Game 51, Mariners at Angels

DMZ · May 31, 2009 at 11:30 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Olson vs Santana.

I’m still looking forward to seeing Ichiro’s season spun into a negative story about him. Suggestions:
- Ichiro’s consistent hitting puts undue pressure on other players to perform, and they’re pressing at the plate, causing the team’s offensive woes, and he refuses to go 0-fer to let them relax.
- Ichiro’s speed and smart baserunning makes other players look comparatively worse, forcing them to worry about getting good leads and not being thrown out, distracting them and causing them to take bad leads and get thrown out.
- Ichiro’s (and the outfield’s, for that matter) consistent fielding are making the pitchers concentrate on trying to get fly balls, which takes them away from pitching to their strengths and makes them more prone to giving up home runs.

Good luck with that!

Comments

239 Responses to “Game 51, Mariners at Angels”

  1. MsFanInAustin on May 31st, 2009 11:55 am

    Did anyone really think the M’s would have a shot at sweeping the Angels this weekend? I still can’t believe they won that game last night.

    C’mon Garrett, your team needs some quality innings from you!

  2. msb on May 31st, 2009 11:56 am

    Ichiro’s laughing and joking with his teammates is causing confusion to those who know he is really an isolated and distant figure, and that is distracting them.

  3. Taylor H on May 31st, 2009 12:19 pm

    I hate the media. You know it’ll happen.

  4. moethedog on May 31st, 2009 12:26 pm

    Ichiro was responsible for Beltre’s substance suspect ’04..Beltre couldn’t stand to watch (from LA) Ichiro swat the ball around to open fields everywhere so he juiced…….so now Ichiro’s to blame for the Mariner’s overpaying Beltre.

    Not that I’m complaining about his three hits last night, mind you….

    Keith

  5. henryv on May 31st, 2009 12:27 pm

    I think I got one:

    Ichiro’s smaller size is making the other players believe that only smaller players can succeed in baseball, therefore deflating their confidence.

    Or maybe they’re distracted by the fact that Ichiro insists on being on the bases all the time.

  6. joser on May 31st, 2009 12:29 pm

    Having Ichiro on base all the time is distracting all the batters who come after him. They find themselves wondering what a Seattle uniform is doing out there in that sea of opposing players, and forget to watch the ball coming from the mound until it is too late.

    Ichiro’s consistent hitting puts undue pressure on other players to perform, and they’re pressing at the plate, causing the team’s offensive woes, and he refuses to go 0-fer to let them relax.

    Actually, Yuni has already tried a variant of that excuse.

    “It’s hard Shannon with Ichiro in front of me.”

    Interesting. I got the clear impression that he meant that it was hard to be patient thinking oposing pitchers would be throwing strikes and going after him with Ichiro coming up.

    (Note that while he said/was translated as “in front” he clearly meant “after” since he was batting ninth at the time, then moved to eighth. Of course, he’s now batting second and this may be one of the reasons why.)

  7. Tek Jansen on May 31st, 2009 12:30 pm

    Just listen to Mitch on KJR if you want to hear really dumb anti-Ichiro stuff. (Refuses to hit for power, refuses to move out of the leadoff spot, stays in a separate hotel, etc.) For a guy who owns M’s season tickets, it is amazing how little he knows about the M’s or baseball.

  8. msb on May 31st, 2009 12:34 pm

    don’t get me started on his stupid ‘list’.

    For a guy who owns M’s season tickets, it is amazing how little he knows about the M’s or baseball.

    It sounds like his 6 year old has a better grasp of the game.

  9. cougjosh on May 31st, 2009 12:35 pm

    Seeing he only leads Griffey by a few thousand votes for the final outfield starting spot in the All Star Game, Ichiro instantly decides to go on a 20+ game hitting streak. How dare he try to keep Griffey out of the starting line up.

  10. henryv on May 31st, 2009 12:37 pm

    Just listen to Mitch on KJR if you want to hear really dumb anti-Ichiro stuff. (Refuses to hit for power, refuses to move out of the leadoff spot, stays in a separate hotel, etc.) For a guy who owns M’s season tickets, it is amazing how little he knows about the M’s or baseball.

    Mitch is an East Coast radio guy. He believes his job is to degrade everyone, unless they are on the air with him at that exact moment.

    If you listen to a lot of northeast radio its basically Mitch 24/7.

  11. joser on May 31st, 2009 12:42 pm

    Not only does Ichiro stay in a separate hotel, he flies on a separate jet piloted by ninjas and staffed by stewardesses dressed like Sailor Moon. The jet itself is made of carbon fiber folded oragami-style by monks in Zen monasteries in the Japan Alps and propelled by engines made from steel hand-forged in the manner of Katana blades. And the whole thing is painted to look like Hello Kitty.

    It’s the last detail that has completely sapped the other players of their will to hit. Hasn’t helped the middle infielders’ fielding, either.

  12. Paul B on May 31st, 2009 12:44 pm

    Did anyone really think the M’s would have a shot at sweeping the Angels this weekend? I still can’t believe they won that game last night.

    Wanted to mention, add Palmer to the ever growing list of mediocre right handed pitchers that completely shut down this M’s lineup.

  13. MX on May 31st, 2009 12:45 pm

    Another lead off double from ichiro!

    Hope he can score this time!!!!

  14. Mr. Egaas on May 31st, 2009 12:48 pm

    Bets on how many innings until the “Why is Quiroz hitting 7th?” facepalm?

  15. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 12:49 pm

    I’m terrified every time Beltre runs anywhere on the baselines.

  16. JerBear on May 31st, 2009 12:50 pm

    joser – that was hilarious. :)

  17. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 12:51 pm

    Uh, mo’ crazy baserunning! What the hell happened with Hines!? This isn’t rugby, it’s baseball!

  18. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 12:52 pm

    So I get to be the one to say, WHY IS THIS SCRUB hitting 7th!!???

