Game 5, Mariners at Orioles

DMZ · April 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Batista v Loewen. 4:05 our time.

This is the first time we see the quite pointless Wilkermorse platoon in action:
CF-L Ichiro
2B-R Lopez
LF-L Ibanez
1B-R “Big Fork” Sexson
3B-R Beltre
RF-R Morse
DH-B Professional Hitter Jose Vidro
C-R Johjima
SS-R Betancourt

I’ll skip repeating my rant about the Wilkerson platoon. This should, if nothing else, be a potentially wince-inducing introduction to how bad outfield corner defense can get. Sorry, Miguel.

versus
2B-B Roberts
3B-R Mora
RF-L Markakis
1B-R Millar
DH-L Huff
LF-L Scott
C-R Hernandez
CF-R Jones
SS-R Fahey

Meanwhile, Loewen’s a heavy ground-baller, so as you’d expect doesn’t give up the home run often, good K rate, bad walk rate. Now generally, I’d say that’s as about as well-suited a pitcher as you could put up against the Mariners, except they have been drawing walks lately, so they might be to take advantage of that if they keep that up. Still, turning Ibanez into a pumpkin in the middle of that order will help them a lot.

What might be even more interesting is to see Sexson against a lefty. Over his career, he hasn’t had much of a platoon split at all (.264/.339/.518 vs .260/.365/.504) but if part of the problem is recognizing pitches and getting his glacial bat around in time to make contact, facing a left-hander might be substantially easier than righties. Last year, for instance, his OBP was fifty points higher against lefties, though his slugging percentage was only up ~twenty points.

Comments

296 Responses to “Game 5, Mariners at Orioles”

  1. Mr. Egaas on April 5th, 2008 3:24 pm

    Ha. Did you intentionally leave Morse out of the lineup?

  2. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 3:28 pm

    Hit publish a little early, is all.

  3. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 3:32 pm

    Mac obviously took lessons from the Grover school of repetitive lineup construction. Even with a platoon, his lineup remains infuriatingly predictable.

  4. Sentinel on April 5th, 2008 3:34 pm

    Richie’s last night must have bought him an extra day in the 4-spot. Why isn’t Adrian there yet? Maybe McLaren just likes that one bright spot in the Sea of Despair that is our 4-8 hitters.

  5. Sentinel on April 5th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Also, what do you think it would take to dupe Washington into taking some sort of Big Sexy package for Nick Johnson?

  6. JWay on April 5th, 2008 3:41 pm

    or Dmitri Young?

  7. argh on April 5th, 2008 3:46 pm

    a potentially wince-inducing introduction to how bad outfield corner defense can get

    In the silver lining department, Oriole Park’s enough of a bandbox that perhaps a lot of those tough fly balls will just fly away.

  8. Sentinel on April 5th, 2008 3:50 pm

    In the silver lining department, Oriole Park’s enough of a bandbox that perhaps a lot of those tough fly balls will just fly away.

    Are you saying you’d rather see the O’s blast homeruns than see Morse and Ibanez futilely chase doubles?

  9. argh on April 5th, 2008 3:52 pm

    Are you saying…

    I’m saying it could turn out the defense doesn’t look too bad tonight. As the Brits like to say, ‘What you lose on the swings, you gain on the round-abouts.’

  10. JI on April 5th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Dimitri young sucks, and John McLaren needs a swam of bees.

  11. JI on April 5th, 2008 4:03 pm

    Is there a stupider buzz word (or phrase) than “Professional Hitter”? It’s worse than “organic food”.

  12. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:11 pm

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, Ibanez.

  13. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:13 pm

    Sexy 2 run homer! c’mon!

  14. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:14 pm

    That wasn’t even close.

  15. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 4:15 pm

    takes belt high fastball, swings at curve in the dirt…

  16. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:16 pm

    Ugh, Sexson. Ugh.

  17. msb on April 5th, 2008 4:16 pm

    two things that go together …

    Richie Sexson and the phrase “badly fooled on that pitch”

  18. Jared on April 5th, 2008 4:17 pm

    It is sad to see the empty seats at the beautiful park in the once proud baseball city of Baltimore

  19. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 4:17 pm

    Sexson has no idea what is coming his way… fastball, curve, slider, meatball.

  20. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:18 pm

    he looks like a confused teenaged girl trying to pick which boy to make out with when he’s trying to pick a ball to hit… always picking the nasty bad ones… always letting the good ones pass by…

  21. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 4:18 pm

    Sadly, last night’s luck probably keeps big sexy in the lineup for at least another month.

  22. joser on April 5th, 2008 4:19 pm

    I don’t know if anybody was paying attention to the game on Fox (where the Tigers’ bullpen managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again) but I have to say Carlos Quentin was, to these Ibanez-sore eyes, a revelation: watching him throw out Renteria going back to first on a fly ball he’d run down deep in Comerica’s spacious left field left me saying out loud, to no one in particular, “So that’s what a left fielder looks like!” Kid seems to be pretty decent with the bat, too.

