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.

Comments

382 Responses to “Game 79, Mariners at Royals”

  1. Andy Bowlby on July 2nd, 2007 4:53 pm

    go felix!

    Prediction:
    7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB

  2. Andy Bowlby on July 2nd, 2007 4:55 pm

    Oh yeah, and Mariners win 8-1.

  3. y-o-y on July 2nd, 2007 4:58 pm

    I think you mean Hernandez vs 2007 AL All-Star Gil Meche

  4. Gomez on July 2nd, 2007 4:59 pm

    No strikeouts, Andy?

    (j/k)

    My call: 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 walks, 8 K, massive screaming fist pumpage after striking out the last batter in the 8th.

  5. Jonathan on July 2nd, 2007 4:59 pm

    Here’s hoping Chavez read your open letter. Either that, or McLaren has noticed and actually wants to do something about it.

  6. Andy Bowlby on July 2nd, 2007 5:00 pm

    I will go with 9 k’s tonight.

  7. argh on July 2nd, 2007 5:01 pm

    If Angie doesn’t give birth soon there’s going to be a catastrophic explosion.

  8. thenatural on July 2nd, 2007 5:08 pm

    JJ Putz AL Pitcher of the Month for June
    About time, huh

  9. Johan Garpenlov on July 2nd, 2007 5:11 pm

    Anyone else trying and not succeeding at getting this game on MLB.tv? There is no link a available for any to the 5pm games.

  10. Teej on July 2nd, 2007 5:12 pm

    My MLB.tv (Mosaic) is working fine.

  11. Johan Garpenlov on July 2nd, 2007 5:14 pm

    Mine’s working now too.

  12. Dayve on July 2nd, 2007 5:14 pm

    Fine here too.

  13. Norm Charlton Fan Club on July 2nd, 2007 5:16 pm

    My mlb.tv is showing up crappier quality than the 700K it should be showing up as.

  14. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 5:16 pm

    Thing I don’t miss about Meche: That heavy sigh he gives before every pitch, as though he’s trying to stay awake in church.

    Wow, McLaren’s hoping for a 8-1 win too.

  15. Dave on July 2nd, 2007 5:17 pm

    Totally useless comment – John McLaren just doesn’t look at all like a leader of men. Arm in a cast, glasses, chewing on gum, and not the youngest guy ever. He looks like that crazy uncle that everyone avoids at weddings.

  16. faninflorida on July 2nd, 2007 5:18 pm

    sorry to interrupt, this is an old argument, but it is driving me nuts, Yankees lead off Sportscenter tonight, Are on Monday night Baseball, yet again tonight, yet they are awful. I AM SICK OF IT. No wonder baseball fans go in to an All Star Game wondering who those guys are on the field, only one team is promoted across the nation. Fans across the nation are missing some good matchups among good teams across MLB because one team is shoved down our throats.

    Oh well, at least the nation will get to see J.J. fan A-rod on a high fastball

    Sorry, Back to some Mariner baseball now!

  17. dw on July 2nd, 2007 5:18 pm

    Niehaus channels the Grumpy Old Man with the corn comments.

  18. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 5:18 pm

    15 – I was just thinking he looked like one of the crazy guys on the bus you try to avoid.

  19. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:19 pm

    With Vidro’s help, we can get Meche over 100 pitches in the 5th inning.

  20. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 5:19 pm

    Now if someone would hit a ‘can of corn,’ the meandering corn story can come full circle.

  21. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 5:19 pm

    Vidro ran out of gas…

  22. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:20 pm

    Dave N: “And maybe Vidro will score -I doubt it”

  23. dw on July 2nd, 2007 5:20 pm

    sorry to interrupt, this is an old argument, but it is driving me nuts, Yankees lead off Sportscenter tonight, Are on Monday night Baseball, yet again tonight, yet they are awful. I AM SICK OF IT. No wonder baseball fans go in to an All Star Game wondering who those guys are on the field, only one team is promoted across the nation. Fans across the nation are missing some good matchups among good teams across MLB because one team is shoved down our throats.

    Too bad you weren’t home sick with GI distress and left to watch the early Outside the Lines, which was about how the suckitude of the Yankees could hurt baseball’s bottom line.

  24. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:21 pm

    Nice matchup in Chicago: Buehrle vs. Bedard

  25. Logger on July 2nd, 2007 5:22 pm

    Walking Guillen to get the double play machine up to bat…

  26. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:22 pm

    Guillen does it again!

  27. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 5:23 pm

    McLaren just needs to get off the bench, pace around, or hang on the railing. You’re the manager now, bud, not the bench coach. Get off the bench. (I am giving him some slack; maybe his shoulder feels better sitting.)

  28. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 5:23 pm

    Awesome, just like old times.

  29. DoesntCompute on July 2nd, 2007 5:23 pm

    I love Gilgameche!

  30. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 5:24 pm

    28. Yes, only now we’re the ones banging on SighingBoy!Gil. *giggling like a maniac* Ah, and up to 22 pitches. Just like old times, indeed!

  31. dw on July 2nd, 2007 5:25 pm

    It’s the Royals!

  32. Dave Clapper on July 2nd, 2007 5:26 pm

    In theory, Felix himself has had the evidence put in front of him regarding first inning fastballs now.

  33. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:27 pm

    what happened? Gameday and MLBtv both died

  34. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:27 pm

    That is why teams like Kansas City lose. On the error none of the outfielders were running in to back up the throws. If they had the runners probably wouldn’t have been able to advance like that.

  35. Karen on July 2nd, 2007 5:28 pm

    #15. Dave said: John McLaren just doesn’t look at all like a leader of men. Arm in a cast, glasses, chewing on gum, and not the youngest guy ever. He looks like that crazy uncle that everyone avoids at weddings.

    This may be your blog, but that type of comment is something that’s better relegated to your diary. From my 62-y/o POV, let me suggest that people don’t always act like they look.

    /incensed

  36. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:30 pm

    .259 with 2 homers THROW HIM STRIKES!!!

  37. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 5:31 pm

    16.

    why gripe about east coast bias ? baseball is a business, from the fielding of teams, to the media coverage and everything in between. if you have a store in corvallis, oregon, you sell beaver stuff, not husky stuff. more people live in the mid atlantic and northeast regions or lived there at one time. so, you’re going to get more coverage from those areas. don’t take it personally. it’s just business.