  19. Mr. Egaas on May 31st, 2009 12:52 pm

    Oh – oh! Here we go! Why is Quiroz hitting 7th?!

  20. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 12:52 pm

    Quick 2-0 lead. C’mon Quiroz!

  21. JerBear on May 31st, 2009 12:52 pm

    Dude – Figgins in rude! :)

  22. kyoko on May 31st, 2009 12:53 pm

    My daughter wants to know why Santana has drawn on his face with a felt pen.

  23. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 12:57 pm

    My daughter wants to know why Santana has drawn on his face with a felt pen.

    And he’s written on his arm too.

    He is one of the odder looking players in baseball. Something about his bone structure, facial hair and the way he wears his hat makes him look like a badly drawn cartoon character.

  24. Mr. Egaas on May 31st, 2009 12:57 pm

    My daughter wants to know why Santana has drawn on his face with a felt pen.

    You should tell her that it is called a “Chin strap”, and she should not talk to boys with “Chin straps”.

  25. Phightin Phils on May 31st, 2009 1:00 pm

    Beltre took his glove off and looked like he was tempted to throw it at the ball sailing over his head. Always entertaining :)

  26. IP on May 31st, 2009 1:05 pm

    Chavez!1!

  27. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 1:05 pm

    Endy!!?!?!

  28. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 1:05 pm

    There’s a man enjoying his homerun congrats slaps!

  29. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:06 pm

    Note to Olson. Either bounce the ball at 45 feet, hit the mascot or Vlad, but never, never throw the ball anywhere neer the plate for Vlad!

  30. ndrfx on May 31st, 2009 1:06 pm

    Beltre always looks pissed off about EVERYTHING.

  31. joser on May 31st, 2009 1:07 pm

    Endy takes it out-y!

    Something about his bone structure, facial hair and the way he wears his hat makes him look like a badly drawn cartoon character.

    The Angels used to be owned by Disney. Maybe he’s a leftover.

  32. joser on May 31st, 2009 1:12 pm

    Speaking of cartoons, the Halo Haven dudes have a good one up for last night’s game.

  33. kyoko on May 31st, 2009 1:19 pm

    The Putz trade is the trade that keeps on giving. While Putz again looked terible today, Chavez, Olson, and Vargas are helping us hold our own against the Angels.

  34. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:21 pm

    I heart Branyon!

  35. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 1:21 pm

    Russ-ell Bran-yan! Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!

  36. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:22 pm

    LOL, their walking Lopez..

  37. joser on May 31st, 2009 1:22 pm

    Angels respecting the Mighty Lopez….

  38. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 1:23 pm

    I love when pitchers lose control after issuing an intentional BB.

  39. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:23 pm

    Wow..

  40. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:23 pm

    Wow..

  41. harry on May 31st, 2009 1:24 pm

    Guillermo says hi.

  42. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 1:25 pm

    This Week in Baseball is on. They just had a feature on Tim Lincecum. Guy looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character in 3rd Rock From the Sun aged by about 10 years, right down to the stoner haircut.

  43. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 1:26 pm

    This is such an odd sensation….the M’s taking advantage of another team’s problems…

  44. joser on May 31st, 2009 1:28 pm

    Somebody’s up in the Angels’ bullpen? Yes, please chase Santana in favor of the worst bullpen in the AL, the worst bullpen in baseball, the worst bullpen in Angels’ history.

  45. harry on May 31st, 2009 1:29 pm

    juneau_fan, it is indeed odd. Your Seattle Mariners: There’s No Opportunity They Can’t Squander.

  46. joser on May 31st, 2009 1:30 pm

    This is such an odd sensation….the M’s taking advantage of another team’s problems…

    And having a significant lead in the early innings.

  47. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 1:30 pm

    Wow, indeed…the M’s tearing Santana to shreds.

  48. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:31 pm

    Olson really needs to lose those sideburns.

  49. henryv on May 31st, 2009 1:32 pm

    Olson looks like a serial killer.

  50. henryv on May 31st, 2009 1:35 pm

    Santana puts 2 on base, I think they’ll pull him.

  51. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 1:35 pm

    Mitch is an East Coast radio guy. He believes his job is to degrade everyone, unless they are on the air with him at that exact moment.

    Actually, I stopped listening to Mitch the Moron years ago when I couldn’t any more of his shallow stupidity.

  52. harry on May 31st, 2009 1:36 pm

    Good thing Betancourt is at the right spot in the order to wipe Ichiro off the bases.

  53. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 1:37 pm

    Gotta love those ’70′s TV sideburns…

  54. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 1:44 pm

    He can keep the sideburns if he keeps pitching this way.

  55. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:44 pm

    WTF happened to the Angels offence? Olson is not this good? I am just use to the Angels owning the Mariners..

  56. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 1:49 pm

    Meanwhile, congrats to Jamie Moyer on win #250 today.

  57. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 1:57 pm

    OK, sorry found it.

  58. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 1:58 pm

    Lost the shutout but 5 innings, two hits one run – I’ll take it.

  59. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 1:59 pm

    Nice to see a Mariner’s pitcher upset over giving on a solo homerun with a 5 run cushion.

    They didn’t find their offense, Jake, Napoli always hits HRs against the M’s. Which means the team will sign him when he’s a free agent.

  60. henryv on May 31st, 2009 2:01 pm

    I’d be really surprised if Vlad returns to full form…

    I’d imagine a torn pec is going to hurt for a while.

  61. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:02 pm

    The Hero!

  62. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 2:02 pm

    Nice to see a Mariner’s pitcher – with a 5 run cushion.

    .. and there it is, back to 5.

  63. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 2:02 pm

    Hahahahhahahahahaaa….Ichiro’s HRs are so funny.

  64. naviomelo on May 31st, 2009 2:02 pm

    ICHIRO!

  65. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 2:02 pm

    ICHI!!!

  66. msb on May 31st, 2009 2:03 pm

    Selfish.

  67. harry on May 31st, 2009 2:03 pm

    Selfish home run! Selfish, selfish.

