Game 18, Mariners at Angels
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:
DH-B Jose Vidro, Professional Hitter ®
Ugh. The Angels respond with this wreck:
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.
2B: Ennhhhh maybe. I’ve always liked Lopez, though, as readers are well aware. So probably not.
CF: No way