Game 92, Orioles at Mariners

Dave · July 18, 2007 at 6:30 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Bedard Cabrera vs Washburn, 7:05 pm.

Erik Bedard scratched with a stiff neck. Or he’s just terrified of Jose Guillen, who is hitting something like .850/.900/3.431 against lefties this year.

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351 Responses to “Game 92, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. michaelfox99 on July 18th, 2007 6:32 pm

    Another chance to breathe down the Angel’s necks. LAA trailing TB 7 to 1 at the 7th inning stretch.

  2. Otto on July 18th, 2007 6:32 pm

    Well the Angels are getting beat again by Tampa Bay lets see if we can gain a game.

  3. michaelfox99 on July 18th, 2007 6:33 pm

    And Cleveland lost tonight too!

  4. natebracy on July 18th, 2007 6:34 pm

    Yep, let’s hope we can take advantage of both these things tonight!

  5. Bearman on July 18th, 2007 6:40 pm

    I doult it’s because he’s scare of Gullien but however in a way it’s good the M’s miss having to face him and in a way bad cause while Cabrera isn’t a Bedard.

    He isn’t exactly a pushover either.He’s one of the pesky RHPers who can make you hit because he’s close in on the K zone while not exactly getting the K’s in any great numbers.

    So don’t let his numbers fool you he’s a tough cookie and if he could cut down on the BB a bit more and maybe raise his GB to FB ratio more in favor of groundball I would consider trading for him as long as the price was any higher than say Reed/Reitsma as an example of my point.

  6. kolson82 on July 18th, 2007 6:43 pm

    Bearman, try a comma or some other form of punctuation. It will make your sentences happier, not to mention the people reading them.

  7. Bearman on July 18th, 2007 6:44 pm

    However the M’s have a good record with Washburn on the mound following a loss so hopefully that will hold true.

    Yes 1thru 4 the Angels are getting beat by the D-Rays and the Chi Sox knock off the Indians so the M’s are in a excellent position with a win to gain ground in both the AL West and the wild card.

    (this a futher addition to my comment numbered as 5)

  8. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 6:50 pm

    Daniel Cabrera:

    K/9: 7.35
    BB/9: 4.59 (!)
    G/F: 1.35

    Neither a heavy groundball nor flyballer, with a decent K rate. His biggest problem is his propensity to give up walks.

    Against the Mariners? That could be trouble. The Mariners are a team that isn’t built to work the count and draw walks. Cabrera could work himself into trouble and the M’s will bail him out by hacking at bad stuff.

  9. natebracy on July 18th, 2007 6:54 pm

    Cabrera’s woes with his control are well known; Didn’t the team face a pitcher fairly recently (within a month) with a similar problem and come out not swinging? I seem to remember Ibanez saying something about a team meeting where that was a focus.

  10. Tek Jansen on July 18th, 2007 6:55 pm

    I like having Broussard in the lineup against a righty, but, if I read the lineup correctly, he replaces Ibanez. Is Ibanez hurt? If not, that is an odd way to get Broussard into the order.

  11. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 6:56 pm

    Watching the pre game show on FSN, and they were interviewing an Oriole, and the topic of clubhouse chemistry came up, and the announcers breathlessly agreed that the difference in the M’s this year is because all the players get along so well.

    I’m thinking that if a person doesn’t understand how baseball games are won or lost, then it all seems like magic.

  12. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 6:57 pm

    10 – Baker’s blog says Ibanez is going to rest the two games. I also like Broussard in the lineup, just not in LF.

  13. hititagainandagainandagain on July 18th, 2007 6:59 pm

    Daniel Cabrera has great “stuff” but major control problems. In other words, he can be a lot of fun to watch, and very frustrating for Oriole fans. (Early Randy Johnson?)

    So if you have a chance, get to a TV soon!

  14. Tek Jansen on July 18th, 2007 7:00 pm

    I just read Baker’s blog. He explains that Ibanez was going to be given the night off with Bedard on the mound. Ellison would have started, but he was replaced with Broussard when Cabrera was named as the Orioles’ SP. I don’t like that explanation.

  15. Teej on July 18th, 2007 7:00 pm

    Cabrera’s leading the majors in walks with 65, and he’s tied for second in hit batsmen with 10. If the M’s can squeeze out three or four free trips to first, I like their chances. Cabrera’s stuff is filthy, and when he’s on he’s a beast. It’s just that he very rarely happens to be on.

    Go M’s!

  16. smb on July 18th, 2007 7:03 pm

    I seem to remember Cabrera dominating us on one or two prior occasions. Anyone know for sure?

  17. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 7:04 pm

    15 – The sad thing about Cabrera’s walk total is that Morrow has given up half that amount as a reliever…

  18. Gerald on July 18th, 2007 7:04 pm

    This isn’t necessarily good news because Cabrera has good career numbers against the M’s.

    But at least we know he’s just not as good a pitcher as Bedard, so there’s that hope.

  19. Mike Snow on July 18th, 2007 7:05 pm

    In other news, to further discourage trade speculation, Dontrelle Willis was shelled today for eleven hits in three innings, giving up six runs.

  20. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:05 pm

    I’m glad to see Raul, of the .233 OBA in July, get some time off. A lot of time off.

  21. (Expletive) Dave Samson on July 18th, 2007 7:05 pm

    This is Italian-American night, so you have to be good to me, otherwise something unfortunate will happen.

  22. smb on July 18th, 2007 7:07 pm

    11

    What’s easier to sell to the masses, VORP and regression to the mean or ‘team chemistry’? I think you nailed it.

  23. kolson82 on July 18th, 2007 7:07 pm

    #14 – Agreed. All of that could be solved with one simple solution. sigh.

  24. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 7:07 pm

    21: Do you have cousins named Guido? Or brothers with the middle name “The”?

  25. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 7:08 pm

    Lets go M’s! We can move up big time with this game!

  26. CC Rosco on July 18th, 2007 7:09 pm

    24 – I do

  27. michaelfox99 on July 18th, 2007 7:15 pm

    Team chemistry does matter. It doesn’t directly win games, but it brings the best out of your guys. Although, it does take at least two to turn a DP and communication as well as knowledge of each others tendencies is a must.

  28. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 7:17 pm

    Ah, the chemistry folks are out in force tonight. I should have something to say on the subject: I’m an actual, live, professional chemist.

    Your cause-and-effect is backwards. Teams have good chemistry because they win. They don’t win because they have good chemistry.

