Game 95, Mariners at Tigers

Dave · July 23, 2009 at 10:05 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Washburn vs French, Rain Delay, Start Time Unknown

Washburn gets a bit of a test today, agianst a line-up with some bats that can thump lefties and Franklin Gutierrez sitting on the bench. Comerica’s dimensions will help him, but Langerhans/Balentien are no Gutierrez/Chavez, so Wash is actually going to have to pitch well today.

With the Angels playing out of their minds, the M’s have to keep winning. 6+ games back and it’s sell time.

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

Comments

214 Responses to “Game 95, Mariners at Tigers”

  1. Lauren, token chick on July 23rd, 2009 10:09 am

    Damn Angels.

    Of interest, maybe: Felix now leads the AL in the Cy Young Race, according to ESPN’s tool based on Bill James’ calculations.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/features/cy

  2. EricL on July 23rd, 2009 10:11 am

    With the Angels playing out of their minds, the M’s have to keep winning.

    Over the last two months (since May 23) the M’s are playing at a 97-win pace. We should have made up ground, right?

    Wrong.

    Over the same span, the Angels are playing at a 108-win pace.

  3. msb on July 23rd, 2009 10:12 am

    Which should pretty much guarantee it goes to Doc Halladay

  4. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 10:13 am

    Does James’ Cy Young Predictor factor in East Coast media bias?

  5. sass on July 23rd, 2009 10:15 am

    If the M’s make the playoffs, it would give Felix a leg up–especially if he pitches well in a couple of playoff games. Or do they vote before then?

  6. Nik Aitken on July 23rd, 2009 10:21 am

    Christmas in July, what a stupid promotion…

  7. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 10:21 am

    With the Angels playing out of their minds, the M’s have to keep winning. 6+ games back and it’s sell time.

    I just hope we are able to decide one way or another by Sunday at midnight. Deals for players like Hannahan and Yuni can get done pretty quickly, but a deal including the top candidates is significantly more complex. They need to allow themselves several days to work out the right deal, because anything rushed may not yield what we desire. Do you think the FO has imposed any deadlines about the buy/sell decision for themselves? If so, when?

  8. msb on July 23rd, 2009 10:23 am

    I wish this was the radio-only game. I’d much rather have the chance to watch saturday’s game.

  9. Chris_From_Bothell on July 23rd, 2009 10:25 am

    6+ games back and it’s sell time.

    Incorrect. We don’t live in an either/or, buyer/seller, binary decision making sort of world with Jack in charge.

    Jack will be looking to upgrade the team, in a win-now-and-win-later sort of mode, all the time. Standings are a factor, but not a trigger. His interview with Larry Stone the other day said as much.

  10. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 10:30 am

    With the Angels playing out of their minds, the M’s have to keep winning. 6+ games back and it’s sell time.

    With the situation the way it is, the M’s have to practically win every game between now and the trade deadline to stay in the race. They’ve got a week to figure it out.

    I’m starting to think it’ll take 95 wins or so to win the division. That’s the pace the Angels are on. If that’s the case, the M’s have to win 45/68, or 2 of every 3 games from here on out. That’s going to be difficult, but isn’t absolutely impossible. Any losing streak of longer than one game will pretty well knock them out of it.

  11. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 10:31 am

    With the Angels playing out of their minds, the M’s have to keep winning. 6+ games back and it’s sell time.

    I think Dave may be alluding to the public perception that will subsequently transpire…we all know that it is possible to upgrade the team via trade and still stay competitive this year, but the average M’s fan will see it as a white flag. I think he is just saying, being 6+ back is an “all clear” to trade our guys with expiring contracts or limited roles in the future.

  12. Lucky Number on July 23rd, 2009 10:32 am

    “It can’t rain all the time”

  13. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 10:34 am

    Does it make me a bad fan to root for the Angels to get about 8 games up on the M’s? I want this team built for the next few years…not to ruin it by trying to play out this season.

    The Angels are playing this well and they still are not healthy. The M’s will not be able to catch them this season. So let’s build for next year and beyond.

  14. jld on July 23rd, 2009 10:35 am

    Who might I email a couple USSMariner feature requests to?

  15. Big Bob on July 23rd, 2009 10:36 am

    The Angels aren’t a 100 win team, they are winning with a lot of smoke and mirrors. I mean look at their lineup and how bad mediocre their bullpen is compared to last year. They will cool off eventually but the M’s have to find a way to keep pace and winning series.

  16. sass on July 23rd, 2009 10:37 am

    If it wasn’t for the ban, I would say that, yes, it makes you a bad fan. But I can’t. So I’ll say that it seems rational to me to hope my favorite team wins. Hmm…seems like we’ve had this discussion before.

  17. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 10:38 am

    I mean look at their lineup

    Have you seen our lineup today?

  18. msb on July 23rd, 2009 10:38 am

    Who might I email a couple USSMariner feature requests to?

    You can use the “Email the authors” function on the sidebar.

  19. Lauren, token chick on July 23rd, 2009 10:38 am

    Game on, apparently. According to Gamecast.

  20. Willmore2000 on July 23rd, 2009 10:39 am

    Who might I email a couple USSMariner feature requests to?

    The Aztec god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli.

  21. AssumedName on July 23rd, 2009 10:43 am

    Whoa…I’ve actually got audio through 710 ESPN online. Didn’t know I could do that. Sweet.

