Game 92, Mariners at Athletics

Dave · July 10, 2008 at 11:00 am · Filed Under Mariners 

12:35, Dickey v Smith.

Cairo plays first base today, but Vidro will take over as the 1B vs RHP and play most of the time. Rejoice!

For what its worth, though, Riggleman’s comments about releasing Sexson because he wasn’t interested in having a player complain about not being in the line-up are nice to hear. We had to deal with a year of John McLaren coddling the veteran egos rather than putting the best team on the field, so it’s nice to see the organization finally telling the entitled group of suck to shut up.

Comments

195 Responses to “Game 92, Mariners at Athletics”

  1. AssumedName on July 10th, 2008 12:34 pm

    Please tell me the Streak is in the lineup! These days I watch for Ichiro! and the Streak. And to watch Adrian flip the ball across the diamond and get more on it than most pitchers.

  2. edgar for mayor on July 10th, 2008 12:34 pm

    Well, go Dickey. Today might have been a good day, except we now have no 1Bmen, we can so longer trade Bedard for a while, and Vidro is still on the team. :(

  3. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 12:35 pm

    RF-Willie Boom-Boom!
    2B- J Lo
    LF-Ibanez
    3B-Not Vidro
    DH-Vidro
    C-Johjima
    1B-MiniVidro
    CF-Reed
    SS-Betancourt

  4. edgar for mayor on July 10th, 2008 12:36 pm

    WFB batting LEAD OFF! Today is awesome…:S

  5. RoninX on July 10th, 2008 12:39 pm

    #3 – I sure wish we had a whole team of hitters like today’s 3rd baseman.

  6. hansk on July 10th, 2008 12:41 pm

    I thought Ichiro didn’t want a day off. That’s dumb.

    They should also release Cairo and Vidro, to get a look at some prospects. Maybe LaHair?

  7. abender20 on July 10th, 2008 12:42 pm

    This is the sorriest lineup I have seen in quite some time, and it’s not even close.

  8. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 12:42 pm

    So, we’ve called up Baek and Broussard.

    Sigh.

  9. skjes on July 10th, 2008 12:43 pm

    #4 – Obviously the M’s coaches are still reading this site, and decided to put Willie in the leadoff slot after his team-leading OBP was recognized.

  10. patl on July 10th, 2008 12:44 pm

    hansk – LaHair’s got turf toe problems. Niehaus just mentioned on the broadcast that he thinks LaHair’s the 1b as soon as he can play, and until then, it’s 1b by large committee.

  11. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 12:48 pm

    This is the sorriest lineup I have seen in quite some time, and it’s not even close.

    I found myself seeking consolation in the fact that the stretch of the lineup from 2-4 wasn’t horrifically awful.

  12. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 12:49 pm

    Anyone want to play Guess-the-Attendance?

  13. vj on July 10th, 2008 12:50 pm

    I must say that in spite of Riggleman’s comments when looking at Sexson’s splits based on merrit he still had his uses against lefties and on the road meaning that from now onwards two thirds of the at bats for 1B will likely go to less deserving players, two of which (Vidro and Cairo) are also veterans.

  14. CC03 on July 10th, 2008 12:54 pm

    Why Clement isn’t playing everyday is freaking beyond me. This is ridiculous. I’m glad you can find playing time for sucky veterans, instead of your best hitting prospect. Great managerial decisions being made.

  15. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 12:54 pm

    It’s official! Tug Hulett (sp) is scrappy!

  16. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 1:00 pm

    Richie Sexson leaves the Mariners with 105 homers leaving him tied for 9th on the Mariners All-Time list.

    Willie:

    087 – Consecutive games without an XBH
    170 – Consecutive at bats without an XBH
    196 – Consecutive PAs without an XBH
    101 – 2008 season ABs with no XBH
    120 – 2008 season PAs with no XBH

    Unofficial records:

    100 – Consecutive games without an XBH – Greg Gross
    223 – Consecutive at bats without an XBH – Jose Valdivielso
    266 – Consecutive PAs without an XBH – Larry Lintz
    124 – Full season ABs with no XBH – Dwain Anderson
    144 – Full season PAs with no XBH – Dwain Anderson

  17. Joe C on July 10th, 2008 1:02 pm

    I think they put Willie in for Ichiro to make Cairo look better at first.

