Game 153, Mariners at Blue Jays

DMZ · September 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

I know, the season’s all but over. It’s Felix Day, though. You gotta tune in for Felix.

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64 Responses to “Game 153, Mariners at Blue Jays”

  1. msb on September 24th, 2009 3:23 pm

    More starts! More starts!

  2. Carson on September 24th, 2009 3:40 pm

    Go Felix.

  3. Bill on September 24th, 2009 3:41 pm

    Today’s lineup is Ichiro and the righties.

  4. msb on September 24th, 2009 3:44 pm

    Today’s lineup is Ichiro and the righties.

    Oh, I love them!

  5. Bill on September 24th, 2009 3:48 pm

    Is it just me or does everybody smile more on King Felix Day – everybody except opposing team’s hitters?

  6. Bill on September 24th, 2009 3:55 pm

    Every Mariner game provides us with something we haven’t seen before. I wonder what that something will be today?

  7. georgmi on September 24th, 2009 3:57 pm

    Junior pinch-hits for the cycle?

  8. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:21 pm

    Must see lots of swings and misses today… C’mon Felix!

  9. joser on September 24th, 2009 4:23 pm

    Today’s lineup is Ichiro and the righties.

    They were on Motown back in the day, yeah? Used to throw down with Gladys Knight and the (Wally) Pipps?

  10. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:25 pm

    HAHA yes! Strikes out the side!

  11. Mike Snow on September 24th, 2009 4:25 pm

    Well, that’s a pitcher who’s gunning for an award.

  12. joser on September 24th, 2009 4:34 pm

    You know, a lot of people like to go on and on about the “selfishness” of players going for individual records or awards. But here’s Felix who is actually playing for something in September for the first time in his life. When I watched him pitch in Tacoma I noticed he sometimes looked a little bored and distracted — at least until he had a couple of guys on base and had to bear down to get an out — and I’ve seen that from time to time in his years in Seattle too. (Which may be an aspect to that whole “he pitches better when his ankle is bothering him” thing). I’m sure he’d rather be pitching for a team that was trying to get into the playoffs, but absent that a little competition for a major award is a good motivator too. And a motivated Felix is a pleasure to watch.

  13. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:35 pm

    Bases loaded.. no outs. how many runs will we score? place your bets! place your bets!

  14. Mike Snow on September 24th, 2009 4:40 pm

    Shades of Betancourt.

  15. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:41 pm

    that was dissapointing. But thank you Tui

  16. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 4:44 pm

    Way to go Felix. 200k’s on the season.
    5th Mariner pitcher to achieve this.

  17. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:44 pm

    Alright… that last ground ball to end the bottom of the 2nd -> Does Lopez get to that ball?

  18. wabbles on September 24th, 2009 4:45 pm

    “Is it just me or does everybody smile more on King Felix Day – everybody except opposing team’s hitters?”

    I bet they’re secretly smiling to themselves, realizing they can lounge around the dugout instead of being out there in the batter’s box or on the basepaths.

  19. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 4:54 pm

    GUTI BOMB! holy shit that was crushed!

  20. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 4:55 pm

    Griffey is in!

  21. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 4:56 pm

    I am hoping to see some magic at the Sat/Sun game.
    A great gift from my girlfriend. haha

  22. hidalgo on September 24th, 2009 4:59 pm

    Dave’s got an article in the WSJ about the declining number of player and manager ejections in the MLB. No Seattle player or manager has been tossed this year. Lou, what is happening?

  23. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Does anyone know how far Guti’s home run traveled?

  24. jefffrane on September 24th, 2009 5:03 pm

    This is obviously Good Felix Day. Or maybe Smokin’ Hot Felix Day. I love days like this.

  25. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 5:11 pm

    Bill Hall and Josh Wilson. Go Away

  26. Lauren, token chick on September 24th, 2009 5:17 pm

    41 pitches 2 outs into the 4th? I’ll take it! Yay Felix!

  27. ayoon on September 24th, 2009 5:20 pm

    As much as Grienke “deserves” the Cy Young, I wouldn’t complain to see a Mariner win it!

  28. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 5:21 pm

    I hope he strikes out 15 Blue Jays

  29. georgmi on September 24th, 2009 5:47 pm

    I hope he strikes out 15 Blue Jays

    He must be running out of flowers by now, though.

  30. hidalgo on September 24th, 2009 5:48 pm

    Is this Keystone Kops night for the Mariners? C’mon – help out the King.

  31. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 5:50 pm

    Wow, Vernon..of all people.

  32. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 5:51 pm

    dammit

  33. Ralph_Malph on September 24th, 2009 5:53 pm

    Of Rob Johnson’s 19 doubles this year, 14 are on the road.

    Another odd split with Johnson — he’s hit .165 against LHP, .244 against RHP.

  34. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 5:55 pm

    Beltre owes Felix one.

  35. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 6:04 pm

    Felix Felix Felix… He must be furious

  36. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 6:12 pm

    2001: Two outs, so what
    2009: Three hits, no runs.

  37. NoStars on September 24th, 2009 6:21 pm

    On the Banner Building To The Future graphic is said Snell is 5-1 in has las 5 starts. I didn’t know that was possible. Get it together FSN. Just because the season is officially over doesn’t mean you guys get to mail it in. Also, Sims needs to get it together also apparently.

  38. Liam on September 24th, 2009 6:21 pm

    “and it’s gone!” as Wells catches an easy fly ball.

  39. hititagainandagainandagain on September 24th, 2009 6:22 pm

    Simms is losing it.

  40. NoStars on September 24th, 2009 6:22 pm

    too many also’s in my last sentence…I need to get it together too.

  41. Liam on September 24th, 2009 6:30 pm

    Why is Hall still in the lineup with that injury?

