Game 79, Mariners at Royals

Dave · July 2, 2007 at 4:52 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Meche, 5:05 pm.

Mix Your Pitches. Mix Your Pitches. Mix Your Pitches. Mix Your Pitches. Mix Your Pitches. Mix Your Pitches.

Also, McLaren’s first day as a manager. We’ll welcome him USSM style: Vidro in the two spot? Humbug. The guy doesn’t do anything better than Ben Broussard except eat fatty foods and age poorly.

Happy (?) Felix Day.


382 Responses to “Game 79, Mariners at Royals”

  1. ahhruff on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm

    Why didn’t we load the bases?

    Mac was a pile o shit tonight. Hopefully he improves.

  2. KW on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm

    Well, so much for that.

  3. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm

    oh well…start another streak tomorrow…go Ms!

  4. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm

    Ummmm, can we get Grover back? That bullpen usage was ugly.

  5. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm


  6. IMissBenDavis on July 2nd, 2007 8:36 pm

    It’s all McLaren’s fault!

  7. TheMsfan on July 2nd, 2007 8:39 pm

    i dont wanna say that i miss mike hargrove cause i dont wanna get deported, but uhh, not walking brown mayyyy have been the dumbest decision of the 2007 year

  8. Jake on July 2nd, 2007 8:39 pm

    Can someone please tell me what the point of not intentionally walking Emil Brown was? It’s easy to second guess and all, but why not go for the DP

  9. mpriest13 on July 2nd, 2007 8:41 pm

    Turns out that it didnt matter if he loaded the bases or not. If you load the bases you have to take Morrow out of the game with all of his control problems

  10. Jordan of Boise on July 2nd, 2007 8:42 pm says:
    FIREMCLAREN.COM is available!

  11. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:46 pm


    He makes a pretty good bench coach. What about “” I will leave the next managerial appointment up to the obvious GM heir apparent. Antonetti in ’08!!!!

  12. msb on July 2nd, 2007 8:54 pm

    wow. somehow in just two games he goes from being a genius temporary manager to a terrible permanent manager?

    Bavasi says Moses is just covering 1st until the arrangements they are making for the bench coach become official.

  13. BKM on July 2nd, 2007 8:55 pm

    And the second-guessing begins already.

    329. You realize that even with the loss, the Mariners have won 6 of 8 agianst KC already this season? They struggled tonight, but in general, they’ve had their way with KC.

  14. msb on July 2nd, 2007 9:03 pm

    sorry, arrangements for a new coach to become official– I see that Baker says Goff is officially in as bench coach.

    Sexson has a bruised thumb.

    A caller just pointed out this time last year on July 2nd (after a win on the 1st) the Ms played the Rockies, lost in extra innings, and proceeded to lose 7 in a row and never threaten again

  15. smb on July 2nd, 2007 9:06 pm

    Ouch. Regression to the mean?

  16. cgmonk on July 2nd, 2007 9:09 pm

    I guess nothing less than never losing again is good enough for some of you.

  17. msb on July 2nd, 2007 9:10 pm

    looking back, I see that JJ has pitched in 5 of the last 7 games.

  18. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 9:12 pm

    So, I could count the terrible bullpen usages decisions, and come up with at least ten (that’s when I stopped counting originally) but it’s just too tiring

  19. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 9:15 pm

    366: How can you say that? Yes there are games that you lose. There are games where Washburn gives up 3 Hr, games that are blowouts, even close games where luck just doesn’t go our way, but this is different. This is a game where in addition to blowing so many chances, there were a multitude of terrible managerial decisions that put us at a huge disadvantage. I’m not looking to win every game (although we should win every game against the Royals), but this is not an acceptable loss.

  20. smb on July 2nd, 2007 9:16 pm

    So where do we go from here? There were a couple glaring errors in the management of this game in the late stages. To paraphrase Dave, ‘this is an insubstantial comment’, but McClaren looked a bit like a deer in the headlights tonight. Maybe the same doe I avoided on my way home over Simonds Road tonight. Call me crazy, but I would love to see a guy who narrowly missed out on the job at Hargrove’s hiring come out on his first night and show an apparent and inspiring fire in the tense moments of an extra-innings game, as he makes the correct moves to work us toward a victory.

    No point in judging further, as it was the first shot, and he has a chance to be the guy we’ve come to respect (albeit as a bench coach), but I’d like to see McClaren step up and show some cajones, visibly and to a greater end than an extra inning loss to the lowly Royals. These guys get killed at home for a reason.

  21. Jar on July 2nd, 2007 9:23 pm

    I was at the game, it was painful. That’s all I have to say about that right now.

    I have tickets for wednesday, so lets hope it turns out better.

  22. DizzleChizzle on July 2nd, 2007 9:52 pm

    370 What mistakes glaring errors are you referring to? You could nitpick the hell out of this game and point out all kinds of mistakes, from the starting lineup to not bringing in Putz to clean up Morrows mess in the 11th. Overall I think McLaren did a decent job tonight. It’s just too bad the offense missed so many opportunities.

  23. Lauren, token chick on July 2nd, 2007 10:27 pm

    I blame the two posters who were unwilling to say “shit.”

  24. planB on July 2nd, 2007 10:31 pm

    160: It’s an appeal to the base umpires (because they have a good view for checked swings) in the absence of an opinion given by the home plate umpire, whose call trumps the others for all plays. (Not an appeal of the home plate umpire’s decision.)

  25. planB on July 2nd, 2007 10:46 pm

    368: How can there have been ten terrible bullpen usage decisions when there were only four pitching changes?

    I dunno, it was a good game. Sherrill only facing one batter was weird, but we had ten innings to score one more run. Gotta score.

  26. davepaisley on July 2nd, 2007 10:59 pm

    370 – It’s McLaren, for crying out loud…

    And oh, by the way, he did fine managing when Grover was gone for a few games a couple of weeks ago.

  27. Jar on July 3rd, 2007 7:16 am

    For the earlier posters asking about the radar gun at the K, there is actually one, we are not living in the stone age, just the mid-west. Felix topped out at 98 (according to that gun, who knows how accurate it is) a couple times last night. His fastball was most consistantly 95-96 though, and he threw a ton of them the first inning.

  28. Jar on July 3rd, 2007 7:17 am

    Also, Morrow’s command looks even worse in person.

  29. Steve T on July 3rd, 2007 8:28 am

    I’m sorry — what? Fire McLaren? After one game? Oh, and you lose one game and all of a sudden it’s “regression to the mean”?

    Are M’s fans taking lessons in victimhood from Red Sox fans? That’s embarrassing.

    If the M’s had beaten them up, it wouldn’t matter what moves McLaren made. Managers don’t matter much, and one-run games are dice rolls. We lost. Big deal. It means NOTHING.

    Sometimes I think anything less than 116 wins is forever going to equal “suck” for some people.

  30. pumpkinhead on July 3rd, 2007 8:38 am

    Heh, this team baffles me. Sure, sweep the BoSox. But KC… can’t win the opening game on that one 😛 The last few games they couldn’t do jack with RISP. Crazy.

    Oh well, can’t win every game I suppose.

  31. msb on July 3rd, 2007 9:14 am

    didn’t KC just sweep the Angels?

  32. Jar on July 3rd, 2007 9:19 am

    The Royals are not that bad of a team anymore, they had a terrible start, but they have been pretty good lately. They are improving fast and will be dangerous in a few years.

    I think most of the “fire McLaren” posts where jokes though.

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