  38. Logger on July 2nd, 2007 5:31 pm

    Dave’s joking around, Karen. Get over it.

  39. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 5:31 pm

    35 I think that Dave meant us to assume that he knew that McLaren ISN’T the way he looks. Otherwise, as you point out, it isn’t very funny to say it about him.

  40. az sr softball on July 2nd, 2007 5:32 pm

    Dave– are you charting the pitches?

  41. argh on July 2nd, 2007 5:32 pm

    It appears Grover broke Felix’ heart.

  42. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 5:33 pm

    Crap, this is infelicitous Felix.

  43. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 5:33 pm

    I think a couple of those pitches to Teahen were moving.

  44. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:33 pm

    Also, what has his pitch sequence been like?

  45. Zero Gravitas on July 2nd, 2007 5:33 pm

    25 pitches in the first inning, 2 earned runs… that’s the Gil Meche I remember. My only hope is that this doesn’t turn into one of those classic Meche ‘wins’ where he limps through the 5th inning before being pulled after giving up 4 o 5 runs, and somehow winds up the pitcher of record with a ‘W’ in spite of his crappy outing.

  46. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 5:34 pm

    Fastball, fastball, fastball.

  47. Sports on a Schtick on July 2nd, 2007 5:34 pm

    Another bizarro game in the making?

  48. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:35 pm

    personally, I distrust leaders of men that look like Leaders Of Men :)

    I forgot the game was on at 5, so a pleasant surprise to tune in as Gil had that familiar worried look crossing his face.

    Any word on a bench coach?

  49. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:35 pm

    “My mlb.tv is showing up crappier quality than the 700K it should be showing up as.”

    You’re right NC Fan club — it is not broadcasting at 700K tonight on mlb.tv for some reason.

  50. BKM on July 2nd, 2007 5:36 pm

    48. It’s Goff. John Moses is in the first-base box.

  51. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 5:36 pm

    One run already isn’t great, but I thought he looked pretty good against Teahen and Gload. Am I wrong? I wasn’t looking that close, but I thought strikes two and three to Teahen broke.

  52. Spadam on July 2nd, 2007 5:37 pm

    DP. He’s fine.

  53. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:38 pm

    #50– good to know.

    I have to admit I was a tad worried … this afternoon on mlb.com, Marzano sounded like he was hoping to get an invite :)

  54. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 5:39 pm

    Marzie? They should bring back Marzie. I always liked that guy.

  55. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:39 pm

    oh, take some pitches, for goodness sake.

  56. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 5:39 pm

    It’s coming in blurry on FSN too. Cheap equipment in KC.

  57. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 5:40 pm

    Either one of these high fly balls could have been called a can of corn by Dave.

    He’s losing it.

    But he did find the time to chide the fielding skills of the Royals.

    Fish in a barrel, Dave.

  58. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 5:40 pm

    56. no hdtv, i’m guesing

  59. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:43 pm

    by golly, it is Johnny Moses. Guess he doesn’t hold a grudge.

    I doubt Marzano is really looking for a job– he’s getting paid by mlb radio to sit at home in Philly and yak for a couple of hours a day.

  60. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 5:44 pm

    Yeah I wouldn’t give that up. If someone would pay me to talk baseball, I’d…well I’d pretty much do what I do now except I wouldn’t have to take breaks to go to work.

  61. DoesntCompute on July 2nd, 2007 5:48 pm

    Is it all fastballs all the time for Felix tonight?

  62. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:48 pm

    Felix is settling down and hitting the target

  63. faninflorida on July 2nd, 2007 5:48 pm

    #37

    I agree, obviously that has always been the argument, but could MLB learn something from the NFL or even the NBA in how they promote their young stars across the league? I am not sure, because baseball is unique, but the NFL and NBA are far better at it than Selig.

  64. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:49 pm

    61 — He is mixing it up nicely. First pitch curveball to Buck even.

  65. DizzleChizzle on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    I’m curious as well, did Felix mix his pitches in the last inning?

  66. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    Has there been any indication of his pitch speeds?

  67. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    61 I think that the worst is likely past. He’s 26 pitches into the game and likely to begin changing things up now even if his plan was to start the game with 20 straight Funk Balls. But I’ve stopped having any confidence in my Felix predictions.

  68. DizzleChizzle on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    Thanks Loyd

  69. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    Does anyone know what McLaren did to get in that sling?

  70. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:51 pm

    #63– well, there must be some promotion of the younger players, as Prince Fielder got voted to the ASG.

    oh, one of the KC reporters was on the radio this morning, and when asked about Gil Meche, All Star, pointed out that it was a little more respectable than last year’s selection of Mike Redmond …

  71. Karen on July 2nd, 2007 5:52 pm

    #38. Yeah, Logger, then you have huhwhat in #18 sucking up, er, saying something else derogatory about McLaren.

    Geez, if those are jokes, can we at least reserve them until McLaren has shown that he’s channeling Grover? i.e., earned some snarkiness from USSM denizens?

  72. Dave Clapper on July 2nd, 2007 5:52 pm

    61: Was straight fastballs for the double and single to start the game, mixing it up since.

  73. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:53 pm

    #69– rotater cuff surgery, which apparently he would have put off until the end of the year had he known he was going to be promoted to manager …

  74. joser on July 2nd, 2007 5:53 pm

    Does anyone know what McLaren did to get in that sling?

    Rotator cuff surgery. He joked that if he’d known Grover was leaving, he would’ve waited and had it done in the offseason.

  75. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 5:54 pm

    McLaren just had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

  76. msb on July 2nd, 2007 5:56 pm

    great minds think alike.

  77. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 5:59 pm

    63. i think part of the problem is that the NBA and NFL have really embraced the electronic media platforms, while baseball (other than mlb.com) seems stuck in the old school media mentality. i’m writing in general terms though, i’m sure many teams are on par with hoops and football when it comes to marketing.

  78. Swungonandbelted on July 2nd, 2007 6:01 pm

    meh.

  79. msb on July 2nd, 2007 6:01 pm

    crap.

  80. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 6:01 pm

    that was crushed…damn…

  81. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:02 pm

    really hung that one

  82. Colm on July 2nd, 2007 6:02 pm

    Good to see you around JR. How’s the new liver doing?

  83. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:03 pm

    Is there any mean that Felix will start to regress to anytime soon? HR rate preferably.