  18. msb on July 10th, 2008 1:02 pm

    sheesh, completely forgot it was early-early. I missed Tug’s scrappiness.

    I thought Ichiro didn’t want a day off. That’s dumb.

    dumb that he doesn’t want a day off, or dumb that he got one?

  19. praetor on July 10th, 2008 1:02 pm

    you know I thought sexson was starting to turn around, but that;s a little hopeful. But why haven’t they cut VIDRO!!!

  20. iceman21287 on July 10th, 2008 1:03 pm

    6:

    LaHair really isn’t a prospect. He’s not very good…

    ..but I suppose I’d still rather watch him than Turbo and Cairo.

  21. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 1:04 pm

    Ichiro has a tight hammy, says Blowers.

  22. Jeff Nye on July 10th, 2008 1:04 pm

    Vidro will take over as the 1B vs RHP and play most of the time. Rejoice!

    There’s one way that this makes sense; the team knew about the MEGAVIDRO nickname and didn’t want us to be disappointed by not having some Vidro variant at first.

  23. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:11 pm

    Vidro strikes out. So much for his skills as a contact hitter… Okay that was just snark. But suppose that we get LaHair up. We know that LaHair is not a prospective star or even a prospective regular in the major leagues. But I hope that he gets called up for a while at least. He’s probably a better hitter than Vidro or Cairo, might be better than Sexson, and it’d be nice for the guy to fulfill his dream of playing in the majors, and the only way it’ll happen is for an awful team like this.

    On the other hand, if he is better than Vidro, he could end up costing us Strasburg.

  24. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:13 pm

    Ichiro has a tight hammy, says Blowers.

    I didn’t know that there were possible worlds in which Ichiro had tight hammies!

  25. BillyJive on July 10th, 2008 1:13 pm

    At this point in the season I don’t see the point of releasing Richie Sexson…
    Let’s face it…as sucky as he has been at hitting..he was still our best option at first base…if you’re not going to play Raul there…which the M’s obviously won’t. Not only that but Richie was starting to hit a little better and if the improvement had continued maybe we could have found someone to eat the contract or part of it…
    Just another dumb move by the Mariners 2008.
    Why the hell is Vidro still with this team AND in the lineup daily??

  26. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 1:14 pm

    I am a little bit surprised that Sexson ends up as high as 10th on the Mariners all time list in OPS at 808.

  27. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 1:14 pm

    I didn’t know that there were possible worlds in which Ichiro had tight hammies!

    Well, Sexson was released today…

  28. abender20 on July 10th, 2008 1:21 pm

    yay WFB first pitch swinging foul out. Great contribution

  29. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:23 pm

    I think that Willie’s OBP has fallen behind Ichiro’s again now.

  30. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 1:26 pm

    Ichiro’s three hits last night put him in the OBP lead.

  31. joser on July 10th, 2008 1:29 pm

    Richie was starting to hit a little better and if the improvement had continued maybe we could have found someone to eat the contract or part of it

    No he wasn’t, and no they couldn’t.
    Last 7 days (25 PA): .158 / .360 / .368
    Last 14 days (41 PA): .219 / .390 / .438
    Last 28 days (85 PA): .224 / .365 / .343

    Assuming you believe small sample sizes mean anything, I don’t see an improvement there. Even if Sexson returned to his career peak for the remainder of July, I don’t think you’d be able to find anyone who would pay anything to take him off the M’s hands. Even free, as he is now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he sits out the rest of the season.

  32. joser on July 10th, 2008 1:31 pm

    Ichiro’s three hits last night put him in the OBP lead.

    So clearly Ichiro is sitting out today in favor of Bloomie to give him a chance to get back into the lead, and also to keep the Bloomster’s streak alive (a streak which Ichiro was creeping up on). It’s a nice gesture by a clubouse leader.

  33. Paul B on July 10th, 2008 1:35 pm

    Will either of these teams be able to score a run today?

    Stuff like that keeps me tuning in.

  34. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:42 pm

    Will either of these teams be able to score a run today?