  29. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:17 pm

    11: “Correlation does not equal causation” strikes again.

  30. michaelfox99 on July 18th, 2007 7:18 pm

    That was a garbage swing, lucky single.

  31. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:20 pm

    That was an example of a play someone else might be able to reach diving, that Ichiro just runs down.

  32. smb on July 18th, 2007 7:20 pm

    27:

    Sure, there’s some extra element that can’t be quantified, and it is fun for us fans. Plus, I would think that for an announcer, once he starts talking statistics, the valid ones anyway, he immediately makes his turd-polishing job a thousand times harder. I guess that’s how they manage to still be excited about Richie Sexson.

  33. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 7:20 pm

    I swear Jarrod Washburn looks like a chipmunk.

  34. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:21 pm

    33: I say rabbit.

  35. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 7:22 pm

    34 – Rabbit sounds good too.

  36. (Expletive) Dave Samson on July 18th, 2007 7:25 pm

    24 – I almost had a nephew named Vinnie, until my parents intervened.

  37. Tak on July 18th, 2007 7:25 pm

    I don’t understand how a “bench player” can just come in and hit in the #4 spot. If he is really good enough to be hitting 4th, then he should not be on the bench. If he is not… well then he should not be hitting 4th…

    or am I missing something?

  38. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:27 pm

    #37 – “logic is a beautiful flower that smells bad.”

  39. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 7:28 pm

    37: What it means is that the team should be platooning more.

  40. John in L.A. on July 18th, 2007 7:32 pm

    I’m a big fan of Beltre, but “hot hitter” is a weird way to describe him at the moment.

  41. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:32 pm

    Adrian had his happy feet on that ball.

  42. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 7:33 pm

    Beltre’s like Icy Hot.

  43. John in L.A. on July 18th, 2007 7:35 pm

    The Hitter Formerly Known as Hot.

  44. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:35 pm

    40: Beltre is hitting .353/.433/.647 this month.

  45. vitalogist on July 18th, 2007 7:37 pm

    40:

    I noticed that too.

    Blowers: “Hot hitter in Beltre on deck.”
    Niehaus: “And here comes Adrian Beltre… 1 for his last 15.”

    I saw the RJ comparison there in that at bat. For those three pitches, he located them just perfectly – down and away, followed by down and in to get the K. Lets hope we can just keep getting runners on base (plate discipline!) and we’ll be fine…

  46. John in L.A. on July 18th, 2007 7:37 pm

    44- Sure, but he’s also 1 for his last 20.

  47. skipj on July 18th, 2007 7:37 pm

    Aubrey Huff could not have had a good time in Junior High School. Name alone.

  48. John in L.A. on July 18th, 2007 7:39 pm

    45 – Oops, I thought he said 19. So, one for his last 16, I guess.

    44 – Believe me, not unhappy with Beltre, just thought it was a weird descriptor to use.

  49. apunetid on July 18th, 2007 7:44 pm

    I wish Sexson was as fast as Ichiro; then he’d be even better.

  50. Tak on July 18th, 2007 7:47 pm

    great at bat by Kenji. Already at 36 pitches.

  51. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Yay! Free outs.

  52. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Argh.

  53. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 7:48 pm

    It looked like Mazzone was having to yell so that his voice would carry up to Cabrera, like my youngest child trying to get my attention.

  54. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 7:49 pm

    Lopez must be pissed he has turned into McLaren’s bunt bitch.

  55. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:49 pm

    (“Argh” for sacrifice, not YuBet, who gets a “Yay!”)

  56. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:50 pm

    With that sac bunt by Lopez, the M’s chances of winning the game went from 55% to 54%.

  57. agingfan on July 18th, 2007 7:50 pm

    Despite the bloop single and the single by Ichiro, I think the sac bunt there by Lopez is a mistake. Cabrera leads the league in walks and had walked two in a row. Why give up an out? Why not see if he can even throw a strike?

  58. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 7:51 pm

    Ichiro earning his money unlike some other guys on this team.

  59. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:53 pm

    57: …Why not see if Lopez can’t get a hit? He might make an out, but he also might advance the runners, and the sacrifice has a risk of failure also. Totally agree.

  60. Corey on July 18th, 2007 7:54 pm

    You know, at times you think Cabrera has potential. But you can’t help tempering that set of what-if’s with the fact that if Mazzone can’t fix him, slim chance others can…

  61. kolson82 on July 18th, 2007 7:54 pm

    That Cilias commercial is great.

  62. kolson82 on July 18th, 2007 7:55 pm

    *Cialis

  63. Tak on July 18th, 2007 7:56 pm

    Dont forget, the purpose of a sac bunt is not just to advance the runners. It is also to prevent the possibility of a DP. (yes, if you screw up the sac bunt it could turn into a DP as well but chances are slim) Remember, the runners were both extremely slow (Kenji and Sexson).

    Not to say that was the best move at the time (especially considering it is only the 2nd inning), bunting with no outs with runners on 1st and 2nd is not such a bad strategy in general.

  64. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:56 pm

    Ichiro makes another play someone else probably doesn’t reach diving.

  65. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 7:57 pm

    I just don’t understand why Ichiro won’t dive for those balls. It would make some of the idjits here so much more content with him.

  66. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:57 pm

    When Mazzone went out to the mound to talk to him, on TV it looked like he was on his knees looking up at Cabrera.

  67. planB on July 18th, 2007 7:58 pm

    65: Risk of injury (both long-term and immediate). Ichiro doesn’t take a day off with back spasms.

  68. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 7:58 pm

    64 – I agree, especially with how shallow he was playing.

  69. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 7:58 pm

    Not to say that was the best move at the time (especially considering it is only the 2nd inning), bunting with no outs with runners on 1st and 2nd is not such a bad strategy in general.

    Of course, if it was a good strategy in that situation, it would actually increase your chances of winning the game.

  70. wrmike on July 18th, 2007 8:00 pm

    Ichiro sure lookd a lot better going back on the ball instead of coming in on one.

  71. agingfan on July 18th, 2007 8:00 pm

    #63
    As Earl Weaver used to say: “There’s a place in baseball for the sacrifice bunt. Somewhere in the back of the closet, rarely taken out and used.” You only get 27 outs in a game. Giving them away, even for two bases, is still a dubious proposition, although for a run late in the game I will concede it makes more sense, but there, with a pitcher who cannot find the strike zone, and a good hitter at the plate, don’t take the bat out of his hands (I am assuming, perhaps, more patience than Lopez maybe has, to take pitches).

