Game 39, Angels at Mariners

DMZ · May 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I’m just glad the Red Sox are gone. Anyway! It’s Lackey vs. New Improved Wasburn, who already faced the Angels twice and didn’t look all that new or improved, frankly.

Lackey… well, this will be Lackey’s first real start because of that getting-tossed thing. That’s kind of a weird situation for the team, right? All the pitchers are on set day-by-day routines, and suddenly there’s a starter worth putting out there a day off his schedule. Meanwhile, getting tossed so early hoses your bullpen plans… I’m hoping it all ends up working out for the M’s, obviously.

And if he plunks Ichiro! on two pitches, all rules of civilized conduct are nullified.

Comments

170 Responses to “Game 39, Angels at Mariners”

  1. msb on May 18th, 2009 6:19 pm

    Now you’ve made Lackey mad.

    That can’t be good.

  2. jmb13 on May 18th, 2009 6:23 pm

    I’d like to see Ichiro get really really really pissed off. Fire up the team.

  3. marcwolf on May 18th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Can you imagine Ichiro charging the mound?

  4. Robo Ape on May 18th, 2009 6:30 pm

    “New Improved Washburn” is neither new nor improved against a team of 100% RHB (save Abreu), which is what the Angels have and will continue to trot out against him.

    To be effective, Jarrod’s got to strike dudes out, which is something he doesn’t do very well against righties.

    Though if there’s to be an exchange of bean balls I suppose he’s exactly the guy I’d want on the mound for us.

  5. Mike G. on May 18th, 2009 6:40 pm

    If the M’s can knock Lackey out early, THAT would be a statement.

  6. aaronsawyer1 on May 18th, 2009 6:50 pm

    Beltre sitting. Thoughts?

  7. msb on May 18th, 2009 6:56 pm

    It’s time for a mental day off, and (if the tape on his hand is anything to go by) time for a physical day off.

  8. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 7:05 pm

    Keys to the game:
    1) It’s six for sure
    2) The new middle
    3) You’re a… you’re not good.

  9. brothermatt on May 18th, 2009 7:09 pm

    Keys to the game:
    1) Nobody touches the Mango
    2) Marco!
    3) Polo!

  10. killer_ewok18 on May 18th, 2009 7:16 pm

    I had to do a double take when I looked at my all star ballot and saw we could vote for Ichiro for the person we would most like to see in the homerun derby.

    How awesome would that be???

  11. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 7:22 pm

    It’s still early, but the Safe looks very empty.

  12. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:29 pm

    A few years ago a friend I was watching the home run derby with said “You know how in some softball leagues they require each team to have at least a couple of girls? The home run derby should be like that, where each league has to have a couple of guys who know have never juiced.”

    In other news: I like this lineup, with Balentien and Branyan higher up in the order.

  13. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:30 pm

    Yeah, who cares if Red Sox Nation confuses us with their cheering when the Mariners fail, but they paid the water bill for the month, I’m sure.

  14. Slurve on May 18th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Jack Wilson was a single away from the cycle today he hit 2 2B and won’t get another shot barring a bullpen implosion or something. Quick Pirates trade while Seattle thinks he can hit.

  15. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 7:33 pm

    I don’t understand if you’re cheering for the M’s or against them there.

  16. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:36 pm

    Good first inning, Mariners. Get that freaking pitch count up so I don’t have to look at one of the ugliest faces in baseball any longer than I have to.

    DMZ, you = me? Or are we both confused?

  17. harry on May 18th, 2009 7:37 pm

    Nice throw by Wlad.

  18. ScottBrowne on May 18th, 2009 7:37 pm

    I’m starting to love Wladdy.

  19. msb on May 18th, 2009 7:37 pm
  20. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 7:38 pm

    It’s nice to see the other side do something bone-headed.

  21. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:38 pm

    Wow, bad baserunning hurts somebody else for once. Napoli is a big guy, lots of momentum, hard to stop.

    Nice fielding by Balentien.

  22. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:39 pm

    Napoli was just confused because he usually hits homeruns against the M’s.

  23. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:41 pm

    Kenji can bunt? Did we know this prior to tonight?

  24. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:42 pm

    And the Guti mancrush continues….

