Game 12, Tigers at Mariners

Dave · April 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Verlander vs Rowland-Smith, 6:10 pm.

On paper, this isn’t a very good match-up for the M’s. The Tigers line-up is pretty right-handed, so even though RRS doesn’t demonstrate a big platoon split, this is still not really the kind of line-up you want him facing. Verlander, of course, is one of the best pitchers in the game, and capable of throwing zeros at the M’s as long as he stays in. If the M’s hack at too many of his fastballs and give him easy outs, they have very little chance of winning. They have to make him work, get his pitch count up, and try to win the game against Detroit’s bullpen.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 2B
Gutierrez, CF
Lopez, 2B
Griffey, DH
Bradley, LF
Kotchman, 1B
Moore, C
Wilson, SS

Comments

184 Responses to “Game 12, Tigers at Mariners”

  1. joser on April 17th, 2010 5:26 pm

    At least it’s at home in Safeco, where right-handed hitters go to die. (The type who pull the ball for extra bases, anyway).

  2. lokiforever on April 17th, 2010 5:28 pm

    Let’s hope Verlander doesn’t pick tonight to find his groove. FIP is way up, BABIP is normal, but his LOB% is way below normal, against the mighty Royals and Indians thus far.

  3. joser on April 17th, 2010 5:41 pm

    Let’s also hope it’s a quiet night for Miguel Cabrera also, because almost all his HRs last year would’ve gone out in any park, including Safeco.

  4. pinball1973 on April 17th, 2010 5:51 pm

    This game to me is key to seeing if the M’s will take the division. If they win against a decent team with its ace (who has an average ace’s day) they are likely deserving of the play-offs.
    They don’t have to win today, but staying close and having the chance to win (no being shut out or blown out 12-2) will make me believe they’re for real.

  5. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Kind of hoping the roof stays open…. Oh, it is closing now. That will help those RHBs.

  6. Dave on April 17th, 2010 5:52 pm

    You’re going to base your opinion of the team based on whether or not they can beat Justin Verlander in April?

    That’s nutty.

  7. tubbabubba22 on April 17th, 2010 5:56 pm

    I agree with Dave, not a great plan pinball

  8. pinball1973 on April 17th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Um… You’re misreading me. Rather badly. And rather snarky about doing so.

    Unfortunate, that is.

    Are you having a bad day or something, Dave? Some trouble with your dog and your cinnamon toast this morning?

    Go M’s!

  9. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:05 pm

    You’re misreading me. Rather badly

    I don’t think he did. What you wrote was pretty clear. If you did not mean to say:

    staying close and having the chance to win (no being shut out or blown out 12-2) will make me believe they’re for real.

    then you shouldn’t have typed it.

  10. naviomelo on April 17th, 2010 6:08 pm

    If they win against a decent team with its ace (who has an average ace’s day) they are likely deserving of the play-offs.

    So, is any team that beats a “decent team with its ace” likely deserving of the playoffs? Or just the Mariners?

  11. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:12 pm

    For anyone who cares, the Cards and the Mets are tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the 15th.

  12. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:13 pm

    According to Kirby Arnold:

    Milton Bradley is back in left field after being pulled from Friday night’s rout because of soreness in his left knee.

    Ian Snell is dealing with the flu and may be send home early tonight, but manager Don Wakamatsu said he’ll make his start tomorrow.

    The first is one of the reasons that Bradley should DH more.

    The second is unfortunate. Snell is having a really bad week.

  13. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:17 pm

    I don’t recall the last time I saw a fangraph like that Mets Cards game that is going on.

  14. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:19 pm

    HEY FANS. LET ICHI RUN! Grrrr.

    Might have been hit too hard to make third, though…

  15. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:19 pm

    The Ichiro lead off double would have gone into the stands, looks like, even if the fan hadn’t reached out and gloved it.

  16. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Oh. Ok, then.

    I guess it’s moo now.

  17. sniper61 on April 17th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Man, between this steal and the play at the plate last night Ichiro has had a couple of real close calls.