  68. henryv on May 31st, 2009 2:03 pm

    IchiRO!

  69. MsFanInAustin on May 31st, 2009 2:04 pm

    It was very selfish to hit a homerun with no one on base indeed. Share the love. :)

  70. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:05 pm

    They really need to just put a cape on Ichiro’s Uniform. Maybe even a mask…

  71. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 2:06 pm

    Which means the team will sign him when he’s a free agent.

    Though, unfortunately, if the M’s were to sign Napoli, he’d probably come up here and tank like Scott Spiezio did.

  72. gwangung on May 31st, 2009 2:07 pm

    Well, it couldn’t have been he was getting pissed about getting on so much and not getting driven in, was it?

  73. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 2:08 pm

    Rainbow throw from Abreau on that single, and he had one earlier that looked less than adequate. Is he having arm trouble?

  74. henryv on May 31st, 2009 2:09 pm

    Just hit it out Branyan, and make this one a joke.

  75. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:09 pm

    Over 10 hits, over 5 runs, Who are these guys? feels real good though.

  76. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:10 pm

    Derek said something in a previous post I remember reading on Thursday about how unless things drastically changed this weekend for the Mariners, that we should really consider dumping Bedard and Washburn (and maybe chavez) starting Monday morning.

    Well, for once, I am glad to see that Derek was wrong. Maybe this season isn’t over after all. The SP is as strong as ever, and the Angels don’t look like the Angels, to be honest.

  77. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 2:11 pm

    Though, unfortunately, if the M’s were to sign Napoli, he’d probably come up here and tank like Scott Spiezio did.

    Of course he would, because he wouldn’t be able to hit against the M’s.

    Come on, Garrett, no need for butterflies now.

  78. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 2:11 pm

    Just when I was saying just throw strikes – HBP> :(

  79. tmac9311 on May 31st, 2009 2:15 pm

    crap!

  80. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 2:15 pm

    well, shit.

  81. AssumedName on May 31st, 2009 2:16 pm

    I was just about to comment how getting Batista up in the bullpen would fill the Angels with undue hope, and then Olson grooved that one to Hunter.

    Over/under on when Batista gives up the lead?

  82. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:16 pm

    This is UNBELIEVABLE!!

    If we lose this game, the season is over.

    I got up for 2 seconds, and I come back and we are only up by 3?!?!?!!?

  83. tmac9311 on May 31st, 2009 2:16 pm

    batista has 2 innings of work to lose it, so i’ll take the over

  84. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:18 pm

    Were still up by 3 runs. Our pen has been better then average.

  85. tomas on May 31st, 2009 2:19 pm

    It is really really odd. I see on yahoo sports the M’s are winning 7-1, decide to check it out, turn on the game, M’s up 8-1, and within two freaking minutes it’s 8-5.

    I know it’s absurd, but it seems to happen quite a lot, I turn on the game and it goes to hell

  86. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:22 pm

    Breathing easier now…

  87. naviomelo on May 31st, 2009 2:23 pm

    Were still up by 3 runs. Our pen has been better then average.

    Really? By what measure?

  88. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:23 pm

    I have never felt more uncomfortable with a 3 run lead than I do right now.

    Lets get some add on runs..

  89. henryv on May 31st, 2009 2:24 pm

    Thank god that’s over.

  90. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:24 pm

    Please no Morrow coming up in the 7th. Send his spoiled ass to AA.

  91. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:27 pm

    Do you guys feel that inning was the case that Olson just got to Comfortable? Was cruising to easy?

  92. brian_sun on May 31st, 2009 2:38 pm

    watch Dustin Ackley play in the regional live online now at: http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=ncaa&media=129300

  93. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 2:38 pm

    Get Sean White up NOW. I don’t want a tired Mark Lowe anywhere near this game.

  94. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 2:40 pm

    Looking ahead, is Double A available? He’s pitched 2 straight days now.

  95. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 2:43 pm

    I’m sitting here watching Batista throw, and I’m wondering, when Corcoran and Kelly comes back, why would Batista remain? Wouldn’t there be a market for Batista, somewhere?

    Oh wait, nevermind. He’s making nearly $10 million this year (really? 10 million? Good god).

  96. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:43 pm

    Figgins can just grind those out. A machine.

  97. naviomelo on May 31st, 2009 2:43 pm

    Looking ahead, is Double A available? He’s pitched 2 straight days now.

    I haven’t heard or read anything about him being unavailable. He pitched on three consecutive days from 5/13-5/15 earlier this month.

  98. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:46 pm

    Middle of the plate.

  99. tmac9311 on May 31st, 2009 2:47 pm

    i’m pretty sure cocoran isn’t making it back to the majors, i like having batista in the pen, he has been fairly successful(as i write this abreu nails one to the wall)

    Morrow Stark and some other low stress relievers will get sent down before Batista, whether we like it or not

  100. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:47 pm

    What is more improbable?

    1) Mariners get 3 runs in the 9th inning after being shut out the whole game, then go on to win in the 10th inning.

    2) Mariners BLOW a 8-1 game.

  101. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 2:49 pm

    Wow Vlad let that by.

  102. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 2:50 pm

    Is that the opposite of Climbing the ladder? Digging the tunnel?

  103. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 2:51 pm

    It worked!

  104. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 2:51 pm

    Who was it that suggested the pitchers throw the ball at the mascot so that Vlad couldn’t make contact. It worked!

  105. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:52 pm

    Ok.. I want Sean White pitching the 8th. I don’t trust anyone else to bridge the gap to Aardsma.

  106. tmac9311 on May 31st, 2009 2:52 pm

    i love watching Vlad bat, the only thing better than White hitting the grass would be if Vlad swung at that too.

  107. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 2:53 pm

    I smell cycle.

  108. hark on May 31st, 2009 2:53 pm

    Ichiro! triple triple triple triple…

  109. henryv on May 31st, 2009 2:53 pm

    Why is Morrow being derided as a “spoiled” and crap like that?