    But it’s weird seeing Carlos Guillen play first base. Sure a good thing the M’s got rid of him (and got so much in return, too), since there’d be no place for him on this team…

  23. joser on April 5th, 2008 4:20 pm

    Hi, I’m Richie Sexson. You may remember me from “Hits a Country Mile” and other commercials that violated the Truth in Advertising laws. Today I’m impersonating a major league baseball player at parks all over the country. See me soon, before I embark on my new career as the star character at the Paul Bunyan theme park in Brainerd, Minnesota. I’m just worried I’m going to miss the tree when I swing my axe.

  24. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:29 pm

    These Orioles announcers aren’t half bad. It’s not every day you have one of the announcers say to the other “You do have big feet.”

  25. David* on April 5th, 2008 4:29 pm

    TURBO POWER!

  26. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 4:30 pm

    …what?

  27. ErikG803 on April 5th, 2008 4:30 pm

    No WAY.

  28. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 4:30 pm

    TURBO!!!!

  29. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:30 pm

    OMFG VIDRO! DH of the YEAR!!!!

  30. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 4:30 pm

    wow, I did not see that coming.

  31. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    (rubbing eyes)

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwww

  32. jefffrane on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Vidro? What?

  33. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Jose Vidro is the team HR leader. Scary.

  34. fishiam on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    I love how incredulous Niehaus sounded just now stating that Jose Video ALREADY has 2 home runs this year.

  35. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Wow, how long did it take Vidro to get to his 2nd home run last year?

  36. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 4:31 pm

    Has Vidro come into contact some extra-terrestrial goo that has bestowed batting power upon him? Oh, wait, no, it’s just veteran know how and professionalism.

  37. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:32 pm

    Two of the shortest homers you can have, but they count the same…

  38. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 4:34 pm

    *cough*vidroroids*cough*

  39. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 4:35 pm

    This is just odd. Vidro goes yard, and Ichiro is 0-6.

  40. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:35 pm

    This Firestone ad is a lot more tolerable if you imagine they’re talking about cock rings, but can’t come out and say it because of decency standards. Seriously.

  41. derubino on April 5th, 2008 4:36 pm

    Over the fence is all I care about. Hey, how about Vidro being on pace for over 60 homeruns this year? I love early season stats. Chris Shelton, anyone?

  42. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:38 pm

    beastwarking, that’s a horrible accusation. The Mariners have NEVER had an infielder do steroids before. Well, except for Morse, Boone, David Bell, and David Segui… Hmm.

  43. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:41 pm

    I like that Lopez feels he needs to run all the way out there and give up the body. You’d think that would be the right fielder’s ball.

  44. joser on April 5th, 2008 4:41 pm

    4-9-6 out? Don’t see that every day. Good effort by Lopez, wide awake play by Morse.

  45. derubino on April 5th, 2008 4:42 pm

    Jose had the #1 web gem and let it slip away…That is a seriously hard catch to make though.

  46. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 4:42 pm

    But Vidro isn’t an infielder, he’s a DH, so that makes him safe from accusations right?

  47. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 4:43 pm

    shows that Jose knows his right fielder can’t get to a ball so he has to be a shallow-outfielder in addition to second baseman.

  48. mremis on April 5th, 2008 4:43 pm

    #42 – If David Bell did steroids, they definitely didn’t work.

  49. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:43 pm

    crazyray, only until they put him back out at 2nd sometime this year.

  50. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 4:43 pm

    You get a lot more mileage, and better handling, with a radial cock ring.

  51. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 4:44 pm

    I don’t know, the studded and all-weather ones are almost necessities in winter.

  52. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 4:45 pm

    It would have been sweet if Lopez made that catch. There are times when he looks pretty good out on defence, especially right there, a ball that Morse probably gotten to, and times when I ask my self why is he out there.

  53. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 4:46 pm

    I like how the BAL announcers just described the Turbo-blast…”he hits a 340-foot fly ball that just happens to be down the line”

  54. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Yeah, but the studded ones are tearing up the, uh, roads. Just use chains when the going is really rough.

  55. fishiam on April 5th, 2008 4:48 pm

    Just freakin’ pathetic.

  56. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 4:48 pm

    Oh, Sexy.

  57. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 4:48 pm

    SexySucks.

  58. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:49 pm

    You’re right DMZ, Sexson hits lefties about the same as he does righties. Although, I’m not sure if “hit” would be the key word.

  59. bmanuw on April 5th, 2008 4:50 pm

    Knock me over with a feather , Sexson struck out?

  60. joser on April 5th, 2008 4:50 pm

    You know, I’m tempted to publicly infer something about Mrs. DMZ but… I don’t want to be banned.

  61. JWay on April 5th, 2008 4:50 pm

    He needs a head doctor. He can’t decide what to swing at.

  62. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 4:50 pm

    The answer to the Vidro question is: he hit two HR (his first) on April 15 against Texas. The next one came on May 25, and August 8 after that!

  63. joser on April 5th, 2008 4:50 pm

    And yes, I did mean infer, not imply. I would never imply ;)

  64. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 4:51 pm

    Turbo put a nice swing on that. It was more than a 340 pop fly.

    Sexson looks dreadful. I guess last night was his season’s high water mark.