  84. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 6:03 pm

    71 If he were channeling Grover the joke wouldn’t work. It works because Dave LIKES McLaren.

  85. kenshabby on July 2nd, 2007 6:03 pm

    A Tale of Two Pitchers: How Dreamweaver Stole Felix’s Mojo

  86. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 6:03 pm

    82. much better now that i got jeannie out of the bottle

  87. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:07 pm

    Felix so far:

    1st Inning – Testing us geeks with fastballs, then threw a lot more offspeed stuff to see if we were right. We were.

    2nd Inning – Lotso breaking stuff, inning goes as planned.

    Inbetween 2nd and 3rd inning, Felix walking through the dugout clearly pissed off. “Damnit, those internet nerds were right…”

    3rd Inning – unfair dominance of Garthright and Pena, then he just flat out hangs a curve which was destroyed. Resumes breaking stuff, tho, getting final out easily enough.

    This looks like Felix actually taking things into account, like he’s actually paying attention to the data given him. He’s feeling out the facts, as it were, and I think he’s becoming convinced. Sure, mama, there will be days when some poser like David Of Jesus will crank one of your mistake offspeed pitches for homeruns, but overall it’s working better then that first inning abortion of fastball throwing.

    Keep the faith, El Rey.

  88. TaylorD7 on July 2nd, 2007 6:07 pm

    Dave, for those of us not lucky enough to be watching the game, would you care to comment on how Felix’s stuff looks tonight…not pitch selection wise, but stuff wise, does he look back to himself?

  89. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:07 pm

    Why swing at a first pitch outside slider? Why?

  90. terry on July 2nd, 2007 6:08 pm

    #69: It’s to keep the Royals from stealing signs…. Derek has a whole chapter in the Cheater’s Guide on slings and casts… :-)

  91. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:09 pm

    Taylor,

    His change, curve, and two seamer are really moving. I haven’t seen him throw a slider yet, and except for the first inning, he hasn’t thrown a ton of his four seam meatballs.

    His stuff looks fine. The mistake to DeJesus was just that, a hanging mistake pitch. Otherwise, his movement is great, his velocity differences are sound, and he IS mixing his pitches a lot better then before.

  92. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:10 pm

    Its like Beltre never played with Meche. Think he would know of all people to let him throw a bunch of balls then come in during a 3-1 count.

  93. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:10 pm

    terry,

    Yeah, it’s one “OW” face and wince followed by the opposite hand coming over to “comfort” the “hurt” arm for a hit and run. Already figured it all out. =B

  94. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:11 pm

    Second pitch 4seam fastball to Teahan = double.

    Knock it off King.

  95. Dave on July 2nd, 2007 6:11 pm

    My internet connection took a nap after Vidro’s first inning at-bat, so I’ve got nothing on Felix’s first three innings – sorry. I’ll watch the mlb.tv replay after the game is over.

  96. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:14 pm

    Gordon sequence:

    1st pitch – Curve. High, ball 1.
    2nd pitch – Change. Swing and miss, strike 1.
    3rd pitch – Change. Taken, strike 2.
    4th pitch – Fastball. Fouled off. 1-2.
    5th pitch – Curve. In the dirt, Check swing strikeout.

  97. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:14 pm

    And how was that not a swing?

  98. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:14 pm

    Is there no radar gun in KC? I haven’t seen a single pitch speed yet.

  99. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:15 pm

    oh wait nevermind.

  100. terry on July 2nd, 2007 6:15 pm

    TIF: so the ear tug and wink, wink then spit the sunflower seed is a decoy?

  101. kenshabby on July 2nd, 2007 6:15 pm

    Great throw Kenji.

  102. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:16 pm

    Costa sequence:

    1st pitch – missed it, it was a strike tho.
    2nd pitch – Change. Foul. Strike 2.
    2nd pitch – Fastball. High. Ball 1.
    3rd pitch – Fastball. Down and in. Ball 2.
    4th pitch – Fastball. Outside.

    Kenji snap throw to third nails Teahan. HA HA!

    Side retired.

  103. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:16 pm

    Serious? Was he out?

  104. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:16 pm

    wow that was a pretty stupid mistake by Teahan (and an awesome play by Kenji)

  105. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:16 pm

    WOW kenshabby you ruined that for me — it hadn’t happened on the mlb.tv feed yet that is some fast typing

  106. terry on July 2nd, 2007 6:17 pm

    I’m not sure that was a good call at third…

  107. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 6:17 pm

    He was safe, easily.

  108. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 6:17 pm

    I think that was a bad call at third, but I’ll take it.

  109. thenatural on July 2nd, 2007 6:19 pm

    98: as far as technology theres not really much of anything in KC… If it weren’t an FSNorthwest broadcast, it wouldn’t even be in color

  110. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:19 pm

    Lloyd, I don’t believe Kauffman Stadium has the same neato technology that SafeCo Field and other stadiums have volunteered to test this year. So you’re not going to get it either.

    I can usually tell what the pitch is by the movement and break (if any). But there is a noticable velocity difference between the fastball and offspeed stuff, because the Royals’ bats are WAY out in front of the changes and curves. Felix’s fastball usually sits in the mid 90s, so just assume it’s there.

    For two straight batters, Felix threw his fastball ONLY when he was ahead by two strikes. I’m starting to wonder if he’s going to use his fastball as his “out” pitch by screwing up the timing with offspeed stuff, then blowing the fastball past them. So far it hasn’t really worked (his command with his fastball sucks), but it’s a better idea then “fastball fastball fastball THEN curve / change”.

  111. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 6:19 pm

    that was money…kenji should be an all-star…

  112. kenshabby on July 2nd, 2007 6:20 pm

    If Felix can just provide a quality start (6+ IP, 3 ER) we can let the Royals be the Royals and we should win. But I don’t have great confidence in his pitch selection tonight (it’s better than usual, at least), and I worry about wearing down the bullpen.

  113. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:20 pm

    Ichiro is awesome. SIGN THE MAN!

  114. Paul B on July 2nd, 2007 6:20 pm

    Ichiro, multi hit game, oh hum.

  115. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 6:20 pm

    I like Ichiro too much to want him to stay here :P

  116. terry on July 2nd, 2007 6:22 pm

    #95: I’m sure that by the time your connection came back online, Vidro was just puffing his way into third.