    I’m banking on Raul hitting one out – no particular reason. Of course, it will be a solo shot.

  35. vj on July 10th, 2008 1:42 pm

    For those not watching – why was R Sweeney taken out of the game?

  36. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 1:43 pm

    I think he fungled something on the slide into second.

  37. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 1:44 pm

    So is anyone actually paying attetion to the game?

  38. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 1:44 pm

    Jammed a finger on the SB attempt.

  39. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 1:47 pm

    Sure, I’m half assedly watching between work and drywalling :P

    Those were some deep flyballs, uhg. He gonna get burned if he keeps it up.

  40. Paul B on July 10th, 2008 1:51 pm

    How did Cairo walk on four pitches?

    What pitcher would pitch around him leading off an inning?

  41. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 1:51 pm

    Does anyone think that Sexson might sign with another team? Arizona could take a flier on him, if he is willing to go to AAA and work on his swing.

  42. Paul B on July 10th, 2008 1:52 pm

    Oh, he walked him so he could pick him off.

    Just for fun, I guess.

  43. skjes on July 10th, 2008 1:52 pm

    @ 31

    I’d actually be surprised if nobody picks him up. I already know some Yankees fans who wouldn’t mind having him on the bench to deal with lefties, or to provide a defensive option off the bench over Giambi.

  44. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 1:53 pm

    so besides being one of the most unpopular players here, Cairo gets picked off

  45. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:55 pm

    I’d actually be surprised if nobody picks him up. I already know some Yankees fans who wouldn’t mind having him on the bench to deal with lefties, or to provide a defensive option off the bench over Giambi.

    If Sexson is willing to fulfill a role on the bench, then he could be valuable to the right team.

  46. pygmalion on July 10th, 2008 1:58 pm

    On the other hand, it sounds like he wasn’t too happy with sitting on the bench here. So that might be a factor too.

  47. vj on July 10th, 2008 1:59 pm

    I’d actually be surprised if nobody picks him up. I already know some Yankees fans who wouldn’t mind having him on the bench to deal with lefties, or to provide a defensive option off the bench over Giambi.

    I guess the defensive option part is either amusing or a symptom of how badly Giambi is in the field. BTW, to go back to my earlier post, I can’t blame Sexson for being upset when being benched in favor of Cairo or Vidro.

  48. JerBear on July 10th, 2008 1:59 pm

    Will either of these teams be able to score a run today?

    Stuff like that keeps me tuning in.

    I was just perusing oninon “articles” to cure my boredom today and ran across this one on the Giants.

    Very funny and appropo for our good old ’08 Ms.

  49. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 1:59 pm

    can anyone quickly tell me the salaries of visro and cairo?

  50. msb on July 10th, 2008 2:01 pm

    so besides being one of the most unpopular players here, Cairo gets picked off

    so, anyone watching, is Smith’s pick-off move really that fabulous? Dave was thrilled.

    can anyone quickly tell me the salaries of visro and cairo?

    check here

  51. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 2:03 pm

    Vidro 8.5 mil with vesting option for 09
    Cairo .85 mil

  52. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:06 pm

    geeze, i didn´t vidro gets that much! being sexson i would be upset too if he would be filling my spot

  53. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:06 pm

    of course, i didn´t know

  54. John in L.A. on July 10th, 2008 2:10 pm

    I know it has already been said…. but that line-up is sorry beyond belief. I’m flabbergasted that it is actually being used in the majors.

    Bloomquist
    Cairo
    Vidro
    Johjima
    Reed
    Betancourt

    …all in one line-up? That’s hilarious.

    That line-up is actually really balanced. It has:

    3 players with an OPS between .700 and .800
    3 players with an OPS between .600 and .700
    3 players with an OPS between .500 and .600

    Also known as:

    9 players with an OPS under .786

    Also known as:

    9 players with an average OPS of .659

  55. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:16 pm

    so is this a game of stupid baserunning?

  56. Mike Snow on July 10th, 2008 2:19 pm

    I hope nobody is wondering why this game is still a scoreless tie. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with Dickey or Smith.

  57. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Yeah, both of these offenses are terrible. First team to score probably wins.