  65. msb on April 5th, 2008 4:51 pm

    I’m afraid that this always reminds me of “Earring Magic Ken”

    oh, in keeping with the … unusual … theme of the day, wasn’t it pretty much decided that Bell was taking his drugs for fertility reasons?

  66. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 4:52 pm

    If that is his season high, I really don’t want to know what his season low will be.

  67. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 4:53 pm

    I like how the BAL announcers just described the Turbo-blast…”he hits a 340-foot fly ball that just happens to be down the line”

    If that ball was hit to either power alley it would have been a double. They’re just making excuses…

  68. theraven on April 5th, 2008 4:54 pm

    Thanks Steve. Hard to knock a guy when he’s hitting well, so hopefully he keeps it up.

  69. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 4:55 pm

    I like how that Earring Magic Ken article quotes “Don Savage”.

  70. MedicineHat on April 5th, 2008 4:55 pm

    Is molassas(sp) slower than Batista?

  71. MedicineHat on April 5th, 2008 4:57 pm

    wow…looked like he had that stolen!

  72. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 4:57 pm

    Oh man, Roberts was pretty clearly safe.

  73. mremis on April 5th, 2008 4:57 pm

    Wow that was safe.

  74. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 4:58 pm

    Luckyyyyyy.

  75. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 4:58 pm

    yikes, thanks blue.

  76. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 4:58 pm

    WOOO crappy umpires

  77. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 4:58 pm

    We seem to be getting an awful lot of calls from the umps so far this year.

  78. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 5:00 pm

    Niehaus: How big is that call over at third base now?
    Captain Obvious: …Probably saved them a run.

  79. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:02 pm

    Not as safe as Willie Bloomquist in NY. Oh, wait.

  80. hititagainandagainandagain on April 5th, 2008 5:02 pm

    That’s a smart move, stealing third. That’s called “putting the game in motion.”

  81. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 5:02 pm

    I liked how ‘no question about it’ Blowers had to say that Roberts probably would have scored from third on a double.

  82. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:02 pm

    What the hell is Sims wearing?

  83. JMHawkins on April 5th, 2008 5:03 pm

    Sims better be a scratch golfer or he has no business wearing that hat.

  84. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:05 pm

    Care to describe it for those watching MLB.tv instead of FSN? (The hat)

  85. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:05 pm

    Classic make-up call

  86. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 5:06 pm

    …he never even got tagged…

  87. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:06 pm

    Beltre getting a little personal on the diamond there.

  88. Lucky Number on April 5th, 2008 5:06 pm

    Oh… my… god…

  89. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 5:07 pm

    Wow, another bad call. Sheesh.

  90. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:07 pm

    Hard to explain, like an old time golf hat that has different patches of colors. I think I saw green, yellow, and red.

  91. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:07 pm

    Think of a beret, only not green adn with a bunch of logos on it.

    Oh and Beltre was totally safe and the 2nd baseman never touched him.

  92. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:07 pm

    I’ll take that trade, though. We lose Beltre at 2nd in exchange for saving a run.

  93. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:08 pm

    He looks pretty out on the replays.

  94. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Time for a Jo-Blast!

  95. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:09 pm

    So, msb, you’re saying David Bell should’ve just gone with the uh, radial tires instead?

    I didn’t realize you could get an exemption for that. Man, between that and Mike Cameron… baseball is going to have an epidemic of borderline-infertile guys with ADHD. Which sounds like the setup to a pretty funny joke (“Doc, I think I’m shooting blanks but I can’t pay attention long enough to be sure!”)

  96. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Ocelot, do you play the Metal Gear Solid series?

  97. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Uhm, that’s not what I had in mind. :(

  98. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:09 pm

    You’re all too distracted by the hat. If you have tivo, go back and look at the tie.

    The tie+hat combination is even more horrifying than just the hat.

  99. Lucky Number on April 5th, 2008 5:11 pm

    I laughed so hard that I have tears in my eyes. Beltre beats the play, then comes off the bag all while giving Roberts an awkward hug. Priceless.

  100. billT on April 5th, 2008 5:11 pm

    What’s the rule there? Does he actually have to be touched with the ball or just be touched in general. If it’s with the ball, it looked like Beltre had his foot touching by the time the glove got back around to touching him. Either way, the M’s probably got the better end of the umpiring screw ups there.

  101. apunetid on April 5th, 2008 5:11 pm

    I don’t think Johjima got the memo on taking some pitches.

  102. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:12 pm

    …holy crap. Ibanez looks like a freaking rusty iron golem out there.

  103. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:12 pm

    I like how Dave Simms is happy that Batista has only given up 3(now 4) hits. The problem with that logic is that it’s been only 3 innings.

  104. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:12 pm

    DMZ, I don’t have the game on tivo, but wasn’t he also wearing like a trench coat? I thought the whole thing was just terrible. Made Blowers look like a GQ man of the year.

  105. argh on April 5th, 2008 5:13 pm

    Baltimore needs to get those doubles out of the park if they want to keep Ibanez from looking slow.

  106. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:13 pm

    96: Nope, I don’t really do video games. Is it just me or does Ibañiez look really slow?