  72. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:02 pm

    69: A double play decreases expected runs more than a sacrifice does. So does a strikeout. But early? With Lopez? The calculated risk is poor. I’d have Bloomquist swinging most of the time.

  73. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:04 pm

    * any out that doesn’t advance the runners

  74. Tak on July 18th, 2007 8:05 pm

    #69

    And your evaluation of “chances of winning the game” is dependant on some mathematical formula which somebody came up with. Though I do not know what exactly this formula uses to calculate these percentages, I assure you it does not take into account every single aspect of the game.

  75. Paul B on July 18th, 2007 8:05 pm

    I think you’d have a hard time making a logical case for a play that, if it was successful decreases the chance of winning.

  76. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:08 pm

    It’s Mendoza Line Sexson at the plate. Truth be told, I’d be tempted to have him bunt. He’s been near useless otherwise.

    And as I type that … double play.

  77. enazario on July 18th, 2007 8:08 pm

    Sacrificing with Sexson is the smart play these days.

  78. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:09 pm

    I hope Sexson is contemplating early retirement. Cripes.

  79. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:09 pm

    [sarcasm] I guess that wild pitch vindicates Sexson’s DP grounder since he got a runner over to third. [/sarcasm]

  80. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 8:09 pm

    74:

    You’re completely ignorant of the method used to evaluate the chances of winning the game, and yet you claim your ignorance helps you evaluate why someone else is wrong?

    You might start by asking where that probability number comes from before tossing out wild accusations.

  81. apunetid on July 18th, 2007 8:10 pm

    Perhaps we should send Sexson down to Tacoma; he’s clearly not ready for the Majors yet.

  82. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:11 pm

    Sexson can’t bunt, but I would rather have Sexson try cause I imagine he could only cause 1 out and no advance instead of a DP. His Mendoza line floating isn’t worth it if hes not going to hit 30 HR’s and 100+ RBI’s. Both of which he is not on pace for.

  83. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 8:12 pm

    Good hustle by Washburn.

  84. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:12 pm

    82 – But any day now he’s “due” to “heat up”.

  85. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 8:13 pm

    If he didn’t move, that would have drilled him in the face.

  86. Teej on July 18th, 2007 8:13 pm

    Washburn gets the Eckstein Award for today. Way to hustle!

  87. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:14 pm

    86- Here it is called Grit.

  88. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:15 pm

    74: Actually, no. You can look at expected runs in every possible situation.

    Expected runs with runner on first, no outs: 0.9032
    Expected runs with runner on second, one out: 0.70233

    Expected runs with runners on first and second, no outs: 1.4842
    Expected runs with runners on second and third, one out: 1.4704

    That’s not a projection, it’s actual data from games played this year (and you can look at previous years, but the numbers barely change).

    A successful sacrifice bunt slightly decreases your chance to score a run. That doesn’t mean you should never do it. It may be late in a game that will be decided by that one run. The pitcher could be batting; after all, giving up an out to advance the runners is better than giving up an out without advancing the runners (or even worse, a double play). But everything else (swing but groundout and “sacrifice” anyway, walk, or base hit) is at least as good or better. Even if the batter’s OBP is poor, it’s still almost always better to let them swing. Outs are precious; you only get 27. After every out, the game is significantly closer to ending. Unless it’s close and late, an out for a base just isn’t a good trade.

  89. Tak on July 18th, 2007 8:15 pm

    80:

    I am not accusing anyone of anything so do not make it such a big deal. All I am saying is that I highly doubt anybody can come up with any method of calculating the chances of winning a ballgame, since there are waaaaay too many things you have to consider to make an 100% accurate calculation. And you know what, thats what makes baseball (or other sports in general) a lot of fun to watch.

  90. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 8:17 pm

    88:

    Slight correction to your wording. In that situation (runners on 1st and 2nd, no out), your chances of scoring one run go up, but your expected run value goes down. So you’re more likely to get one, but you’re less likely to have a big inning.

    Dave put up an article in yesterday’s game thread that covers most of it.

  91. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:18 pm

    I’m curious what Dave or other regulars here REALLY think as regards the Twins and Yankees playoff chances. Both are rounding into good form and I think their chances are much better than, say, Geoff Baker thinks they are. I’m worried about both teams.

    It is amazing when you look at the RS/RA numbers. The M’s are +10 (10 more runs scored than allowed) and an amazing 13 games over .500 (and, yes, I know about the Weaver factor and blow out losses/close wins). The Yankees are +83 but only 4 games over .500 and the Twins are +44 and 5 games over .500.

    I don’t think Cleveland/Detroit for the wild card is our only concern. Do others differ?

  92. msb on July 18th, 2007 8:18 pm

    this is not one of the swift-moving Washburn games.

    a lot of people are noting Sexson’s struggles lately … PI,
    SI and the Olympian

  93. Tak on July 18th, 2007 8:18 pm

    88:

    yes, I understand your point, and I have seen that kind of data before. But this is data taken from various teams with various players at various ballparks etc. etc. etc… This is not data from some lab experiment where every single condition is kept the same.

    on AVERAGE, yes, you are completely right, and you know what, probably you are right in this case too, and I am not arguing against any of the data your brought up. All I am saying is, just because past data says on average bunting is a bad idea, it doesn’t mean its ALWAYS a bad idea.

  94. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:19 pm

    I love it when Ichi-kun hits doubles.

  95. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:20 pm

    88: Yeah, that’s “chance of scoring X runs” rather than “chance of scoring any runs”. I’ll check out that article, thanks.

  96. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:20 pm

    91- I am more concerned with the Twins, they had that comeback last year to win the division. Yankees are to streaky right now to worry about, next week they will go 2-4 and the media will jump back off the bandwagon.

  97. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 8:21 pm

    My Turbo Lover!

  98. Teej on July 18th, 2007 8:21 pm

    89: For the record, it’s not like someone came up with an arbitrary formula based on what he thinks is likely. It’s based on history, i.e. how successful certain moves have been over the course of baseball history at scoring runs.

    Baseball Prospectus’ “Baseball Between the Numbers” book does a good job of explaining it in a way that I don’t think I can.

  99. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:21 pm

    90*

  100. agingfan on July 18th, 2007 8:23 pm

    Counting out the Yanks is a mistake. They have a lineup which, if it gets healthy, is capable of bludgeoning other teams into submission. And more than any team in baseball, they have the resources (or, at least, the willingness to use resources) to replace the weak links in their lineup.