  58. BillyJive on July 10th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Nice one Joh *cringe*

  59. Mike Snow on July 10th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Can we give up on Johjima bunting yet?

  60. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Good lord. Those were some terrible bunt attempts.

  61. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Perhaps Dickey worked on his mechanics.

  62. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:25 pm

    Or maybe he ate his wheaties today.

  63. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:25 pm

    now we don ´t know how to bunt…

  64. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 2:28 pm

    C’mon Yuni! One time!

  65. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:28 pm

    go yuni, show them it is worth keeping you :-)

  66. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:28 pm

    Thinks the Mariners know how to do today:

    Run the bases
    Bunt
    Score a run

    Well, at least Yuni is taking pitches!

  67. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 2:29 pm

    let’s see if Yuni can hold the bat and actually get a walk.

  68. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 2:29 pm

    Yuni didn’t walk the entire month of june.

  69. BillyJive on July 10th, 2008 2:30 pm

    HA! Loaded bases for ICHIRO!!
    Oh wait…

  70. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 2:30 pm

    wow, its his 6th walk of the year.

  71. msb on July 10th, 2008 2:30 pm

    not that this hasn’t been a scintillating game thus far, but

  72. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 2:30 pm

    Betancourt: BB

    In other news, hell freezes over.

  73. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:30 pm

    10 bucks WFB will send it to a orbit! :-)

  74. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 2:31 pm

    You wouldn’t want to pinch hit Ichiro in this situation, would you?

  75. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 2:31 pm

    -0.815 RE for Willie

  76. BillyJive on July 10th, 2008 2:31 pm

    orbit= weak grounder…

  77. RoninX on July 10th, 2008 2:31 pm

    Vlad – does a sky high pop-up count?

  78. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:32 pm

    73: That was the smallest orbit I’ve ever seen. I guess it kinda was. From the mound to the batter to SS back to the mound haha.

  79. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:32 pm

    if anyone wants to collect, i will be in edmonton 23rd july to august 4th in junior world championship

  80. Breadbaker on July 10th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Three lefties on the bench and the bases loaded in a tie game, and you let Bloomquist bat against a righthander. Results as expected.

  81. wcf51 on July 10th, 2008 2:33 pm

    Did you see all that grit?

  82. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:34 pm

    that is the closest i will ever get to seattle

  83. KaminaAyato on July 10th, 2008 2:35 pm

    You know, just for kicks I decided to see what player in MLB matches best with the M’s BA, OBP, SLG, OPS (as shown by Yahoo! and includes everyone that’s been on the roster).

    M’s – .255/.313/.373/.686
    Brendan Harris (MIN) – .256/.313/.361/.675

    Whee…

  84. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 2:39 pm

    not that this hasn’t been a scintillating game thus far, but

    That is hill-air-eee-us.

  85. msb on July 10th, 2008 2:39 pm

    so, what is the ‘real pitcher’ equivalent for a knuckleballer reaching 100 pitches? 40? 50?

  86. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:40 pm

    so how many pitchers will be used today till Burke will get another shot on becoming a proved winner?

  87. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:41 pm

    Gee, way to hustle Lopey….

  88. AssumedName on July 10th, 2008 2:41 pm

    So, it’s a pitchers’ duel, but with squirt guns?

  89. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:42 pm

    if anyone please not Vidro

  90. msb on July 10th, 2008 2:42 pm

    interesting if they do go out looking for a 1B, as Hickey speculates

  91. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Lopez runs funny.

  92. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Oh, nice. Mr. GDP is up.

  93. Jack Howland on July 10th, 2008 2:44 pm

    Ichiro could PH for Vidro here.

  94. matthew on July 10th, 2008 2:44 pm

    Ah, there goes Riggleman’s excuse about Vidro providing protection.

  95. dchappelle on July 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Seriously, aren’t you supposed to score like 39.7% of the time you get the first man on first base and 64% of the time the first man gets to second?

    Granted, those assume you have an average offense. Duh…

  96. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Wait. What was Vidro’s job in the lineup again, according to Riggleman?

  97. msb on July 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Lopez runs funny.

    wonder if his knee is still bothering him. Anyone get an answer as to why he stopped at third yesterday?