  117. DizzleChizzle on July 2nd, 2007 6:22 pm

    Any chance Ichiro runs???

  118. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:22 pm

    But I don’t have great confidence in his pitch selection tonight

    Why not? Aside from the first inning fastball stupidity and one hanging curve ball, Felix’s pitch selection has kept the Royals completely stupified. He threw another dumb fastball to Teahan that was raked for a double, but the rest of the inning was a great mix of his stuff.

    He’s learning. He got out of the last inning on a ground out, a srike out, and a good defensive play (bad ump call) by Kenji, but he had Costa guessing. I have no doubt he’d have gotten out of that without allowing the runner to score.

  119. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:23 pm

    That was odd. Were we supposed to believe Vidro was going to hit a home run? After all, he hit one that last time they were in KC. Er? I’d rather believe pigs can fly, which would be Vidro running that bases, come to think of it.

  120. Axtell on July 2nd, 2007 6:27 pm

    Just flipped on ESPN and the yankees are on – again? The same team thats what, a dozen games out of first place? Ugh.

    No wonder the ratings for the world series always sucks – the only teams they ever show nationally are the sox and the yanks.

  121. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 6:28 pm

    119, sounds like a pink floyd lyric.

    I’d rather believe pigs can fly, which would be Vidro running that bases, come to think of it.

  122. kenshabby on July 2nd, 2007 6:28 pm

    118 – I should qualify that. Since he’s returned from the DL I’ve had little confidence in his pitch selection. Tonight he does seem better than his typical post-DL start, and I haven’t been watching the whole game.

  123. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:29 pm

    damn

  124. TaylorD7 on July 2nd, 2007 6:29 pm

    Thanks TIF, glad to here on Felix….I will be interested to see what that in park pitch tracker thing says about his movement..

  125. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:32 pm

    I’m watching Meche do that muttering to himself, staring up to the baseball gods for guidence thing…and then I cackled with joy, because that’s not a Mariners’ blue cap on his head!

  126. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:32 pm

    Gordon wishes he could make that play.

  127. terry on July 2nd, 2007 6:32 pm

    The Meche with command and groundball tendencies isn’t half bad…

  128. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:33 pm

    That one also.

  129. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:33 pm

    Beltre has GOT to win the gold glove this season. I don’t know how he picked that shorthop barehanded.

  130. big on July 2nd, 2007 6:34 pm

    Anyone watching: Is the strike zone a little tight tonight? Gameday makes it seem so.

  131. mpriest13 on July 2nd, 2007 6:35 pm

    he had no chance at that one…

  132. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:36 pm

    Safe anyways, good effort and back up by Lopez.

  133. Paul B on July 2nd, 2007 6:36 pm

    The strikezone is a little tight tonight, yes.

  134. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:36 pm

    Costa take two: Bunt on a change (I think)

    Some Royal pitch sequence: Wasn’t watching. Out on a two seamer. Hit a weak ass dribbler to Beltre who made a nice play.

    Pena sequence:

    1st pitch – Curve. Outside. Ball 1.
    2nd pitch – Fastball. High. Ball 2.
    3rd pitch – Two seamer. SaaM. Strike 1.
    4th pitch – Something. High and inside. Ball 3.
    5th pitch – Slider (I think). Weak ass grounder to Beltre, thrown away.

    Garthright sequence:

    1st pitch – Fastball. Flyball to CF, caught by Ichiro.

    So you had a bunt, two really meekly hit dribblers to Beltre (who made two great plays, and one great play that wasn’t) and a routine flyball to center.

    Felix is fine.

  135. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:37 pm

    #130

    IMO the strike zone has seemed very tight for Meche and normal for Felix. There were a few where Meche painted it and didn’t get the call.

  136. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:38 pm

    135,

    I only saw one pitch that Meche threw that should have been called a strike (curveball to Raul). He’s not getting squeezed.

  137. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:41 pm

    Beltre, Lopez, and Betancourt are having bad days.

  138. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:42 pm

    Some nights Lopez and Betancourt can be very easy outs it seems

  139. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 6:43 pm

    When was Beltre’s last homerun?

  140. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:44 pm

    lol Beltre and your check swing schenanigans!

  141. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:45 pm

    June 25 vs. Boston just missed one foul yesterday though

  142. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:45 pm

    140. I thought they’d humiliated him out that, but there he went again.

  143. Paul B on July 2nd, 2007 6:45 pm

    That time, though, the Catcher was pointing down at the first base ump, so they were already checking to see if Beltre went around before Beltre pointed down there.

  144. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:46 pm

    Hey Adrian: please stop appealing your own check swings. Thanks.

  145. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:46 pm

    Beltre, Lopez, and Betancourt = 8 of our 18 ours so far. That leaves 10 for the other 6 batters.

    Just sayin’… not a good day for the bottom of the order.

  146. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:47 pm

    ours = outs.

  147. pygmalion on July 2nd, 2007 6:48 pm

    Meche is over 100 pitches now. Perhaps our offense can do something against KC now?

  148. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:50 pm

    DeJesus pitch sequence:

    1st pitch – Change. Strike 1.
    2nd pitch – Fastball. Away, ball 1.
    3rd pitch – Change. Foul. Strike 2.
    4th pitch – Fastball. Away, ball 2.
    5th pitch – Curve. In dirt, ball 3.
    6th pitch – Change. Foul.
    7th pitch – Change. Tapped back to Felix.

    1 down.

  149. Paul B on July 2nd, 2007 6:50 pm

    OK, you can buy fries in KC at the ballpark.

  150. cgmonk on July 2nd, 2007 6:51 pm

    Fries have been spotted.

  151. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 6:51 pm

    Enough with the fries. Did this all start when that kid dropped his fish trying to grab the foul ball?

  152. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:52 pm

    German sequence:

    1st pitch – 2sFastball. Strike 1.
    2nd pitch – Slider. Down and away, ball 1.
    3rd pitch – Slider… I think. Could have been the curve. Strike 2.
    4th pitch – 4sFastball. Away, ball 2.
    5th pitch – 2sFastball. Down and Away, ball 3.
    6th pitch – Same pitch as the 3rd pitch. Ball 4.

  153. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 6:52 pm

    my biased eyes saw that pitch come back down for a strike

  154. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:53 pm

    Teahan sequence:

    1st pitch – 2seam fastball – Double play. Inning over.