  25. UW10 on May 18th, 2009 7:43 pm

    What’s with this camera guy up in the hit it here cafe? It’s a little creepy

  26. UW10 on May 18th, 2009 7:43 pm

    Yuni playing small ball!

  27. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Holy crap the A’s have been giving up a lot of runs lately. They gave up 14 to the Tigers on Friday, 9 on Saturday, and 11 on Sunday. And tonight they’ve given up 13 to the Rays. That’s 45 Runs Against over the last 4 days, vs just 13 they’ve scored in that span. Yikes.

  28. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Yuni bunting, well at least we won’t hear him popping up or grounding into the double play.

  29. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Arrrrrghhh.

    I love that Blowers’ justification is that Washburn had been pitching well. Soooooo… I guess he doesn’t need runs? Or wins?

  30. harry on May 18th, 2009 7:44 pm

    Three bunts? Tempting the baseball gods there.

  31. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Bunt triple!

  32. UW10 on May 18th, 2009 7:45 pm

    LOL, sweeeeeet

  33. harry on May 18th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Ha! Wow. For once, someone else wearing the clown shoes.

  34. killer_ewok18 on May 18th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Is this little league?

  35. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 7:45 pm

    Wow that was suprising. Bunt didn’t go anywhere, couldn’t advance the runners and then a throwing error for Cedeno to get to third.

  36. UW10 on May 18th, 2009 7:46 pm

    Cedeno didn’t even look like he was hustling there to get home :/

  37. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:46 pm

    (And yeah, I know it’s an error. Good to know they got that antigravity generator under the 1B bag working)

  38. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:47 pm

    (Or rather, working when the visitors are throwing to first, rather than when Yuni is doing it)

  39. egreenlaw9 on May 18th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Cedeno didn’t even look like he was hustling there to get home :/

    Cedeno might have been a little gassed still from that ‘triple’…

  40. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:48 pm

    Something has been driving me slowly mad. I’ve noticed the M’s players looking for the ball while base running.

    Isn’t that what the coaches are for? Or the hitter in the on deck circle in the case of coming home? So there’s Cedeno, running with his head completely a 90 degree angle to his body–that cannot make you run faster.

  41. ScottBrowne on May 18th, 2009 7:51 pm

    Something has been driving me slowly mad. I’ve noticed the M’s players looking for the ball while base running.

    I was just going to comment on that. It seems like Ichiro does it every time he’s running the bases.

  42. Colm on May 18th, 2009 7:51 pm

    What?
    Who?
    I was on the phone with my kids since Napoli overslid 2nd and I’ve and I’ve no idea what happened.

  43. Colm on May 18th, 2009 7:52 pm

    I suppose I could quit being a ninny and look up a play by play

  44. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:53 pm

    Yes, Scott, Ichiro does it all the time, and it drives me crazy. A couple of games ago, on an infield hit, he had his head turned the entire way up the line.

    I understand that you don’t want to exert energy if it’s foul, but how many close plays at first are lost because you’re staring over at third base the whole time?

  45. joser on May 18th, 2009 7:55 pm

    Perhaps the M’s rather notorious history with 3rd base coaches and runners has the current players wanted to look out for themselves (and their knees).

  46. UW10 on May 18th, 2009 7:56 pm

    dammit Branyan, cost us a run

  47. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 7:57 pm

    Wlad did a nice job reading the carom there but the throw could have been better.

  48. ScottBrowne on May 18th, 2009 7:57 pm

    Damn it, Russell. You should have dove head first into the dugout and caught that.

  49. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 7:57 pm

    Damn. Why does it seem like when a fielder can’t get the foul ball, the hitter ends up scoring a run?

    And of course it’s that annoying little flea, Chone Figgins.

  50. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 8:06 pm

    What was the point of Kenji pushing the foul ball with his glove?

  51. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:09 pm

    Bottom fell out of that one. Nice pitch, nice inning.

  52. ChicksDigtheLongBall on May 18th, 2009 8:09 pm

    It keeps the ball from rolling back fair. It used to be taught to catchers in LL.

  53. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:10 pm

    What was the point of Kenji pushing the foul ball with his glove?

    I assume to make sure it didn’t spin back fair. It did seem odd.