  22. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 10:43 am

    Dave Niehaus said Ichiro had a two base error by Inge, but then FSN flashed the green hit logo not a few seconds later.

  23. BLYKMYK44 on July 23rd, 2009 10:44 am

    Are we really supposed to be giving the Angels SO much credit for doing so well against two of the bottom three teams in the AL?

    Other than the Yankee series (who they apparently always play well). They have been getting fat on the sub .500 crowd…

  24. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 10:46 am

    Welcome back Sweeney!

  25. joser on July 23rd, 2009 10:46 am

    Sweeney hits a double? Man, that must be a triple for anybody else. Well, except maybe Junior. Or Lopez. Or Johjima.

    Man, there are some slow guys on this team.

    Anyway, yay!

  26. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 10:48 am

    Sweeney hits a double? Man, that must be a triple for anybody else. Well, except maybe Junior. Or Lopez. Or Johjima.

    That would have been a double for even the fastest players as Raburn got to it quickly.

  27. flashbeak on July 23rd, 2009 10:49 am

    Balentien is such garbage. Can someone remind me why people hyped him up?

  28. joser on July 23rd, 2009 10:50 am

    I wish this was the radio-only game. I’d much rather have the chance to watch saturday’s game.

    Saturday’s game is radio-only? (Looks at schedule…) Fuck!

    Well, it’s going to be too damn hot to watch baseball anyway.

    Whoa…I’ve actually got audio through 710 ESPN online. Didn’t know I could do that. Sweet.

    Really? You’re not supposed to. Are you sure that it’s not Gameday? What’s the link?

    The Aztec god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli.

    Which is also an intestinal disorder

    Which should pretty much guarantee it goes to Doc Halladay

    Not if he switches leagues at the trading deadline…

  29. sass on July 23rd, 2009 10:51 am

    Balentien is not a major-league player.

  30. jld on July 23rd, 2009 10:51 am
  31. zvazda on July 23rd, 2009 10:53 am

    The Aztec god Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli.

    Please tell me you had to at least look up the spelling…

  32. Nik Aitken on July 23rd, 2009 10:54 am

    The Angels aren’t a 100 win team, they are winning with a lot of smoke and mirrors. I mean look at their lineup and how bad mediocre their bullpen is compared to last year. They will cool off eventually but the M’s have to find a way to keep pace and winning series.

    Smoke and mirrors? That’s old Angel ball. This team is third in OBP. Yes, they probably aren’t a 100 win team, but that is mostly due to their lousy start.

  33. zvazda on July 23rd, 2009 10:55 am

    Here’s the 710 link:

    http://www.mynorthwest.com/streams/streampop_espn.php

    Hmmm. I wonder why I paid for that service earlier this year.

  34. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 10:55 am

    Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli

    Gesundtheit.

  35. mattpeaty on July 23rd, 2009 10:58 am

    why people feel we have to be buyer or sellers is bizarre. We aren’t some small market club. Our payroll is 100 million. Save this post, the M’s WILL NOT trade Bedard or Washburn. This team will add pieces in the offseason and build on this year, not throw it away. All this “sell” talk is absurd, quit trying to play GM.

  36. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 11:00 am

    I think someone is just asleep at the wheel. After all, it is only 10:50 am here on the West Coast. That link will probably be shut down soon.

  37. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 11:02 am

    Wow. Nice play by Polanco.

  38. shaggy on July 23rd, 2009 11:02 am

    Over the same span, the Angels are playing at a 108-win pace.

    The Angels aren’t a 100 win team

    Time for the Angels to regress to the mean, no?

  39. Slippery Elmer on July 23rd, 2009 11:02 am

    Sweeney hits a double? Man, that must be a triple for anybody else. Well, except maybe Junior. Or Lopez. Or Johjima.

    Man, there are some slow guys on this team.

    Or Sexson. Or Edgar. Or Olerud. Or Wilson. Or…

  40. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 11:04 am

    “This ball is going to fly away!” (as the ball clearly bounces on the ground and goes over the fence)

  41. zvazda on July 23rd, 2009 11:04 am

    Stupid Polanco. Why couldn’t he be just a little fatter and less agile?

  42. Lauren, token chick on July 23rd, 2009 11:04 am

    I miss John Olerud :(

  43. msb on July 23rd, 2009 11:04 am

    Time for the Angels to regress to the mean, no?

    You mean where they keep winning to get back to their “normal” annual win percentage?

  44. Lauren, token chick on July 23rd, 2009 11:05 am

    Dammit, I hate those smiley graphics. Please ignore.

  45. joser on July 23rd, 2009 11:05 am

    Sims is already flogging “the DA closed the case” — he sure wants to make that catch phrase take off. Which is fine with me — that might help him get a national rep, which Zduriencik can then leverage into another Putz trade. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    Are we really supposed to be giving the Angels SO much credit for doing so well against two of the bottom three teams in the AL?
    Other than the Yankee series (who they apparently always play well). They have been getting fat on the sub .500 crowd…

    Who the M’s were facing back when the Angels were doing poorly — the Angels had two series vs Boston and one each against Toronto and the Yankees by the middle of May. And don’t forget their natural rival is the Dodgers, so they had two series against the best team in baseball during interleague play when the M’s were facing the relatively toothless Padres.