  155. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 6:53 pm

    151. i think it started the night after the kid dropped the fish and chips when someone else brought a sign to ballpark asking for fries from blowers.

  156. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:54 pm

    Who dares diss the Rally Fries? GTFO and have some fun or something.

  157. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 6:54 pm

    These fries are with us on a 8 game winning streak, plus I heard rally monkeys are allergic to them.

  158. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:55 pm

    Okay. I watch the games with the sound off while I listen to news and other stuff. What are “rally fries?”

  159. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:56 pm

    Nuts. They were playing Lopez pretty well there.

  160. az sr softball on July 2nd, 2007 6:57 pm

    Haven’t lost since the Rally Fries started. Is there some metric there?

    Just askin–if the catcher can appeal the “held up” swing, can the batter appeal a called “swing through?” According to the rules, that is.

  161. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 6:57 pm

    Mlb.com headline: “Bonds’ biggest miss? His father Bobby”

  162. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:58 pm

    158,

    One game, a fan went over the fence to get a rolling ground ball. He lost his fries on the way. Blowers and Sims saw that, and Blow suggested they buy him some fries to replace his lost stock. It grew from there.

  163. Paul B on July 2nd, 2007 6:58 pm

    Betancourt walks, Meche must be tired.

  164. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 6:59 pm

    Rally fries started out as a bit of a joke, basically the broadcasters have been sending fries out to fans in order to turn games around…so now everyone in Safeco is begging for free fries. Apparently it has spread to other cities as well.

  165. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:59 pm

    160,

    According to the rules, neither. The only person who can call for a check swing appeal is the home plate umpire.

  166. cgmonk on July 2nd, 2007 6:59 pm

    @158

    as mentioned earlier, some fan lost his fries on the field while trying to grab a ball. They showed him on tv and the commenters talked about it. They had fries delivered to him later in the game. Fans brought signs in asking for fries each game and they’ve done it. Mariners have been on a winning streak, so they certainly won’t stop until they lose.

  167. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 6:59 pm

    164,

    Actually Blowers and Sims wondered if anybody on the road would know about it. Apparently they did.

  168. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:02 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with the fries themselves or the act of giving them out, but people with the signs just begging for fries is ridiculous. I drove to see this game give me free fries. Belch.

  169. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:02 pm

    Thanks everyone for the explainations. How are the fries at Safeco? I’ve never tried them.

  170. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:03 pm

    _David_

    A pox, I tell you.

    One more reason to stay home and enjoy the HD.

  171. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:03 pm

    Anything has to be better than that demented rally monkey. Anything.

    Ah, the classic: Meche muttering about how he ‘coulda won that game’ while leaning over the rail. Again, loving him wearing a different blue hat.

    My god, you have to be incompetent to walk Betancourt and Ichiro.

  172. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 7:03 pm

    Rally fries are certainly less annoying than the rally monkey, or rally caps, or thundersticks, or many other things I can name. And they’ll end up dying out fairly soon I think, to be remembered only by the people who were once treated to overpriced stadium fries for free.

    Now, if it was rally beers…that I would try to keep intact.

  173. oh poker on July 2nd, 2007 7:04 pm

    the garlic fries are deliscious

  174. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:05 pm

    Haha, I read a little rant about it the other day about how they were sick of getting “gassed” by noxious garlic fries. Can’t remember where, might have been lookout landing.

  175. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:06 pm

    Garlic fries are a crime against humanity, rally fries are simply a crime against good baseball taste (sorta like the wave).

  176. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 7:06 pm

    2-1 hit and run?

  177. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:07 pm

    terrible-turbo saved on that one…

  178. argh on July 2nd, 2007 7:08 pm

    Wall fear.

  179. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:08 pm

    not on that one…please, god…have mac bench vidro…he should never start again…ever…

  180. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 7:09 pm

    Haha, I read a little rant about it the other day about how they were sick of getting “gassed” by noxious garlic fries. Can’t remember where, might have been lookout landing.

    I’ve always been a firm believer that people need to eat more garlic. People complain about the smell, but if everyone realized the amazing flavor and ate plenty of it, nobody would notice anymore. I’ll admit that roasted garlic can lead to very…odoriferous emissions later, but garlic is the ultimate spice. Behind Coriander.

    Of course, I also bitch about the fact that “hot” salsa is usually, at absolute best, medium…and mild salsa is an abomination.

  181. msb on July 2nd, 2007 7:09 pm

    no signs? but, how would you know who wants free fries?!

    somebody remind Raul how much he enjoyed KC

  182. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:12 pm

    Gload sequence:

    1st pitch – ball. FSN came back late.
    2nd pitch – 2seam fastball. Grounder to Lopez.

  183. Tim-in Tampa on July 2nd, 2007 7:13 pm

    Is anyone having trouble getting the 700K feed on mlb.tv?

  184. DKCecil on July 2nd, 2007 7:13 pm

    175: You should have you taste license revoked.

  185. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:14 pm

    183- I am getting it fine.

  186. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:14 pm

    Gordon sequence:

    1st pitch – Fastball. Foul. Strike 1.
    2nd pitch – Fastball. Foul. Strike 2.
    3rd pitch – Change. Looked good to me, wasn’t. Ball 1.
    4th pitch – Change. Low. Ball 2.
    5th pitch – Fastball. High. Ball 3.
    6th pitch – Curve. Strike 3 called.

  187. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:15 pm

    Costa sequence:

    1st pitch – Fastball. Ball 1.
    2nd pitch – Fastball. Grounder to Lopez.

  188. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:16 pm

    Pitch count in King Felix? I am to lazy to look it up…

  189. Typical Idiot Fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:16 pm

    Felix has allowed 6 baserunners in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts. He’s doing fine.

  190. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:17 pm

    ndrfx,

    That was me, and it was here! My issue is that, as I stated before, those fries are to garlic what Velveeta is to cheese. I LOVE garlic. Fresh garlic in your pico di gallo, suateed or grilled with prawns, whatever…garlic is in almost everything I make. Those garlic fries, however, are an abomination. In fact, stadium fare is stadium fare…overpriced and underprepared. I’m a big proponent of buying food outside of the stadium and bringing it in, as well as getting a good buzz on over on Occidental or somewhere close so you only need to buy two $7 Redhooks to get you through the game. I recently watched some coworkers pay $42 for 6 Bud Lights. PLEASE! Does that come with a reacharound?