  54. ChicksDigtheLongBall on May 18th, 2009 8:11 pm

    Which one of the coaches is responsible for infield positioning? Lopez seems to be a lot better positioned this year than in years past. He’s still slow, but has less ground to not be able to cover.

  55. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 8:12 pm

    Russell the Muscle!!!

  56. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:12 pm

    When is the last time we had someone with double figures in home runs this early in the season?

  57. ScottBrowne on May 18th, 2009 8:12 pm

    Wow. That was an absolute bomb.

  58. joser on May 18th, 2009 8:12 pm

    Sure would be nice to have guys on base when Branyan does his thing…

  59. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 8:13 pm

    Sims didn’t get that excited at Russell’s homer, or perhaps he didn’t think it was going to get out.

  60. killer_ewok18 on May 18th, 2009 8:13 pm

    And that’s why he’s the muscle.

  61. jmb13 on May 18th, 2009 8:13 pm

    Russell makes this park look easy to hit a home run in. God he can crush a ball.

  62. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 8:15 pm

    It keeps the ball from rolling back fair.

    Ok, that didn’t cross my mind.

  63. Damien on May 18th, 2009 8:16 pm

    I’m going to the game tomorrow, and if I don’t hear people go nuts for Russell Branyan I’m going to be pissed.

    The guy is our home run leader and gets golf claps when he’s called to the plate. Unacceptable.

    Tomorrow it’s “RUSS-ELL BRAN-YAN!” *clap, clap, clap clap clap!* and if the crowd doesn’t join me you’re all fired.

  64. jmb13 on May 18th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Is it a shock that Branyan has an OPS close to .1000 now?

  65. msb on May 18th, 2009 8:17 pm

    Wish could face rusty Lackey more often.

  66. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 8:18 pm

    That was the Yuni we love! What’s with that wacky whirlaround swing that flips the ball into the world’s highest pop-up?

  67. Mike G. on May 18th, 2009 8:18 pm

    Gameday had that last pitch as a strike but Yuni has no business swinging at sliders low in the zone.

  68. msb on May 18th, 2009 8:19 pm

    *they.

    that they could face ….

  69. joser on May 18th, 2009 8:21 pm

    Sims didn’t get that excited at Russell’s homer, or perhaps he didn’t think it was going to get out.

    Dave Niehaus on the radio was excited and did a classic call… though he had to wait it bit between “swung on and belted” and “fly away” because it took so long for it to come down (or maybe it was just his eyes).

  70. Scottdids on May 18th, 2009 8:21 pm

    Damien, I’m at the game tomorrow. You shout that and I’ll be sure to join in.

  71. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 8:21 pm

    When is the last time we had someone with double figures in home runs this early in the season?

    I just wrote that up!

  72. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:24 pm

    Squeeze Washburn and he’ll throw it down Broadway. I assume everyone in baseball knows this.

  73. naviomelo on May 18th, 2009 8:25 pm

    Is it a shock that Branyan has an OPS close to .1000 now?

    Luckily for us, it’s a lot closer to 1.000!

  74. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 8:33 pm

    They got you four runs, Wash, and you’re pissing them away.

  75. Nate on May 18th, 2009 8:36 pm

    I’m listening on the radio, was that a “Yuni should have made that play!” play??
    or was it a tough play and his declining range to his left wasn’t to blame?

  76. ppl on May 18th, 2009 8:37 pm

    Mariner pitchers do get Hunter out in situations like this, don’t they?

  77. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 8:37 pm

    well, damn.

  78. JEidem on May 18th, 2009 8:38 pm

    I would have bet a substantial sum of money that Hunter would double there. There was no doubt in my mind that that was the only possible result.

  79. CC03 on May 18th, 2009 8:38 pm

    God dammit.

  80. Mike G. on May 18th, 2009 8:39 pm

    I will always cherish those first 4 innings.

  81. Mothy on May 18th, 2009 8:40 pm

    Welcome back Bus. I’ve missed the real you.

  82. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 8:42 pm

    So I fall asleep for half an inning with the m’s up 4-1 and i wake up to being down 6-4. wtf is this?

  83. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:44 pm

    Junior looks about as uncomfortable at the plate as I’ve ever seen him.

  84. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 8:45 pm

    Don’t go to sleep again, you’re killing the M’s!