  98. arbeck on July 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    Honestly, why would you ever pitch to Beltre with Vidro behind him?

  99. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    i would put clemet on, NOW!!!

  100. smb on July 10th, 2008 2:46 pm

    Dave,

    …entitled group of suck

    “Entitled Group Of Suck” = “EGOS”. Was that intentional, or just unequivocally, unintentionally awesome and totally spot-on?

  101. Reed4GG on July 10th, 2008 2:46 pm

    Why isnt Clement pinch hitting?

  102. iceman21287 on July 10th, 2008 2:46 pm

    Ahh, I missed those Vidro infield hits from 2007 :D

  103. Reed4GG on July 10th, 2008 2:47 pm

    LOL, now Vidro will be forever our clean up hitter. What a “professional” hit there

  104. mearls on July 10th, 2008 2:48 pm

    Yeah! That’s why you don’t issue the intentional walk to pitch to Vidro. Riggleman was right!

  105. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 2:48 pm

    Now they pitch hit!?!

  106. matthew on July 10th, 2008 2:48 pm

    Nice call #93.

  107. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:49 pm

    damnit!!! and why is beltre at third on WP with Vidro resting at first?

  108. robbbbbb on July 10th, 2008 2:51 pm

    Good squeeze call. Too bad it didn’t work out.

  109. G-Man on July 10th, 2008 2:51 pm

    Wow. A PH and new pitcher in mid-AB, and a suicide squeeze on the first pitch!

  110. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:52 pm

    foul bunt??? was it for base hit?

  111. arbeck on July 10th, 2008 2:53 pm

    Can I get a squeeze… they always make me happy. It may be irrational, but I love them.

  112. G-Man on July 10th, 2008 2:53 pm

    I figured it was just hard to double up Ichiro, hence him as the PH, the squeeze caught me totally off guard.

  113. iceman21287 on July 10th, 2008 2:54 pm

    ZOMG bases loaded for Cairo WIN!

  114. KaminaAyato on July 10th, 2008 2:54 pm

    105 – Don’t you know? We’re an NL lineup. Riggleman is going to do a double switch, put Clement to replace WFB and catch while Ichiro goes to RF.

  115. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 2:54 pm

    Pinch hit Felix!!!

  116. dchappelle on July 10th, 2008 2:55 pm

    I thought taking the first pitch after a walk to load the bases was one of baseball’s cardinal rules… ugh.

  117. Reed4GG on July 10th, 2008 2:55 pm

    LOL Bloomquist to 1st, Ichiro to RF and Clement to catch if you pinch hit for Cairo…why would the mariners want a superior hitter here tho?

  118. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:57 pm

    was it too shallow?

  119. iceman21287 on July 10th, 2008 2:58 pm

    Gotta love it.

  120. pumpkinhead on July 10th, 2008 2:58 pm

    Yeah it wasn’t deep.

  121. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 2:58 pm

    Good call Dave. Ladies and Gentlemen, your Seattle Measlies.

  122. Tom in Edmonds on July 10th, 2008 2:59 pm

    Wasted Days and Wasted…

  123. JerBear on July 10th, 2008 2:59 pm

    not that this hasn’t been a scintillating game thus far, but

    That’s a great story. No doubt about it.

  124. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 2:59 pm

    so three more out till morrow

  125. JerBear on July 10th, 2008 3:00 pm

    Referring to the link, of course…not the comment.

  126. lokiforever on July 10th, 2008 3:00 pm

    What’s the minimum number of runs a team can score while sending 7 batters to the plate in a single inning?

    Yep, the M’s break-out inning

  127. Paul L on July 10th, 2008 3:00 pm

    It’s getting to the point where I check the box score and if I see WFB has a hit I think “Oh NO!” and hurriedly go to the game log to verify that it wasn’t for extra bases.

    As if!

  128. vj on July 10th, 2008 3:04 pm

    I fixed this for you:

    That’s a great story. No doubt about it.No Question about it.

  129. Jeff Nye on July 10th, 2008 3:04 pm

    Oo, the new 3D Gameday is neat.

    I can watch Cairo fail from multiple angles.