    The Angels aren’t a 100 win team, they are winning with a lot of smoke and mirrors. I mean look at their lineup and how bad mediocre their bullpen is compared to last year. They will cool off eventually but the M’s have to find a way to keep pace and winning series.

    They aren’t the 81 win team they looked like on May 31st, either, when their record was 24-24. People talk about them regressing to the mean, but this hot streak is them doing that. They will lose games again, of course, and they do have weaknesses. But they had a lot of things to overcome in the early part of the season, and they’re mostly past that now. Their bullpen is shaky, yes, but that’s not as important when the starters are back and healthy and going deep into games. No, they’re probably not going to win 100 games, but they’re almost certainly going to win 90+.

  46. sass on July 23rd, 2009 11:06 am

    Wow, French is lousy. Chone predicted a 6 FIP.

  47. fishiam on July 23rd, 2009 11:07 am

    Wow, it’s amazing how far behind real time that online link is. Hannahan’s double was posted at mlb.com game day at least a half minute before the online call.

  48. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 11:07 am

    Can anyone really see on TV that French’s change is really that hard to lay-off?

  49. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 11:09 am

    It’s a flyball fest.

  50. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 11:12 am

    It’s a flyball fest.

    Thank goodness for Detroit’s huge boring stadium.

  51. joser on July 23rd, 2009 11:13 am

    why people feel we have to be buyer or sellers is bizarre.

    People (and especially people with access to the internet, apparently) tend to think in terms of dialectics. It’s useful in some contexts but can lead to stupid, unnuanced decision-making in others. Not to mention artificial “us vs them” bigotry.

  52. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 11:13 am

    Well, French is getting the extreme outside corner called a strike…so it’s forcing the lefties to reach.

    Just like Ichiro did.

  53. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 11:15 am

    Thanks Med. French is hitting his spots according to gameday.

  54. sass on July 23rd, 2009 11:15 am

    Why is French getting swinging strikes???

  55. shaggy on July 23rd, 2009 11:16 am

    You mean where they keep winning to get back to their “normal” annual win percentage?

    LOL. No, I meant that two-months of .667 can’t last. Can it? They’re not the Astros.

  56. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 11:22 am

    C’mon Wash! Use the sinker. Get the DP ball from Polanco.

  57. Thonycycle on July 23rd, 2009 11:31 am

    We need to hold out hope. There is to much looking at what the Angels are doing everyday. They will hit a rut this summer. The M’s need to focus on winning series after series (the same way they got above .500). Put together a couple of 4+ game winning streaks and we are in business.

  58. joser on July 23rd, 2009 11:31 am

    Wow, only 9 games in MLB today. This has to be one of the slowest days on the schedule outside of the AS break.

  59. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 11:32 am

    Here’s the 710 link:

    http://www.mynorthwest.com/streams/streampop_espn.php

    Thanks for this link— now I don’t have to watch Gameday! ;)

  60. Marinerz51 on July 23rd, 2009 11:34 am

    I think we finally found our stop gap 3B. Now can we please DFA Woodward, and bring Mike Wilson up? He deserves a shot, let’s not forget he had a team record 9 HR in spring training. He would have made the team had Balentien not been out of options. We could platoon Wilson in LF, and DH. While Shelton plays 3B, 1B, and DH. I know he sucks on defense but how bad could he possibly be? Then Balentien becomes the odd man out, which we could then trade him for some middle relief help, or a speedster for the bench, for late inning situations. I also am against trading Mark Lowe. I know this sounds insain but I would trade Morrow before Lowe. I honestly think Lowe has starter writen in his future, much like his older bro. He has 3 pitches, AND USES THEM. He also has decent command. Unlike Morrow.
    Nonetheless, these are the moves I would like to see happen.
    Also this Tigers lineup resembles the Mariners lineup in a lot of ways, and for a team projected to score 900+ runs I find that hard to believe.

  61. SCL on July 23rd, 2009 11:36 am

    What if we offered Washburn arbitration? What is the worse case? If he accepts, we overpay a bit for another contract year.

    What am I missing?

  62. red_devil20 on July 23rd, 2009 11:37 am

    What??? A strikeout and a groundout? Unheard of.

  63. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 11:37 am

    At least this ump is fairly consistent. Both pitchers are getting the inside/outside corners and the high strike called.

  64. Chris_From_Bothell on July 23rd, 2009 11:40 am

    Flowin – keep watching gameday. Gameday seems to be staying about 2 batters ahead of the 710 feed.

  65. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 11:41 am

    What am I missing?

    The $12-$15 million he would get in arbitration (According to Dave.

    “He might not get $12 to $15 million for 2010-2011 combined if he hits free agency.”

  66. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 11:42 am

    What if we offered Washburn arbitration? What is the worse case? If he accepts, we overpay a bit for another contract year.

    No, we over pay a lot for another contract year. Arbitrators look at traditional numbers like wins, ERA, and strikeouts. They don’t look much at underlying values, like how much your defense helped you out.

    Washburn’s having a lovely year. I thank him for it. Let someone else overpay him next year. He can be someone else’s Carlos Silva.

  67. joser on July 23rd, 2009 11:43 am

    Thank goodness for Detroit’s huge boring stadium.