  85. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 8:45 pm

    jvalentine: This time, Washburn will toss the umpire under the bus. Although I’m sure it’s Kenji’s fault too.

  86. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:46 pm

    Not exactly calling those check swings evenly tonight.

  87. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 8:47 pm

    I need to diss Junior more often clearly.

  88. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 8:48 pm

    I almost misheard Blowers when he said “Junior beats the shift” after his base hit.

  89. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 8:50 pm

    There’s one back!!

    Alright I’m going to brew up some java. Gotta stay up and help the M’s win this one!

  90. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 8:53 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAAHAAaaaa….Morrow?

    I thought we were trying to get wins for Washburn?

  91. msb on May 18th, 2009 8:53 pm

    I want Zumsteg’s Universal Robotic Umpires.

  92. Lauren, token chick on May 18th, 2009 8:54 pm

    Also, if you fall asleep Freddie might kill you and the Fresh Prince will be unable to stop him.

  93. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 8:58 pm

    Morrow out of the stretch = Life to all flying things.

  94. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 8:58 pm

    I’m sorry, but Morrow has no game right now. He’s a one trick pony and everyone is just sitting on fastballs.

  95. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 8:59 pm

    It’s painful how close Guti was to getting that ball.

  96. CC03 on May 18th, 2009 9:00 pm

    We get it Morrow, you throw a high 90′s fastball.

  97. ScottBrowne on May 18th, 2009 9:02 pm

    It’s painful how close Guti was to getting that ball.

    I thought he caught it at first and jumped to my feet before I realized he didn’t actually catch it. I felt slightly idiotic.

  98. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 9:02 pm

    Oh dear.

  99. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:02 pm

    When you’re not you’re not.

  100. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:02 pm

    Thanks for the clown shoes, Angels, now that you’re done using them.

  101. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 9:04 pm

    Did he not just tag Figgins on the shoulder?

  102. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:04 pm

    I swear I saw it in the glove, Scott, although I thought he’d snowconed it. I clapped vigorously, wondering why Sims was saying something about a two run homer.

  103. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 9:05 pm

    Did he not just tag Figgins on the shoulder?

    He tagged him alright, but dropped the ball right after.

  104. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 9:05 pm

    Nevermind, I just saw the whole replay now. I only sort of saw the play at first.

  105. Scottdids on May 18th, 2009 9:05 pm

    How far out of the baseline was Figgins there? Sure Branyan dropped it, but he should have been out for that.

  106. Flowin on May 18th, 2009 9:08 pm

    Obviously, like it or not, Morrow needs to be sent down to Triple A for a bit to fine-tune his stuff. He needs to be able to throw a second pitch and get it over, something he hasnt been able to do consistently all season.

    But I don’t see how he can help this team up here.. send him down to get some things worked out.

  107. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 9:11 pm

    How far out of the baseline was Figgins there? Sure Branyan dropped it, but he should have been out for that.

    I was wondering the same thing… Here is the official rule on mlb.com

    “7.08 Any runner is out when—
    (a) (1) He runs more than three feet away from his baseline to avoid being tagged unless his action is to avoid interference with a fielder fielding a batted ball. A runner’s baseline is established when the tag attempt occurs and is a straight line from the runner to the base he is attempting to reach safely”

    I guess he was within his 3-foot window…

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2008/official_rules/07_the_runner.pdf

  108. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:12 pm

    According to Fangraphs, Branyan has already been worth $4.6 MM to the Mariners this year.

  109. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:13 pm

    And here I thought we’d get through this game with Fat Figers wiggling out like a little red pig to argue a call.

  110. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 9:13 pm

    Branyan looks like he was out.

  111. pumpkinhead on May 18th, 2009 9:14 pm

    Damn I thought that ball was well gone… then it just died. Oh well, I’ll take a sac fly.

  112. CC03 on May 18th, 2009 9:15 pm

    That ball looked like it hit a wall or something. It really jumped off the bat and then just died like someone shot it out of the air.

  113. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:18 pm

    Morrow again? This is just going to be painful.

    Although Batista’s out for today, so I guess we don’t really have anyone else to toss junk for three innings.