  101. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:23 pm

    I am not a Vidro fan, but if he keeps the doubles up and hits .330 I would vote for Ibanez’s playing time cut down when A Jones comes up.

  102. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:23 pm

    Vidro creeps back over .300

  103. Colm on July 18th, 2007 8:23 pm

    I’m finding it hard to argue with that, although, Lord knows, I want to.

  104. davepaisley on July 18th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Jose Vidro not fighting for starting spot: OPS .698

    Jose Vidro on the hot seat: OPS 1.095

    Hmm, should have lit a fire under his butt months ago. Now, if we could only get Ibanez to fess up he’s injured and get him on the DL…

  105. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Dive, Ichiro, dive!

  106. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:26 pm

    Ichiro goes back on baseballs better then anyone in the game, it is a joy to watch.

  107. planB on July 18th, 2007 8:26 pm

    That was the third potentially-diving-play this game Ichiro got to on his feet.

  108. sankthetank on July 18th, 2007 8:27 pm

    With regards to this bunting issue, the mountains of empirical data suggest that bunting will lower your overall expected run total. The more samples you have, the better the expectancies model the actual phenomena. So if “on average” you are losing runs when you behave in a certain way, isn’t it a good idea to stop behaving in that way?

    Along the same lines, I’d love to see a well-done Monte Carlo simulation of the run expectancies versus the actual data. I’d imagine they are similar, but it would be fun to see.

  109. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:29 pm

    Ben B has a sweet home run stroke – a no-doubt-about-it when it happens.

  110. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    BIG BEN!!!

  111. Teej on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    There’s our righty-masher!

  112. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Don’t know what more Broussard needs to do to keep a starting spot heh.

  113. G-Man on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Can’t a big guy like Richie get shin splints real easily? Like if Ben Gilooleys him with a bat? 30 days on the DL would be great.

  114. Teej on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    He started his swing when the ball was still in Cabrera’s hand.

  115. shortbus on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Broussard not getting five starts a week is a CRIME!!

  116. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:30 pm

    Nice. Before I learned that Bedard was scratched I had a bad feeling about this one. Now with Broussard’s HR I feel about 90% confident of a win.

  117. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:31 pm

    Broussard should point to Sexson’s Avg and OPS every time he hits a HR.

  118. chbrody on July 18th, 2007 8:32 pm

    Why is Broussard not the starting 1B? He’s clearly a better all-around hitter than Sexson and is just as solid at first. I think that Richie has moved in to the “Boone” years. It’s time to give him his walking papers.

  119. vitalogist on July 18th, 2007 8:32 pm

    116 – that’s right about where fangraphs has us at this point…

  120. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 8:33 pm

    116: That’s funny, ‘cuz fangraphs says 92%.

  121. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 8:33 pm

    At what point does the team give up on this “sure thing” Richie 2nd half streak? He just looks awful at the plate.

  122. Colm on July 18th, 2007 8:35 pm

    Digression. I love baseball. I’m pretty bloody ADD, and I have two young children, so I’m usually trying to do 12 things at once. Sitting on the sofa and watching a game with a beer in one hand is hard for me. Soccer I can manage – 90 minute of play, and such beguiling geometry to watch. Any American game, clocking in at 3 hours or so – that’s a no no.

    But, I can listen to a game on the radio without ignoring the rest of my life. And I think baseball was made for radio in the same way that it was made for multiple regression analysis. Perhaps it’s just the melifluous tones of Dave Niehaus, perhaps it’s the almost cricket-esque tempo (cricket is also brilliant to listen to without images. Test Match Special on the BBC is priceless) but I love listening to baseball on the radio.

    Now, you can’t always find a long wave radio with a KOMO 1000 signal, so a few years ago, marooned in San Antonio early in the season, I ponied up my 15 bucks for MLB Radio. What a bargain! I’ve never looked back.

    But only recently have I realised the real benefit of online radio. No Farmer’s Insurance commercials, just peaceful silence between innings. Ahhh, I’m loving it.

    Go M’s!

  123. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:37 pm

    #121

    My guess, last week of season.

  124. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:37 pm

    Two reasons why I think the Angels are catchable this year: Bartolo Colon and Ervin Santana.

  125. chbrody on July 18th, 2007 8:38 pm

    Does anyone know if the M’s ever contacted Harold Reynolds in the off-season to broadcast games? I’m not much of a Simms fan. I realize that Reynolds mostly did analyst work, but he did help call games for the CWS.

  126. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:39 pm

    Ah, the rally fries …. here to stay I suspect (sigh). Just did a Google search and have you all seen this?

    Rally Fries T-Shirt

    The apocalyse is near.

  127. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:40 pm

    Well, got the link wrong first time, let’s try again

    Rally Fries T-Shirt

  128. Bozo on July 18th, 2007 8:40 pm

    124 – I believe that Santana’s been sent to AAA, where he’ll get a chance to hone his road-pitching skills in Albuquerque and Colorado Springs.

  129. JR Ewing on July 18th, 2007 8:40 pm

    fishiam, have you seen the web site ? mikeblowersfries.com

  130. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 8:41 pm

    I still say that it’s better than that stupid bouncing monkey….

  131. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:42 pm

    Poah Kevin Millah. That musta haat (hurt).

  132. bmanuw on July 18th, 2007 8:42 pm

    Cruel American League….Assuming we win tonight, the M’s will be 2 games out of having the best record in ALL of baseball yet would miss the playoffs if they started today.

  133. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:42 pm

    Reason I think the Mariners will catch the Angels.

    HoRam and Vidro.

  134. wheezl on July 18th, 2007 8:42 pm

    As I live in Italy I don’t get to see many games, what is this silly thing with the “rally” fries?

  135. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 8:45 pm

    Fan went diving for a ground ball…dumped his fries on the field…one of the TV announcers sent him another order of fries…M’s won…

  136. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:45 pm

    Funk blasts and rally fries. As American as apple pie.

  137. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:45 pm

    129: No I hadn’t but I can state that I was the 30th person to do so … is that actually YOUR website?

  138. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 8:45 pm

    124 Santana just got booted to AAA today.

  139. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:45 pm

    133 – They have secret Wonder Twins powers?

  140. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:46 pm

    132- Good thing we got 70 games left then huh?

  141. wheezl on July 18th, 2007 8:46 pm

    #135 Well I guess it’s better than the nightmare we’d see with a “Refuse to Booze” campaign.