    You know, they could do a lot more to play up the fact that it’s in Detroit. And I’m not just talking about boarded-up buildings hosting graffiti contests behind the stands. How about a kid’s playground featuring the GM Slide Into Bankruptcy? A “Chrysler’s New Corporate Masters” Italian restaurant, with a special on Fiat Fries?

    Too soon?

  68. sass on July 23rd, 2009 11:48 am

    The result is making our replacement-level players look like they belong in AAA.

  69. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 11:48 am

    You know, they could do a lot more to play up the fact that it’s in Detroit.

    Don’t look now, but Ford posted a $2B profit for 2Q. GM and Chrysler may be milking the government for every dime, but Ford’s showing that you can do it without ‘em. (And more power to them.)

    I never thought I’d say this, but I just might look at a Ford the next time I go to buy a car.

  70. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 11:49 am

    You know, they could do a lot more to play up the fact that it’s in Detroit.

    I always feel bad for Detroit. It’s the Nationals/Expos of America.

  71. sass on July 23rd, 2009 11:52 am

    11 missed bats so far. We suck.

  72. joser on July 23rd, 2009 12:03 pm

    I always feel bad for Detroit. It’s the Nationals/Expos of America.

    But if not for Detroit, we wouldn’t have artistic achievements like “8 Mile” and “Robocop”!

    Don’t look now, but Ford posted a $2B profit for 2Q.

    I’m well aware of that, which is why I didn’t include Ford in my parody suggestions. The best thing about Ford’s relative performance is the light it shines on GM management, who throughout their decades-long decline insisted that only an automotive insider could lead their company because of the complexity of the business. The CEO presiding over Ford’s triumph? Outsider (and former Boeing Commercial Airlines prez) Alan Mulally.

    Washburn’s having a lovely year. I thank him for it. Let someone else overpay him next year. He can be someone else’s Carlos Silva.

    According to Drayer, Washburn was “99% sure” he was going to retire at the end of this season. But now his family is enjoying his performance (no, really: “Now everbody including my family is telling me I can’t do that now that I have figured out how to pitch, (laugh), so things are going so well I might have to play a year or two more.”) They’re also enjoying Seattle, apparently, and Washburn claims it’s not about money (“I have made a lot of money in this game so I don’t need to play any more for money, I have plenty of that I think my family is pretty set.”) We’ll see if that sentiment survives his next phonecall with Boras, but it’s possible this is one of the few (very few) cases where a team might actually get a home-team discount. And regardless of whether Washburn really is a better pitcher this year beyond the benefit from the outfield defense, we can assume the improved outfield defense will continue. If Bedard is gone next year (which seems likely, one way or another) an innings-eater like Washburn benefiting from Safeco and the defense could be an asset… at the right price. Assuming he’s still here at the end of the year, Zduriencik might decline arbitration and instead offer him a one-year deal to stay in Seattle at a more reasonable rate. And (rather than retire or move) Washburn might just take it.

  73. Paul B on July 23rd, 2009 12:03 pm

    I always feel bad for Detroit. It’s the Nationals/Expos of America.

    At least they have the Tigers.

  74. joser on July 23rd, 2009 12:04 pm

    Meanwhile, at the game: yay, another run! Sweeney certainly benefited from his time off. For one game, anyway.

  75. Paul B on July 23rd, 2009 12:05 pm

    Sweeney has a couple of hits. Shelton will be headed back to Tacoma soon.

  76. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:07 pm

    Meanwhile, at the game: yay, another run! Sweeney certainly benefited from his time off. For one game, anyway.

    Maybe he realized he’s a professional baseball player rather than professional BFF. We hired the Moose for that.

  77. joser on July 23rd, 2009 12:07 pm

    At least they have the Tigers.

    And the Lions.

    And the Pistons

    Yes, the proud legacy of Detroit sports.

    (Yeah, they’ve won the Stanley Cup a few times, but they didn’t even manage that this year)

  78. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm

    Washburn was on KJR with Mitch yesterday and said he would “consider” a one or two year extension with the Mariners. He feels bad for the last few seasons and would love the opportunity to show “good Washburn” for the next couple years.

    I paraphrased that, but I’m sure the link to the interview is on KJRam.com somewhere.

    In fact, it is here: click

  79. Lauren, token chick on July 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm

    Pretend I’m posting under another name, because I’m a leeeetle tired of the cougar jokes and stuff: That Hannahan is pretty adorable. I think Guti might have competition for Mariner The Ladies Like The Most.

  80. wrob4343 on July 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm

    Why does it seem like every time I watch a game (damn near daily) an ump makes a really, really bad ball or strike call?

  81. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 12:10 pm

    Joser, if Washburn does decide to strike a reasonable deal with Z, or go for an extension sometime in the next week, yeah, I’m good with that. I think he’s a league-average or slightly worse pitcher, and if the M’s pay him like that, and he continues to eat innings, then more power to him.

    And I’m thrilled to see Ford’s performance, too. Mostly because it sticks a fork in the eyes of GM and Chrysler management, who are claiming that they need government assistance to survive.

  82. Paul B on July 23rd, 2009 12:10 pm

    I purposely didn’t mention the Lions or the Pistons, because I was trying to think of things that would make the people in Detroit happy.

  83. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 12:10 pm

    Zduriencik might decline arbitration and instead offer him a one-year deal to stay in Seattle at a more reasonable rate. And (rather than retire or move) Washburn might just take it.

