Game 154, Mariners at Angels

DMZ · September 22, 2007 at 12:56 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Batista v Colon! Wooo! 12:55, which I totally did not see coming.

Bloomquist at 3rd! IGNITION TIME


100 Responses to “Game 154, Mariners at Angels”

  1. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 3:30 pm

    Hey don’t worry. Batista is the best in the majors, remember?

  2. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 3:35 pm

    Sweep the leg, Cobra-kai!

  3. jlc on September 22nd, 2007 3:41 pm

    Boy, that was close. We almost let momentum get away. Crazy little bugger is always trying to jump ship.

  4. Grizz on September 22nd, 2007 3:59 pm

    Sweet pickoff move.

  5. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:00 pm

    Too bad the game wasn’t tied, because then RRS could win the game throwing zero pitches…

  6. Teej on September 22nd, 2007 4:03 pm

    I’ve never been able to comprehend the balk rule. Was that pickoff move legal?

  7. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:03 pm

    Are we going to end up signing Colon if the angels decline the option?

  8. Grizz on September 22nd, 2007 4:04 pm

    Yes, yes we are.

  9. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:04 pm

    Also, does anyone pull the majorette move more after fouling off a pitch than Beltre?

  10. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:35 pm

    Please tell me that there is only one October where we have to suffer those Dane Cook ads.

  11. DMZ on September 22nd, 2007 4:41 pm

    Please don’t blow this. Please?

  12. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:41 pm

    Wanna bet JJ gets shut down for the season after this game?

  13. kmsandrbs on September 22nd, 2007 4:44 pm

    Cmon, putz!

  14. LA M's Fan on September 22nd, 2007 4:46 pm

    Eat it, Angels. Going to be at the game tomorrow, and will root my lungs out to make those guys celebrate on the road.

  15. DMZ on September 22nd, 2007 4:46 pm

    How can Anderson strike out? He’s a clutch RBI guy! I must have mis-seen that.

    heh heh heh

  16. Dan W on September 22nd, 2007 4:49 pm

    Arte better make an AM/PM run to get some more ice for that champagne.

  17. kmsandrbs on September 22nd, 2007 4:49 pm

    Yeah! One more day of life in the AL west race 😉

  18. jlc on September 22nd, 2007 4:53 pm

    At least they don’t get their champagne on national TV.

  19. Dan W on September 22nd, 2007 4:53 pm

    This was a big win – for me anyway. I will be in a houseful of Angel fans for dinner tonight. I don’t think I could have handled the clinch today. I would have been a bad houseguest.

  20. thefin190 on September 22nd, 2007 4:58 pm

    Hey, atleast this means the Mariners will finish with a winning record for the first time since ’03. Good job guys.

  21. Teej on September 22nd, 2007 5:19 pm

    70: The Mariners were guaranteed a winning season after yesterday’s win, actually. But yes, it’s a very nice feeling.

  22. msb on September 22nd, 2007 5:23 pm

    wow. I was expecting to be told all about what I missed, as all I heard was the 3rd out of the 9th inning. This was a very quiet game thread.

    [snerk] someone on the postgame just asked if we could somehow get Colon in the off-season. Billy Hassleman just let him down softly.

  23. msb on September 22nd, 2007 6:11 pm

    ah, so Willie was in as AB’s shoulder was sore, and he asked to DH …

  24. awolfgang on September 22nd, 2007 8:14 pm

    So, when do the Bonds-Mariners rumors begin????

  25. jlc on September 22nd, 2007 8:24 pm

    74 – That question is so September 21. (It’s hard to do a valley girl impression on a blog.) There are a bunch of stories on the net that the race is between the A’s and us, because we’re on the west coast and in the AL. That pretty much covers all the variables, doesn’t it?

  26. msb on September 22nd, 2007 9:11 pm

    all I have seen is columnists eliminating teams that wouldn’t/couldn’t take him, and speculating the Mariners might be interested because they have a crap offence. No one has actually said the M’s have any actual interest at all.

  27. jlc on September 22nd, 2007 9:24 pm

    76 – Oh, I agree that I haven’t seen anything about the M’s expressing an interest in him. That doesn’t stop a rumor tidbit though.

  28. msb on September 22nd, 2007 10:19 pm

    see, and I haven’t even seen ones about a race between the A’s & the M’s:

    Stan McNeal, Sporting News (ranking the M’s next to last in the possible 5)–
    “They have a few factors in their favor: They’re on the West Coast, they spend and they’ve got a decent team. Heck, he could even play some left field as long as Ichiro was in center to cover for him. Their ballpark, however, is not conducive to home runs and Bonds might want a bit more of a launching pad after spending so many years in San Francisco.”

    Josh Dubow, the AP– “The Seattle Mariners also could be interested since they are tied for last in the AL with only eight home runs from their designated hitters.”