  107. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:15 pm

    Attention broadcasting crew:

    If you have previously discussed something with a different iteration of your partner, discussing it again is only interesting to one person: the new partner. It bores the audience senseless.

    Please stop doing this.

  108. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:15 pm

    Ok, just wondering.
    No, it’s not you, Ibanez is very slow.

  109. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:16 pm

    THROW IT TO SECOND, OMG.

  110. Jack Howland on April 5th, 2008 5:19 pm

    Typically they only repeat themselves when they switch from radio to TV. Perhaps he thought he switched instead of his partner.

  111. JWay on April 5th, 2008 5:19 pm

    back to little league defense!

  112. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:20 pm

    oh crap

  113. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 5:20 pm

    Ergh.

  114. ErikG803 on April 5th, 2008 5:20 pm

    LOL

  115. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 5:20 pm

    oh my god, give me a break, this is like when my little league team would boot the ball around and throw over each other’s heads while the other team would circle the bases.

  116. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    I couldn’t help but laugh at that… haha

  117. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    Bad baseball hurts my head.

  118. Lucky Number on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    Looks like it’s about time for the Benny Hill theme.

  119. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    This team sure makes you want to love it, doesn’t it?

  120. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    Edgar Martinez would have made that play whilst doing a cartwheel and blindfolded!

  121. argh on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    At least Ibanez and Morse weren’t implicated in that display of defensive efficiency.

  122. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:21 pm

    Can Raul do anything right in left field?

  123. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 5:22 pm

    That was sad when Betancourt practically whiffed on the ball, and worse when Ibanez hurled it towards the Mason-Dixon Line.

  124. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:22 pm

    Bad Yuni, no special “token” treats for you!

  125. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 5:22 pm

    Aw man, I missed a cock ring discussion?! What have I said about talking about stuff like that without me?

  126. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:22 pm

    Wow, that pitch was nasty.

  127. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 5:22 pm

    121 – really? Didn’t Ibanez sky the throw to the plate?

  128. Lucky Number on April 5th, 2008 5:25 pm

    I guess that what makes the Mariners special. Sometimes you can feel the FUNK, other times you can smell it.

  129. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:25 pm

    [Sexson]

  130. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:26 pm

    At least we aren’t loosing.
    Awwwwwwww the positivity it burns!

  131. theraven on April 5th, 2008 5:26 pm

    If I quote the Orioles announcer when he says “Sexton” instead of “exson, will that be considered a spelling mistake around here?

  132. jimmylauderdale on April 5th, 2008 5:27 pm

    joser, this team makes me want to go into full-on tank mode after 4 games. Anything to be rid of Bavasi and Mac after the year.

  133. theraven on April 5th, 2008 5:27 pm

    Bugger, went back to retype and accidentally deleted the “S” in Sexson. Irony in its finest.

  134. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 5:28 pm

    I remember when Yuni was a great field no hit player. Now he is just the opposite.

  135. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 5:30 pm

    Wait, what/who are we not loosing? I wouldn’t mind loosing Sexson.

  136. David* on April 5th, 2008 5:30 pm

    J-LO!

  137. beastwarking on April 5th, 2008 5:31 pm

    JOSE!!!!!!!!!

  138. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:31 pm

    Man, the doubleplay twins have departed from the script.

  139. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 5:31 pm

    Man! J. Lo is on FIRE! If this is his not-in-mourning level of play, it’ll rock.

  140. mariners23 on April 5th, 2008 5:32 pm

    I think the M’s should fill there roster with guys named Jose

  141. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:32 pm

    Yikes. The M’s seem incapable of scoring against the O’s unless it’s a 2-run jack. Oh well, it could be worse ;)

  142. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:32 pm

    Wow, Lopez is really cranking so far this season.

  143. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 5:32 pm

    Lopez and Vidro, the HR leaders!

  144. theraven on April 5th, 2008 5:32 pm

    It must be Jose longball night in Baltimore.

  145. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 5:33 pm

    Lopez is terrible and never going to reach that potential that we know he has. He’s lost his bat speed and looks terrible at the plate…

    IN BIZARRO WORLD

  146. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:34 pm

    [that's it, 50% of your comments since joining have had Richie Sexson's name wrong, and I'm tired of it]

  147. msb on April 5th, 2008 5:34 pm

    aside from the Two Joes, I don’t think the Mariner offense or defence is living up to the pre-season hopes.

  148. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:34 pm

    Forget the Mitchell Report. This is what’s wrong with baseball.

    BTW, Lauren, at this lull in the action we’re all awaiting your cock ring expertise….

  149. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:35 pm

    I truly miss good Jose Lopez. I got attached in ’06 and last year was tough to watch. Cheers to Lopez for good plate approach and finding his swing again.

  150. apunetid on April 5th, 2008 5:35 pm

    Interesting note of the day: how about the AL East standings! Red Sox and Yankees occupying the two bottom spots.

  151. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:36 pm

    I think the M’s should fill there roster with guys named Jose

    They had three in the starting lineup last year. And they got rid of the one that had more HRs than the other two combined.

  152. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:36 pm

    Interesting, someone bringing in a reliever to face a washed up 1b with 2K’s on the day.

