Game 160, Rangers at Mariners

Jay Yencich · October 2, 2009 at 6:46 pm · Filed Under Game Threads, Mariners 

With a sweep we could pull into a tie for second, which we wouldn’t technically get losing the season series, but hey, who knew we’d have that to look forward to going into the final series? Of course, we’d also likely leave the realm of protected draft picks in the process, which doesn’t excite me. I’d take it, if it means an opportunity to see Snell build on what he did last week.

T-~42 hours until the final Felix Day of the season.

Lineup:
RF Ichiro!
CF Gutierrez
2B Lopez
DH Griffey
3B Beltre
1B Carp
C Moore
LF Saunders
SS Wilson

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83 Responses to “Game 160, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 6:59 pm

    Different game, but great heckler right next to the ESPN mike in the earlier White Sox/Tigers game, yelling, Ozzie, you suck, over and over.

    Will the Tigers choke this away? That’d be interesting.

  2. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 7:13 pm

    another 3 run bomb by Jr tonight? hmmmmmm

  3. naviomelo on October 2nd, 2009 7:23 pm

    Snell was kind of getting squeezed in the Marlon Byrd AB according to Gameday.

  4. Jake N. on October 2nd, 2009 7:23 pm

    Walks Byrd to face Kinsler? dumb idea

  5. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 7:24 pm

    Will the Tigers choke this away? That’d be interesting.

    Gawd, the Michigan in my heritage is hoping not…but then again, the Tigers and Twinkies are basically playing for who gets a date to the gallows against the Yanks next week, anyway…so I guess it really doesn’t matter that much.

  6. Liam on October 2nd, 2009 7:28 pm

    Sean White got the unsung hero award? I haven’t even heard much of anything about this guy.

  7. naviomelo on October 2nd, 2009 7:34 pm

    Sean White got the unsung hero award? I haven’t even heard much of anything about this guy.

    Really? He’s pretty much a replacement level middle reliever with a groundball tendency that the M’s used in reasonably high leverage situations this year.

  8. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 7:41 pm

    Gawd, the Michigan in my heritage is hoping not…but then again, the Tigers and Twinkies are basically playing for who gets a date to the gallows against the Yanks next week, anyway…so I guess it really doesn’t matter that much.

    Yeah, I did sort of wonder if the teams have that in the back of their mind. Go home early and watch it all on TV probably sounds pretty good right about now. The players get extra money for the playoffs, though, don’t they?

    Wow…with my Friday even rum and coke and my damn lingering cough, I’m discovering why cough syrup is full of booze. Really repressing my hack. As well as my breathing…

    2-0? When the hell did that happen?? *glancing down into my glass*

  9. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 7:50 pm

    The players get extra money for the playoffs, though, don’t they?

    Yeah, I believe so…and the teams (and cities) that get in get some extra revenue as well — which, of course, wouldn’t hurt Detroit any as economically depressed as they are these days.

    BTW, I’ve found that Jaeger shots to be somewhat effective in dealing with cold symptoms…though if you’re drinking rum already, I’d advise against mixing the two.

  10. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 7:52 pm

    BTW, I’ve found that Jaeger shots to be somewhat effective in dealing with cold symptoms…though if you’re drinking rum already, I’d advise against mixing the two.

    Ah, yes, as my dearly departed father always said, don’t mix your booze. And he was an expert at drinking.

    Damn, where’d that inning go?

  11. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:00 pm

    Actually, I’ve been able to (at least when I was younger) jump from drink to drink depending upon what they were…but have never had any luck doing that with rum for some reason.

    It seems Snell is not quite as sharp tonight as he was against the Jays.

  12. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 8:10 pm

    Did I mishear, or did Dave just say that an invitation had been extended to Griffey for next year?

    Maybe that’s why Sweeney seems to be sweating; even he must know there’s only room for one old washed up player.

    It seems Snell is not quite as sharp tonight as he was against the Jays.

    Didn’t he have trouble against Texas in his last start against them?

    This bullfighter thing is not helping my focus problem.

  13. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:13 pm

    Interesting…apparently, Little-O would like to get into bullfighting when he finally retires from the game.

    If he needs any pointers, he could always give Russ Davis a call — since he was pretty good at dodging everything that came at him as well. :)

  14. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 8:18 pm

    BTW, I’ve found that Jaeger shots to be somewhat effective in dealing with cold symptoms…though if you’re drinking rum already, I’d advise against mixing the two.

    You know why the Jaeger is working right? It used to be used as a medicine. I’ve combined it with cough syrup and its worked great. Of course, this is in the morning and I have little recollection of the previous night.

  15. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 8:18 pm

    It may just be my wishful thinking, but Lopez seems to have sleeked down a bit and actually runs well now and then.

