Game 64, Mariners at Blue Jays

DMZ · June 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

4:07. Washburn v Lisch.

I know many of you out there are a little upset with the Mariners right now, and unsure of what the future holds.

But rest easy, because Jarrod Washburn’s contract runs through 2009 (at $10m). And so does Miguel Batista’s (at $9m) deal. And Silva’s here through 2011 ($11m for next year), and thank goodness, because he’s got the ERA under six of this bunch.

That’s $30m for what will be 103 years of baseball experience. Ahhhhh. A back-end rotation that goes a hair over five and a third innings a start. A semi-rotation that can’t buy a strikeout but, fortunately, gives out ball four passes a little less than you’d expect.

What’s more, each of them will remind us a season past: Washburn of the 2006 campaign that made his contract seem superficially a good deal, Batista, of the off-season when signing Miguel Batista to a three year deal seemed like one of the more reasonable pitching contracts and of his participation in the 88-win team that convinced the front-office they were a contender… and Silva, best of all, this year’s disaster, a reminder that no one in the organization’s learning anything about anything.

What’s with that :07, anyway? Is there some kind of US:Canadian conversion issue at work here? Was :05 too soon after dinner but :10 ran into the kids bedtimes?


253 Responses to “Game 64, Mariners at Blue Jays”

  1. Go Felix on June 9th, 2008 7:17 pm


  2. JerBear on June 9th, 2008 7:17 pm

    What the frick, wlad.

  3. Go Felix on June 9th, 2008 7:18 pm


    What Would Morrow Do?

  4. sealclubber253 on June 9th, 2008 7:19 pm

    Does NY need a setup guy now that Joba is starting? I would love to give tham JJ. He just sucks this year.

  5. naviomelo on June 9th, 2008 7:19 pm

    JJ just needs to be shut down for the rest of the year.

  6. wlad on June 9th, 2008 7:19 pm

    lets get a K… then a DP… okay JJ?

  7. JerBear on June 9th, 2008 7:20 pm

    Ever the the feeling that they are just trying to find ways to lose games? Maybe they’re the Black Socks and we just don’t know it. Yeah, Bavasi is paying off his players to blow this season so he can get the draft pick next year, dump Vidro et. al, and start the rebuilding process for reals. Brilliant!!!

  8. justinh on June 9th, 2008 7:20 pm

    Aw great. Wilkerson is gonna win it.

  9. sealclubber253 on June 9th, 2008 7:20 pm

    Oh the irony in store if Wilk hits one out.

  10. justinh on June 9th, 2008 7:21 pm

    JJ needs to be traded while we can get a ton for him. Look at what Gagne brought in last year.

  11. enazario on June 9th, 2008 7:22 pm

    It wouldn’t be ironic. Just sad.

  12. David* on June 9th, 2008 7:22 pm


  13. justinh on June 9th, 2008 7:23 pm

    Poor Mac….the guy manages a great game and it is all for not. Well, at least it looks that way.

  14. MattThompson on June 9th, 2008 7:24 pm

    Wilkerson drawing a key walk here is just cruel irony.

  15. sealclubber253 on June 9th, 2008 7:24 pm

    When Bill Bavasi spun the wheel and picked Pentland to fire today, he messed up.

    Mac, subs Wlad for Reed, and puts Putz in in a presure situation. Damnit! Damnit! Damnit!

  16. Bremerton guy on June 9th, 2008 7:24 pm

    There’s still hope!

  17. crazyray7391 on June 9th, 2008 7:24 pm

    You know, I got asked today why I was buying 40’s of Olde English, and I told the clerk that it was because it was the fastest way to forget about the Mariners game once it starts going to hell.

    Looks like I’ll be hitting the bottle soon.

  18. naviomelo on June 9th, 2008 7:25 pm

    213 – What was so great about replacing Reed with Balentien?

  19. wlad on June 9th, 2008 7:25 pm

    there we go!

  20. crazyray7391 on June 9th, 2008 7:25 pm

    Holy shit, put the bottle away for a second……..well, since it’s already out….

  21. JerBear on June 9th, 2008 7:26 pm

    Another gritty play by Cairo. Damn, we’re lucky to have him on our team!

  22. fetish on June 9th, 2008 7:27 pm

    mutha flippin Putz

  23. Lauren, token chick on June 9th, 2008 7:33 pm

    With Pentland yesterday: 3 hits!

    With Elia today, 10 hits!

    Problem solved!

  24. crazyray7391 on June 9th, 2008 7:34 pm

    M’s win!! Must be because Vidro is sporting the Boonie frost.

  25. jefffrane on June 9th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Looks like Cairo is going to be sticking around, having single-handedly saved the game. Oh, along with Vidro.


  26. _David_ on June 9th, 2008 7:36 pm

    Does anyone think Putz’s struggles scared the Mariners into drafting Fields?

  27. crazyray7391 on June 9th, 2008 7:37 pm

    Did Krueger really just say that Cairo is the best 1B in baseball?

  28. wlad on June 9th, 2008 7:37 pm

    did you guys just hear bill krueger? “best 1b in all of baseball – miguel cairo”

  29. JerBear on June 9th, 2008 7:38 pm

    What the hell happened to Putz. The fire is just gone. He looks scared out there.

  30. crazyray7391 on June 9th, 2008 7:39 pm

    Does that mean Krueger will be crying foul when Cairo isn’t voted to the All-Star game?

  31. Nate on June 9th, 2008 7:42 pm

    I just can’t bring myself to be sad about this.
    Two of my favorite plays in baseball, the suicide squeeze, and the n-2-3 double play.
    Good job guys. It feels to long since we ended up on the right side of a 1-run game.

