Game 18, Mariners at Angels

DMZ · April 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Seeing a knuckleballer pitch is a whole different kind of entertainment. They’re a weird breed of pitcher, where the results can be determined as much by the environment as the person throwing. I’m always interested in watching games like this, or the Moyers, pitchers making their living through some other way besides the standard low-90s fastball and one or two plus pitches. It’s like watching a high-wire act, where I know they’re not really supposed to be able to get all the way across, and I’m pulling for them to do it anyway.

It’s like the extremely boring Mariner singles-only offenses of the horrible first couple years of the Bavasi era: even if they won, the only player on offense who was consistently interesting to watch was Ichiro. If you’re going to lose, at least make it good viewing.

So maybe Dickey gets shelled tonight. It’s happened before. But it’ll be worth watching.

I’m betting that Dickey’s fastball is praised repeatedly during the broadcast. Just a hunch.

Tonight’s Mariner OMFG lineup:
CF-L Ichiro!
2B-R Lopez
LF-L Ibanez
3B-R Beltre
DH-B Jose Vidro, Professional Hitter ®
1B-R Sexson
C-R Johjima
RF-R Bloomquist
SS-R Betancourt

Ugh. The Angels respond with this wreck:
3B-B Figgins
RF-B Matthews
DH-R Guerrero
LF-L Anderson
CF-R Hunter
1B-R Kotchman
2B-B Izturis
C-R Napoli
SS-B Aybar

Heh. Time to play Would You Swap ‘Em?
C: Ennhhhhhhh… maybe. Kenji’s contract is up after this year, Napoli’s a good bat. Nah, I like Kenji. Maybe.
1B: Yes.
2B: Ennhhhh maybe. I’ve always liked Lopez, though, as readers are well aware. So probably not.
SS: No.
3B: No.
RF: No.
CF: No way
LF: No
DH: Abso-freaking-lutely.


206 Responses to “Game 18, Mariners at Angels”

  1. dingla on April 19th, 2008 2:38 pm

    Apropos nothing, but the he fangraph for that epic 22 inning SD/COL game is hilarious.

    147 total AB w/ 25 hits. unreal.

  2. msb on April 19th, 2008 2:44 pm

    in surprising news John Marzano has died. Nice choice by the AP on a photo to go with the brief news report.

    he was his usual loud and bumptious self yesterday, all ready to spend the weekend spoiling his grandson.

  3. jspektor on April 19th, 2008 2:58 pm

    Lincecum watch:

    vs St. Louis: 7 IP, 6 H, 5 K, 3 B.B. with the Win

    2008: 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA …

  4. joser on April 19th, 2008 5:11 pm

    in surprising news John Marzano has died. Nice choice by the AP on a photo to go with the brief news report.

    Wow, that is strange, and sad. But it’s a great photo, and not one I recall seeing before. I don’t like players getting into it, but if somebody’s going to suffer a beatdown it should be a Yankee. Rather reminiscent of that legendary altercation when Nolan Ryan made Robin Ventura his, uh, prison wife.

  5. normstradamus on April 19th, 2008 8:21 pm

    DMZ you would really trade Sexson for Crotchman? You have got to be kidding me.

  6. DMZ on April 19th, 2008 8:58 pm

    Nope. The why would be a pretty long post, though.

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