Game 27, Mariners at Indians

DMZ · April 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm · Filed Under Mariners, Off-topic ranting 

Silva v Carmona. 4:05 our time.

CF Ichiro
2B Lopez
LF Ibanez
3B Beltre
DH Vidro
1B Sexson
RF Wilkerson
C Johjima
SS Betancourt

Carlos Silva and Fausto Carmona both carry the sinkerballer label, but they are total opposites. Silva isn’t really a groundball guy anymore, but just throws a ton of strikes and hopes the results work out for him. Carmona throws a nasty, diving “turbo sinker”, but has lost his ability to put the ball in the strike zone with regularity.

The Mariners need to let Carmona get himself in trouble. An aggressive mindset against him is just going to lead to a lot of weak groundouts. Take the walk, boys.


216 Responses to “Game 27, Mariners at Indians”

  1. ndrfx on April 29th, 2008 7:15 pm

    Haha, nice pitch.

  2. Pig on April 29th, 2008 7:16 pm

    So if Balentien & Clement come up together seems to me they would DFI Cairo & Wilkerson but I suppose other options include sending Norton back down or dropping a bullpen arm.

    Seems that Burke is safe if they are committed to playing Clement. I’d keep Norton on the bench & DFI Cairo & Wilkerson if both Balentien & Clement are brought up. Norton & Vidro on the bench isn’t bad for late innings pinch hitters…

  3. profmac on April 29th, 2008 7:18 pm

    I wish Sizemore had chosen to stick with his plan to QB for the Huskies, so he wouldn’t be around to kill Carlos Silva… I’d much rather he be slaying himself some cougar! 🙂

  4. BringUpBalentien on April 29th, 2008 7:20 pm

    a little off topic-does anyone else remember someone on the radio referring to Silva as Vidro? As long as I’m not losing my mind, it was just a little mistake, but a funny one. Oh, by the by: M’s win! May 7=day of salvation

  5. profmac on April 29th, 2008 7:21 pm


  6. scott19 on April 29th, 2008 7:22 pm

    Nice comeback, guys!

  7. Evan R. on April 29th, 2008 7:22 pm

    I asked this earlier but didn’t get any takers:

    Am I wrong to pronounce Balentien “bah-LEN-tee-en”? It seems like that would be the proper pronunciation based on the Spanish language. “Bal-en-teen” seems like the bastardized, Anglicized way to say it.

  8. BringUpBalentien on April 29th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Am I wrong to pronounce Balentien “bah-LEN-tee-en”? It seems like that would be the proper pronunciation based on the Spanish language. “Bal-en-teen” seems like the bastardized, Anglicized way to say it.

    That is right, bah-LEN-tee-en is correct in Spanish and “Bal-en-teen seems like the bastardized, Anglicized way to say it.”

  9. arbeck on April 29th, 2008 7:29 pm

    But since he is from the Netherlands Antilles, I’m not sure the Anglicized way is wrong.

  10. naviomelo on April 29th, 2008 7:33 pm

    Nice win. We finally had a nice inning in the 9th that made up for all those wasted opportunities earlier in the game. It would have been terrible to waste another good start like Silva had.

  11. beckya57 on April 29th, 2008 7:40 pm

    Arbeck–they do speak Spanish also in the Netherlands Antilles. Along with English and a local patois that’s sort of descended from Dutch. Very interesting place.

  12. arbeck on April 29th, 2008 7:44 pm


    I know that… but I’m not sure exactly how they pronounce things in their Spanish. So I wouldn’t automatically assume how to pronounce Wlad’s name.

  13. Breadbaker on April 29th, 2008 7:45 pm

    They don’t speak much Spanish, but a lot of Papiamento, which is the patois to which Becky refers. Pretty much everyone speaks English, though.

  14. ocelot on April 29th, 2008 8:39 pm

    Just got back from the game (by the way, it was REALLY cold–the ladies in our group packed it in after 5)
    I was the only M’s fan at least in my section, if not the stadium–it was REALLY fun getting up and hollering on the Beltre HR in the 9th…in a dead-silent park. In case the camera happened to pan over the upper deck right behind home plate, I was the lone M’s fan wearing a Mariners hat and black jacket. Very fun way to win, but I’ll be honest–after the home run, even I wanted to rack up some quick outs just so I could get out of a very cold ballpark. Good win–the one really funny part was bad mouthing Brad to my Cleveland friends–then having him go 3 for 3.

  15. msb on April 29th, 2008 9:33 pm

    FWIW, I think J Rollins is scrappy.

    F. Vina was, too.

  16. tranebc on April 29th, 2008 10:21 pm

    A pretty funny article about scrappy white baseball players

    I’d like to submit the idea that scrappy, white people (or SWP as I will refer to it now) is actually a baseball statistic that can help us define a player’s style and justify his other statistics.

    Here’s how you can calculate a player’s SWP rating … (All categories are based on a 1-10 ranking)

    Slow, scrappy, white baseball professionals: the great SWP

    Now if only he put “professional hitter” as a category I think we’d be all set.

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