    Ray Ratto, SF Chron– [having eliminated most everyone else] “So we’re down to long shots, like Baltimore (where the Orioles stink, don’t draw, and have an owner, Peter Angelos, who is as capable of hatching a crackpot idea as anyone), Seattle (where the Mariners need a bat in the worst way, which is how they got Richie Sexson) or Texas (owner Tom Hicks is a bigger believer in star power than Magowan was in ’92, and his current team is as bland and faceless as the Giants’)”

    and my favorite crack, also from the SF Chronicle: “Seattle might be an outside chance, although I’d love to see Ichiro’s reaction to a guy who decides he’s a little above rules, regulations and hustle.”

  29. earinc on September 23rd, 2007 12:13 am

    A great night. The wife and I we went to a great art opening in Georgetown at the Fantagraphics Gallery for an amazing show of the mid-20th C. jazz illustrator Jim Flora (his art is on the cover of the Weekly this week and all over the Fall Arts pullout). It’s a good night, I already knew the M’s won, so I enjoyed some good art in Georgetown, and we came back to Ballard for a nightcap with some friends at the Lockspot in Ballard. I’ve been home for an hour now and my wife is in bed, so I retire to my studio and put on the new animal collective record and start looking for a bottle opener in my desk drawer to drink the IPA I just pulled out of the fridge. I don’t see it, so I pull the drawer out of the desk and immediately spill the whole goddamn thing all over the floor. Holy shit! There’s that tinfoil-wrapped bud I lost in 1999! But I also had stack of miscellaneous ticket stubs that spilled onto the floor. I see some M’s stubs and pick ’em up: 1995 AL Division Series, Games A, B, and C, and 1995 AL Championship Series, Games, A, B, and C. Whoaaaah. I haven’t seen these since, uh, 1995… It makes me think of the playoffs in 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001… and the 2002 and 2003 seasons, which were both close. But what struck me was that this was the first year in three or four years that anything in the second half mattered, and we ended the longest stretch the M’s have gone between Septembers that mattered since the early 1990s and that awesome 1995 season, so maybe that’s something.

    I would take some miniscule solace in winning tomorrow and avoiding watching the Angels celebrate.

  30. The Ghost of Spike Owen on September 23rd, 2007 1:26 am

    Y’know, I like to consider myself a pretty loyal fan; I’ve been with the M’s since I was born through thick and thin. But, so help me god, if they sign Bonds anyone can pick up my caps, shirts, sweatshirts, beer mug, coffee mug, Edgar jersey, Ichiro jersey, and Felix jersey at the Ellensburg Goodwill the next day.

    Honestly, I would probably enjoy my summers more.

  31. Teej on September 23rd, 2007 2:11 am

    Total walks by Mariners this season: 372

    Total walks by Barry Bonds this season: 132

    And Bonds has only played in 125 games, a number I’d assume would go up if he were DHing. Add in that his OPS+ (172, second-highest in baseball) is 47 points higher than the best Mariner’s (Ichiro), and I gotta admit, it looks appetizing as a one-year contract.

    There doesn’t seem to be a spot for him considering the team’s current status with Vidro/Ibanez/Jones/Sexson, but damn, there’s no debate that he could greatly improve this lineup.

    All that said, I wouldn’t bet a cent on it happening.

  32. msb on September 23rd, 2007 9:40 am

    what time does the carnage game begin?

  33. joser on September 23rd, 2007 12:41 pm

    Whatever you want to call it, it begins in a couple of minutes (12:30). Looks like it’s supposed to be on KSTW

    I wonder if TV Producer will show up? I wonder if Dave or DMZ will remember to start a thread?

    M’s lineup:
    Vidro (DH)

    (Betancourt has a “tender” elbow but could start if necessary; Joh a little beat up from a collision at the plate yesterday)

  34. joser on September 23rd, 2007 1:09 pm

    Weaver back to his classic form: making guys with single-digit season HR totals look like Barry Bonds.

  35. msb on September 23rd, 2007 1:10 pm

    sigh. I was going to try to hang in there today, but the volatile mix of Weaver & Angels & Clinching just makes it too damn hard.

  36. lailaihei on September 23rd, 2007 1:51 pm

    I want WFB to pitch and catch this season… haha.
    And then never play again…
    Nah he’s ok as a utility guy.

  37. floydr on September 23rd, 2007 2:17 pm

    Anyone notice that WFB has *ONLY* 6 stolen bases (heard on KOMO)! Just another sign of how badly Hargrove & MacLaren are using him. He should have 20, in situational pinch running situations.

    Just goes to say how effective he is at the plate.

  38. scott19 on September 23rd, 2007 3:48 pm

    Well, now it’s official…

    First, the Ducks beat the crap out of the Canucks in the NHL playoffs…then the Angels chump out the M’s for the AL West title…

    Thank God the Rams don’t play in Anaheim anymore, at least. I don’t think I could handle getting my heart stomped on by the miserable town THREE times in one calendar year! >:(

  39. joser on September 23rd, 2007 4:45 pm

    Oh well, not this year.