    Come on, Jr. A HR would be very nice right now. Or a strong double.

  16. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:19 pm

    Nice piece of hitting (and hustle) there, Guti!

    Also, it seems Mike Blowers was the most Googled person of the day…at least in the world of professional sports. All hail Blow-stradamus! :)

  17. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:23 pm

    Thank you, Mike Carp!

  18. Carson on October 2nd, 2009 8:23 pm

    lmao

    “We’re going to the playoffs!”

    Another beer for that fan, please.

  19. joser on October 2nd, 2009 8:28 pm

    Apropos nothing, I found it weird to see an Aardsma article in USA Today yesterday.

    BTW, I’ve found that Jaeger shots to be somewhat effective in dealing with cold symptoms…though if you’re drinking rum already, I’d advise against mixing the two.

    Yukon Jack and tea. The colder the night, and the worse you feel, the better it is.

    Though for sore throats I’ve found nothing beats gargling with tequila.

  20. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:32 pm

    You know why the Jaeger is working right? It used to be used as a medicine. I’ve combined it with cough syrup and its worked great. Of course, this is in the morning and I have little recollection of the previous night.

    I’ve heard that before too, actually. Back in my college days, I was visiting a friend in Chicago during Christmas break and had an absolutely miserable cold. But when an invitation to go bar-hopping came up, I absolutely refused to be benched — hence, two shots of Jaeger and, voila, sinuses cleared (well, temporarily, that is) and I was good to go.

  21. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 8:36 pm

    The Alpha Wilson strikes!

  22. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 8:39 pm

    I dream of the day when Nipper and Fister are pitching on the same team. It just sounds so dirty.

  23. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 8:42 pm

    That was so clutch!

  24. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:43 pm

    Wow…J-Lo dumping one to the opposite field…

    That’s something you don’t see every day!

  25. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:47 pm

    I dream of the day when Nipper and Fister are pitching on the same team. It just sounds so dirty.

    Then they could get R.A. Dickey back and they’d be good to go.

  26. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 8:50 pm

    Too bad Nippert, Fister and Dickey aren’t infielders. Just for the double play call. Sounds way dirtier.

  27. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 8:53 pm

    Heh. We’ll be starting the gay porn thread again if we don’t watch out.

    I don’t freakin’ believe that Snell may get a win tonight. Bet he’s damn glad he’s out of Pittsburg. It ain’t the Yankees, but considering the alternatives, he must be in hog heaven.

  28. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 8:56 pm

    Hmmm, let’s see…Nippert, Fister, Dickey…too bad Randy Ready isn’t still around to play third base.

  29. joser on October 2nd, 2009 8:56 pm

    I dream of the day when Nipper and Fister are pitching on the same team. It just sounds so dirty.

    Maybe they can add David Bush too.

    There was a Jim Cockman who played 3rd for the Yankees in 13 games about a hundred years ago.

    I remember a couple of years ago when Toronto had Bush and Brandon League in the bullpen, and you would occasionally see box scores that read: Bush-League.

  30. joser on October 2nd, 2009 8:57 pm

    Heh. We’ll be starting the gay porn thread again if we don’t watch out.

    Nah, Lauren isn’t here to be our beard.

  31. Liam on October 2nd, 2009 9:00 pm

    Who is this “HANK” fellow and why does he have his name in the infield?

  32. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:00 pm

    Man, I don’t need another drink to find that bad bounce to be funny as hell. Would have ruled if Omar had caught it and through Carp out.

    Well, shit. There went my buzz.

  33. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:01 pm

    Thrown.

    I’m putting the bottle away.

  34. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:02 pm

    There was a Jim Cockman who played 3rd for the Yankees in 13 games about a hundred years ago.

    And, lest we not forget the Coxes — former Cards’ ace Danny and Bobby as manager.

  35. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 9:06 pm

    Is Batista in to punish Snell for the first inning?

  36. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:06 pm

    I don’t freakin’ believe that Snell may get a win tonight.

    He may not after all, j_f…Gas Can Miggy’s in there now.

  37. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:07 pm

    I don’t recognize him now that he tripped that big ass hair and sideburns he was wearing all season.

    And no, I don’t have a flat screen 40″, why do you ask?

  38. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:08 pm

    OMG, I miss the edit function. Trimmed!

  39. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:09 pm

    Nice catch, Saunders!

  40. Carson on October 2nd, 2009 9:10 pm

    Batista WORKS!

    Possibly (hopefully) for the last time.

  41. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:10 pm

    “Batista has had many roles in his tenure here in Seattle.”

    Yeah, and has done all of them badly.

  42. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:12 pm

    Rizzy just mentioned on the radio side that Kevin Towers may be gone as the GM of the Padres.