  130. pinball1973 on July 10th, 2008 3:06 pm

    I just check games in progress usually just to see how Ichiro is doing. He just came in as a PH and walked, there being a base open with men on 1st & 3rd and one out, with Cairo and Reed coming behind him.

    This is the worst lineup I have ever seen since 2001, and the most idiotic use of a pinch hitter in years and years.

    Riggleman is a huge improvement over the last imposter. Improvement in the most relative meaning of that utterly dissatisfying term.

  131. iceman21287 on July 10th, 2008 3:06 pm

    127 – Amen to that!

  132. robbbbbb on July 10th, 2008 3:07 pm

    Sean Green can field his position. That was a beauty of a grab.

  133. rbandre on July 10th, 2008 3:09 pm

    How about bringing up Raben to play 1B rather than the Vidro/Turbo futility? He’s raking in Everett…

  134. vj on July 10th, 2008 3:10 pm

    Uff. I was worried there that Dickey might have stayed in one batter too long.

  135. RoninX on July 10th, 2008 3:10 pm

    Have you ever noticed that only pitchers get the phase “can field his position” used about them?

  136. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 3:11 pm

    Boringest game. Ever.

  137. robbbbbb on July 10th, 2008 3:12 pm

    Every time I see Morrow get up to warm up I think, “What a waste. He could’ve been a starter by now.”

  138. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 3:12 pm

    RoninX:

    Position players get it, but you have to listen to other games to hear it.

  139. msb on July 10th, 2008 3:13 pm

    dammit.

  140. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 3:16 pm

    HISTORY!!!!!!!

  141. fishiam on July 10th, 2008 3:24 pm

    Jack Howland …. time to change the XBH countdown watch from WFB to Ichiro.

  142. Breadbaker on July 10th, 2008 3:24 pm

    Our long national nightmare is over.

  143. Bremerton guy on July 10th, 2008 3:24 pm

    Is it at all possible that the sarcastic posts about the lack of extra base hits are now done?

  144. Joe C on July 10th, 2008 3:24 pm

    I was trying to get this in before Willie’s XBH…
    I watched the Everett game yesterday. Raben’s line didn’t look that great with two strikeouts, but the guy has an enormous amount of power. I’ve seen lots of guys get out in front of a pitch and pull it a mile foul, but Raben was just a hair behind one and ripped it foul opposite field over the wall in a big stadium in Pasco. I can’t say that I’ve seen that many times. He’ll be in Seattle soon enough.
    I think his average dropped yesterday… to .688 I think.

  145. Go Felix on July 10th, 2008 3:25 pm

    WILLIE BROKE THE STREAK!!

  146. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 3:25 pm

    Morrow is a couple days away from breaking Hasegawa’s record for best era before the AS break for a bullpen guy in Mariner history.

  147. Swungonandbelted on July 10th, 2008 3:25 pm

    WFB ends the streak……

  148. skitrex on July 10th, 2008 3:26 pm

    Crap

  149. Breadbaker on July 10th, 2008 3:26 pm

    Boringest game. Ever.

    Actually, nothing compared to a 1979 game between the sixth and seventh place A’s and Mariners at the Kingdome, 1-0. I think half the crowd in the outfield (about 100 of us) was asleep by the sixth.

  150. Jeff Nye on July 10th, 2008 3:26 pm

    It shouldn’t count! It’s a GROUND RULE double!

  151. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 3:27 pm

    so now morrowis going to scrrew this up?

  152. lokiforever on July 10th, 2008 3:27 pm

    Uh Oh! Morrow is a bit wild today.

  153. WardP on July 10th, 2008 3:27 pm

    151: why not? isn’t it his turn?

  154. JJD on July 10th, 2008 3:29 pm

    Morrow is a couple days away from breaking Hasegawa’s record for best era before the AS break for a bullpen guy in Mariner history.

    Now you know what being the guy who mentions a no-hitter only to see a hit immediately after feels like.

  155. G-Man on July 10th, 2008 3:30 pm

    Things come in threes;
    -Sexson is released.
    _Willie XBHs.
    -Morrow gives up run.

  156. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 3:31 pm

    Since when is 1 for 24 an average of .152?