  153. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:37 pm

    …BOO THIS MAN!

  154. jefffrane on April 5th, 2008 5:37 pm

    What? Richie struck out? A shocker.

  155. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 5:37 pm

    I wonder what the season record for strikeouts is.

  156. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:38 pm

    BOO THIS MAN!!

  157. crazyray7391 on April 5th, 2008 5:38 pm

    You know, just because you don’t flail at a pitch, it doesn’t mean that the ump won’t call it a strike. I’m talking to you Richie!

  158. mstaples on April 5th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Sexson is awful. In all seriousness, unfortunately, have the Mariners had his vision checked recently? Absent some type of vision problem — or other problem that is addressable by some means other than going back five years in time — he is clearly toast.

  159. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Sexson is like that kid on your little league team. You know, the one where if he was going up to the plate with two outs you automatically started putting on your hat and glove and retying your shoes. But you didn’t ever say anything because he was bigger than you.

  160. G-Germ on April 5th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Richie is kinda “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t.” Not one of those pitches were a strike and he still gets called out.

  161. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:40 pm

    One of the mods can smite my 152 post for bad spelling. I hope my USSM Membership doesn’t get a K on it for disobeying the button. If I miss spell a comment 1236 times I can have more then Sexson.

  162. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 5:42 pm

    How long should Sexson get before the M’s declare his cost officially sunk and move on? At the very least, can we move him down in the batting order?

  163. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 5:42 pm

    I get an error for “zero sized reply” at times. Seems to have caused my double post earlier. Anyone else get this?

  164. joser on April 5th, 2008 5:43 pm

    I wonder what the season record for strikeouts is.

    Ryan Howard, 199, last year.

    The career leaderboard is pretty interesting. So is the one for outs.

  165. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:44 pm

    “I don’t think there’s any question about it”

    At 11 syllables, I believe we now have a new record for longest Mike Blowers “certainty”-related phrase.

  166. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:46 pm

    These Baltimore commentators really are a nice change from Blowers.

  167. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 5:47 pm

    Batista’s been through wars before.

  168. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 5:47 pm

    Didn’t he land in Bosnia under sniper fire?

  169. lailaihei on April 5th, 2008 5:48 pm

    Didn’t he land in Bosnia under sniper fire?

    I think he was the one sniping, judging by that aim-for-the-head approach.

  170. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 5:49 pm

    This is inning is interminable.

    Green should have been up two batters ago.

  171. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:49 pm

    That was Mel coming out and saying “Throw it at his head, then 3 on the outside corner. Easy K!” I am hoping drinking the Mel Kool-aid Batista can get a K.

  172. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 5:49 pm

    So can we make him run to his car without waiting for any ceremony?

  173. north on April 5th, 2008 5:50 pm

    That Os lineup is depressing. Nobody really worth getting excited about except Jones maybe.

  174. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 5:51 pm

    Joser: That is interesting. The hit king is also the out king.

  175. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:51 pm

    Oh man.

  176. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 5:51 pm

    Double play would be nice.

  177. scraps on April 5th, 2008 5:52 pm

    Ibanez as a “rusty iron golem” made me laugh.

  178. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 5:52 pm

    171- Markakis says Hi.

  179. theraven on April 5th, 2008 5:53 pm

    Mclaren really wishes he had a pitcher in the bullpen he could use. I wonder if Ayala would come out of retirement…

  180. DAMellen on April 5th, 2008 5:54 pm

    Hey, while we’re in the losing an ugly one that hurts to watch anyways, did the Future Forty ever get posted? I wanted to get a look at that.

  181. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:54 pm

    I don’t think that’s where that pitch was supposed to go.

  182. JI on April 5th, 2008 5:54 pm

    I hate this team.

  183. PaulMolitorCocktail on April 5th, 2008 5:55 pm

    I want Adam to hit one out of the park, as a reminder on who to trade and who not to.

  184. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 5:56 pm

    Omar Vizquel is #2 on the active-player outs list. Wow, that’s surprising. Remember a few years ago when most Cleveland fans were convinced he was the greatest player of all time?

  185. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 5:56 pm

    181:

    There you go. I guess we got the better deal.

  186. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 5:56 pm

    171 – that’s funny, because I was just thinking, “this isn’t a bad lineup: Markakis, Roberts and Jones are pretty good bats, and Millar and Huff are ok.” Then I realized I was saying that because I was comparing them to the Mariners lineup. I never really think about how bad the Ms lineup is, but then I realize I’m thinking every team in the AL has a decent offense, and then I realize why, and I get depressed.

  187. scraps on April 5th, 2008 5:57 pm

    A few eleven-plus syllable suggestions for Blowers:

    “I wouldn’t hesitate to say that there’s no question about it.”

    “There isn’t a hint of a suggestion of an inkling of a question about it.”

    “No one could seriously think there’s any question about it.”

    “Considering the matter in all its ramifications, there is no question — whatsofricking ever — about it.”

  188. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 5:57 pm

    Two straight 100-pitch, 5 inning starts, that’s awesome.