  142. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 8:47 pm

    Wish there wasn’t so much money wrapped up in Sexson. Ben is doing everything right, Sexson is barely producing…

    Can someone explain what drives the Mariners to put him in the lineup every day still? Money isn’t really a reason… Is there something he is providing to this team this year that I’m overlooking? Not trying to be a smartass (for once), just trying to understand.

  143. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 8:47 pm

    128 didn’t see your comment, sorry

    Depending on how this game plays out, I like the M’s chances of catching up in the AL west over the weekend. M’s get Toronto and the Angels get Minnesota.

  144. kenshabby on July 18th, 2007 8:47 pm

    So the Angels demoted Santana, but actived Napoli – I wonder who’ll be their 5th starter, then.

  145. agingfan on July 18th, 2007 8:49 pm

    Spealing on #122′s comment on the advantages of radio baseball: Niehaus cannot see the ball off the bat, but he just started rhapsodizing about the “layered effect of the clouds in the distance” and I could actually see them too.

  146. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 8:49 pm

    Nicely done Roberts…you’re still a shmuck….

  147. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 8:49 pm

    Thats what he gets!

  148. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:50 pm

    The Brian Roberts we all know from the All-Star game. What is his glove made of anyways?

  149. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 8:50 pm

    A nice illustration of small ball working out. Without Roberts racing to cover 2nd, that is an easy ground ball out. Selective use of small ball tactics is a good thing.

  150. enazario on July 18th, 2007 8:50 pm

    Baseball is episodic with crescendos and lulls. It has tension and release. It is perfect for radio (and for writing for that matter)

  151. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:51 pm

    #142

    My guess is they are too embarrassed to bench someone making 11 million or so a year either that or they aren’t aware that Broussard would probably do better at this point.

  152. robbbbbb on July 18th, 2007 8:51 pm

    Mathematically, the jury’s in on bunting: Often a bad idea. I don’t know that anyone’s done a similar study on the hit and run.

  153. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:51 pm

    Really making Ichiro bunt? This is a joke…

  154. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 8:52 pm

    Does Ichiro still bunt here?

  155. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 8:53 pm

    Jones 5-5. When is he going to get the call up. Tonight would have been perfect, put B in for Richie and let Jones play for Ibanez.

  156. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 8:53 pm

    Ichiro should never sac bunt, if he is bunting for a hit that is different. He was looking to sac right there.

  157. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 8:54 pm

    144, I’m guessing probably Joe Saunders.

  158. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 8:54 pm

    Come on Vidro…

    Infield single.

  159. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 8:54 pm

    At some point, especially nearing the playoffs, you have to decide what’s best for the team and put the dollar signs aside.

  160. enazario on July 18th, 2007 8:54 pm

    The Jones story is not worth repeating. He has nothing else to prove at that level. He is ready. Everyone -including the front office- knows this. It is all about politics now.

  161. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 8:56 pm

    155, Wasn’t Jones 5-5 last night as well?

  162. enazario on July 18th, 2007 8:57 pm

    161 – Those are last nights stats.

  163. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 8:58 pm

    162 Thanks

  164. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 8:59 pm

    ok, to put a fork in the sac bunt with 0 out scenario… It is management’s way of creating damage control. Yes, the expected runs drop by a small fraction when it is completed. But look at the alternative: 120(1st and 2nd) 1.4842(0 out) 0.85492(1 out). So you take away the possibility of having such a signigicant drop in expected runs by taking a much much smaller one.

  165. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 8:59 pm

    J.J wasn’t on the cover of SI was he?

  166. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 8:59 pm

    …take away the possibility of Turbo GIDP…. =)

  167. agingfan on July 18th, 2007 9:00 pm

    Jones is 1 for 5 tonight.

  168. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:02 pm

    Mateo just blew the save for the Rainiers.

  169. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:02 pm

    Sexson is 0fer and Broussard is far below average in the OF. If only we had a good OF that could hit we could move Ben to 1B. If only…

  170. John in L.A. on July 18th, 2007 9:03 pm

    160 – I would argue that the facts you lay out make it even more worth repeating.

  171. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:05 pm

    Adam Jones catches that.

  172. vitalogist on July 18th, 2007 9:05 pm

    I’ll be the first one to say it.

    AJ would have caught that ball.

  173. vitalogist on July 18th, 2007 9:06 pm

    We want Sean!

    We want Sean!

    We want Sean!

  174. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:06 pm

    And that is why Ben is no good in LF.

  175. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:06 pm

    Almost the first one ;)

  176. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:07 pm

    170 – I know. I am trying to convince myself there is no reason to talk about it. :-)

  177. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:09 pm

    171- AJ catches that, we know… but I think BB actually has more range in left than Raul. Agree?

  178. vitalogist on July 18th, 2007 9:09 pm

    I do agree with you 177

  179. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:10 pm

    177 – Maybe a little. From Horrible to Bad would be about right I think.

  180. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 9:10 pm

    So why is Washburn still in this game?

  181. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:11 pm

    Better throw by Guillen gets that runner.

  182. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:11 pm

    The votes are in and now it is time for the… Governor?

  183. kwk on July 18th, 2007 9:12 pm

    110 pitches. Struggling. Pitching to a RH hitter. We have another idiot manager.

  184. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:13 pm

    Saving the bullpen for the offseason after we miss the playoffs.

  185. Typical Idiot Fan on July 18th, 2007 9:13 pm

    I hate you Washburn. The guy appears to sometimes have the ability to get strikeouts and miss bats, but then he’ll sandwich those starts with a start in which he doesn’t strike anybody out over 7 or more innings.

    He earns his less then 5 K/9 rate.

  186. VaughnStreet on July 18th, 2007 9:14 pm

    169 — I’ve heard rumors of some kid in AAA.

  187. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:16 pm

    I think I’ve already seen this one…..

  188. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Are we trying to give this one away too?

  189. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Ok, what is up with Yuni?

  190. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Jesus.

  191. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Adam Jones catches that as well.

  192. Teej on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Derp.

  193. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    Yikes. Ugly.

  194. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:18 pm

    That’s on Betancourt.

  195. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:19 pm

    It’s like watching little league with the walks and flyball confusion

  196. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:19 pm

    WTF is Yuni doing? We might need to look for a SS in the off season…

  197. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:19 pm

    The sad thing is, there’s nobody up watching at midnight in Baltimore to get excited about this.

  198. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:20 pm

    If we lose this will be on the manager.