    What would be a reasonable number for it to make sense for the Mariners?

  84. Paul B on July 23rd, 2009 12:12 pm

    Why does it seem like every time I watch a game (damn near daily) an ump makes a really, really bad ball or strike call?

    They’re doing it just to mess with DMZ’s head.

    “You want automated strike calls, huh? Well, take this!”

  85. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:12 pm

    I hate day games. Damn east coast bias.

  86. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:14 pm

    can they please stop talking about the friken “flipper” pitch? ridiculous

  87. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 12:15 pm

    What would be a reasonable number for it to make sense for the Mariners?

    For the last three years, Wash has put up win values of 1.9, 1.8, and 1.3. This year, he’s sitting on 2.4 so far, and has a good shot to be ~3 WAR player. (All values per Fangraphs.)

    Assume a slide in performance due to age, and he’s about a 1.5 WAR player per year over the next two years, I think. That’s slightly below average, but not bad for what you’d get on the open market. At $4M/win, you’re talking about a one year deal for $6M, or 2/$12M.

  88. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:17 pm
  89. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:17 pm

    I don’t want to jinx him but Washburn is throwing a 2 hitter.

  90. EagleBonesFalconHawk on July 23rd, 2009 12:17 pm

    dave sims just said Jarod Washburn with the surgical performance against cabrera.

    way to cut him up wash!

  91. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:18 pm

    I don’t want to jinx him but Washburn is throwing a 2 hitter.

    duuuuuude

  92. LefebvreBelebvre on July 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm

    (Yeah, they’ve won the Stanley Cup a few times, but they didn’t even manage that this year)

    Yeah… god, they suck.

  93. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:22 pm

    is lauren still around? i nominate russell for Mariner Women Like To Look At :)

  94. sass on July 23rd, 2009 12:23 pm

    Hyphen (my wife’s fav) will be back soon to regain his crown. Is it only men who think Guti is a sexy, sexy dude?

  95. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:25 pm

    ah Hyphen is also on my list
    the accent doesn’t hurt
    Franklin is a little too pretty for me

  96. Paul B on July 23rd, 2009 12:27 pm

    Boy, this Washburn guy is really good. The Phillies better pony up some really valuable players if they want to trade for him.

  97. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:28 pm

    The only reason I’m holding off on getting a Gutierrez jersey is because my wife wants one. That would creep me the f*** out.

  98. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:29 pm

    What is Washburn’s pitch count?

  99. tmac9311 on July 23rd, 2009 12:29 pm

    Please announce Washburn has been traded at the top of the 9th inning

  100. RoninX on July 23rd, 2009 12:30 pm

    anyone else’s online radio feed go out mid action?

  101. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:30 pm

    What is Washburn’s pitch count?

    93-55

  102. jimmyscones on July 23rd, 2009 12:33 pm

    Yes my feed went down too. I guess they finally figured out the blackout.

  103. diderot on July 23rd, 2009 12:33 pm

    Nice performance by Washburn…but not the best of the day. Buehrle perfect game through six.

  104. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 12:34 pm

    Someone had the TV on too loud, I could hear a highlight reel from another game on the M’s broadcast.

  105. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:34 pm

    How about if the Phillies trade us Moyer and Ibanez for Washburn?

  106. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:35 pm

    me too Liam

  107. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 12:35 pm

    Yes my feed went down too. I guess they finally figured out the blackout.

    Was today the first day that this link worked? I was really getting excited there. :(

  108. msb on July 23rd, 2009 12:35 pm

    can they please stop talking about the friken “flipper” pitch? ridiculous

    But! He’s reinvented himself!!!

  109. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:36 pm

    How about if the Phillies trade us Moyer and Ibanez for Washburn?

    Wouldn’t that make the Royals jelous.

  110. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 12:36 pm

    Gamecast – Sweeney struck out swinging.
    FSN – Sweeney draws the walk.

  111. mlathrop3 on July 23rd, 2009 12:38 pm

    Yep, the radio feed is gone.

    I blog about why I love Franklin Gutierrez here

  112. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 12:38 pm

    Yes my feed went down too. I guess they finally figured out the blackout.

    Mine just went up.

  113. naviomelo on July 23rd, 2009 12:38 pm

    Was today the first day that this link worked? I was really getting excited there.

    MLB Gameday Audio is only $15 for the entire season. Every team, every game.

  114. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:39 pm

    lowe might have the worst facial hair ever

  115. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 12:40 pm

    So are we attempting to showcase Mark Lowe (the Rockies are said to be looking for a RHRP)? Or are we just scared to press our luck by trotting Washburn out for another inning without the stellar OF defense? Or are we just trying to build Mark Lowe’s confidence?

    This 3-0 count isn’t helping any of those.

  116. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:40 pm

    YOU KIDDING ME?!?!

  117. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:40 pm

    3 strikes were called balls during that Inge AB according to GM

  118. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 12:41 pm

    Wasn’t Clete Thomas hitting 4th for them yesterday?

  119. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:41 pm

    6 balls…

  120. ayoon on July 23rd, 2009 12:41 pm

    Someone tell me why Wash wasn’t out there for the 8th? Wasn’t his pitch count right around 100?