  189. mr.smartypants on April 5th, 2008 5:58 pm

    185 – don’t forget “Yippee ki yi fucking eh”

  190. mksh21 on April 5th, 2008 5:58 pm

    Are the Mariners the only team that refuses to skip their 5th starter when the have off days? I know GOOD teams will get their No. 1 starter out there every 5 days regardless.

  191. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 5:59 pm

    “I don’t think there’s any way you can look at that, Dave, and see that there’s any question over whether or not that’s true.”

  192. theraven on April 5th, 2008 5:59 pm

    Is it too late to make Batista our closer for the next couple weeks?

  193. scraps on April 5th, 2008 5:59 pm

    Or, Mike Blowers for Dr. Bronner’s soap: “Questions about it? Absolutely none!”

  194. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 6:00 pm

    scraps: you need more capitals and punctuation there.

  195. Mr. Egaas on April 5th, 2008 6:04 pm

    Well that inning was filled with unfulfilled potential.

  196. ErikG803 on April 5th, 2008 6:04 pm

    Is it sad that I would rather have Sexson up than Johjima?

  197. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:05 pm

    Erik, I’d rather have Bloomie up than either of them.

  198. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:07 pm

    No, Joh is still preferable to Sexson. Joh has made a lot of outs, but he has not looked absolutely incapable of hitting major league pitching.

  199. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:07 pm

    Why worry about Johjima? He certainly doesn’t look as lost as Sexson.

  200. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 6:08 pm

    These guys going only five innings is likely to lead to a 12 man bull pen when Morrow or Putz gets healthy.

  201. jimmylauderdale on April 5th, 2008 6:09 pm

    At this point Scott Thorman would be a better alternative than Richie.

  202. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 6:09 pm

    Joh isn’t buying into the be patient theme, I feel. That 2-0 pitch inside might have been a ball, and either way Joh wasn’t getting solid wood on it and he takes a swing. And that inning was prime for a Johjima DP.

  203. ndrfx on April 5th, 2008 6:10 pm

    Glad we have Ibanez out there.

  204. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 6:10 pm

    I guess that would be the poor left field defense you have been talking about.

  205. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Yay for a stumble and bad 3rd base coaching!

  206. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    That’s the second heads-up play from Morse tonight.

  207. Steve T on April 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Why does he STILL call Morse “Morris”?

  208. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    Morse has 2 assists tonight!

  209. jdsc55 on April 5th, 2008 6:11 pm

    It’s Morse, NOT Morris!!!

  210. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 6:13 pm

    So are we cured of the 11-man bullpen yet?

  211. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2008 6:13 pm

    I think he’s just pronouncing it as if it has two syllables. Funky pronunciation, not wrong name.

  212. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:13 pm

    I shudder to think what reliever Mac would use to patch this thing together should we take the lead.

  213. Karen on April 5th, 2008 6:14 pm

    I wonder why the camera followed Ichiro back to his position after that throw, if it was Morse who made the play. Was Ichiro wearing a Mike Morse mask or something?

  214. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 6:15 pm

    Can we trade for the O’s broadcast team? The O’s can have Sexson and Cairo.

  215. bmanuw on April 5th, 2008 6:15 pm

    Why can’t the M’s beat teams that they are better than? The first few series are against the AL’s worst teams. Cmon guys…we need to take advantage of the Angel injuries.

  216. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 6:15 pm

    214: Seriously. These guys are actually fun to listen to…

  217. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 6:16 pm

    Throw in Willie for the sideline reporter.

  218. scraps on April 5th, 2008 6:16 pm

    Lauren, you’re right. Type joke in haste, repent flaws at leisure.

  219. Karen on April 5th, 2008 6:16 pm

    As for the discussions about Raul “franchise face” Ibanez and Richie “ofer” Sexson, how long a leash do they have? Surely we don’t have to watch this kind of defensive or offensive futility all season long? Surely (which is only one letter more than “surly”)?

  220. Rick L on April 5th, 2008 6:17 pm

    Man, the ump has a wide strike zone.

  221. gk91 on April 5th, 2008 6:19 pm

    Why does he pronounce Felix Fill-icks?

    “Professional hitter” is the new “player with a tremendous upside”.

  222. mksh21 on April 5th, 2008 6:20 pm

    who says the M’s are better? their payroll is higher due to the fact they will pay any idiot over 30 as much money as possible.

  223. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:20 pm

    Unless a big overhaul is made, Ibanez is the leftfielder. The M’s simply don’t value OF defense all that much. I will guess that Sexson has a shorter leash with regard to his hitting. It still isn’t short enough for me.

  224. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:20 pm

    Here’s the problem with Sexson: let’s say, as Baker would have us believe, that they’ve got him on a short leash.

    What does that mean? What would their solution be if their criteria is “If he sucks after a month, we’ll pull him”?

  225. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:21 pm

    I’d walk Lopez here to get to Raul. It’s 2 free outs.

  226. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:22 pm

    Wlad?
    Bloomquist?
    Cairo?

    Pretty much anyone with a pulse is an upgrade.

  227. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:23 pm

    #223 – A trade for Jason Bay? Wilkermorse to 1B? Who knows. It is a problem though.