  199. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:20 pm

    And Angels fans erupt in applause everywhere.

  200. mstaples on July 18th, 2007 9:20 pm

    They gave that error to Broussard — ridiculous.

  201. Non Hippo on July 18th, 2007 9:20 pm

    Time for a 3 inning save from JJ :p

  202. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:21 pm

    I honestly think the season is over if something doesn’t happen in the next week.

  203. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:22 pm

    Brandon — on what basis would you say that? There’s still a lot of ball to play.

  204. theraven on July 18th, 2007 9:23 pm

    #200 and now they just made it a base hit. How in the world is that a hit? Do they feel bad for Yuni or something?

  205. Teej on July 18th, 2007 9:23 pm

    202: Can we get a definition of “something”?

  206. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:24 pm

    Thank you, Sean!!!

  207. wrmike on July 18th, 2007 9:24 pm

    I heard this saying in baseball that goes: Before the season, every team can count on 54 wins, and 54 losses. It is what you do with the 54 games left will decide what season you will have. If the Mariners lose, put this game into the 54 undecided game category.

  208. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 9:24 pm

    Isn’t ironic… don’t ya think?

    ITS LIKE HAVING BEN BROUSSARD IN LEFT FIELD AND ADAM JONES IN TRIPLE-A.

  209. JR Ewing on July 18th, 2007 9:25 pm

    was that al martin and carlos guillen out there deep in coverage ?

  210. Kingfelix34 on July 18th, 2007 9:25 pm

    Yuni usually catches those balls…..Broussard IMO was in the way there. I know Yuni should give to the outfielder but Yuni was clearly calling that one all the way. Yuni to me had the ball read the whole way….and considering that Broussard has so little experience in LF it should’ve been Yuni’s play.

    Regardless…..ADAM JONES makes the play. This game is making me sick to my stomach….we cannot not capitalize on the Angels losing to the DRays’s 2 nights in a row.

  211. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:26 pm

    Bring the FUNK BB

  212. theraven on July 18th, 2007 9:27 pm

    #210 How can you say that Adam Jones makes the play when Yuni is not giving way? I’m sorry, but that ball is the LF’s, regardless how good the SS is (or how bad when our SS has nearly 20 errors already).

  213. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:27 pm

    210- No. That in NO WAY is Yuni’s ball, he goes for it till Broussard calls it, which he clearly did. Then Yuni gets the hell out of the way so we can get out of the inning with the lead.

  214. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:28 pm

    Gomez’s windup reminds me of good ol Freddy. He seems to leave it in his hand just a little longer, then has a violent wrist snap.

  215. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:28 pm

    The only way Sexson gets any OBP….

  216. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:28 pm

    Ritchie got hit! Yes!

  217. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:29 pm

    Heh, how about a Funk Plunk instead.

  218. theraven on July 18th, 2007 9:29 pm

    By the way, I’ve missed a few games lately and didn’t realize that Yuni was ALREADY at 20 errors.

  219. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:29 pm

    Well done, Richie!!!

  220. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:30 pm

    214 – You nailed. I couldn’t figure out who he reminded me off. He’s a little more violent than Freddy. And smaller

  221. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:30 pm

    84% chance of scoring here… one has to think that goes up against the Baltimore bullpen…

  222. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:30 pm

    MacLaren calling a double steal with Sexson?

  223. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:30 pm

    Now do you all really still hate selective small ball? That was smart.

  224. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Don’t strike out you mofo.

  225. theraven on July 18th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Awesome double steal! With Richie trailing no less!

  226. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Best part is Kenji can’t GIDP now.

  227. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:31 pm

    It looked like Adrian almost slid off the bag, lol

  228. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:32 pm

    And the catcher didn’t try to throw him out, but went for the lead runner instead?

    Maybe Richie was going so slow he didn’t think he was actually headed for second.

  229. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:32 pm

    I’ll take a wild pitch for 200 alex.

  230. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:32 pm

    221 84% huh? It’s got to be down to like what 10% now with a slumping Lopez at the plate?

  231. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:33 pm

    Add two more to the LOB count.

  232. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:34 pm

    Lopez looked like an abused puppy after that out.

  233. theraven on July 18th, 2007 9:34 pm

    So who’s going to be the first to say that Richie only pads his SB count when the game has already been decided?

  234. rsrobinson on July 18th, 2007 9:34 pm

    Seeing Broussard floundering around in the outfield makes me a sad panda.

  235. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    230-
    runs expected with 1st and 2nd 1 out is .84. It then went up to 1.47 with the double steal, down to .6something with the johj strikout.

  236. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    #232

    Michael Vick plays baseball?

  237. msb on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    Does anyone know if the M’s ever contacted Harold Reynolds in the off-season

    yes.

  238. Kingfelix34 on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    If Broussard calls Yuni off then it is his ball…..it didn’t look like that happened till the last second IMO.

  239. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    Hernandez… lopez… whatever.

  240. wheezl on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    They should have waited to use the fries.

  241. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:35 pm

    It’s a two inning game, and you’ve gotta like our chances against this Baltimore team!

  242. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:36 pm

    235 Are you saying that it went down only to %60 with the Johjima strikeout?

  243. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 9:37 pm

    Mike Hargrove must be managing tonight’s game by text message.

  244. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:37 pm

    243 lol

  245. msb on July 18th, 2007 9:38 pm

    I’m thinking they don’t have quite the offense they think they have.

    and that the bullpen has worked a lot this season.

  246. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:38 pm

    yep! runners on 2nd and 3rd, two out = .60 run expectancy. BTW, anyone have a Win Probability up on the M’s right now?

  247. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:39 pm

    Something is mostly Adam Jones. I count 5 outs we should have made that inning. Plus Jones has a strong arm that probably holds the 5th run at third on that line drive or at least makes it a play at home.

    Other somethings- Not having Sexson starting everyday with a .200 Batting Average and the lowest OPS of any regular first baseman by about 50 points. Not to mention he is horribly slow and crappy at defense. Ben needs to be starting every game against RH pitchers.

    The horrible lineups with Ibanez and his sub .550 OPS vs lefties in the third spot and DP machine Vidro 2nd. Using the same lineup regardless of the handedness of the pitcher we face is horrible.

    Letting starting pitchers stay in with 100+ pitches after giving up more than 2 hits in an inning when the bullpen is the teams greatest strength.

    Sacrifice Bunting with Lopez or Ichiro! giving the opponents free outs. Especially when this is happening in the first few innings.