  157. Vlad on July 10th, 2008 3:34 pm

    i can´t believe it

  158. fishiam on July 10th, 2008 3:35 pm

    That Cust HR increased Morrow’s ERA by nearly 50 percent. The Suzuki HR increased it another 33%. Depressing game all around.

  159. Breadbaker on July 10th, 2008 3:35 pm

    Clearly not Morrow’s afternoon.

  160. SequimRealEstate on July 10th, 2008 3:36 pm

    Now was not the time to give up 2 goffer balls. RA would have been the winning pitcher. Do it with Silva or Washburn or Batista.

  161. praetor on July 10th, 2008 3:37 pm

    I’m going to cry
    Fucking hell

  162. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 3:37 pm

    Is Morrow gonna cry?

  163. praetor on July 10th, 2008 3:39 pm

    it had to happen some time, then again, we are 20 games out and this game matter not so much… still I liked seeing morrow so dominant

  164. WardP on July 10th, 2008 3:39 pm

    There are days I hate being right..

    And this is one of them..

  165. wcf51 on July 10th, 2008 3:40 pm

    Well, Riggleman, way to use Ichiro wisely in this game. Now he can’t come in to pitch.

  166. praetor on July 10th, 2008 3:42 pm

    I hope putz can come back soon good enough so we can experiment with morrow in the rotation

  167. BigB on July 10th, 2008 3:44 pm

    I hope putz can come back soon good enough so we can experiment with morrow in the rotation

    Wont happen until next season, unfortunately

  168. Jeff Nye on July 10th, 2008 3:47 pm

    Why isn’t Bloomquist’s double* in the list of clips I can watch on Gameday?

    Doesn’t MLB recognize the significance?

  169. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 3:50 pm

    Man, if both teams revert to form, we could well have another 15-inning marathon here.

  170. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 3:51 pm

    Neyer: “But there is no excuse on earth for any team, let alone a team as bad as these Mariners, to waste so much playing time on so many players who aren’t a part of the franchise’s future. Dumping Sexson makes sense. You have to wonder, though, about an organization that employs a manager who actually believes that Jose Vidro represents “protection”. I mean, that’s so laughable that you wonder if Jim Riggleman is some sort of Bizzaro Manager who says exactly the opposite of what we know is true.”

  171. msb on July 10th, 2008 3:52 pm

    Why isn’t Bloomquist’s double* in the list of clips I can watch on Gameday?

    Doesn’t MLB recognize the significance?

    well, hopefully BBTN realizes the importance.

  172. Go Felix on July 10th, 2008 3:54 pm

    dammit

  173. JerBear on July 10th, 2008 3:56 pm

    Nice quote there, killer ewok.

  174. WardP on July 10th, 2008 4:01 pm

    Re: Bizarro Manager Riggleman:

    Is anyone else getting really bad McLaren flashbacks? If nothing else, it’s easy to see how Riggleman got his gig..

  175. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 4:01 pm

    Argh. The M’s need to make Street throw a lot of pitches. The A’s have burned up most of their pen. It would be dumb to let their best reliever get extra innings if he only has to use a few pitches to get through an inning.

  176. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 4:05 pm

    Finally.

  177. MattThompson on July 10th, 2008 4:06 pm

    Bleh.

  178. killer_ewok18 on July 10th, 2008 4:06 pm

    P.S. I propose “Bizarro Manager” as Riggles’ new nickname.

  179. msb on July 10th, 2008 4:07 pm

    well, that was anticlimatic.

  180. lokiforever on July 10th, 2008 4:10 pm

    Anticlimatic? Or anticlimactic? The former being the act of refusing to aknowledge or preserve the climate?

  181. RoninX on July 10th, 2008 4:12 pm

    Dangit. I thought we might get another shot at seeing Jamie toe the rubber and show off that 84mph heater.

  182. JerBear on July 10th, 2008 4:13 pm

    Every loss today is a win for the future. Sort of.

  183. Xteve X on July 10th, 2008 4:14 pm

    From the Times Blog, comment of the day:

    “I don’t see what’s so bad with this lineup.Willie will provide plenty of pop and speed at the top of the order.”