    Did he say something I missed? Yeah, he’s had a REALLY, REALLY bad first half of May, but he doesn’t deserve that, does he?

  110. tmac9311 on May 31st, 2009 2:54 pm

    Ichiro will get the triple, he is so selfish

  111. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 2:55 pm

    almost. this guy rules it.

  112. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 2:56 pm

    It’s awful how far lagged the MLB.com feed is. They had a free look as Ichiro goes for the cycle that was real time, but the feed we pay for is delayed by several minutes.

    Ridiculous.

  113. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 2:56 pm

    thats the only way i want Yuni to ‘swing’ at the first pitch.

  114. alexD on May 31st, 2009 2:56 pm

    Why do we keep bunting after leadoff doubles?! Christ that is annoying!

  115. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 2:58 pm

    shark sandwich.

  116. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 2:58 pm

    Ugh, Beltre.

  117. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 2:58 pm

    Why do we keep bunting after leadoff doubles?! Christ that is annoying!

    Especially when we have guys like Beltre and Griffey who can’t drive in the man from third base and with less than two outs.

  118. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 2:58 pm

    Blowers seems to think Ichiro should have gone for the triple. Does he not understand the game situation?

  119. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 2:59 pm

    I don’t mind Yuni doing that…his sacrificing and moving the runner to third is favorable to striking out or grounding out and preventing the runner from moving over.

  120. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 2:59 pm

    Why on earth?

  121. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 3:00 pm

    Yes, that’s so much better, Beltre, to make up for your crappy hitting, some crappy baserunning.

    Sims said that he was sent? Really?

  122. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:00 pm

    Wow that was some horrible base running right there….

  123. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 3:00 pm

    As sad as it is to say, Griffey shouldn’t be in the lineup everyday. He is just a rally-killer.

  124. AssumedName on May 31st, 2009 3:00 pm

    selfish Ichiro, not knocking Napoli over on that play.

    But he totally *did* look back at the play instead of running actually faster.

    I told my son it wasn’t a bad move to break for home there…but now dangit!!!!

  125. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 3:00 pm

    2 guys thrown out at home this inning. Wow..

  126. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:02 pm

    Griffey smoked that ball. He has been hitting the ball hard lately but it’s been right at guys and teams are doing a shift on him too.

  127. harry on May 31st, 2009 3:02 pm

    Is this a “fire the 3rd base coach” sort of thing? Beltre should have never gone for home.

  128. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 3:02 pm

    There’s no reason at all Beltre should have been sent. If he was, that’s on the third base coach not Beltre. He was at third as the ball was getting back to the infield.

  129. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:03 pm

    Hell Ichiro should have tried to stretch that double into a triple while he was at it…

  130. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:03 pm

    As sad as it is to say, Griffey shouldn’t be in the lineup everyday. He is just a rally-killer.

    I want what this guy is smoking.

  131. sodomojojojo on May 31st, 2009 3:03 pm

    tip of the cap to Ichiro!, wag of the finger to the out at home to end the inning.

  132. Mike Barton on May 31st, 2009 3:03 pm

    Ugh. Two doubles and a groundout should leave us with a man on second, a run, and one out, not three outs with nothing

  133. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:04 pm

    tip of the cap to Ichiro!, wag of the finger to the out at home to end the inning.

    And that leads me to tonight’s “Word”…. Crappy Baserunning.

  134. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 3:05 pm

    I want what this guy is smoking.

    Yeah, I was watching Gameday, and it said “Out recorded”. So I figured Griffey got out. I didn’t realize the runner was thrown out at home when I typed that.

  135. apunetid on May 31st, 2009 3:05 pm

    What is more improbable?

    1) Mariners get 3 runs in the 9th inning after being shut out the whole game, then go on to win in the 10th inning.

    2) Mariners BLOW a 8-1 game.

    The former, according to Fangraphs. 1.2% WE vs 1.7%

  136. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 3:07 pm

    With Ibanez out there, that ball is a double.

  137. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 3:08 pm

    Yeah, I was watching Gameday, and it said “Out recorded”. So I figured Griffey got out. I didn’t realize the runner was thrown out at home when I typed that.

    So your opinion was formed by that one and only at-bat?

  138. Flowin on May 31st, 2009 3:10 pm

    So your opinion was formed by that one and only at-bat?

    More out of anger in the spur of the moment. But I stand by what I said. He is only hitting .208 and it is the end of May. Maybe he shouldn’t be starting, or at least not in the 4-spot.

  139. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 3:10 pm

    That will be shown as a blooper in 31 major league ballparks.

  140. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 3:10 pm

    With Ibanez out there, that ball is a double.

    That’s what drives me nuts about these people berating the M’s for letting Raul go. Unable to see his downside while praising his great offensive year (although he has cooled off considerably this past week).

    I would have liked to have Ibanez back this year – just as a DH, not LF, but not for $10 mill a year.

  141. hark on May 31st, 2009 3:11 pm

    Russell Branyan, meet Jose Lopez. Jose, Russell. Now that you’ve met, how ’bout you try communicating? This is a ball. Call “got it” when you see it clearly. Think you can catch it? Okay, good.

    Wait, no, not like that!><

  142. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 3:11 pm

    No one called it?

  143. pgreyy on May 31st, 2009 3:11 pm

    As Charlie Brown has said repeatedly over the years, “AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHH!”

  144. Mr. G on May 31st, 2009 3:12 pm

    HAH! I turn it on and first play Lopez drops a pop-up!

  145. naviomelo on May 31st, 2009 3:12 pm

    Sean White has actually been below replacement level this year. Surprised?

  146. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 3:14 pm

    Flowin, as was already pointed out today though, Griffey is our 3rd best hitter so far this season. Who do you want to start for him and why would you want to drop him to move somebody even worse than him up?

  147. Jake N. on May 31st, 2009 3:15 pm

    Got real lucky there. Giving Napoli another hack is just bad news. Nice pitch White.