  114. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 9:18 pm

    They’re leaving Morrow out there? Do they want to keep this game close?

  115. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:20 pm

    That ball looked like it hit a wall or something. It really jumped off the bat and then just died like someone shot it out of the air.

    I was out biking earlier and the wind was blowing pretty strongly from the north, so that would explain it. We who grew up with the Kingdome have to get used to Mother Nature having an effect on the game outside.

  116. JerBear on May 18th, 2009 9:20 pm

    Although Batista’s out for today, so I guess we don’t really have anyone else to toss junk for three innings.

    They had Stark up earlier… he’s pretty good at that.

  117. msb on May 18th, 2009 9:20 pm

    I just counted up– 14 IP total for Morrow this year, including ST.

  118. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:21 pm

    Me and blockquote are having a helluva night tonight. I wish the edit function were still here.

  119. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 9:22 pm

    Grr. middle infield…

  120. naviomelo on May 18th, 2009 9:26 pm

    Rizzs is starting to pronounce Gutierrez like Sims does now. I hope this doesn’t stick!

  121. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 9:27 pm

    I think there are more of us talking here than are at the actual game.

  122. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:27 pm

    Now that’s pitching your way out of trouble, Brandon.

  123. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 9:27 pm

    How is Gutierrez supposed to be pronounced?

  124. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:31 pm

    cgmonk: Not like Ricard Montalban trying to sell us a Chrysler with rich Corinthian leather.

  125. sugar2323 on May 18th, 2009 9:32 pm

    Here’s a crazy question. Could Beltre possibly be a plus defensive 2b? how bad is Branyan at 3b? Since we have lefty hitting 1b/dh at AAA could this be an option. Beltre would actually be a good hitting 2b and maybe he wouldn’t feel the need to try so hard.

  126. msb on May 18th, 2009 9:35 pm

    At least Montalban had the excuse of an actual Spanish accent …

  127. jvalentine on May 18th, 2009 9:36 pm

    hahaha when did we sign spider man to play right field?

  128. juneau_fan on May 18th, 2009 9:36 pm

    Would they have allowed that catch if Ichiro had made it all the way into the stands? Just asking ’cause I need something to laugh about now.

  129. JMHawkins on May 18th, 2009 9:36 pm

    Looked like Ichiro contemplated just continuing on into the stands for a beer.

  130. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 9:37 pm

    Nice climb, Ichiro. So damn selfish, though.

  131. msb on May 18th, 2009 9:41 pm

    Before the game on the radio, they were discussing the benefit of having the Angels come in, because unlike the other recent opponents, they aren’t a home-run hitting team

  132. naviomelo on May 18th, 2009 9:41 pm

    If one more person asks how Branyan is at 3B I’m going to go crazy.

  133. vern on May 18th, 2009 9:43 pm

    How’s Branyan at 3B?

  134. Scottdids on May 18th, 2009 9:43 pm

    I have Branyan at 3B on my fantasy team. Thats as close as he should come to playing that position though.

  135. JMHawkins on May 18th, 2009 9:46 pm

    If one more person asks how Branyan is at 3B I’m going to go crazy.

    Hey, maybe we can use this Wolfram pre-Alpha thing to auto-parse comments for common questions when you hit the Submit button and just redirect their browser to a relevant post.

  136. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 9:51 pm

    Losing a) to Anaheim b) when this O puts up 6 runs…would be bad.

  137. Lauren, token chick on May 18th, 2009 10:00 pm

    Agggh. Dammit, Torii.

  138. JMHawkins on May 18th, 2009 10:04 pm

    Go bear…

    Oh, bear, you dissapoint us again.

  139. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:08 pm

    Please get Rivera out this time.

  140. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:09 pm

    Now get Morales, and hoepfully we can light up Fuentes in the ninth.

  141. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 10:09 pm

    Yuni you’re fired.

  142. cgmonk on May 18th, 2009 10:10 pm

    There goes another one by Yuni.

  143. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:10 pm

    Oh wait, Betancourt is still our shortstop, so getting routine outs is an adventure.

  144. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 10:11 pm

    Shortstops are supposed to be the best infielders. Yuni is supposed to be a shortstop. Is there any evidence other than the words on the lineup card?