  42. bearcatsoftball on September 24th, 2009 6:30 pm

    I really don’t think Bill Hall should be in there if he can’t even run. My goodness.

  43. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 6:30 pm

    Was Hall actually running on that play at the plate? Wow. Jays commentators are questioning his “running ability”.

  44. Mustard on September 24th, 2009 6:32 pm

    Jays commentator Rance Mulliniks points out that Hall actually took the time to transfer his batting gloves from hand to hand as he jogged down the line towards homeplate.

  45. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 6:34 pm

    Josh Wilson. Go Away

    Not so much, huh?

  46. JerBear on September 24th, 2009 6:34 pm

    Seriously… if the man can barely move, he shouldn’t be out there running the bases or the outfield. If he’s just being lazy… well, then he still shouldn’t be out there running the bases or the outfield.

  47. jbetzsold on September 24th, 2009 6:42 pm

    Tonights game aside, what is the difference between a low hit/solid defense/oft. injured shortstop for $8.4 Mil. and a couple of low hit/marginal defense/non-injured replacement players for about $1 Mil? I don’t have all the stats but I have seen the analysis on Ichiro and Beltre based on cost, therefore it must be able to be done on lesser stars. To spell it out, why pay so much on Ja. Wilson option? Without bias, what is the difference?

  48. Liam on September 24th, 2009 6:49 pm

    It’s not yet established that Josh Wilson is even a replacement level player.

  49. djw on September 24th, 2009 6:50 pm

    jbetzxold, it’s not really that complicated.

    1) His defense is much, much better than solid.

    2) Because of his defense, his value based on WAR has been 10.8, 7.1, and 8.6 million each of the last three years, so 8.4 isn’t really that unreasonable.

    3) There’s not much better on the FA market, Hardy and Brignac cost too much in trade.

    That’s about it. If a better opportunity presents itself, I’d certainly hope they take it. But as a one-year placeholder it’s a reasonable, if rather unsexy option.

  50. djw on September 24th, 2009 6:54 pm

    How many balls has Beltre seen in this at bat? 14 or so?

  51. JerBear on September 24th, 2009 6:58 pm

    Dammit, Beltre.

  52. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 6:59 pm

    According to Pitch F/X, he swung at at least two pitches out of the strike zone that would have been ball four. And not the usual Adrian down and away pitches (he let those two go).

  53. jefffrane on September 24th, 2009 7:00 pm

    Ah, it’s Aaaaaaaargdsma.

  54. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 7:00 pm

    Dave should never have written that column about how Aardsma’s walks have dropped to nothing.

  55. joser on September 24th, 2009 7:05 pm

    Dave should never have written that column about how Aardsma’s walks have dropped to nothing.

    I was just thinking that. This one’s totally on Dave. ;)

  56. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 7:07 pm

    Phew

  57. Holmes on September 24th, 2009 7:10 pm

    well, at least Felix got the W. But what looked like complete dominance to start, quickly faded

  58. JerBear on September 24th, 2009 7:10 pm

    About damn time. Someone please remind me how the hell Johnson has a job as a major league catcher?

    Oh well… nice win!

  59. joser on September 24th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Also, Jack Wilson seems to be taking the Eric Bedard “hate him because he’s injured” memorial trophy.

  60. fiftyone on September 24th, 2009 8:27 pm

    Someone please remind me how the hell Johnson has a job as a major league catcher?

    Because Felix has decreed it. He said on the postgame the two of them communicate well. So if Felix is here in 2010, so’s Rob.
    More encouragingly, Felix also pointed out his best pitch tonight was his change. That’s pricelessly good news.

  61. Breadbaker on September 24th, 2009 10:07 pm

    Just watched the replay of the Wilson triple. The announcers didn’t say one word about Hall holding up his freaking gloves in his hand. What the heck?

  62. Colm on September 24th, 2009 10:57 pm

    Yeah. Sheesh.
    Bill danders home nonchalently holding his gloves in his left hand and nearly gets nailed by the throw.
    As the Blue Jays announcer says on the reply on MLB.com: “He’s not running hard… this is a ball he should have scored easily on and he’s almost out at the plate”

  63. joser on September 25th, 2009 3:12 am

    Hall is apparently nursing a quad injury (per Drayer and others). Why he was playing when he obviously can’t run, I have no idea: you’d have to ask Wak.

    BTW, the thing with the gloves actually makes some sense if you watch the replay. It’s SOP for a lot of player to run the bases while clutching their gloves: it forces them to keep their fingers closed into a fist, thereby avoiding an injury due to jamming their fingers on a base if they dive in head-first. Hall is apparently one of those players, and he was on first when that play started, so it made sense for him to have the gloves in his hands. However, as he approached home he realized there would be a play at the plate (given how long it took him to get there, he had plenty of time to think about this). He obviously decided he wasn’t going to be putting his shoulder down and going through the catcher; he was going to go around him and slap the plate on the way past. But that required his hand to be open so he could tag the plate with his outstretched fingers if necessary. With that in mind he transferred the gloves to his right hand so his left hand would be free to slap the plate. A smarter player would probably have just dropped the gloves; a faster player wouldn’t have had this problem in the first place. But Hall had to free up that hand, and given how slow he was going he had time to juggle gloves, order a drink, and ask the stewardess for another pillow.

  64. joser on September 25th, 2009 3:14 am

    Hernandez credited an on-form changeup for his high strikeout total.

    “The strikeouts, everything was changeups,” Hernandez said. “It was unbelievable today. First time I’ve had a changeup like this.”

    Now that he knows what it feels like, let’s hope he can find it again and again. See Felix? It’s not just about the fastball. There’s another Venezuelan pitcher with great changeup, gets a lot of strikeouts, name’s Santana, maybe you’ve heard of him?

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