  32. Nate on June 9th, 2008 7:43 pm

    “too long”

    and what happened to the “contributed thusly…”

  33. jro on June 9th, 2008 7:43 pm

    Krueger is off his rocker. Best 1B in baseball?

    Angie’s comment: “He sure knows how to handle the bat.”


  34. wlad on June 9th, 2008 7:45 pm

    Griffey hit 600!!! and the mariners suck…

  35. Steve T on June 9th, 2008 7:52 pm

    Giving up no runs with bases loaded nobody out, especially backs-to-the-wall in the tenth, is damn fine.

  36. tomas on June 9th, 2008 7:53 pm

    Ok, I’ve had it. Kreuger must go too, he’s clearly out of his effin mind.

    The new Mariner strategy: Winning without hitting. Might be good for one game out of….20?

  37. msb on June 9th, 2008 8:10 pm

    Krueger is off his rocker. Best 1B in baseball? Angie’s comment: “He sure knows how to handle the bat.”

    well, it’s safer than saying “WTF? Bill? Are you craaaaaaazy?” on-air.

  38. pgreyy on June 9th, 2008 9:51 pm

    After the game, Mac said that he replaced Reed with Balientien because of Reed making a boneheaded play…and that we should look for more of that in the future.

    He knows that he doesn’t have enough guys on the bench to actually go through with that plan right?

    (Oh, and Shannon Drayer called them “brain farts” on the post-game show… Good to know that’s FCC-approved now.)

  39. pgreyy on June 9th, 2008 9:55 pm

    Oh…and what did everyone think of the squeeze in the 10th.

    Yes, it worked…so, it was, by definition, brilliant…and the absolutely right move to make…

    But I also know that the USSM hive mind is generally against giving up outs.

    If we had a team that we knew could hit the ball, I’d have cringed at going for only one run when we seemed to be in the process of having a big inning…

    …this being the the team we ARE, however, maybe it was the only move to make…and we should be thankful that they actually made it work.

    Curious, as ever, to your thoughts.

  40. John in L.A. on June 9th, 2008 10:16 pm

    Speaking for myself, I love the suicide squeeze. Maybe it’s the evocative name, maybe it’s the breath-holding, black-and-white gamble of it all, I don’t know.

    Love it.

    Wish it hadn’t won them the game, but love the squeeze, baby.

  41. stevie_j13 on June 9th, 2008 10:46 pm

    The squeeze has its place, and the 10th inning tonight was exactly that. You have arguably your best, scrappiest, hard-nosed, local runner on third base with one out. You also have arguably your worst, scrappiest, hard-nosed, veteran hitter at the plate, who is hitting .218 with two extra-base hits all season, but three sacrifice bunts. Johjima, hitting .224, waits on deck, so the chances of a big inning are not good. Furthermore, one run supposedly will win the game, because J.J. is closing in the bottom of the inning. I am actually surprised that the Jays were caught so off guard by the play.

  42. naviomelo on June 9th, 2008 10:56 pm

    I think the squeeze, and bunting in general, definitely have a place in baseball. That place is when you’re playing for exactly one run and no more. Today, tied in extra innings, it was a great time to play for one run.

    There are some scenarios in which a bunt increases the expectancy of scoring at all, but decreases the total run expectancy. Bunting in those scenarios can be a good decision late in a close game.

  43. gps on June 9th, 2008 11:04 pm

    Angie’s comment: “He sure knows how to handle the bat.”

    Well, if any chick knew about “handling the bat,” it would be Angie.

  44. John D. on June 9th, 2008 11:13 pm

    Re: # 193 – Morrow Time

    Morrow hasn’t pitched lately. That’s a danger sign.
    Perhaps the FO is about to get fleeced by Cincy as we send Morrow, Clemens, and a pitching prospect to them for Griffey.

  45. naviomelo on June 9th, 2008 11:40 pm

    242 – Drayer talked with Morrow on the KOMO postgame show and he said he had some shoulder stiffness the last couple of days, but that he’ll be ready to roll tomorrow.

  46. Colm on June 10th, 2008 12:11 am

    Props to Mac for calling the squeeze play. That’s the smartest move he’s made all year. Maybe he’ll learn!

  47. sealclubber253 on June 10th, 2008 12:13 am

    Proof that no matter how hard you try, you can’t loose them all.

    Did anyone see the “highlights” that l.o.l. has posted on their page? What fantastic defense. Richie dropping the ball in the seats, Raul’s dropper, Wlad’s miss, Yuni’s throw off the bag, and Kenji’s passed balls. God I miss Omar. You would think that after fifteen or so years you could get over a relationship like that, but it still hurts.

  48. jephdood on June 10th, 2008 2:15 am

    Yuni’s got 8 errors so far this season. Surpassed only by Julio Lugo in the AL, and #4 on the butterfingers list in all of MLB. On pace for almost 20.5 this year.

    Raul is just plain horrible.. I’m not going to even bother with the numbers.

    Yeah. Richie. He’s OK with scoops and sweep tags on Yuni’s bad throws.. but watching him spastically navigate behind first after a pop foul like a drunken snowshoer with an inner ear infection.. well that’s just comical and infuriating all at once.

    As for Wlad’s misplay.. maybe he lost it in the lights? Adrian similarly had a problem with a high chop earlier in the game.

    And Kenji was having to deal with the knuckler, so I don’t hold anything against him either.

  49. mln on June 10th, 2008 3:06 am

    “Proof that no matter how hard you try, you can’t loose them all.”

    This should be the new Mariner marketing slogan for the rest of the year. It’s perfect for the M’s!

  50. smb on June 10th, 2008 8:07 am

    My personal favorite is, “Mariners Baseball, 2008: Abort! Abort!”

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