  228. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:24 pm

    McLaren is bad at his job.

  229. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 6:27 pm

    Make her get naked ya damn Oriole!!

  230. Gihyou on April 5th, 2008 6:28 pm

    That Oriole was fondling her a bit, but she didn’t mind.

  231. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 6:28 pm

    Man, why does a 1 run ball game feel out of reach? That’s just not right.

  232. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:31 pm

    Why does Mac not want 2R-S to pitch. Does he honestly believe that Green would be more effective against Huff. You have Huff and Scott back to back. This is some awfully poor managerin’

  233. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:32 pm

    Soooooooooooo you have to wonder if Sexson’s adding missing signs to his defensive arsenal.

  234. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Well, if you are going to lose a game, lose it in the “2004 Melvin death march” style.

  235. Lucky Number on April 5th, 2008 6:33 pm

    Alright, just skip the Benny Hill music and just play the sound of a train wreck through the loudspeakers.

  236. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:34 pm

    Was it Sexson or Green? I assume that Green got the sign from Joh who got the sign from the bench, which would make it Sexson’s fault. Yeah, let’s go with that.

  237. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:35 pm

    too bad we have no lefties in the pen

  238. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 6:35 pm

    Unless proven incontrovertibly otherwise, I think that a “blame Sexson” attitude is probably appropriate.

  239. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 6:36 pm

    Beltre had to run twice as far behind him and still beat Ibanez to that spot.

  240. apunetid on April 5th, 2008 6:37 pm

    Later on in the season we’re going to look back at this game and laugh…that’s probably the best outcome at this point.

  241. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:37 pm

    McClaren’s on a multi-inning tape delay. He’s probably walking out to the mound thinking “well, it’s early to pull Batista, but he clearly doesn’t have his stuff any more…”

  242. ocelot on April 5th, 2008 6:37 pm

    Spot? They just had a pitching change?!?

  243. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:39 pm

    Why change Green now? He is as likely to get a GIDP from Hernandez as anyone. I suppose that Green is at fault for the walks, but he was put in a position where he was likely to fail. EO or 2RS should have pitched to the last two batters. Mac is doing the worst thing possible, saving his relievers for later, but not realizing that later will be too late. It is April 5, and I am in full managerial hate mode.

  244. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:41 pm

    Free Jim Riggelman!

  245. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:44 pm

    He did a pretty good job of getting out of that jam. Only 1 run allowed after the bases were loaded with 0 outs and all 3 fly balls were hit to our “bad” outfielders.

  246. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:46 pm

    No we can loo forward to a Sexson at bat. Will he:
    A. strike out swinging at ball four
    B. strike out swinging through a hittable fastball in the zone
    C. Look at the ump after called strike three

  247. Jay R. on April 5th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Contact!

  248. EastCoastMsFan on April 5th, 2008 6:46 pm

    Damn Richie, you got’s to let that hit you!

  249. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 6:46 pm

    The wonders of Richie Sexson continue. Golden Sombrero plus opposite field hitting attempt.

  250. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:47 pm

    Life is full of surprises.

  251. G-Germ on April 5th, 2008 6:48 pm

    Golden Sombrero is 4 K’s. Sexson “only” has 3 k’s. hahahah

  252. Mr. Egaas on April 5th, 2008 6:48 pm

    This team can’t go much longer without moving Beltre up in the lineup, can it?

  253. Jack Howland on April 5th, 2008 6:49 pm

    I predict that McClaren will blame this loss on the injury to JJ first and foremost.

  254. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 6:51 pm

    Good at bat for Morse.

  255. timc on April 5th, 2008 6:51 pm

    Chad Bradford breaks PitchF/X’s pitch recognition.

  256. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 6:52 pm

    248:

    Well, it is Sexson. He is a walking, talking, golden sombrero.

  257. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:53 pm

    Morse v. Bradford with Wilk on the bench…

    WHHEEEEE!

  258. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:54 pm

    Here’s the thing… Bradford traditionally has had a really bad time with lefties. If the platoon in right is to maximize offense, you should swap Wilkerson back in there. But… I don’t know. Why bother.

  259. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Pretty good at bat overall. Not a great result, but he was a couple feet from getting a double and had a few good swings.

  260. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 6:55 pm

    255:

    I think you pretty much summed up McLaren’s coaching strategy: Why Bother?!?!

  261. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Oh, suuuuuuuuuuuure, now we see O’Flaherty

  262. red_devil20 on April 5th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Is Sexson out of options? Seems to me that he could use some low Class A ball seasoning.

  263. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:55 pm

    On the positive side, if Sherrill shuts down the M’s in the 9th, he will save the M’s pen from having to pitch an extra inning. Silver lining.

  264. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:56 pm

    Why do we have Jimerson and Cairo who we never ever use? You think a LH PH bat would be much more valuable. But what do I know.

  265. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:57 pm

    I think McLaren is doing this just to piss me off.

  266. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 6:57 pm

    Cairo’s on the bench to allow Bloomquist to get into games.

  267. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:57 pm

    #260 – Because Jimerson is just fun to say. And having Cairo? It makes us sound elegant.