  148. MsFanInAustin on May 31st, 2009 3:16 pm

    In an effort to steer things back to what’s important… Let’s go Russell! Get the bats going.

  149. G-Man on May 31st, 2009 3:17 pm

    I wonder if Wak thought about bringing in Aardsma to face Napoli? Has he ever gone to his closer for a 4-out save like that?

  150. KevinSB on May 31st, 2009 3:26 pm

    FYI Batista makes more than AA ($419), WBal ($405), Branyan ($1.4M), Griff ($2m), Gutierrez ($455), Felix ($3.8M), and Morrow ($425) combined. With a half mil to spare. That seems expensive for a rarely used middle relief guy.

  151. Scottdids on May 31st, 2009 3:28 pm

    They never make it easy on us…

  152. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 3:30 pm

    Just what the Angels ordered.

  153. KevinSB on May 31st, 2009 3:31 pm

    DP here. Basic.

  154. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:31 pm

    [no]

  155. alexD on May 31st, 2009 3:31 pm

    is it me or were 3 of those called-balls actually strikes on Aardsma’s 2nd walk?

  156. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 3:31 pm

    Yeah, what happened to this game being a cake walk. Oh, so many innings ago.

  157. littlelinny6 on May 31st, 2009 3:32 pm

    the pitch that figgins walked on walked on caught a fat part of the plate but was called a ball. Aardsma has no command but when he throws strikes you have to call it.

  158. KevinSB on May 31st, 2009 3:32 pm

    M’s don’t get cake walks. Although it seems like every other team does…

  159. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:33 pm

    No, those were balls…

    Like all those to Abreau.

    Aardsma has got no control today.

  160. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:34 pm

    UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

  161. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 3:34 pm

    What???

  162. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:36 pm

    Now THAT pitch to Rivera was a strike.

  163. Rick L on May 31st, 2009 3:36 pm

    Another Jose Mesa kind of save attempt.

  164. naviomelo on May 31st, 2009 3:36 pm

    The LI is an unthinkable 10.86

  165. hark on May 31st, 2009 3:36 pm

    2-0 to Rivera should be 0-2.

  166. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    So was the second.

  167. juneau_fan on May 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    It was funny when the Angels’ pitcher couldn’t throw a strike after an intentional BB, but now, not so funny.

  168. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    Wow those last 2 pitches are showing strikes and they’re being called balls? What the hell?

  169. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 3:37 pm

    Gamecast says AA getting hosed. Wish i was watching.

  170. hark on May 31st, 2009 3:38 pm

    4-0 to Rivera shoudl be 1-3. WTF is up with this strike zone?

  171. joser on May 31st, 2009 3:38 pm

    Actually, this isn’t that far outside Aardsma’s normal level of control. His 5.11 BB/9 this year is below his career average (5.53) but you’d expect him to walk guys regularly. And he has. The amazing thing is that they haven’t hurt him before today.

  172. alexD on May 31st, 2009 3:38 pm

    ok, all 4 of those pitches were in the strike zone on ESPN hitzone.

  173. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:38 pm

    Just pull Aardsma.

  174. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 3:38 pm

    Gamecast says AA getting hosed. Wish i was watching.

  175. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:39 pm

    That game is on Wak and the coaching staff.

  176. hark on May 31st, 2009 3:40 pm

    God dammit Double A. !@#$ this %@#!

  177. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:40 pm

    Yet another soul crushing defeat this season….

  178. Sports on a Schtick on May 31st, 2009 3:40 pm

    Of course. Damn it.

  179. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 3:40 pm

    Un.
    Be.
    Lievable.

  180. mariners23 on May 31st, 2009 3:41 pm

    I am done with this team.

  181. madwlad on May 31st, 2009 3:42 pm

    I cant beleive we lost.

  182. wrob4343 on May 31st, 2009 3:43 pm

    What a way to ruin a perfectly good Sunday…

  183. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 3:43 pm

    Aardsma simply didn’t have it today. He was missing on everything. Oh how I wish we had a closer right now.

  184. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 3:43 pm

    This game is 27 outs, guys.

    27 f***ing outs.

    Anyone who doesn’t realize that needs to be cut.

    No wonder this team hasn’t won been worth anything since 2001.

    They had 3 chances to get add-on runs but they didn’t deliver.

    Unbelieveable.

  185. hark on May 31st, 2009 3:43 pm

    High five, Aardsma! Am I right!?

  186. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:44 pm

    What a s—-y coached game.

    It looked like we TRIED to lose that game.

    Wak better learn from his f— ups today. I would be shocked to see the M’s not just flop around for a week after this game, scoring one or two runs, and getting blown out.

  187. kenshabby on May 31st, 2009 3:45 pm

    On second thought, maybe closing three straight games wasn’t such a good idea.

  188. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 3:47 pm

    Can we get rid of the losers that are left from the Bavasi Era now, please?

    That and a closer would be nice.

  189. KingFelixtheCat on May 31st, 2009 3:48 pm

    all of those pitches to rivera were strikes such bs

  190. henryv on May 31st, 2009 3:49 pm

    Remind me to kick Bill Kruger in the nuts next time I see him? House money? Yeah, today’s game wasn’t really that important… Oh, wait, I’m checking, its actually a divisional game? Oh, damned!

  191. bilbo27 on May 31st, 2009 3:49 pm

    Well the Halo’s got their heartbroken yesterday and the M’s today. So we are even i guess. Although there is something more soul crushing about giving the other team the win (via walks) over having it taken (via a home run).

    But hey, we won the series and at the start of the series any of us would have taken that. Besides, we don’t want the M’s winning too many games now. That just stops JZ from making the moves he needs to make for the future of this club. :-)

  192. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 3:50 pm

    And of course Aardsma will get another chance to screw us the next time we get a save opportunity too.

    This sucks.

  193. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 3:52 pm

    Mariners Baseball:

    “Let’s quit while we’re ahead.”

  194. EmmsFanInBoise on May 31st, 2009 3:52 pm

    blockquote>I am done with this team.