  121. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 12:42 pm

    If we lose this game, the season is over. We have 2 outstanding starters, and we have to win just about every game they pitch from here on out. We can’t afford to lose this one. Period.

  122. DarkKnight1680 on July 23rd, 2009 12:42 pm

    I don’t understand why he didn’t at least send Wash out there. Bottom third of the order, 2 hitter, 93 pitches…if he puts someone on base you can pull him but until then why go to Lowe who pitched yesterday and is something of a time bomb out there?

  123. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:42 pm

    i would’ve put wash out there

  124. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:43 pm

    So are we attempting to showcase Mark Lowe (the Rockies are said to be looking for a RHRP)? Or are we just scared to press our luck by trotting Washburn out for another inning without the stellar OF defense? Or are we just trying to build Mark Lowe’s confidence?

    The splits on Inge, Ryan, and Everett strongly favor an RHP. I’m sure that had something to do with it.

  125. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 12:43 pm

    I don’t understand why he didn’t at least send Wash out there. Bottom third of the order, 2 hitter, 93 pitches…if he puts someone on base you can pull him but until then why go to Lowe who pitched yesterday and is something of a time bomb out there?

    Couldn’t agree more.

  126. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm

    Pitching coach to Lowe: “You throw 98 mph and we’re in a huge park, just throw the damn ball over the plate!”

  127. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:44 pm

    So are we attempting to showcase Mark Lowe (the Rockies are said to be looking for a RHRP)? Or are we just scared to press our luck by trotting Washburn out for another inning without the stellar OF defense? Or are we just trying to build Mark Lowe’s confidence?

    I think it’s the latter. Last night was probably very impressive and very persuasive. I think the M’s want to get to that situation as much as possible. 7ip from starter then Lowe/Aardsma. Lowe’s had some pretty bad outings and still inspired a lot of confidence.

  128. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:46 pm

    whoa…um, nice call?

  129. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 12:46 pm

    Wow! There’s a call for ya.

  130. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm

    DOH!

  131. TWownsU on July 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm

    That was unnecessary.

  132. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm

    Lowe did look impressive last night (at least his pitching did).

  133. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 12:47 pm

    Pitching coach to Lowe: “You throw 98 mph and we’re in a huge park, just throw the damn ball over the plate!”

    Or maybe not.

  134. DarkKnight1680 on July 23rd, 2009 12:48 pm

    Mark Lowe, Ladies and Gents.

  135. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:48 pm

    i’m really hoping we can maybe unload lowe…he always makes me nervous

  136. AFanOfTheSite on July 23rd, 2009 12:49 pm

    I don’t understand why he didn’t at least send Wash out there.

    I’m thinking it must be Wak’s love for pitchers throwing complete innings. Wash typically throws 100-105 (was at 93) and might not have made a full inning.

  137. mlathrop3 on July 23rd, 2009 12:49 pm

    Aardsma for 4 out save?

  138. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 12:50 pm

    I don’t want to see any kind of cheap broken bat or bloop hit from Polanco here. He annoys me so much.

  139. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:50 pm

    Or maybe not.

    Against the bottom of the order maybe, but not to Granderson…don’t walk Inge and you don’t have to face the top of the order.

  140. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:50 pm

    Bring in White.

  141. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 12:51 pm

    Big K coming right here

  142. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 12:52 pm

    Mark “Wildman” Lowe, Sean “Dependably boring” White

  143. tmac9311 on July 23rd, 2009 12:52 pm

    well i guess the Rockies just got Rafael Betancourt, hopefully someone else wants Lowe.

  144. EagleBonesFalconHawk on July 23rd, 2009 12:52 pm

    to the 9th!

  145. naviomelo on July 23rd, 2009 12:52 pm

    You know, there are these things called capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Could you use them, please?

  146. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 12:52 pm

    Well thank God Woodward wasn’t out there to boot it and then throw it into the stands.

  147. mlathrop3 on July 23rd, 2009 12:53 pm

    .245, .206, .193, .186… Averages for the guys coming up to bat. An insurance run does not look likely for us in the 9th.

  148. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 12:53 pm

    Well, the Rockies just acquired Rafael Betancourt from the Indians, so they may not be interested in Lowe any more.

  149. jimmyscones on July 23rd, 2009 12:54 pm

    Has anyone know the record for most 2-1 games in a season in the live ball era?

  150. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:55 pm

    maybe robby will go yard again lol

  151. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 12:55 pm

    This team has cut a year off of my life. At least Wak did not compound his mistake of taking out Washburn by leaving in Lowe.

  152. EagleBonesFalconHawk on July 23rd, 2009 12:57 pm

    Well thank God Woodward wasn’t out there to boot it and then throw it into the stands.

    LMAO!!!

  153. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:57 pm

    You know, there are these things called capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and grammar. Could you use them, please

    ahhhhh……nOpeE

  154. mlathrop3 on July 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm

    Fu-Te Ni? Isn’t that the call of the sandpeople from Star Wars?

  155. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm

    Fu-Te Ni? Isn’t that the call of the sandpeople from Star Wars?

    HA!

  156. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm

    We are the Knights Who Say…Ni!

  157. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 12:59 pm

    6 outs to go for Buehrle’s perfecto!

