Game 94, Mariners at Tigers

Jay Yencich · July 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

It’s Felix Day! And Hyphen Time approaches.

Finding a fifth starter might be more problematic. We have until Saturday to figure that out, but neither Vargas nor Morrow are particularly appealing options. Vargas’ command has been off and Morrow gave up four runs in the first his last time out. The reports coming back were not all that positive.

In the meantime, FELIX.

RF Ichiro!
1B Branyan
2B Lopez
DH Griffey
LF Balentien
CF Langerhans
C Johnson
3B Hannahan
SS Cedeno


122 Responses to “Game 94, Mariners at Tigers”

  1. Chris_From_Bothell on July 22nd, 2009 7:35 pm


  2. Kazinski on July 22nd, 2009 7:46 pm

    They seem to have a pattern of losing the first game of a series and then winning the next 2 or 3 to close out the series lately (6 of the 10 they’ve won since 6/1).

  3. apunetid on July 22nd, 2009 7:48 pm

    Oh my; I left my computer when it was 1-0 heading to the 8th. A grand sight it is to which I have returned!


    When’s the last time we won with only two hits?

  4. MsofEnchantment on July 22nd, 2009 7:51 pm

    Add another couple million to today’s post.

    I was thinking the same thing…we all know how great Felix is, but he truly has the potential to be epic over the course of his carerr. He makes being an M’s fan much easier, so Dr. Z…sign him now, sign him long.

  5. cdowley on July 22nd, 2009 8:06 pm

    I got home from the store (listened to Dave on the radio on my way home… Jose “Baez” (Lopez)? The Washington Senators? Continuously referring to Gerald Laird as Rob Johnson? Oh, Dave…), turned on the BBQ, flipped the TV on, started getting the burgers ready, and turned around just in time to see that mighty swing from Russell.

    My, was that a thing of beauty…

  6. alexD on July 22nd, 2009 8:17 pm

    god damnit, why won’t the angels lose!!!!!!!

  7. AssumedName on July 22nd, 2009 8:19 pm

    All those ex-M’s in KC are sticking it to the M’s right now.

  8. PWRSTROKIN on July 22nd, 2009 8:22 pm

    Don’t fret Yuni is comin up :p

  9. SequimRealEstate on July 22nd, 2009 8:30 pm

    Joser. Nice call on Branyan’s homer. Lucky win. I’ll take it.

  10. GoMariners on July 22nd, 2009 8:32 pm

    We are 5 out of the wild card now and 5.5 out of first place. I am starting to think that catching the wild card is more realistic than catching up to the Angels unless the Angels start regressing to the mean at some point…

  11. kenshabby on July 22nd, 2009 8:38 pm

    Ha! Damn Angels. Stupid, stupid Royals. Since the AS break Kansas City’s allowed something like 1,200 runs in the final three innings.

  12. juneau_fan on July 22nd, 2009 8:41 pm

    GoMariners, you think the Mariners have a better chance of catching and overtaking the Red Sox/Yankees/Rays?

    I say no.

  13. flashbeak on July 22nd, 2009 8:58 pm

    Oh, how god awful those Royals are.

  14. GoMariners on July 22nd, 2009 9:32 pm

    Yes, if the Angels keep on playing at this pace, catching the Red Sox is much more realistic. We don’t have to catch the Yankees. They are in first place in the AL East.

  15. juneau_fan on July 22nd, 2009 9:48 pm

    Yeah, but you think we’re better than the Red Sox or the Rays? That’s all I’m saying. Or Texas, for that matter? I wish we were chasing a stationary target, but we aren’t.

    Anyway, on to tomorrow’s game. Thank goodness the IT geeks don’t realize I can access Gameday through Yahoo at work and have just blocked the MLB sites.

  16. Breadbaker on July 22nd, 2009 10:15 pm

    The difference between the wild card and the Angels is that we can beat the Angels head to head.

  17. joser on July 22nd, 2009 10:33 pm

    unless the Angels start regressing to the mean at some point…

    Hate to break it to you, but you know all this winning the Angels are doing right now? That’s the regression to the mean for them, to make up for the excessive losing they were doing at the start of the year.

    Joser. Nice call on Branyan’s homer. Lucky win. I’ll take it.

    Yeah, I was a couple of AB’s early. But 8th inning dramatics just in time to salvage a win for Felix seems to be this team’s modus operandi.

    Well, Manny Ramirez just missed his tonight as well…

    No he didn’t, he was just setting things up to make it more memorable: as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning, he swung at the first pitch from Cincinnati reliever Nick Masset and hit a tie-breaking grand slam home run into the “Mannywood” section of the left field seats. I can’t make this stuff up, folks.

    How’s that for a bobblehead tie-in?

  18. juneau_fan on July 22nd, 2009 10:37 pm

    Manny’s real head actually bobbles too. The way his hat just flies off sometimes is all bobblehead.

  19. TheMsfan on July 22nd, 2009 10:48 pm

    Fifty wins by the age of twenty-three. Only 250 to go, bud. Should have it by the time youre Thirty-three if you keep this up. (Hyperbole)

  20. bilbo27 on July 22nd, 2009 10:56 pm

    Barring major injuries through his career Felix is going to make all those idiots who say “there will never be another 300 game winner” look really stupid. The really amazing thing is that he can afford to miss a few years here and there due to injuries and still has a good shot.

  21. TheMsfan on July 22nd, 2009 11:39 pm

    The only thing id say to that is there was a certain pitcher for the mets some 20 years ago who many thought the same thing…but, I’m going to guess that Felix isnt going to have the same problems that guy had (or pray to God he doesnt anyway)

  22. joser on July 23rd, 2009 10:09 am

    Yeah, yeah, everybody went through the Doc analogies (and a couple of other, more obscure ones) when Felix first came up. It’s not impossible, of course, but it’s pretty unlikely: times are different now, circumstances are vastly different, Felix is already a father (and appears to be maturing a lot, especially this year — whether that’s fatherhood, Wakamatsu, and/or a bunch of other things). This isn’t New York, and especially not the cocaine-fueled “Studio 54” / “Big Lights Big City” New York. And the league (slowly, belatedly) figured out a few things too — even when guys start going down that path, they’re doing a better job of detecting it and trying to do something about it. Just ask Hamilton.

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