    What a way to ruin a perfectly good Sunday…

    Easy. Easy.

    Do you demand that we sweep the reigning division champs in their house? Sure this was a very winnable game but we have played over our heads to date. If you really care about the future of this team, you’ll take what entertainment you can from this loss and hope that the trades and callups happen sooner than later.

    Billy dug us a big hole. There will be growing pains as we climb out.

    Oh and it would appear that the HALOS borrowed some referees from the Staples Center. Lakers’ Home Cookin’â„¢ behind the plate in the 9th, according to both Gamecast and Gameday.
    Whatever.
    We’ll get em tomorrow.
    Or next year.
    Or the year after.
    Chin up, M’s fan!

  195. dsmiley on May 31st, 2009 3:52 pm

    I don’t believe it. Wow. Just…wow.

    I feel a little bad for Aardsma because he must have been dog tired. I have to blame this one on Wak. You can’t run your closer out there every day. So what if Stark or someone else gets the save? All that matters is winning the game.

    Generally I like Wak, but his lineups have been a little wonky. And now this. Ugh…this is painful.

  196. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 3:56 pm

    All I can say is, if Wak isn’t pissed about the fact that this team started to mail it in after the 5th inning when we were up 8-1, then he doesn’t deserve to be a big league manager.

    There are NO EXCUSES when it comes to blowing a 7 run lead, none.

  197. illdonk on May 31st, 2009 3:58 pm

    And of course Aardsma will get another chance to screw us the next time we get a save opportunity too.

    Admittedly that was a terrible performance today, but can you please point out all the other times Aardsma has screwed us so far? I must have missed them.

  198. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 4:00 pm

    Admittedly that was a terrible performance today, but can you please point out all the other times Aardsma has screwed us so far? I must have missed them.

    If he’s nothing more than the next Jose Mesa, what do you think will happen?

    You can feel sorry for the guy if you want, but this team needs to done with excuses and sympathy if they ever want to be a winning club.

  199. bilbo27 on May 31st, 2009 4:03 pm

    This day just went from bad to worse. I just agreed with Mat Pitman on something *shudders*

  200. Simp on May 31st, 2009 4:05 pm

    I agree with those that have said it’s the coaching that was the problem in this game. Aardsma has been killer, but four days in a row and seeing him struggle, Wak should have taken him out or not even bothered letting him go out there. Give the save op to someone else.

  201. TomTuttle on May 31st, 2009 4:10 pm

    This next series is going to suck, I have a feeling Adam Jones is going to light us up now.

    Thanks Bavasi!!!

  202. jsa on May 31st, 2009 4:49 pm

    TomTuttle”

    All I can say is, if Wak isn’t pissed about the fact that this team started to mail it in after the 5th inning …

    I doubt he could be all that pissed, since he, Wak, lost his game trying to see if is rookie starter could get out of trouble.

    At this point in the season, with trades looming, he may feel that finding out what Olson can do is more important than a win.

    Had he really wanted the win, he would have pulled him in the bottom of the 6th after Olson put the first man on base.

  203. Marinerfan4life on May 31st, 2009 5:01 pm

    THE bad thing is who was Wak going to put in for Aardsma that wouldn’t of f-d it up even further?

  204. joser on May 31st, 2009 5:19 pm

    Closers blow saves. The more chances they have, the more they blow. Putz in ’07 blew a couple in 42 opportunities; K-Rod blew 7 in 69 chances last year, or about 10%. Aardsma had 8 saves, so he was about due to blow one even if he was as good as KRod last year…and I doubt he is.

    Pitchers aren’t perfect, especially when they’re tired; and even when fresh Aardsma is far from defect-free. He walks a lot of guys by the standards of any reliever, and especially for a closer. Among closers with at least 7 saves, Aardsma’s BB rate is topped by only Gregg and Lidge (and not by much); among the relievers who’ve saved even one game this year the only guy whose BB rate is significantly worse is… Morrow. You really can’t tiptoe through the minefield of the ninth while handing out one or two free passes every time without it blowing up in your face eventually. Given his inconsistent command, it’s remarkable he’s gone as long as he has without blowing one. That’s part of package when you tap him for this job, as Dave pointed out a couple of times during spring training. Aardsma had been getting away with it, but I think we’d gotten complacent about just how dangerous it actually was. Today just brought the reality home.

  205. Red Apple on May 31st, 2009 5:40 pm

    I love when pitchers lose control after issuing an intentional BB

    That game is on Wak and the coaching staff.

  206. Red Apple on May 31st, 2009 5:40 pm

    I love when pitchers lose control after issuing an intentional BB

    That game is on Wak and the coaching staff.

  207. Red Apple on May 31st, 2009 5:46 pm

    That was bizarre. I didn’t remember hitting the Submit button.

    I love when pitchers lose control after issuing an intentional BB.

    Wish you hadn’t said that earlier in the game. :-(

    That game is on Wak and the coaching staff.

    Agreed. He makes my head hurt sometimes.

    And of course Aardsma will get another chance to screw us the next time we get a save opportunity too.

    Whoa there. Put down the knife down and step back.

  208. Red Apple on May 31st, 2009 5:51 pm

    I swear, I have not been drinking! :-)

  209. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 5:53 pm

    I cant beleive we lost.

    Well, considering that:

    1) You had one of your #4/5 starters, who averages just barely over five innings per start on his career to begin with, going against a tough lineup;

    2) The Angles started banging on the door in the sixth inning, then just kept chipping away after that;

    3) Ichiro and Beltre get thrown out at home plate in the same inning — reminiscent of the vintage 1980′s M’s;

    4) There was one too many Miggy sightings today;

    5) There was no way Aardsma was gonna keep racking up a scoreless inning streak a la Trevor Hoffman in his prime; &

    6) They pulled one out last night that they probably shouldn’t have won

    …no, it doesn’t surprise me at all that they lost today.