  191. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:19 pm

    and buehrle is looking good in his final tune-up before becomming a mariner…he and felix will make a nice one-two punch…

  192. DKCecil on July 2nd, 2007 7:20 pm

    Paying outrageous prices for food and drink is just part of the sporting experience. That hot dog doesn’t taste nearly as good if it’s not $5, because you know what? For $5, it damn well better taste like a t-bone steak.

  193. Tim-in Tampa on July 2nd, 2007 7:20 pm

    #185,

    Thanks, I’ll give them a call in the AM.

  194. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 7:23 pm

    Looks like Greinke is ready to go back to the rotation

  195. BKM on July 2nd, 2007 7:23 pm

    190. This might be a naive question, but how do you manage to bring food into the stadium, especially if they check bags?

  196. oh poker on July 2nd, 2007 7:25 pm

    185,

    you’re getting the 700k feed fine? The 400k works but the 700k has not worked all game for me.

  197. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:27 pm

    196- It is calling it the 687k feed. It has been smooth all game.

  198. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 7:28 pm

    5 pitch inning nice

  199. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 7:29 pm

    can any of the felix experts cast votes on the reasons for this performance ?

  200. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:30 pm

    it’s because i just got my felix jersey in the mail…wearing it with pride…

  201. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 7:31 pm

    if they get one here do you put JJ in or let Felix finish it?

  202. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 7:31 pm

    Well, Felix is facing the Royals. Not a team with a whole lot of patience (23rd in the league in OBP). Still, it looks like a pretty good start to me. Hopefully, Felix can build on this. And more importantly, hopefully someone can score a run and get Felix a win.

  203. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 7:32 pm

    201

    JJ. No doubt.

  204. msb on July 2nd, 2007 7:32 pm

    190. This might be a naive question, but how do you manage to bring food into the stadium, especially if they check bags?

    you can bring food in, just not drinks.

  205. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:34 pm

    195
    If you aren’t allowed to, that’s new to me. People used to bring $5 pizzas from the vendors on Occidental in by the thousands. I go to Salumi and pick up a sammich, usually. Put it in my jacket pocket or somesuch. Really, with the price of admission, what right do they have to force you to buy food inside? I think that kind of ridiculousness is reserved for the movie theaters…alcohol, on the other hand, is another story.

  206. big on July 2nd, 2007 7:35 pm

    It is pretty easy to sneak a few drinks in if you stick them in your waistband.

  207. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:35 pm

    JJ fo sho!

  208. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:36 pm

    2 runs, 5 hits… LOB M’s 7 Royals 1! Be a tough loss to take at the end of a 8 game win streak.

  209. msb on July 2nd, 2007 7:37 pm

    “Food: Safeco Field offers a wide variety of food sure to satisfy any taste. Please pick up an A-to-Z Guest Guide from any Guest Services Center. Food brought into the ballpark must be wrapped, bagged or inside a container. Items such as apples and oranges must be quartered. Personal food items cannot be carried into any of the restaurants, lounges or suites.”

  210. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:37 pm

    Felix – 92 pitches through 8. You can’t ask for much more. This game should be in the bag and I sujspect within an inning or two it will be. Color me positive as regards the outcome as Ichiro will have an at bat next inning and, superhero that he is, s**t is gonna happen.

  211. terry on July 2nd, 2007 7:37 pm

    #190: check out mlb’s new line of edible Ms wear…

  212. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:38 pm

    Wouldn’t it be smart, in a tie game, with an overworked pen…to not pull a cruising Felix after 92 pitches?

  213. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:38 pm

    Richie is a smooth cat…..

  214. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:38 pm

    And … another vulture win opportunity for the M’s vulture of the year so far … Eric O’Flaherty!

  215. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:39 pm

    wtf happened, did Richie jam some fingers or something?

  216. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:40 pm

    goddammit

  217. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:41 pm

    Thanks, msb.

    Basically, nothing you can use as a projectile. Makes sense. Both my parents (season ticket holders) are diabetic, and take certain special things in with them. It would be a nightmare to try to keep food out, and this is speaking as someone who spent a season passing stuff out at the gates.

  218. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:41 pm

    215:

    Broke a nail?

  219. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 7:41 pm

    It is pretty easy to sneak a few drinks in if you stick them in your waistband.

    Pretty much, I’ve never had a problem getting a big flask through security for things like Warped Tour (haven’t felt the need to try Safeco though). Another trick is to have a very full pocket, and when they ask you to empty your pockets pull out everything but the flask. Only works with fairly baggy clothes though.

  220. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:42 pm

    This is no good! Where’s JJ!!!!

  221. apunetid on July 2nd, 2007 7:43 pm

    Ok, getting a little uneasy here.

  222. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:43 pm

    220- Where is Felix?

  223. rd on July 2nd, 2007 7:43 pm

    Terrible throw, but Guillen’s reputation saves the day. For now.

  224. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:44 pm

    I’m just a little bit concerned here.

  225. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    green will get us the double-play…

  226. apunetid on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    No, no, wrong pitcher. Hmmm, where’s Hargrove when you need him (assuming he’d put Putz in)?

  227. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    O’Flaherty – O’Flat – O’Sh!t

  228. terry on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    Lets save Putz for a high leverage situation….

  229. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    can’t we call a series of timeouts, meetings, fake injuries/ arguments etc. until Putz is ready? Can we call Felix back?

  230. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    can’t we call a series of timeouts, meetings, fake injuries/ arguments etc. until Putz is ready? Can we call Felix back?

  231. rd on July 2nd, 2007 7:45 pm

    Where’s Julio Mateo for the groundball when you need him?

  232. oh poker on July 2nd, 2007 7:46 pm

    is JJ not available?

  233. msb on July 2nd, 2007 7:46 pm

    #217– I’ve had my sack lunches complimented by the gate checkers :)

  234. KW on July 2nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    Go Sean!

  235. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    228 – Agree

  236. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    wow…

  237. apunetid on July 2nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    Hey, that wasn’t too bad…but we could use another out.

  238. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:47 pm

    Lets sign Grover on as Bullpen Manager! Maybe he will be happy in a limited role, he could do it from his couch with his kids!

  239. zagfan08 on July 2nd, 2007 7:48 pm

    why take felix out?

    why not put putz in?