  145. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:13 pm

    Another example of a run scoring after the third out should have been had. And who misplayed it?
    A guy who still seems to have a lot of support.

  146. henryv on May 18th, 2009 10:13 pm

    He plays between the second basemen and the third baseman?

  147. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 10:14 pm

    The guy makes Jeter look good.

  148. joser on May 18th, 2009 10:15 pm

    Didn’t know the M’s had signed Bill Bukner to play shortstop.

  149. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 10:15 pm

    This would have been an appropriate time to pinch hit for Yuni.

  150. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 10:15 pm

    Yuniesky Betterdeport.

  151. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:17 pm

    It is amazing what a couple days on the bench teaches a guy about the fundamentals, and changes him, isn’t it?

  152. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 10:17 pm

    I feel like I should delete that, but it’s not strictly speaking racist… but it’s kinda… ennhhhhh… I don’t know.

  153. DMZ on May 18th, 2009 10:18 pm

    Selfish Ichiro. Team needs a 4-run HR and all he gives them is a single.

  154. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 10:18 pm

    He plays between the second basemen and the third baseman?

    I think the controversy is over whether word “plays” is appropriate. He “stands” there. Anything else is your personal interpretation.

  155. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 10:19 pm

    Selfish Ichiro. Team needs a 4-run HR and all he gives them is a single.

    He should steal second, third, home and then home three more times and tie this up himself before Lopez sees another pitch.

  156. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:20 pm

    DEFENSE MATTERS!!!!!!!!!

  157. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 10:20 pm

    I sure didn’t mean it as racist at all, but if you’d feel better deleting it no worries. Sorry if it offended.

  158. Sinking Away on May 18th, 2009 10:21 pm

    Branyon would be awful at 3B. This is not to be referenced again.

  159. Breadbaker on May 18th, 2009 10:22 pm

    I sure didn’t mean it as racist at all, but if you’d feel better deleting it no worries. Sorry if it offended.

    I think you should have said “Yuniesky Betterdepart”, in which case there would be no controversy.

  160. diderot on May 18th, 2009 10:23 pm

    Of course, Yuni deserves all the scorn he gets.
    But on a different level, I feel sorry for the guy. I have never seen any defender with so much natural talent fall so far so fast.
    Maybe psyche, maybe weight, maybe something else. But I for one am finished berating him.
    He is now the special needs kid of middle infielders.

  161. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:23 pm

    Well considering the stir Baker’s trade rumor stirred today, the game gave a good sample to those who still think that Betancourt’s upside is worth holding onto. Pirates fans no better, they think we should throw in a plum prospect to amke that deal.

  162. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 10:23 pm

    I was disgusted and trying to think of something witty. Not a good combo.

  163. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:25 pm

    I messed up, distractions. Pirates fans know better.

  164. henryv on May 18th, 2009 10:25 pm

    He plays between the second basemen and the third baseman?

    I think the controversy is over whether word “plays” is appropriate. He “stands” there. Anything else is your personal interpretation.

    Made me laugh for about 30 seconds.

    Fair enough.

  165. Paul L on May 18th, 2009 10:29 pm

    We have nine more games within the division between now and the end of the month, we probably need to win 6 or so to still be in it, no?

    Hard to believe since it’s only May 18th, but we’re approaching a do-or-die point.

  166. ppl on May 18th, 2009 10:29 pm

    If Yuni goes to the NL he will hit better, but all the people freaked out that he is going to hit like Hanley Ramirez and field like Omar Vizquel need not worry. He will hit liek Christian Guzman, and field like Yuniesky Betancourt.

  167. mln on May 18th, 2009 10:36 pm
  168. Sports on a Schtick on May 18th, 2009 10:44 pm

    Was tonight a statement game? I think the statement was, “play better you damn fools.”

  169. Lauren, token chick on May 18th, 2009 10:50 pm

    Bleck. A good portion of that loss felt like Yuni’s.

  170. Catherwood on May 18th, 2009 10:52 pm

    I can’t help but note that the ad top right is for something titled “The Miracles of Archangel Michael”.

    I wonder if Michael would consider fixing a few things for the Mariners; nothing, you know, bizarrely miraculous. Just a few little ones. If he’s gonna advertise, well, demonstrations make a GREAT advertisement, no?

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