  210. Axtell on May 31st, 2009 6:12 pm

    It would be funny to see the wild overreactions from the people here if it wasn’t so sad. Look, we won a game last night we had no business winning, AA was getting absolutely brutalized on the strike zone, we had 2 players thrown out at home in the same inning, and we had runners at third with one out twice and didn’t capitalize.

    There were a multitude of things that went wrong today. There is no one easy scapegoat. Baseball is a team game, and today, the M’s lost as a team.

    Now if we could please all move on past the useless finger pointing and instead be happy the team scored 8 runs today, the most runs the team has scored in nearly a month (and that game it took them 15 innings to score 8 runs). Be happy that Ichiro is absolutely dominating at the plate, and was a triple short of the cycle today. Be happy that, despite today’s loss, we won the series with Angels. Be optimistic that Quiroz came up with a big at bat.

    It’s one thing to be bummed about a loss – and today’s loss was certainly one to be upset about. But to sit in misery, and stew in it, and point fingers is just, so, well, useless, I wonder why people bother.

  211. scott19 on May 31st, 2009 6:25 pm

    Amen, Axtell. As much as it sucked to lose today, I hardly think the M’s have been mathematically eliminated yet at this point…and, having just gone in there and taken two out of three, I hardly think Anaheim is the friggin’ unflappable “dynasty” that the media sometimes makes them out to be.

  212. Breadbaker on May 31st, 2009 7:21 pm

    We deserved to win two of three and won two of three. The Angels had more reason to be pissed about yesterday than we were about today. It’s baseball, one team wins and one team loses.

  213. DMZ on May 31st, 2009 7:25 pm

    Except the All-Star game, sometimes.

  214. John D. on May 31st, 2009 7:31 pm

    Ichiro and Beltre get thrown out at home plate in the same inning

    agressive, adj. = foolhardy

  215. Paul B on May 31st, 2009 8:03 pm

    No way the M’s should have won on Saturday. No way they should have lost on Sunday.

  216. bilbo27 on May 31st, 2009 9:06 pm

    Anyone else notice Ichiro’s on pace for 243 hits (assuming he makes every start from here on thus 154 games at his current rate of 1.58 hits per game). bah! that guy is so selfish. I mean… think how it makes the opposing pitchers feel when he gets all those hits. ;-)

    On another note, anybody interested in Figgins next year at third (he’s a free agent i believe)? His OBP over his career is quite impressive and he’s good for stealing a base when you need it. Also pretty versatile and a switch hitter, which the M’s could use.

    Ichiro and Figgins would make a great 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. With a decent cleanup hitter or two, those two would score a lot of runs. He’ll also probably not be all that terribly expensive, relatively speaking, given his lack of power.

  217. wrob4343 on May 31st, 2009 9:17 pm

    Easy. Easy.

    Do you demand that we sweep the reigning division champs in their house? Sure this was a very winnable game but we have played over our heads to date. If you really care about the future of this team, you’ll take what entertainment you can from this loss and hope that the trades and callups happen sooner than later.

    Billy dug us a big hole. There will be growing pains as we climb out.

    Oh and it would appear that the HALOS borrowed some referees from the Staples Center. Lakers’ Home Cookin’™ behind the plate in the 9th, according to both Gamecast and Gameday.
    Whatever.
    We’ll get em tomorrow.
    Or next year.
    Or the year after.
    Chin up, M’s fan!

    I only expect sweeps when the M’s are up 8-1 and this is a “statement” game.

    If the Mariners take this I don’t think the team is automatically revitalized as a contender, but it works wonders for the mentality of a team and their resolve. I mean the Angels did what they had to do, but you can’t give games away like that.

    A team that wins games it isn’t supposed to tends to progress a lot faster than a team that has to learn how to win… that’s all. At least the lady Huskies made the finals though.

  218. Jeff Nye on May 31st, 2009 9:47 pm

    We’re back to the “statement game” canard? Really?

  219. DMZ on May 31st, 2009 10:08 pm

    That was a statement comment right there.

  220. Steve T on May 31st, 2009 11:17 pm

    Ichiro’s failure to hit home runs deprives his teammates of the social bonding provided by home plate celebrations. It doesn’t matter how many times you reach base or score if you’re an afterthought when the real men (i.e., the English-speaking men) get done with their rituals.

  221. pgreyy on May 31st, 2009 11:18 pm

    This late in the thread, too!

    That’s clutch, I tell ya!

  222. TranquilPsychosis on May 31st, 2009 11:25 pm

    Ichiro’s consistent hitting puts undue pressure on other players to perform

    Come on… He only went 4 for 5 today and only hit 1 jack. He sucks. I’m surprised they haven’t sent him down to AA.

    When are they going to get a clue?

  223. TranquilPsychosis on May 31st, 2009 11:32 pm

    {edit}

    And frankly, only getting a double in his last at bat in lieu of taking third for the cycle was inexcusable. Staying at second instead of getting tagged out at third… SELFISH BASTARD!

  224. ndrfx on June 1st, 2009 12:25 am

    I knew something bad was going to happen when they were up 6-0 and the fourth inning was over in FOUR PITCHES. It’s like they just take the day off once they get a lead. Don’t want to blame Aardsma for this, all though his walks are getting pretty painful, but he’s been able to get it done consistently.

  225. wrob4343 on June 1st, 2009 2:22 am

    Actually the statement game was a little sarcastic, but hey, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.

    We deserved to win two of three and won two of three. The Angels had more reason to be pissed about yesterday than we were about today. It’s baseball, one team wins and one team loses.

    After a good night’s sleep I guess I’m slightly content with that school of thought.

  226. wrob4343 on June 1st, 2009 2:23 am

    hence “statement” and not “statement game”

  227. Carson on June 1st, 2009 8:17 am

    I’m reeeeealy late to the party (thanks for not saving me any cake).

    @Tek

    Just listen to Mitch on KJR if you want to hear really dumb anti-Ichiro stuff. (Refuses to hit for power, refuses to move out of the leadoff spot, stays in a separate hotel, etc.) For a guy who owns M’s season tickets, it is amazing how little he knows about the M’s or baseball.