    Being completely impatient as the plate and swinging at countless ball 4s. Being unable to score a runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

    LAA and Cleveland are not going to keep losing so we need to be winning especially against a team like Baltimore.

  248. Kingfelix34 on July 18th, 2007 9:40 pm

    This is making me sick to my stomach, we need to push one across this inning!

  249. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:40 pm

    Mariner Win Expectancy leading into the bottome of the 8th is 61%.

  250. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:40 pm

    Sean Green = Chile Verde! Careful guys, he’s quite hot on the palate! (no? Ok, I’m not a color guy *tear)

  251. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Yuuuuuni. It’s redemption time. Well, pseudo redemption.

  252. planB on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Yuni’s having a night.

  253. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Would it be crazy if they didn’t bunt now? Should they?

  254. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Apology accepted, Yuni

  255. rsrobinson on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    Alright Yuni. Just get one run here and turn it over to JJ.

  256. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 9:41 pm

    This team right now is good enough for the FO not to change a thing but not good enough to win the division or Wild Card.

    Quagmire Mariners.

  257. apunetid on July 18th, 2007 9:42 pm

    Looks like the infield pop-up thing’s getting old for Betancourt.

  258. planB on July 18th, 2007 9:42 pm

    Also: I’m pretty sure when Ichiro bunts, he’s trying to get a hit. Corner playing deep or whatever.

  259. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:42 pm

    And that double added 13# to our WE, thus we’re now at 74% WE.

  260. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    256: Giggity Giggity.

  261. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Woohoo! Odds are on us scoring (1.16) and we give it to JJ! I’m calling it a ballgame…

  262. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Oreos must not have access to any kind of stats, Ichiro hits Lefties better.

  263. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    246 I guess that means I should get more excited when we have a man on 2nd and 3rd with two outs and a batter at the plate who is 3 for 23 over the last 7 games.

  264. teacherrefpoet on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    We’re in the -only- game situation in which a bunt makes sense: late in the game, need one run, nobody out, man on second (or first and second). Plus, Ichiro might beat it out anyway.

    Yup. Bunt here.

  265. wrmike on July 18th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Small ball dudes, do the M’s bunt now and play for the one run with Ichiro? Do we let him hit away and hope that he can at least move Yuni to third?

  266. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:44 pm

    Ichiro owns the O’s. You have to let him hit here.

  267. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:44 pm

    I think they have an offense, but it’s just streaky as hell IMO.

  268. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:44 pm

    Ichiro wasn’t squaring off.

  269. dislocated on July 18th, 2007 9:45 pm

    Sac bunt here would drop our expected runs scored to .96. With Ichiro! up, I better not see it…

  270. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:45 pm

    shoot, he had a pitch to crank too.

  271. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 9:45 pm

    If the M’s take the lead PUT ELLISON IN LEFT FIELD!

  272. rsrobinson on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    Now that was a long bunt.

  273. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    So that’s as good as a bunt, and almost a lot better

  274. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    My last comment was for 245.

  275. planB on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    He swung away and still advanced the runner.

  276. Mike Snow on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    Ellison is already in left field, I believe.

  277. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    271 He already is according to Gameday.

  278. teacherrefpoet on July 18th, 2007 9:46 pm

    It’d drop our expected runs, but increase our likelihood of scoring at least one. I’ll take a better chance at one over a better chance at zero and more than one.

    Well, I’ll take that warning-track out, too.

  279. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    Dare we look for the squeeze?

  280. Non Hippo on July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    271 How about Ellison for turbo?

  281. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    Who in their RIGHT mind Intentionally walks Jose F’ing Vidro?

  282. Teej on July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    That was almost a Vlad Guerrero homer right there. That pitch almost hit Ichiro in the face.

  283. msb on July 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    ok, show us you really are a Professional Hitter.

    oh, and #142, 151, see the Olympian link in #92– they still think he’s due to come out it

  284. rsrobinson on July 18th, 2007 9:48 pm

    Ellison replaced Broussard last inning

  285. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 9:48 pm

    McLaren better pinch run for Vidro with Willies.

  286. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 9:48 pm

    Here’s hoping for one of Jose’s patented anger dingers.

  287. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 9:48 pm

    oops Ellison already is in left, guess I wasn’t paying attention when that happened.

  288. Teej on July 18th, 2007 9:48 pm

    The Orioles are trying to lose, apparently.

  289. huhwhat on July 18th, 2007 9:49 pm

    McLaren better pinch run for Vidro with Willie.

  290. Joof on July 18th, 2007 9:49 pm

    281: A team who sees Vidros been on fire lately and who playing a team with the go ahead run on 3rd?

  291. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:50 pm

    They’re playing the “Rocky” theme?

  292. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 9:52 pm

    OK, Guillen, don’t let them disrespect you like that.

  293. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:52 pm

    Can Raul earn some UUUUs?

  294. dotcomse on July 18th, 2007 9:52 pm

    TIME TO EARN THOSE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUs!

  295. The Unknown Comic on July 18th, 2007 9:52 pm

    If the Mariners take the lead… PUT BLOOMQUIST IN LEFT FIELD!

  296. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:53 pm

    Raul hit for Ellison?

    I would think you would want a speedy person to run out any potential double plays. Guess not.

  297. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:53 pm

    -UUUUs He’s now called Ral.

  298. dotcomse on July 18th, 2007 9:53 pm

    Worthless.

  299. Non Hippo on July 18th, 2007 9:54 pm

    Does that mean that Raul now has to play left?

  300. planB on July 18th, 2007 9:54 pm

    RAAUUUUUuuugh.

  301. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:54 pm

    Why not suicide with willie.

  302. dotcomse on July 18th, 2007 9:56 pm

    Hey ump, you’re missin’ a great game!

  303. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 9:57 pm

    Ball 4 #1.

  304. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:58 pm

    Good to see him swing at the RBI ball 4 two pitches ago.

  305. SebPruiti on July 18th, 2007 9:58 pm

    ugh. If I had a hat id be wearing it inside out…

  306. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Not even Beltre swings at that one! Woooooo.

  307. apunetid on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Beltre!!!

  308. dotcomse on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Come on Sexson! Break this thing wide open!

  309. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    and the O’s pitching bails out the M’s…

  310. enazario on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Yes!!! Let’s concede and get Putz in.

  311. joser on July 18th, 2007 9:59 pm

    That’s hilarious.

    That’s how bad teams lose.

  312. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 10:00 pm

    And THAT is the ballgame, I don’t care what FanGraphs says. We have JJ.