    Hmmm…seems a shame, since he did such a stellar job of flushing that franchise down the toilet.

  43. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 9:14 pm

    Let’s be fair to Batista. He’s not just a gas can, he’s the thinking man‘s gas can.

  44. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 9:20 pm

    can we decide on the greatest Mariner ‘gas can’ of all time. and by greatest, I mean the guy who no doubt about it will blow the lead and lead the team to disappointment over and over again

  45. Breadbaker on October 2nd, 2009 9:22 pm

    The best one was Jack Glasscock.

  46. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:26 pm

    Let’s be fair to Batista. He’s not just a gas can, he’s the thinking man’s gas can.

    And, with all my usual snark aside, that part of his persona has always intrigued me. Batista, to his credit, is one guy who, in an interview, will give you something more than the typically-generic “stay within ourselves” schtick that you hear from so many professional athletes these days.

  47. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 9:27 pm

    I don’t know if the stats would bear it out but it’s hard for an M’s fan to say “Ayala”, and not shudder.

  48. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:28 pm

    can we decide on the greatest Mariner ‘gas can’ of all time. and by greatest, I mean the guy who no doubt about it will blow the lead and lead the team to disappointment over and over again

    Bobby Ayala!!! >:(

    As Blowstradamus himself would say, “No doubt about it.”

  49. Breadbaker on October 2nd, 2009 9:30 pm

    I wasn’t sure who was catching til I saw the ball there that was inside but didn’t go for a passed ball. It couldn’t be Rob Johnson, obviously.

  50. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 9:32 pm

    Yes, Ayala is a worthy candidate for the all time gas can… but at least the guy was part of the 95 squad and he actually helped us win games down the stretch that year.

  51. egreenlaw9 on October 2nd, 2009 9:32 pm

    In regards to all the gay porn stuff…

    You know there’s actually a pretty good game going on here, right guys?

    Let’s not turn gay porn threads into the next incarnation of the ‘rally fries’ where even good games are allowed to go unnoticed.

  52. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm

    Speaking of Towers being gone, did anyone hear that there is a ‘mutiny’ going on in Toronto over the players’ dislike of Cito Gaston?

  53. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:33 pm

    Hmmm…methinks Lowe does not like Snell very much — this is second start of his in a week he’s tried to blow.

  54. Mike G. on October 2nd, 2009 9:36 pm

    Sorry Snell, thanks for playing!

  55. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:36 pm

    Where have your insightful comments been, egreelaw, before this moment?

    CRAP!

    There’s my insightful comment.

  56. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:40 pm

    Well, Vargas is in now…

    Guess Wak’s throwing up the white flag for this one.

  57. Dirk on October 2nd, 2009 9:40 pm

    Hmmm…methinks Lowe does not like Snell very much — this is second start of his in a week he’s tried to blow.

    Then “Mission Accomplished” for Lowe.

  58. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:42 pm

    Hmmm…methinks Lowe does not like Snell very much — this is second start of his in a week he’s tried to blow blown

    There, I fixed it myself.

  59. Dirk on October 2nd, 2009 9:43 pm

    I think any time a member of the bullpen blows a lead, that guys has to wear the crippled guy’s helmet from 300 (because he ended up a traitor).

  60. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:50 pm

    Speaking of Towers being gone, did anyone hear that there is a ‘mutiny’ going on in Toronto over the players’ dislike of Cito Gaston?

    Hadn’t heard that…though I’m thinking — last weekend against the M’s aside — the morale can’t be very good on that team based on their record over the past several months.

    It’s a good thing the Leafs are looking somewhat interesting at the start of their season for a change — at least the fans in Toronto might have something to cheer about at the moment.

  61. juneau_fan on October 2nd, 2009 9:54 pm

    ARGH! Beltre’s effort wasted!

  62. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 9:55 pm

    That’s what I was thinking, too.

  63. fiftyone on October 2nd, 2009 9:56 pm

    OK, Beltre broke my brain with that slide. Just brilliant. (All for naught.)

  64. fiftyone on October 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm

    Stay.

  65. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 9:59 pm

    It’s a good thing the Leafs are looking somewhat interesting at the start of their season for a change — at least the fans in Toronto might have something to cheer about at the moment.

    I hope not. Leafs fans are about as unbearable as Yankees fans when their team is winning.

  66. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:07 pm

    I hope not. Leafs fans are about as unbearable as Yankees fans when their team is winning.

    I’m with ya there, bro. I remember being at the Shark Club one time after a ‘Nucks game (forget who they were playing, but it wasn’t TOR) and some dude came in wearing a Leafs jersey. Got the dirtiest looks I’ve ever seen, I might add.

    Meanwhile, thanks a lot, DA!

  67. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm

    Well, thanks for crapping all over Fan Depreciation Night, Messy!