  240. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:48 pm

    Damnit, cut off my post 235 – was suppose to say Agree…this just doesn’t seem like the right High leverage situation right?

  241. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:50 pm

    McLaren’s managing like he wants to win this. Good.

    Watch the Royals win in the time it takes me to click and submit…

  242. fetish on July 2nd, 2007 7:50 pm

    killer k

  243. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:51 pm

    Home game – Putz would pitch (as happened last game). Away game, Putz is saved for a save situation. Is it right? I dunno, but saves is what gets JJ to the AS star and a salary in the millions. Got to lean on a few of your other relievers in big situations at times.

  244. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:51 pm

    I think GS52 is JJ’s left handed twin.

  245. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 7:51 pm

    Come on, call the strikes!!!

  246. rd on July 2nd, 2007 7:51 pm

    Wow, inning should be over.

  247. Spadam on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    WOW

  248. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    I wasn’t worried, no sirree, not a bit.

  249. juneau_fan on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    I nearly blacked out there.

  250. KW on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    Oh yeah!

  251. cgmonk on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    Strike out!

  252. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:52 pm

    I’m assuming McLaren was expecting the game to go into extra innings and used O’Flaherty just in case since 3 of the next 4 batters were lefties and O’Flaherty has been able to pitch a couple of innings when needed too.

  253. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:55 pm

    Fuck the Royals. Fuck the HP ump.

  254. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 7:55 pm

    And… Sherill!!!!

  255. smb on July 2nd, 2007 7:55 pm

    msb-

    These really are my initials, I’m not trying to doppelganger you. But if you get compliments on your sack lunches, we may be sharing a culinary brain. :)

    GS52, lights out! Let’s get a run in!

  256. DAMellen on July 2nd, 2007 7:56 pm

    So what does Erik O’Flaherty owe Sean Green for getting him out of that? If Erik is married or has a hot sister, I think he needs to give Sean a shot.

  257. msb on July 2nd, 2007 7:57 pm

    could someone remind these guys that they have an offense? one that has been scoring runs in Safeco? and this is KC?

  258. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 7:58 pm

    Raul pull a Guillen and hate your old team!

  259. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 7:59 pm

    “I’m assuming McLaren was expecting the game to go into extra innings and used O’Flaherty just in case since 3 of the next 4 batters were lefties and O’Flaherty has been able to pitch a couple of innings when needed too.”

    [Guinness guys]
    Brilliant!
    [/Guinness guys]

  260. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 7:59 pm

    RRRAAAAAUUUuuuu……….

  261. jefffrane on July 2nd, 2007 8:00 pm

    Damn. Server weirdness prevented Nelson from saying “Ha ha!” with that strikeout.

  262. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 8:00 pm

    does anyone have a hit other than ichiro since the first inning ?

  263. apunetid on July 2nd, 2007 8:01 pm

    Last hit was an Ichiro single in the 5th.

  264. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 8:02 pm

    jefffrane that graphic would have pretty much summed it up. I had to replay that to show my girlfriend how a pitcher makes someone look like an idiot.

  265. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:02 pm

    262: No.

  266. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:02 pm

    Oh boy, Morrow better not walk the first guy

  267. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:03 pm

    Didn’t we figure out that GS52 can toss against righties? Don’t we need to prepare for a possible 15 inning game?

  268. Dave on July 2nd, 2007 8:03 pm

    This move sucks.

  269. fishiam on July 2nd, 2007 8:04 pm

    Here we go: Man vs. Wild. Let’s pray we can get the game to Survivorman.

  270. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:04 pm

    Why not have Sherrill face Costa?

  271. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:04 pm

    I agree Dave

  272. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:04 pm

    Oh.

  273. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 8:04 pm

    costa was lifted for butler

  274. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:05 pm

    Uh oh…

  275. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:06 pm

    Morrow, of course, has to make it interesting.

  276. milendriel on July 2nd, 2007 8:06 pm

    bullpen usage today has been very disappointing.

  277. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:06 pm

    Buckle down Brandon

  278. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:06 pm

    Did anyone else have their Discover Channel turn into a Dangerous Catch Channel?

  279. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:07 pm

    Nice gun Yuni!

  280. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:07 pm

    Hargrove wouldn’t have brought in Morrow.

  281. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:07 pm

    I love that Dangerous Catch Channel!

  282. huhwhat on July 2nd, 2007 8:08 pm

    280 – he would have brought in Davis…

  283. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:08 pm

    so we could have brought in Putz. We had time to warm him up and put him in. This is the third Stupid Pitching Move in the game so far. Shouldn’t you always work your bullpen in order of best to worst in a tie game?

  284. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 8:08 pm

    McLaren has burned through a heck of a lot of arms the last two innings. This doesn’t strike me as a good idea. I would have left Green in longer. Also Sherrill.

  285. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    Actually, you could just call Discovery the “Mike Rowe” channel at this point. Between Dangerous Catch, Dirty Jobs, and all the commercials, he pretty much owns it.

    God I miss Les. And good animal shows.

  286. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    BOOYAH

  287. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    Booyah!

  288. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    283. Putz has pitched a lot the last few days. He may not be able to go tonight.

  289. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    Heat! TGFTR! (Thank God for the Royals!)

  290. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:09 pm

    I stole your line, sorry.

  291. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 8:10 pm

    fuck ya…morrow scares the hell out of me…but we can win this…how about a broussard blast?

  292. Sidi on July 2nd, 2007 8:10 pm

    Gah, Deadliest Catch, rather.

  293. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:10 pm

    and what’s wrong with sherill? In a tie game, can you really afford to let your second best pen arm face only one batter? Not leaving in Sherill and not bringing in Putz count as two separate stupid pitching moves, bringing the total to 5 (not leaving Felix in counts too.)

  294. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:11 pm

    hell yeah!

  295. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:11 pm

    285… I’ve wondered why they haven’t put Mike Rowe on a crab boat. Problem solved!

  296. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:12 pm

    If anything, bringing Morrow on in a tie game is a lot like bringing him on in the 7th. He’ll work the next inning too unless we get a run.

  297. Tim-in Tampa on July 2nd, 2007 8:12 pm

    Wow Morrow can throw hard. I think his velocity has gone up a bit lately.

  298. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:13 pm

    C’mon Jose, we need baserunners…

  299. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:14 pm

    Got his bloop on!

