Game 27, Rangers at Mariners

DMZ · May 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Matinee! Padilla vs Erik “The Interview” Bedard! 1:40pm! And my afternoon schedule has a bunch of meetings! Yay!

Dave adds: You know how I keep harping on the roster being too right-handed and how it’s costing us wins?

Padilla, career vs RHB: .241/.300/.370
Padilla, career vs LHB: .299/.381/.484

The Mariners are starting seven right-handed bats and two left-handed bats today.



266 Responses to “Game 27, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. mshope on May 5th, 2009 5:54 pm

    So, losing hope already people? Still in 1st place. Missing Greinke & Meche in KC, and everybody will be rested for tomorrow evening.
    Come on M’s fans, keep the faith. It’s still early. Let’s see another month or 2 from now.

  2. kenshabby on May 5th, 2009 6:06 pm

    Time to deep-six that 12th pitcher and sign Jim Edmonds to a contract for the remainder of the year. (Or Geoff Jenkins.) Can Edmonds play 1B? I’m sure he’s still a good outfielder.

  3. alexD on May 5th, 2009 6:10 pm

    Not losing hope. We were in that game until the very end, when we put in a guy who has yet to prove his abilities and he got bent over by one of the best offenses in the AL on a day when our bullpen was burned out and with multiple injuries.

    I will start losing hope when we are regularly losing games we never had a chance to win.

  4. JMHawkins on May 5th, 2009 6:15 pm

    Man, Pittman is brutal on Silva in the postgame. Hassleman suggested making him a setup guy, and Pittman said

    “Carlos Silva in the seventh inning? That’s about the time you want to see his car peeling out of the parking lot.”

  5. Axtell on May 5th, 2009 6:30 pm

    When does cedeno realstically become available to replace yuni? When does guti get moved to second in the lineup? When can we give beltre some time to figure out how to swing again?

    Disheartening to hear that safeco fans aren’t more into it, and it wasn’t just 2 strike pitches. I wonder how the players feel when they go on the road and see the differences.

  6. wabbles on May 5th, 2009 6:38 pm

    For the record:
    Dave Kingman had a lifetime walks-to-strikeout ratio of 0.335 or 608 walks to 1816 strikeouts.
    Yuni has a lifetime walks-to-strikeout ratio of 0.344 61 walks to 177 strikeouts.
    So Yuni’s ratio is better than Kingman’s after all! (Although those stats don’t include today’s game, of course.)

  7. jephdood on May 5th, 2009 6:39 pm

    Hopefully they feel like performing better.

  8. jephdood on May 5th, 2009 6:45 pm

    Dave Kingman was there for his 28 bombs and .478 SLG% every year.

    If Yuni could do that, I would overlook his lack of walks.

    But.. he doesn’t. 🙂

  9. joser on May 5th, 2009 7:28 pm

    Sorry, I was trying to use them like meta-quotes, sort of. Oh, nevermind.

    Somebody asked about this in yesterday’s game thread, but I only found this today: Felix showing his appreciation to his defense. There’s your “clubhouse chemistry” (cue boom-waka-waka music).

  10. Diehard on May 5th, 2009 7:49 pm

    The bullpen is shot and the last thing they needed was extra innings again today. Every game went at least into the bottom of the ninth in this home stand. The bottom line is with the offense struggling, the Mariners don’t match up well against a team that slugs the ball like the Rangers do. We can’t expect our pitchers to win every 1-0. 2-1 game.
    Hopefully the bullpen can get some rest and Morrow will be back soon.

  11. joser on May 5th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Morrow is out until Saturday at the earliest — 15 day DL retroactive to April 24.

    Per Drayer, Kelley is probably not traveling with the team on the roadtrip, and Wakamatsu called his injury “devastating” to the bullpen.

  12. pgreyy on May 6th, 2009 1:17 am

    I was at the game again today (Terrace Club seats are sweet!) and it would have been a very different game had Kelley performed as expected in that situation. His injury threw everything into flux…and this wasn’t Denny’s day.

    However, I wanted to address the “what’s wrong with the M’s fans” meme.

    How excited did you expect the crowd to be in this game? One hit and one run, unearned, until the game was out of reach.

    The crowd around me sure lit up with Wlad’s throw to Rob Johnson (even if they didn’t put the replay up on the big screen to let most of the crowd know exactly what just happened.) But then, the M’s bats wasted that momentum and the crowd’s enthusiasm quite efficiently in their meager efforts at the plate in the bottom half of that inning.

    Trust me, when the M’s give the fans something to cheer about…the fans react like good fans should.

    On the other hand, this weird thing that self-critical M’s fans do, demanding that all of the fans respond, like sheep, in some pre-determined way to arbitrarily specific game conditions, rather than intuitively to the ebb and flow of the game–that’s barely better than the wave, in my opinion.

    When you’ve got a powerhouse pitcher mowing down the opposing line-up, then, yeah…cheering for the punch out when he’s got two strikes and two outs on a batter makes sense…and M’s fans do respond to that, instinctively. Not JUST because there’s two strikes and two outs, but because there’s something worth cheering for happening.

    The problem isn’t with M’s fans. It’s up to the M’s to actually give us something to cheer about.

    This game, I think the fans cheered exactly as much as was deserved.

  13. Axtell on May 6th, 2009 10:21 am


  14. Axtell on May 6th, 2009 4:26 pm

    Wait a minute, I wasn’t questioning anyone’s fandom, I simply said in to the point above that the M’s DID give us plenty to cheer about last night, in Bedard’s brilliant outing…but the lack of enthusiasm, especially in 2-strike counts as contrasted by other parks around the league, was especially disconcerting. I asked for feedback if that was the norm (as I’ve only been to 2 games there) and the general consensus it was, and wanted to know why the Seattle crowd is so passive.

  15. DMZ on May 6th, 2009 4:32 pm

    No, you went into fans/not fans and what — specifically — a fan’s duty was. Them’s the rules.

  16. Jeff Nye on May 6th, 2009 4:52 pm

    In any case, moderation metacommentary doesn’t belong in comment threads. If you have a question about why your comment was deleted, send an email.

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