s to go along with an overwhelming majority of grounders. No more of these long fly ball outs and XBHs…

  22. Paul B on June 5th, 2007 11:57 am

    Any bets on how long it will take Grover to realize that Raul is done?

    Boy, a DH and a LF each with a SLG of around .370. Hard to believe.

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