  184. Jeff Nye on July 10th, 2008 4:16 pm

    Well, apparently Willie showed some pop today with that double*!

  185. Jake on July 10th, 2008 4:21 pm

    The only pop that Willy could provide would be some Diet Coke at a family barbecue.

  186. SequimRealEstate on July 10th, 2008 4:27 pm

    In the race to last place we have.

    1) San Diego Padres 36 56 .391

    2) Seattle Mariners 36 56 .391

    3) Cleveland Indians 37 53 .411

  187. msb on July 10th, 2008 4:28 pm

    Anticlimatic? Or anticlimactic? The former being the act of refusing to aknowledge or preserve the climate?

    I was working on an Atmospheric Sciences thesis– it must have slid over from that :)

  188. MarinerDan on July 10th, 2008 4:52 pm

    A loss is really a win for Mariners fans. As acknowledged above, we are in a heated race for the #1 pick.

    Each win, at this point, pains me.

  189. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 4:58 pm

    Drayer on the post-game points out the team has a terrible reputation over the last few years in making trades.

    Also saying that Pelekoudas is talking like it’s a long-term rebuilding process, and not in the “sign a vet to put us over the top.” And seems less inclined to follow the vet-fetish. Learning from mistakes finally?

    Also mentioned someone from Oakland asking if anyone ever tried Sexson as an outfielder…

  190. MarinerDan on July 10th, 2008 5:01 pm

    Also saying that Pelekoudas is talking like it’s a long-term rebuilding process, and not in the “sign a vet to put us over the top.” And seems less inclined to follow the vet-fetish. Learning from mistakes finally?

    If the organization didn’t grasp this concept at this point, there would be no hope.

    That being said, I will remain skeptical until we see hard evidence.

  191. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 5:09 pm

    Hmmm, further thoughts from the post game suggested that either Wells or Hulett would be send down tomorrow to make room for Felix to come off the DL. The bullpen wasn’t really blown out (at least by any normal standards), so the didn’t need Wells.

    That would be idiotic. Why bring two guys up today and send another one back down tomorrow instead of just waiting a day to retroactively put Bedard on the DL? Well, I wouldn’t but idiocy past the M’s, but I think it’s more likely they’re doing move someone else off the roster tomorrow.

    I was all ready to say Vidro might be DFA’d, but that would leave them with 13 pitchers, so, probably not going to happen. Maybe Batista goes on the DL, or else Corco or Jimenez goes back down.

  192. BigJared on July 10th, 2008 6:36 pm

    188

    Sexton played some leftfield and a few in right in Cleavland when he was blocked by Thome.

    112 games in the OF, 0 errors. Wow!

    Probably a good indication of the relevance of fielding percentage in evaluating outfield defense.

  193. JMHawkins on July 10th, 2008 7:06 pm

    Sexton played some leftfield and a few in right in Cleavland when he was blocked by Thome.

    I don’t care what this Sexton guy did, I’m askin’ if Richie Sexson ever played any OF? Okay, okay, sorry, just kiddin’. One last jab at the mis-spelled name.

    112 games in the OF, 0 errors. Wow!

    Probably a good indication of the relevance of fielding percentage in evaluating outfield defense.

    Well, makes sense. The weakest part of Sexson’s defensive game was diving for sharply hit grounders. Not much need to do that in the OF.

    MarinerDan:

    That being said, I will remain skeptical until we see hard evidence.

    Well, given the Wilson deal, can you scoot over and make some room on the skepics bandwagon?

  194. Mothy on July 10th, 2008 7:29 pm

    What a weird day.
    Sexson is released… Apparently for sulking not sucking.
    Ichiro doesn’t start.
    Betancourt gets a walk.
    Bloomquist gets an extra base hit… and also leads off.
    Morrow looks terrible and blows a save.
    The Mariners were actually in a position for Morrow to get a save in the first place.
    Vidro gets two hits.
    Am I missing anything?

  195. MarinerDan on July 10th, 2008 8:30 pm

    Well, given the Wilson deal, can you scoot over and make some room on the skepics bandwagon?

    It has been upgraded from a bandwagon to an aircraft carrier. Plenty of room.

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