  300. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:15 pm

    Yeah Benny….maybe we need to bring up some more pinch hitters!

  301. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:15 pm

    Good time for Royals to bring in their best reliever, they know they are getting Morrow next inning.

  302. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:15 pm

    The Deadliest Catcher.

  303. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 8:15 pm

    297. If he can only throw it over the plate.

  304. JR Ewing on July 2nd, 2007 8:16 pm

    297. he’s not throwing 40 pitches every two days now, that might help him regain his late april’early may form

  305. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:16 pm

    Dotel is missing all over the place

  306. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:17 pm

    Here we go baby.

  307. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:17 pm

    WFB in to pinch run

  308. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:17 pm

    That was flat-out cool. Glad he was safe, but what a move by Pena!

  309. ahhruff on July 2nd, 2007 8:17 pm

    So Raul is our 1st baseman now?

  310. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:17 pm

    Learn to slide Broussard. Also, why pinch run now and not before?

  311. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:18 pm

    Ah, brave McLaren… well, he deserves that name!

  312. IdahoInvader on July 2nd, 2007 8:18 pm

    Well…we tried to hit into a dp, but the Royals would have none of it!

    ;-)

  313. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:18 pm

    Got Funk Adrian?

  314. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 8:18 pm

    I guess this means Raul plays first.

  315. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:19 pm

    “I guess this means Raul plays first.”

    Mommy, I’m scared.

  316. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:19 pm

    More likely Bloomquist stays in at first. We’ll see.

  317. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:20 pm

    C’mon Adrian that was over your head!

  318. MeatMatt on July 2nd, 2007 8:20 pm

    Dear Lord,

    Please show yourself to McLaren and tell him to Bench Sexington until the break and play Broussard at first.

    Amen

  319. Rick L on July 2nd, 2007 8:21 pm

    Swwung at ball 4. A typical Beltre move.

  320. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 8:21 pm

    so guillen and beltre both strike out when they should have walked…awesome…

  321. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:21 pm

    Damn it!! Just a flippin base hit…its on Jose now.

  322. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:22 pm

    Beltre saw at least 6-7 balls that AB. Sweet!

  323. LoydKristmis on July 2nd, 2007 8:22 pm

    Beltre got his hacks at hittable pitches — just not on tonight.

  324. JWay on July 2nd, 2007 8:22 pm

    c’mon Jose!

  325. IdahoInvader on July 2nd, 2007 8:22 pm

    Who do the Royals bring in if we’re lucky enough to outlast Dotel?

  326. jamest on July 2nd, 2007 8:22 pm

    Dotel would have walked in a run by now if the Freeswinging Twins showed some patience.

  327. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 8:23 pm

    fucking ridiculous…

  328. kenshabby on July 2nd, 2007 8:23 pm

    Lovely swing at garbage. The game…that would…not……………………………..end.

  329. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:23 pm

    Why do we always struggle against this team?

  330. IdahoInvader on July 2nd, 2007 8:23 pm

    Lopez works the count…and promptly swings at one that bounced up to the plate

  331. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:24 pm

    JITB’s sirloin burger is mighty tasty for a fast food hamburger.

  332. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:24 pm

    does it always have to be like this?

  333. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:27 pm

    why isn’t Putz pitching? Why? (I think I might have posted that awhile ago)

  334. ndrfx on July 2nd, 2007 8:28 pm

    Holy jeese.

  335. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:28 pm

    That was the suckiest suck that ever sucked.

  336. Tak on July 2nd, 2007 8:28 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOO

  337. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:29 pm

    That was some pretty horrible defense.

  338. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:30 pm

    So can Morrow throw a bunch of fastballs down the middle and have them miss all of them?

  339. Tak on July 2nd, 2007 8:31 pm

    setting up for a triple play obviously.

  340. Karen on July 2nd, 2007 8:31 pm

    Felix for 8, 3 pitchers for 1, and the inexorable march through the bullpen starts with Morrow. From the looks right now, it may end with him, too, in this inning. David of Jesus just doubled, no outs.

  341. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:31 pm

    He just walked a guy trying to sacrifice. One word for Morrow, impressive.

  342. rd on July 2nd, 2007 8:32 pm

    Yeah, this is going to go well.

  343. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:33 pm

    Well now, if they sacrifice, there’s a chance to get the lead runner by force. The runner doesn’t count. Sets up the DP. Not the stupidest thing.

  344. bakomariner on July 2nd, 2007 8:33 pm

    looks like the streak is over and big mac starts out is career 0-1…

  345. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:33 pm

    McLaren looks like Melvin with an arm in a sling right now. Ouch.

    With 2 RBI’s, 3 K’s, and a whiteman-ish, flailing jump after a screaming linedrive double to right, Guillen needs only a go-ahead dong to become Jay Buhner incarnate for a night.

  346. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:33 pm

    Balk not, Brandon, Balk not.

  347. bhsmarine on July 2nd, 2007 8:34 pm

    Morrow forget he has a gold glove quality 3B over there? Out of the way pitcher!

  348. _David_ on July 2nd, 2007 8:34 pm

    With any other pitcher, you walk this next guy. Not with Morrow though. That gives me an idea. Bring in another pitcher. Can anyone think of someone else we can bring in?

  349. Joe Bag o' Doughnuts on July 2nd, 2007 8:34 pm

    Hargrove would have won this one.

  350. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:35 pm

    Game over, but the way Ichiro caught that ball is reason enough to re-sign him to whatever he wants. Unreal.

  351. 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.

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

    Well, so much for that.

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

    oh well…start another streak tomorrow…go Ms!

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

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

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

    Fuck

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

    It’s all McLaren’s fault!

  357. 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

  358. 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

  359. 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

  360. Jordan of Boise on July 2nd, 2007 8:42 pm

    godaddy.com says:
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  361. smb on July 2nd, 2007 8:46 pm

    Jordan,

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

  362. 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.

  363. 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.

  364. 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

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

    Ouch. Regression to the mean?

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

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

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

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

  368. _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

  369. _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.

  370. 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.

  371. 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.

  372. 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.

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

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

  374. 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.)

  375. 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.

  376. 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.

  377. 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.

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

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

  379. 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.

  380. 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 :P The last few games they couldn’t do jack with RISP. Crazy.

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

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

    didn’t KC just sweep the Angels?

  382. 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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