  40. thefin190 on September 23rd, 2007 5:06 pm

    Could the 2007 Mariners count as a major collapse? I mean I know they didn’t lead a division, but they did have a pretty good lead on the wild card and were really close to the division before blowing it.

  41. joser on September 23rd, 2007 5:31 pm

    Not a major collapse — a three game lead doesn’t result in a “major” anything (win or loss).

    And don’t forget they weren’t expected to go anywhere, and in fact didn’t really show much for really the first half of the season (everybody had written them off when they tanked in interleague, you might remember). If the Angels hadn’t been dragged down by injuries the division wouldn’t have been close, and if the Yankees wins had been more evenly distributed across the season, the wild-card wouldn’t have been close either. The M’s happened to be outdoing themselves just when their rivals were at their worst. It happens sometimes, but it doesn’t mean that a return to form by everyone is a “collapse” by somebody.

  42. joser on September 23rd, 2007 5:33 pm

    Anyway, I think I’m going to start watching games again (rather than just having the radio on while I’m doing something I actually care about) because with the team officially eliminated we should finally see the kids play. I hope Guillen and Ibanez have something to do while they’re on the bench.

  43. John in L.A. on September 23rd, 2007 6:55 pm

    It totally counts as a major collapase.

    They were in a race, WINNING the race, and promptly went on a 3-15 tear. If you blow it so quickly and so thoroughly… I don’t see how you call it anything but a major collapse.

    I don’t think just because the lead was only three games, it can’t be a collapse. Look at it this way… if Team A and Team B had duked it out all season and got the the end of the season tied, then Team A lost the next 7 games… I don’t think there is any doubt but that you could call that a collapse.

    And pre-season expectations are irrelevant once you get to the last week in August with a playoff race lead.

    I think the last week in August is late enough, and losing 9 games in a row after you get in front is ugly enough that it absolutely qualifies as a major collapse.

    Am I surprised? No. Did they completely collapse? Yes.

  44. msb on September 23rd, 2007 8:48 pm

    they weren’t winning the race; the Angels have been better than them all year.

  45. John in L.A. on September 23rd, 2007 8:57 pm

    The wild card race.

  46. Slippery Elmer on September 23rd, 2007 9:03 pm

    Thank you Mariners, for a more-entertaining-than-expected (for the most part) 2007 campaign.

    That being said, it’s still baseball season? I thought that ended once the Hawks begin playing.

  47. chief on September 23rd, 2007 11:08 pm

    #91 So if I subscribe to your theory of no collapse, just a return to form, then I guess I shouldn’t have any angst about McLaren’s managing. Following your logic the team was over achieving while everyone else was under achieving. When those anomalies corrected themselves everything returned to normal, hence the manager was not to blame by staying with the veteran’s or misusing the pitching staff?

  48. _David_ on September 23rd, 2007 11:22 pm

    I like the no gamethread as a protest of it being meaningless thing.

  49. Teej on September 24th, 2007 12:17 am

    Eric Wedge, covered in champagne, gave Chris Antonetti a shout-out on TV today after the Indians clinched.

  50. joser on September 24th, 2007 10:55 am

    #87 chief — no, the flaw in your logic is that the team was outperforming itself, including its manager. There were lots of games where everybody here spent most of the game deploring MacLaren’s decisions, but the team won anyway — mostly because the bullpen happened to be on a streak where they could do no wrong, and bullpens are the streakiest things in baseball (after maybe slap singles hitters) so counting on that to continue for the rest of the season is foolish. And, not surprisingly, it didn’t continue.

    When the M’s were on their tear lots of people were pointing to the pythagorean RS-RA numbers and saying it couldn’t continue (and the Yankees, who were underperforming their numbers to an even greater degree), while others (often with appeals to “chemistry” and “grit” and “intangibles”) kept insisting that wins are wins and none of those other numbers matter — and those are the people who were surprised by a “collapse” when it turned out those other numbers were predictive after all. As a matter of fact, far from calling this a collapse, we should be calling it a victory: the Mariners still are over-achieving — before the season not many people were predicting they’d be over .500, and based on the RS-RA they still shouldn’t be.

    But should we attribute that over-achievement to MacLaren? No, that’s in spite of him, because I’m sure we can all think of some games (every one that featured Parrish or White, for example) that the M’s would’ve won if not for his decisions. If you observe someone doing something stupid, but through sheer luck they get a positive result, do you then conclude that you were wrong and they aren’t stupid, or that you were right and they were just lucky? If you go to Vegas and run up some winnings at the craps tables, do we conclude you’re better at rolling dice than anyone else? And when you play long enough and inevitably lose everything, do we call that a collapse? It may feel like one from the inside, but it’s clearly not. Your luck just ran out.

    Clearly, we want more qualities from a manager than dumb luck.

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