Game 54, Red Sox at Mariners

Dave · May 28, 2008 at 6:10 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

A special dual-author game thread post!

Wakefield vs The Interview, 7:10 pm.

Thanks to reader Christian who sent this in. From today’s P-I notebook:

About three weeks ago, the Mariners were sick and tired of seeing a seemingly endless supply of short pop flies and soft liners fall in front of their outfielders.

They were particularly tired of seeing runners go from first to third when the opportunity was presented. So the Mariners did what seemed to be the logical thing — they started positioning their outfielders closer to the infield.

That worked well for a couple of weeks, but during the seven-game losing streak that the club carried into Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox, a number of balls have fallen behind the outfield.

“We’ve talked about it, and we’re going to split the difference,” manager John McLaren said. “I really can’t explain what’s happened. I’ve never seen anything like it. First, every ball was being hit in front of us. Then, when we brought the outfielders in, they started getting balls past us.”

Raises Hand: “Mr. McLaren, I can explain it. Raul Ibanez has the range of a poorly watered potted plant. You can move him around all you want, but it won’t matter. You could clone him, stick nine Raul Ibanezes in left field, and they still wouldn’t get to most of these lazy fly balls. You have a designated hitter playing left field. As long as you keep him out there, you’re going to have a serious problem.”

“That’s ridiculous, son. Raul works his tail off, shows up to the ballpark early, and we’re happy with his effort. I just don’t understand how the ball keeps falling in front of him, and then behind him, and occasionally next to him. It’s bewildering.”

Puts hand down, punches self in face “How did you get hired again?”

Derek adds:
More from the PI

Manager John McLaren talked about the energy he felt Miguel Cairo gave the club while playing first base, including making a couple of nice placeon [sic] defense and bunting the eventual winning run into scoring position Tuesday in the bottom of the ninth.

Cairo is an utter embarrassment. He has no place being on the Mariners roster. He does nothing that Bloomquist doesn’t do better, and Bloomquist is a fit as the last guy on the 25-man. Cairo stays on the roster while other players who are more useful to the team have been shuffled off. It makes no sense that he’s on this team in the first place, it doesn’t make sense that he’s stayed on the team..

That the team would start him as a reward for his “spark” is another indictment of McLaren’s incompetent management and lineup construction. We’ve seen this over and over again with this team, where whim and wishful thinking drive decision making, and this is one more in the never-ending series of decisions that make reasonable fans want to punch themselves in the mouth so they’ll feel something other than overwhelming frustration with this team.

Jeff Clement got sent down hitting .167/.286/.250, but Cairo, who can’t even manage that, who we have every reason to think is hitting to his skill level, is starting at first base. Willie Bloomquist, despite having a lower batting average, gets on base more than Cairo and plays better defense — and who we were supposed to see get more playing time because Cairo was on the roster — sits. Sexson, who at least provides power, sits. A defensively inept left-fielder who can hit plays the field while an offensive black hole occupies the “Doesn’t Hit” slot in the lineup. Our manager’s seen that the once-invincible closer, now clearly not right, needs to pitch more often. On and on and on.

In related news, tonight we’ll get under 250 plate appearances before Turbo’s option vests.

And the M’s still have the worst defense in the league.


193 Responses to “Game 54, Red Sox at Mariners”

  1. Rick L on May 28th, 2008 9:21 pm

    145. Bedard an Morrow were pretty much lights out.

  2. Rydogg2122 on May 28th, 2008 9:21 pm

    Putz does not look sharp at all.

  3. BillyJive on May 28th, 2008 9:21 pm

    Come on Putz…..

  4. James T on May 28th, 2008 9:21 pm

    I think the only other guy who could run for Manny would be Alex Cora and he’s *barely* faster than Manny, if at all.

  5. north on May 28th, 2008 9:21 pm

    would be for someone to put together the mythical best lineup given our current roster

    Ichiro – Beltre – Ibanez(DH) – punt x 6

    It wouldn’t help the record much. This team is bad.

  6. Rick L on May 28th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Splitter time.

  7. PaulMolitorCocktail on May 28th, 2008 9:22 pm

    This game proves that Morrow is too valuable to waste in the rotation.

  8. Tom in Edmonds on May 28th, 2008 9:22 pm


  9. James T on May 28th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Coco Crisp, offensive cipher.

  10. DMZ on May 28th, 2008 9:23 pm

    The chemistry’s turned around! It’s all wins from here on out!

  11. north on May 28th, 2008 9:24 pm

    Good series for Ms – on the lucky side of 2 one run games.

    That’s probably the most we can expect.

  12. Go Felix on May 28th, 2008 9:24 pm


  13. BillyJive on May 28th, 2008 9:24 pm

    WOO HOO!!!
    Jagerbombs for everyone!!!

  14. Rydogg2122 on May 28th, 2008 9:24 pm

    Still 14 games under .500, feels like a huge mountain to climb. Ugh.

  15. ManageWA on May 28th, 2008 9:25 pm

    I hate being an all-weather fan. Games like this just have me seeing so many good things suddenly occurring for the team. Why can’t they just be consistent so I can sit back, relax, revel in the consistent ineptitude of my team, and be satisfied that things will get better SOME day. I don’t want it now, I need it just at some point. Quick change leaves me feeling vulnerable and scared. This is first day of middle school all over again.

  16. CC03 on May 28th, 2008 9:26 pm

    Hurrrr M’s win I’m so excited omg hurrrrr

    Start firing people please.