  158. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 1:00 pm

    It’s Aardsma time

  159. BLYKMYK44 on July 23rd, 2009 1:01 pm

    Game cast shows two balls to Hannahan as literally right down the mddle. Lol…

  160. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 1:01 pm

    this rubber duck commercial makes me giggle

  161. Hud67 on July 23rd, 2009 1:02 pm

    I want the DA that pitched last night.

  162. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 1:02 pm

    I <3 DA

  163. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 pm

    Fu-Te Ni? Isn’t that the call of the sandpeople from Star Wars?

    It’s the noise the Jawas make after they capture R2-D2. (Yes, really, not a joke. You can look it up when you watch the movie. And yes, I’m working from memory. Oh, and the number on the hatch of the trash compactor is 3263827.)

  164. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 pm

    I want the DA that pitched last night.

    Somehow I have a feeling we aren’t getting that. With a 1=run lead and the heart of the Tigers order coming up, I am really on pins and needles for this one.

  165. Chris_From_Bothell on July 23rd, 2009 1:03 pm

    Actually, it’s “utinni!”, and it’s the Jawas.

    (How do I know? A), I’m a colossal dork, B) I know one of the main designers for the Star Wars collectable card game, and he had to know and spell out things like that, and C) I’m sure no one cares.)

  166. flashbeak on July 23rd, 2009 1:04 pm

    I’m really, really sick and tired of this Griffey/Sweeney platoon. I’d feel much more comfortable with Shelton batting in Sweeney’s place, and anyone batting in Griffey’s place for that matter. It’s a joke.

  167. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 1:05 pm

    No more of that.

  168. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 1:05 pm

    YES!

  169. Liam on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    Woah, Sims got overexcited on that popup to Rob.

  170. robbbbbb on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    C) I’m sure no one cares.

    I care!

    (So, Han, what’d you think of her?)

  171. AssumedName on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    lowe might have the worst facial hair ever

    Have you seen the Cardinals lately? The ‘stache brigade is horrifying.

  172. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    “HUGE OUT IF HE MAKES IT!!!!” Ha ha ha.

  173. mlathrop3 on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    Buehrle perfect through 8 on 100 pitches!

  174. TWownsU on July 23rd, 2009 1:06 pm

    Nice catch.

  175. Chris_From_Bothell on July 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    Flashbeak: Amen. We need a DH who can actually, um, H. Sweeney’s hit today aside, he’s not exactly helping much at the plate.

  176. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    I’m really, really sick and tired of this Griffey/Sweeney platoon.

    Sure, but sweeney went 2 for 4 today with a double in a one run game, so couldn’t it wait until tomorrow?

  177. m'schick on July 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    that’ll do pig. that’ll do.

  178. Mr. Egaas on July 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    Dr. Z’s little puppets do it again.

  179. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 1:07 pm

    DA needs to enter to the Law and Order theme at Safeco from now on.

  180. BLYKMYK44 on July 23rd, 2009 1:08 pm

    3 more outs for Buehrle…would he be one of the less likely pitchers to have a no-no and a perfecto?

  181. JJD on July 23rd, 2009 1:08 pm

    Nice homage to FG by Langerhans to end it.

  182. theslothking on July 23rd, 2009 1:08 pm

    Man, I don’t think you could have asked for anything better than 5-2 on this road trip. Good work M’s.

  183. RoninX on July 23rd, 2009 1:08 pm

    Another win in the books – Yikes, at least we keep putting pressure on LA.

  184. AFanOfTheSite on July 23rd, 2009 1:09 pm

    Way to pad our 1-run game stats!

  185. JEidem on July 23rd, 2009 1:10 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa… did anyone hear what Blowers tried to say after Sims gave Felix’ line from yesterday? It was something like Washburn actually *mutter, mutter* then he gave his line for today. Was he going to say Washburn was better?

  186. BLYKMYK44 on July 23rd, 2009 1:13 pm

    Is there any reason why whenever we talk about the playoffs it always involves winning the division? We are the same distance back in the wildcard and Boston and Tampa Bay have more difficult schedules (playing each other and the Yankees)…

  187. diderot on July 23rd, 2009 1:14 pm

    ’m really, really sick and tired of this Griffey/Sweeney platoon. I’d feel much more comfortable with Shelton batting in Sweeney’s place, and anyone batting in Griffey’s place for that matter. It’s a joke.

    Thank you.

    M’s DH ranking:
    OPS 13th
    wOBA 13th
    ISO 14th

    You could make a case that the Royals are worse. But at least they have the good sense not to hit their DHs clean up.

  188. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 1:15 pm

    2 outs to go

  189. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 1:15 pm

    they are showing it on ESPN

  190. Flowin on July 23rd, 2009 1:16 pm

    Did anyone just see that catch by Wise in CF for the White Sox!!!! That was Guti-esque!!!

    Wow!1

  191. diderot on July 23rd, 2009 1:16 pm

    Look for the highlight catch by Wyse to preserve the perfecto. Incredible.

  192. JJD on July 23rd, 2009 1:16 pm

    one out to go and it is on MLBTV too

  193. AssumedName on July 23rd, 2009 1:16 pm

    MLB.com is doing a live look-in for anyone at work. Very cool.

    2 out!

  194. JHeino on July 23rd, 2009 1:17 pm

    I might get laughed at for this comment, but when do we start considering the M’s contenders for the wildcard? We are now fewer games back in the wild-card than we are in the AL West division. This is due to a recent losing streak by Boston. So is the 2nd best AL East team really that much better than the Angels?