    I love Ichiro! and this wouldn’t change that – but the hotel thing is inaccurate, right?

  228. Tek Jansen on June 1st, 2009 8:50 am

    but the hotel thing is inaccurate, right?

    Mostly. I know that it has happened in the past. But Cal Ripken Jr. often stayed in a separate hotel. Many big time stars have separate suites or stay in separate hotels depending on the city.

    Hell, Carlos Silva has his own suite, and he isn’t a big time star.

    The only reason to mention the hotel thing is if you are already predisposed to dislike Ichiro and are fishing for reasons to cast him as a bad guy.

  229. Mike Snow on June 1st, 2009 9:16 am

    The way in which the hotel is supposed to matter is based on the notion that team chemistry depends on bonding together outside of work time, and that this activity should be a primary focus of players’ discretionary time. There are so many arguments to rebut that, I’m not even sure where to start. Also, even supposing chemistry to be important for team success, this is low enough on the list of factors that would go into it that the argument isn’t worth the time.

  230. Michael_Jackson on June 1st, 2009 9:19 am

    I love Ichiro! and this wouldn’t change that – but the hotel thing is inaccurate, right?

    Carson, don’t automatically make the assumption that “Staying in separate hotel = Jerk/Bad Guy who doesn’t socialize with teammates”. You see, Ichiro is a very, VERY OCD-ish person in case you haven’t noticed. He follows the same exact life style and routine every single day. There was a special Japanese program about the life of Ichiro (in 2007 or 06, I forgot) and he follows such a strict pattern every day, all he does is eat curry sauce w/ plain rice for lunch, every single day, every single lunch. Imagine eating the exact same thing for lunch your whole life. When his wife Yumiko opened the refrigerator there were like 10 identical dishes of Curry white rice. This man is insane/boring/awesome. After playing with his dog and working out in his mini gym, he goes to the ballpark and does the same routine (batting practice, fielding, etc).

    With that information, you can probably imagine why (if it is true) he would want his own hotel during road trips. He probably shuts himself up in his hotel room eating curry rice, then goes work out in the gym, etc. He doesn’t want anyone asking him to lunch or asking him to play cards. He doesn’t want any unpredictability. He wants to go through the exact same routine every single day until game time, then after the game he can relax and go socialize with Ken Griffey over dinner, until he goes to sleep and the cycle begins again.

  231. Carson on June 1st, 2009 10:11 am

    Yeah, which is why I said it wouldn’t change my feelings on him. Because, it’s a pretty silly thing to even bring up if you’re a radio host trying to prove a point.

    I can’t imagine they spend much time in their rooms anyway. Well, The Chef might if the room service is good.

    I was just more wondering if that was a joke or if he really does, so I can continue my thinking that most of these people on the radio haven’t got a clue on how stuff works.

  232. Evan on June 1st, 2009 11:00 am

    I am worried about Ichiro. If he keeps this hitting streak up, it will likely prove very stressful. And stress already put him on the DL once this year.

    Ichiro should try less hard and care less.

  233. scott19 on June 1st, 2009 11:13 am

    I don’t think a lot of these radio hosts have a clue, either. I think sometimes they just invent “controversies” to have something to talk about on the air.

  234. section331 on June 1st, 2009 11:35 am

    The whole hotel thing is just stupid, and I don’t get why people keep bringing it up all the time (not you guys, but people who don’t dig on Ichiro). I don’t know how many of these radio hosts have ever traveled with a group of people for months at a time, but I’m willing to bet that very few -if any- of them have. As someone who HAS, I can tell you that any opportunity to get a spare hotel by yourself is extremely welcome, no matter how much you like the people you’re traveling with. People are not robots, and every once in a while, getting away from your travel partners is a welcome reprieve. Granted, it’s most likely cheaper for the team to have two people to a room, or however the sleeping arrangements work out, but it wouldn’t surprise me if every once in a while, ALL of these guys might pony up for their own rooms, just for a break. I don’t understand why that is viewed as hating your teammates or being a difficult person. I viewed it as a necessity.

  235. scott19 on June 1st, 2009 12:52 pm

    I don’t know how many of these radio hosts have ever traveled with a group of people for months at a time, but I’m willing to bet that very few -if any- of them have.

    One of the few I can think of (at least locally) is Shannon Drayer…but, then again, she has a heck of a lot better gig these days than having to put with Mitch’s goofiness.

  236. bilbo27 on June 1st, 2009 3:19 pm

    “but the hotel thing is inaccurate, right?”

    Shannon Drayer debunked this myth a month or two ago. She said Ichiro stays in a separate hotel a couple times a season. The rest of the time, he stays in the hotel the rest of the team stays in. (not that it really makes any difference. If I spent 8 months out of the year with 25 other guys around me just about all the time, i’d want a separate hotel too, even if we were all best buddies ;-) .

  237. section331 on June 1st, 2009 5:50 pm

    One of the few I can think of (at least locally) is Shannon Drayer

    But she hasn’t ever gotten weird about Ichiro, has she? I was more referring to the people who are anti-Ichi. If more people traveled in packs, they might understand the value of a nice solitary single room from time to time, and then we wouldn’t have to hear some uppitty radio guy talk about how Ichiro is selfish….

    No, we probably still would. haha!

  238. John D. on June 3rd, 2009 1:35 am

    Ichiro’s on pace for 243 hits

    Paces/schmaces DMITRI YOUNG hit 3 homers on opening day last year.
    He was on a pace to hit 486 homers in 2008.
    He didn’t get them.

    BTW, the benchmark for good closers seems to be 5 saves out of 6 save opportunities. AARDSMA is 8/9. What’s the big deal?

  239. eponymous coward on June 3rd, 2009 9:11 am

    How silly to think that the guy who owns the single-season hit record at 262 hits in a season could possibly get 243 hits in a season.

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