  17. pumpkinhead on May 28th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Two wins? That’s almost a streak!

    And it’s even more delicious that it’s against the Red Sox. Damn annoying fans.

  18. north on May 28th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Great to see Bedard with a nice outing.

  19. DMZ on May 28th, 2008 9:27 pm

    Burke’s asked in if this is the same team that left New York (which, uh… yes, it is), and Burke cites many components of team chemistry! Yay! The team’s having fun again!

  20. Rumpelstiltskin on May 28th, 2008 9:28 pm

    lol at pinch running for Casey and not Manny. WTF was that?

  21. pumpkinhead on May 28th, 2008 9:28 pm

    162: Don’t look at the forest, just focus on the trees!

  22. cody on May 28th, 2008 9:30 pm

    Wow. For all the crappy pitching we’ve seen the last week or so, this is great. Shutting out the Boston Red Sox is something that doesn’t happen all that often.

  23. enazario on May 28th, 2008 9:30 pm

    This is the first Mariner shutout this year. Is it not?

  24. wrob4343 on May 28th, 2008 9:32 pm

    Still 14 games under .500, feels like a huge mountain to climb. Ugh.

    I hate to be the bearer of good news… but if this team remotely rebounds things will continue to stay the same-90% bad with enough bright spots to count on one hand

  25. north on May 28th, 2008 9:32 pm

    It’d be nice if Bedard settles into an ace role along with Felix. Give a reason to tune into 20% of games (the defense half innings of the games Felix and Bedard start).

  26. ManageWA on May 28th, 2008 9:34 pm

    171: Yes, it is

  27. msb on May 28th, 2008 9:35 pm

    wonder at what point Mac will be allowed to acknowledge that they are in fact not still in it

    my bad. obviously this is the start of the Miraculous Comeback (TM)

  28. ManageWA on May 28th, 2008 9:36 pm

    so the radio just said we traded for bedard so he could “be a stopper.”

  29. msb on May 28th, 2008 9:37 pm

    This is the first Mariner shutout this year. Is it not?

    it is. on the other hand, they’ve been shutout 3 times.

  30. BillyJive on May 28th, 2008 9:39 pm

    Wow! two wins in a row AND a shutout against the Sox….
    Best birthday present ever..Thanks guys…
    Make it three in a row and we’re all going to Sizzler!!

  31. naviomelo on May 28th, 2008 9:42 pm

    Well, we made up a game on the rest of the division.

  32. ManageWA on May 28th, 2008 9:48 pm

    I think the Ms saw the article on ESPN about how they’re the saddest team in baseball, and had a moment of “we’ve been doing it wrong?”

  33. bratman on May 28th, 2008 10:03 pm

    Boy, does it feel good to shut up Red Sox Nation. It was fun pretending that was game 7 of the ALCS … back to the 20-34 reality that is your 2008 Seattle Mariners.

  34. Jim_H on May 28th, 2008 10:30 pm

    And now I lay me down to sleep, and pray the Baseball Gods my soul to keep, and for Brandon Morrow to not get injured!!!

  35. jlc on May 28th, 2008 10:43 pm

    We won our 20th game! And it’s not even June! We caught up to San Diego!

  36. area 51 on May 28th, 2008 10:52 pm

    yes. sublime series win. Way to go M’s.

  37. forte40 on May 28th, 2008 11:01 pm

    ESPN’s coverage of the game ends with a quote by Betancout, through an interpreter. I was not aware Betancourt used one, maybe hes trying to be Ichiro.

  38. Breadbaker on May 28th, 2008 11:16 pm

    Was it just me, or did Bedard look kind of pissed tonight? We haven’t had a pitcher who succeeds through anger since Randy. Maybe it was having so many Red Sox fans in the stands, but whatever it was, let’s do more of it.

  39. shortbus on May 28th, 2008 11:36 pm

    What sucks about this series is after winning two games on a total of five runs the team will figure they’re “back on track” and change nothing. McLaren’s and Bavasi’s jobs are saved! Halelujah!!

  40. mln on May 29th, 2008 1:19 am

    The Mariners win not only this game but also the series against Boston.

    USSM ponies are now running happy and free!

  41. joser on May 29th, 2008 10:12 am

    That was the Mariner’s first 1-0 win since Aug. 9, 2005. Two thousand and five.

  42. joser on May 29th, 2008 10:20 am

    And the media is still pissy because Bedard makes their jobs harder:

    Fastballs that flew past Boston’s flailing bats. Curves sharp enough to break the will of the Red Sox . Then, diving cut fastballs and tricky changeups.

    So this is why Seattle traded five players to Baltimore for Erik Bedard .

    ”It was all right,” Bedard (4-3) said with a shrug of the shoulders.

    The ace of few words gave more insight to whomever he was text messaging at his locker for five minutes instead of answering questions from the media.

    Bummer, Mr AP guy. I guess instead of showing up half drunk and stoned to have sound bites handed to you you’re going to have to spend a little less of your time surfing for porn one-handed and, I don’t know, actually do a little work for your paycheck.

  43. joser on May 29th, 2008 10:22 am

    Oops, that last line was supposed to be outside the quote (it’s from me, in case you can’t tell).

    I do love the fact that when asked the difference between this start and his (9 run) last start in New York, Bedard’s one-word answer was “Location” — leaving them wondering if he was talking about pitches or geography.

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