Game 87, Tigers at Mariners

Dave · July 13, 2007 at 6:36 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Bonderman vs Washburn, 7:05 pm.

Mariners run out the same line-up they did last night. Last night, they faced a lefty. Tonight, it’s a righty. Line-up unchanged.

Contrast that with Jim Leyland, who has Ryan Raburn in CF, Marcus Thames at first, and Craig Monroe in left field tonight, with Granderson and Casey on the bench and Thames switching positions after starting in left field last night. Why? Because Jim Leyland believes in the value of platoon splits and stacks his line-up with right-handed hitters when facing LHPs, such as Jarrod Washburn. If it’s good enough for Jim Leyland, who isn’t exactly a nerd with a blog who doesn’t understand the value of team chemistry and structured line-ups, it should be good enough for the Mariners. /end soap box.

This is a big game for the M’s – Bonderman’s a terrific pitcher with lights out stuff, and the Tigers destroy left-handed pitching, hitting .304/.361/.503 against southpaws this year. Safeco should keep some of his flyballs in the park, but still, if the M’s can pull this one out tonight, it will be a steal, and the M’s need to keep stealing games they shouldn’t win if they’re going to get into the playoffs.


218 Responses to “Game 87, Tigers at Mariners”

  1. jephdood on July 13th, 2007 9:50 pm

    I’m like Pavlov’s dog.. As soon as I see Richie step into the box, I look to find where the remote control is.

  2. wcf51 on July 13th, 2007 9:50 pm

    angels just won — bottom of the ninth

  3. huhwhat on July 13th, 2007 9:51 pm

    198 – I’m not saying Guillen has been great, I said he hasn’t been as bad as Richie, Ibanez, and Vidro.

    Guillen isn’t hitting RHP like he is lefties that’s for sure, but he hasn’t been as bad as Suxson vs. everyone, Ibanez vs. LHP, and Vidro just sucks.

    Also, didn’t say he shouldn’t possibly lose some AB’s against RHP, just saying he hasn’t been as bad as those three.

  4. rigelwilson on July 13th, 2007 9:51 pm

    Why oh why is Sexson even batting in that situation. You know he’s trying to hit a 3 run homer as the leadoff batter. Isn’t that an obvious Broussard opportunity? Why is he not in the game as a pinch hitter to try and get on base. Heaven forbid we replace the big right handed power hitter with a left handed hitter with a good OBP and AVG in a situation where we desperately need runners?! We now have 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Imagine had we not wasted the first out of the inning on Richie?

  5. John D. on July 13th, 2007 9:52 pm

    Re: Nelson’s Triple Play
    (See # 52 and # 195.]
    Those who wish to reminisce about this can go to the following page:

  6. IdahoInvader on July 13th, 2007 9:52 pm


    I’d have been shocked with any other result

  7. msb on July 13th, 2007 9:52 pm

    did we already have the ‘why isnt Broussard pinch-hitting’ discussion the last two times Richie has come up to bat?

  8. msb on July 13th, 2007 9:52 pm

    or Raul, when the lefty was in?

  9. agingfan on July 13th, 2007 9:53 pm

    I am not in disagreement with you, sorry if I gave that impression.
    And despite what I said earlier, I am not sure I would pinch hit Broussard here. Please prove me wrong.

  10. IdahoInvader on July 13th, 2007 9:53 pm


    Sorry, should’ve read thanks re: 195 and 197 (not 52)

    Man a hr would be beyond sweet. Maybe they’ll walk him to get to that lead off guy of ours, lol

  11. gomer_kyle on July 13th, 2007 9:56 pm

    Damn it!!!

  12. agingfan on July 13th, 2007 9:57 pm

    OK, I am not that depressed. I though going into this series a split would be a good result. So we have two more games to get a win and get a split.

  13. IdahoInvader on July 13th, 2007 9:57 pm

    Wow…hard to believe Ben would fall for that way too high fastball thing that Jones likes to do. He had the walk, but as a typical Mariner: He’ll have none of that!

    Oh well…this game just didn’t have a good feel to it at all, did it?

  14. huhwhat on July 13th, 2007 10:00 pm

    So the M’s lose a full game to the Angels today…Damn…

  15. jephdood on July 13th, 2007 10:04 pm

    Richie Sexson is a vacuum of suck.. with a slow leak.

  16. PLU Tim on July 13th, 2007 10:06 pm

    I am so annoyed. I am not one to believe that the M’s are oblivious to Raul being a black hole against lefties. It’s just too bad that they choose to ignore the numbers.

  17. davepaisley on July 13th, 2007 11:36 pm

    The post game (Drayer, Valle, Hutyler) was extremely annoying. Ibanez is dealing with the bad hamstring, the bad back and the bad shoulder and they figure he should just learn to play through the pain. Because, if he took a couple of weeks off on the DL he would lose his swing.


    He doesn’t HAVE an effin’ swing any more you MORONS.

  18. KenLevine on July 15th, 2007 10:09 pm

    I know it’s not strictly on subject but thanks to all of you who commented on my fill-on stint broadcasting for the M’s tonight and last night. Even the negative comments.

    It was a crazy situation, especially being thrown onto the telecast and then that crazy play, but I had a great time, I love the Mariners, and although I was a little rusty and my voice is my voice, I think I conveyed the joy I felt being there and covering the M’s. And I think you could follow what was going on.

    In any event, this is a terrific blog. And I learn more about the team from you guys than from anywhere else.

    If anyone is interested, I have a blog as well. It’s more humor oriented. But for those who do enjoy my act, I invite you to check it out. Today I have posted my travelogue on my Seattle trip.

    Thanks again.

    Ken Levine

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