  268. theraven on April 5th, 2008 6:59 pm

    Weren’t we going to work on reducing walks allowed by our pitchers this year? In fact, I think I’ve heard that every year since, well, I know Piniella was still here (and Russ Davis!).

  269. Tek Jansen on April 5th, 2008 6:59 pm

    Someone should give 2R-S and Jimerson Roberto Petagine’s phone number. They can chat when they have free time, like during M’s games.

  270. JI on April 5th, 2008 6:59 pm

    Good. I was wondering why we could never use Willie when the moment called. I think, compared to what they have, that either of them would make a fine upgrade at firstbase.

  271. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 7:00 pm

    Mariners need throwing practice, this is getting stupid.

  272. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 7:02 pm

    Willie more that Cairo. But Dave and I talked about this the other night, and he’s right — the team’s not going to make incremental upgrades. They’ll get Raffy to come out of retirement or something similarly crazy, and that’ll be their solution.

  273. JI on April 5th, 2008 7:06 pm

    They could call up Wlad and move Wilkerson to first. But, yeah I agree. I would prefer this.

  274. Phightin Phils on April 5th, 2008 7:09 pm

    As random as this seems to this game thread, I can’t help be think about how Morse “got his chance” to make it. Who missed that chance because they didn’t recover from a leg injury as quickly? Time for baseball’s “clean era”, right?

    Anyway, Morse had a good at bat and had a great spring. And there’s also this:

  275. theraven on April 5th, 2008 7:09 pm

    #269 There’s no way I’d want Bonds on my team. Unless, of course, he got drilled every time he came up to the plate.

  276. Phightin Phils on April 5th, 2008 7:10 pm
  277. Jay R. on April 5th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Let’s pile up the losses and force ownership to clean house. That is the the only way they will ever be regularly competitive.

  278. JI on April 5th, 2008 7:11 pm

    Why Not? He’d instantly be the best hitter on the team (+/- Ichiro)

  279. theraven on April 5th, 2008 7:12 pm

    Can we get Tom Selleck from Mr. Baseball to replace Sexson? Selleck had a hole in his swing, but could still hit.

  280. HamNasty on April 5th, 2008 7:12 pm

    273- But we won 88 games! We got a 1-2 punch!

    That is the last thing this ownership is going to do.

  281. Jay R. on April 5th, 2008 7:14 pm

    Well they will do whatever it is they call this nonsense without dollar one from me. Not that it matters, but it is all I can do.

  282. theraven on April 5th, 2008 7:14 pm

    #272 At least Morse came clean and didn’t pretend that it was some bad B12 that he took. I can respect that.

  283. red_devil20 on April 5th, 2008 7:14 pm

    At least we’re in the heart of our order here. 9-1-2, the only team in the majors that can say that’s our heart of the order…

  284. Go Felix on April 5th, 2008 7:15 pm

    Disaster.

  285. theraven on April 5th, 2008 7:15 pm

    #277 Hate to break it to you, but if you’re watching the FSN games or MLB.tv, then I’m pretty sure you’re helping to contribute a dollar or two.

  286. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 7:16 pm

    Well, if you think Morse came clean there, sure.

  287. JI on April 5th, 2008 7:17 pm

    There’s tons worse people in MLB than Bonds. Some have even played for the Mariners. To say Bonds is your breaking point is silly

  288. theraven on April 5th, 2008 7:22 pm

    #282 I’m not saying he’s my breaking point, but I’m not a fan of him. I used to be a fan of his, and even cheered for him during his 73 homer season, but no more.

    #281 You can’t deny that he was more honest about the situation than just about any other player that has been caught.

  289. DMZ on April 5th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Yes I can.

  290. Axtell on April 5th, 2008 7:29 pm

    I don’t think there’s been an honest admission about steroids from any current active player. It’s always the ‘I did it once or twice and I regret it’ (a la Petite) or the Giambi ‘I’m sorry but I can’t specify why’.

    America’s a really forgiving country…why are these players so afraid to admit they cheated like the rest of baseball did?

  291. Some Dude on April 5th, 2008 7:40 pm

    Oh great. Here comes the injury train.

  292. naviomelo on April 5th, 2008 7:42 pm

    Bedard out with hip inflammation per KOMO. Felix to start tomorrow. Not known if Bedard will pitch in Tampa Bay.

  293. jlc on April 5th, 2008 7:50 pm

    On a completely different note, I can understand now why Sherrill had facial hair. Not much intimidation clean-shaven. I still don’t understand why lack of facial hair (or short head hair) makes you a better athlete.

  294. scraps on April 5th, 2008 8:48 pm

    Is there a single Bonds-hater here who didn’t get his/her facts/opinions entirely from the sports media industry?

  295. scraps on April 5th, 2008 8:50 pm

    America’s a really forgiving country…why are these players so afraid to admit they cheated like the rest of baseball did?

    I dunno. Let’s ask Marion Jones.

  296. Axtell on April 5th, 2008 9:04 pm

    291-

    Illogical analogy. She swore up and down for YEARS that she didn’t take any performance enhancers, and repeated that same story up until the day she got sent to prison.