  313. msb on July 18th, 2007 10:01 pm

    jeez, just pull my nails out one by one, won’t you?

  314. enazario on July 18th, 2007 10:01 pm

    Sexson is just killing me.

  315. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Late on an 80 mile an hour pitch. ARG!!!!

  316. planB on July 18th, 2007 10:02 pm

    “You know what time it is?”

    “It’s JJ time!”

  317. Swungonandbelted on July 18th, 2007 10:02 pm

    Mr. Automatic out strikes (out) again

  318. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 10:05 pm

    Richie back under the Sexdoza line.

  319. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 10:05 pm

    And with that strikeout Sexson falls below .200 to an impressive .199

  320. enazario on July 18th, 2007 10:06 pm

    Hung that one. But grinder got it.

  321. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 10:07 pm

    I just don’t understand how they can’t get a basehit to score a run, they can’t hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, but they have to rely on a Beltre walk to win this game.

  322. bhsmarine on July 18th, 2007 10:07 pm

    JJ keeps me out of AA.

  323. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 10:07 pm

    Time to get revenge on Roberts.

  324. JJD on July 18th, 2007 10:07 pm

    Sims: Bradford thows it 68…when’s the last time ou saw THAT in a big league game?

    Blowers: I don’t know if it wasn’t a knuckleballer…Wakefield, maybe?

    JJD (screaming from his sofa): Jamie MOYER!! HELLO?!?!

    At least JJ is about to wrap it up.

  325. pumpkinhead on July 18th, 2007 10:08 pm

    I don’t know why they’d pinch hit Raul for Ellison. Just doesn’t make sense to me.

  326. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 10:08 pm

    Perfect ending against the man who blew his ASG save.

  327. dotcomse on July 18th, 2007 10:08 pm

    Ballgame!

  328. enazario on July 18th, 2007 10:09 pm

    JJ should have plunked him for booting the all star ground ball.

  329. apunetid on July 18th, 2007 10:09 pm

    M’s win!

  330. Non Hippo on July 18th, 2007 10:09 pm

    12 LOB, ugh!

  331. JJD on July 18th, 2007 10:09 pm

    JJ says “Thank you, Orioles. Drive through.”

  332. fishiam on July 18th, 2007 10:09 pm

    Life is Beautiful. JJ even more so.

  333. JeffS on July 18th, 2007 10:10 pm

    YES! 30 straight for JJ!!!

  334. Sports on a Schtick on July 18th, 2007 10:10 pm

    Payback’s a bitch Bip!

    Baseball Tonight showed the play with Yuni and Ben. Yeech.

  335. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 10:11 pm

    Strangely, I’m not 100% satisfied with this win or the 1st win in this series. They better get this offense straightened out before the Toronto series.

  336. JJD on July 18th, 2007 10:12 pm

    Nine pitch saves RULE.

    Angie’s gotta be do any day, huh? She’s enormous!

  337. Kingfelix34 on July 18th, 2007 10:17 pm

    I agree, dizzle. Our offense needs to get going. Every time I see Ibanez or Sexson at the plate I have no faith that they’ll get the job done. Lopez has been struggling as of late too. It’s good though to see Yuni getting back on track this series.

  338. enazario on July 18th, 2007 10:19 pm

    Yankees are seven back. Arod has 92 RBI already.

  339. joser on July 18th, 2007 10:20 pm

    Angie has looked 10 months pregnant for the last 5 months. I’m starting to believe she has a hysterical pregnancy, and she’s going to be like that until the Mariners win the division again.

  340. Brandon on July 18th, 2007 10:21 pm

    WooHoo!! Richie Sexson got his first stolen base of the season.

  341. msb on July 18th, 2007 10:22 pm

    that was waaaaaay harder than it needed to be.

    sometimes it is hard to believe that this team has the 5th best record in baseball.

  342. enazario on July 18th, 2007 10:24 pm

    She lives by where I work (near QWEST). She’s even more gigantic in person.

  343. ndrfx on July 18th, 2007 10:24 pm

    Not being satisfied with the win is acceptable…it was pure luck. They left Washburn in too long and GS52 blew it. The offense wasn’t terrible, just the usual why is Sexson playing in the big leagues stuff. That walk is what doomed Sherrill. Bad GS! It was basically horrible pitching on both teams, and we ended up lucking out the biggest!

  344. ndrfx on July 18th, 2007 10:24 pm

    Oh, except for Sean Green, he was $$$.

  345. DizzleChizzle on July 18th, 2007 10:25 pm

    This gives me a reason to watch the Anaheim game tomorrow on local TV.

  346. msb on July 18th, 2007 10:28 pm

    #336– apparently it is a burning question:

    Q: Samantha Marshall of Kirkland asks: “Fox Sports anchor Angie Mentink, who often leads pregame or postgame M’s coverage, looks awfully pregnant these days. When is her baby due?”

    AG: Mentink’s baby is due in late July.

  347. BKM on July 18th, 2007 10:35 pm

    You can’t give Beltre credit for drawing a walk? A pitcher like Bradford who comes from underneath, throws in the 70s and expands the strike zone on righthanded hitters is the kind of pitcher that used to eat Beltre for breakfast.

    It wasn’t pretty, but it wasn’t luck, either. They didn’t completely capitalize on bases loaded with one out, but they didn’t go out 1-2-3 in the eighth, either.

    And the game’s best closer closed it out.

  348. msb on July 18th, 2007 10:45 pm

    #338– and it only gets easier for them…

  349. Carson on July 18th, 2007 11:33 pm

    I was not here tonight to join you all. However, aside from a “chemistry” post, Michael Vick getting brought up for some reason, and a couple other useless posts, it looks like tonight was a much happier time than last night!

    Two out of three from a lousy team doesn’t suck.

  350. dotcomse on July 19th, 2007 2:05 am

    Woohoo to playing Toronto next while LA plays Minnesota! We’ll be the Kings of the West at the end of LA’s next series, mark my words!

  351. Karen on July 19th, 2007 10:11 am

    Don’t get too excited about the M’s playing Toronto. It’ll be just their luck to see the Blue Jays wake up from their sleepwalking through the NYY series (although Troy Glaus is the only one that might strike a little fear into a pitcher, just from his roster picture).

    JJD, LOL at your post #324 about Blowers saying Wakefield and….and…nothing. Geez, Blowers PLAYED behind Moyer, what was he thinking besides…nothing??!!

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