  195. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 1:19 pm

    Buehrle owes Dewayne Wise dinner.

  196. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 1:21 pm

    Guillen puts Wise in for a defensive replacement in the top of the inning and first ball hit he has to go over the wall to make the catch.

    amazing

  197. BLYKMYK44 on July 23rd, 2009 1:21 pm

    Wow enjoyed Hawk calling the reporter honey after her interview…lol

  198. AFanOfTheSite on July 23rd, 2009 1:22 pm

    I might get laughed at for this comment, but when do we start considering the M’s contenders for the wildcard

    I agree, there was talk earlier of the M’s needing 95 to win the division when 95 has won the wildcard for the past 10 years (or would have, some of the WC teams had more but they were better than the needed to be). The AL East will beat up on each other.

    Here’s hoping the Angels don’t make 95 necessary.

  199. EricL on July 23rd, 2009 1:23 pm

    I might get laughed at for this comment, but when do we start considering the M’s contenders for the wildcard?

    If we can manage to outscore our opposition for the season? We’re -13 right now.

    Buehrle owes Dewayne Wise dinner.

    For a month. That was an amazing catch, even more so given he’d just entered the game as a defensive replacement.

  200. kenshabby on July 23rd, 2009 1:23 pm

    Congrats to Buehrle and the Sox defense. Shutting down the Rays’ offense isn’t an easy task.

  201. rsrobinson on July 23rd, 2009 1:24 pm

    I’ve officially forgiven Armstrong for blocking the Washburn deal last year.

  202. joshfromjapan on July 23rd, 2009 1:26 pm

    i guess that’s just the play that happens when a perfect game is going on. amazing.

  203. MsofEnchantment on July 23rd, 2009 1:26 pm

    What a special day for the White Sox, that’s the great thing about baseball more than any other sport, you can accomplish perfection on any given day.

    P.S. that catch by Wise may be the best play I’ve ever seen, given the ramifications. Wow, just wow!

  204. ewdewald on July 23rd, 2009 1:34 pm

    White Sox also move into first place. Wow. That’s fun.

  205. WSU_Dave on July 23rd, 2009 1:37 pm

    What a incredible play by Wise, wow! My dad, who doesn’t even really follow sports was jumping up and down haha. Congrats Buehrle.

  206. WSU_Dave on July 23rd, 2009 1:38 pm

    Awesome game by Wash today as well! Go M’s!

  207. BrianV on July 23rd, 2009 2:04 pm

    Awesome game by the M’s, and I just saw the Wise catch. Incredible!

  208. scraps on July 23rd, 2009 2:07 pm

    People saying we have just as good a chance at the wild card, because we are fewer behind.

    But it’s not, because we are fighting several teams, not two. That is why the odds are 6.7 for the division — pretty bad — but are worse for the wild card: 3.4. (site: coolstandings.com)

  209. SequimRealEstate on July 23rd, 2009 2:14 pm

    One thing about watching the M’s this year is you do not have to run, climb, bike or go to the gymn to get you heart rate up.

    Fantastic catch to save the no hitter. Worth more like a car than a dinner to me.

  210. MedicineHat on July 23rd, 2009 2:28 pm

    Interesting note about Buehrle’s Perfecto….Same plate umpire as his no-hitter.

    One of the base umps was in both games as well.

  211. scraps on July 23rd, 2009 2:37 pm

    And Buehrle first no-hitter was a near-perfect game: he walked one guy, and picked him off. 27 up, 27 down.

  212. joser on July 23rd, 2009 3:22 pm

    The Mariners win, and history is made. A very good day in baseball.

    And Buehrle first no-hitter was a near-perfect game: he walked one guy, and picked him off. 27 up, 27 down.

    Yeah, it was Sosa he walked. Apparently he bought all the fielders watches after that game, so this one is going to be even more expensive for him. He’s going to have to buy Wise an entire Swiss watch factory.

    Wise, incidentally, was apparently on the bench for Atlanta when RJ threw the last perfect game in baseball history. Buehrle’s is the 18th. Which is amazing wheen you consider over 390,000 games have been played over the last ~134+ years of pro baseball.

    Obama already gave Buehrle his congratulatory phonecall. The White Sox are on a boat this year.

    And Buehrle first no-hitter was a near-perfect game: he walked one guy, and picked him off. 27 up, 27 down.

    “It was probably the best catch I’ve ever made because of the circumstances.

    “It was kind of crazy, man, because when I jumped, the ball hit my glove at the same time I was hitting the wall. So I didn’t realize I had caught it until I fell down and the ball was coming out of my glove, so I reached out and grabbed it.”

  213. joser on July 23rd, 2009 3:23 pm

    Oops, I goofed that quote. I was quoting the earlier poster who called the the best catch he’d ever seen under the circumstances; the subsequent quotes are from Wise, saying the same thing.

  214. Marinerz51 on July 23rd, 2009 7:50 pm

    “Wow enjoyed Hawk calling the reporter honey after her interview…lol”
    I hate the White Sox announcers. Can’t stand them. They are the worst announcers in all of pro sports. They root openly for their team on air, and make up bad things to say about the other team. Totally unprofessional. Also the you can put it on the board crap has to stop too that wears on you over time. And is very, very annoying.

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