    Guess this one’s pretty much over.

  68. Pat Dillon on October 2nd, 2009 10:10 pm

    Nice to see they finally mixed in another out there in the ninth. Sheesh.

  69. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 10:11 pm

    the bull pen has been bull shit as of late

  70. Breadbaker on October 2nd, 2009 10:12 pm

    Lucky, we’re bringing up the pride of Tacoma to face Francisco.

  71. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm

    I think the M’s could use a matador in their bullpen about now.

  72. Mike Snow on October 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm

    Third place!

  73. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:17 pm

    Actually, we should be able to rename the bullpen the steer pen for just such occasions.

  74. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 10:18 pm

    sweeney,moore, and saunders all K’d looking. In a Row. I’d rather see a player swing at a ball in the dirt than watch strike three go by

  75. Holmes on October 2nd, 2009 10:19 pm

    According to gamecast on espn, the M’s still have a 1% chance of winning this game, even though it’s over.

  76. hansk on October 2nd, 2009 10:22 pm

    There’s almost no way the M’s could get into the protected draft picks. To be in the range they’d have to have the 16th-or-worse winning percentage. Or put differently, there needs to be 15 teams with equal or more wins than Seattle at the end of the season. I say equal, because, tie-breakers is determined by the teams’ 2008 win%, and unless you’re WAS, Seattle wins the tie-breaker.

    There are already 11 teams in the category. I listed their current number of wins: NYY (102 wins), BOS (93 wins), LAA (94 wins), TEX (86 wins), PHI (92 wins), ATL (86 wins), FLO (86 wins), STL (91 wins), LAD (93 wins), COL (91 wins), SF (87 wins).

    That means 4 other teams need to win enough games to beat Seattle, or/and Seattle has to lose enough games. There are only 4 teams that are within reaching chance of doing this:

    TB (83 wins), DET (85 wins), MIN (84 wins), CHIC (82 wins).

    If Seattle wins 2 of 3 against the Rangers, then they’ll finish in the top 15 win% because even if CHIC sweeps ARI, they’ll still have a worse win%.

    If Seattle wins 1 of 3 against the Rangers, then: TB must win at least 1 of 2 VS NYY, and CHIC must win both games against ARI.

    If Seattle is swept by the Rangers, then only CHIC needs to win 1 of the 2 games remaining against ARI.

    With Felix taking the hill in the last game, (granted Feldman vs. M’s lineup is probably better than Felix vs. TEX lineup), I give the M’s the nod, which means we win 1/3. Which means CHIC must win 2/2 against ARI, which I think is unlikely.

    Hope that all made sense to someone.

  77. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 10:23 pm

    Scott19, which Shark Club? Are you in Vancouver?

  78. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm

    Scott19, which Shark Club? Are you in Vancouver?

    Ah, Scottdids, I was referring to the one “kitty-corner” (though actually across the viaduct) from GM Place…since I know there’s a “Shark Club” in Kirkland as well.

    Actually, no, I don’t live in VAN…though I do try to get up a few times a winter to watch the ‘Nucks play when I can (which, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to recently due to economics).

  79. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 10:44 pm

    Gotcha. I know the one, been there a few times. There are a few Shark Clubs in the Vancouver area though, or at least there’s one other I know of.

    I live in Vancouver but was born in Edmonton during the Gretzky days, thus an Oilers fan.

  80. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 10:59 pm

    Actually, I’m not sure if all those different “Sharks” are owned by the same group or not, but I know there’s several around.

    At least we can both have fun razzing the Flames — though Iginla’s awesome to watch if you don’t have to play against him, that is.

  81. Scottdids on October 2nd, 2009 11:05 pm

    My friends laugh when the Canucks play the Flames and i’m forced to be a Canucks fan for the night. I call it my Satan vs Hitler matchup. I choose Hitler only because I’ve hated him for less time (plus Flames = Satan, makes sense to me right?). After the game I still need to take a shower and clean off.

  82. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 11:25 pm

    The funny thing is, I’m usually one of those people who won’t root for anyone else in my division, either (which is one reason I absolutely loathe the Angels…besides their stupid we-had-box-seats-and-made-it-to-three-innings-of-the-game half-assed fans down in OC). However, I so wanted Oil to win the Finals a few years back when they were playing the Hurricanes — since it’s nice to see the Cup actually in Canada once in a while.

  83. scott19 on October 2nd, 2009 11:37 pm

    Flames = Satan, makes sense to me right?

    Oh yeah, and I almost forgot…remember those third jerseys they had a few years back? Too funny…but then, the D’Backs eventually wound up with new jerseys which almost looked like they came from the same designer as well, ’cause I swear the snake’s head on Arizona’s uni’s looked just a little too much like that Flame monster to be coincidental.

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