  18. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:22 pm

    Because he’s a ninja.

  19. MX on April 17th, 2010 6:22 pm

    Boo. That’s a dropped ball. Not a foul ball. Boo.

  20. Glen on April 17th, 2010 6:22 pm

    That was a weird sequence of events.

  21. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:23 pm

    Runners on first and third, two outs. Bottom of the fifteenth.

  22. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:23 pm

    Ugh, that call might cost the M’s a run.

  23. juneau_fan on April 17th, 2010 6:24 pm

    Are the umps always this terrible or am I just particularly sensitive this season?

  24. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Ground ball to second. going to the 16th.

    Juneau – I was wondering the same thing. But I’m sensitive all the time :D .

  25. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:26 pm

    Guti made the blown call moot.

  26. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 6:26 pm

    No one available to kill that flying thing

  27. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:29 pm

    Is guti that big a threat to steal w/ 2 outs?

  28. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:30 pm

    Has Lopez been seeing more pitches this year?

    His BB% and K% are both up a tick. SSS? Or has he been watching Figgins?

  29. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:30 pm

    Luck is the best skill set of all.

  30. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 6:30 pm

    The ASPCA would like to discuss the death of that quail with Mr. Lopez.

  31. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:31 pm

    Good time for Griffey’s first HR of the season (hint, hint)

    (or not…)

  32. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:32 pm

    Junior with the speeeeed!

  33. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:32 pm

    Mets have a runner at third with two outs.

  34. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:35 pm

    They only got the one run, but like Dave Niehaus just said on TV they made Verlander throw a lot of pitches. Which is what Dave Cameron was hoping for in this blog post.

  35. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:35 pm

    Aaaaand to the bottom of the 16th in St. Louis.

  36. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Bradley killed a flying thing!

  37. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:36 pm

    I know I can get banned for mentioning his name, but Lincecum looks terrific right now. If only…

  38. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 6:41 pm

    Ubaldo Jimenez is one strike away from no-hitting the Braves.

  39. kyoko on April 17th, 2010 6:42 pm

    This is so weird watching one team swing away at an average pitcher and get themselves out and another show patience with a good pitcher and run up his pitch counter and the team not hacking away is us. I know it’s a good way to try and win games but it just doesn’t seem like the Mariners. probably worse things to try and get used to though I guess.

  40. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:43 pm

    With 6 walks it sounds a bit like one of Nolan Ryan’s No-Hitters

  41. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Not any more Ben. No hitter complete.

    Runners on first and second for the Cardinals. 1 out.

  42. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 6:45 pm

    Which seems good… but then there was a double play. To the top of the 17th.

    (Is everyone that cares following the game? Should I stop updating?)

  43. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 6:46 pm

    (Jimenez completes no-hitter. I think that’s the first no-no in Rockies history).

  44. G-Man on April 17th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Was that Miguel Olivo catching the no-no?

  45. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Did Verlander just try to pick off Jack Wilson? Whaaa?

  46. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 6:47 pm

    LOL, poor Dave. He’s getting old. :(

  47. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 6:47 pm

    darn 4-minute delay :)

    OIivo caught the game.

  48. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:49 pm

    Apparently they knew something I didn’t…

  49. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:49 pm

    I think that was a straight steal attempt by Jack Wilson. It was on what looked like a pitchout, so he was out by a lot.

    Not an entirely bad thing, though, because Ichiro had 2 strikes, and now Ichiro will lead off the next inning.

  50. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Meanwhile, the Cards and Mets are in the top of the 17th. Almost a double header!

  51. juneau_fan on April 17th, 2010 6:54 pm

    Wish Dan Wilson had said something about Johnson’s passed ball, but of course not.

  52. Glen on April 17th, 2010 6:55 pm

    Do the Mariners catchers not know why the position is called that?

  53. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 6:55 pm

    I was about to complain about finding a catcher who can, you know, CATCH…. but whatever.

  54. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:55 pm

    I think, based on his reaction when he caught that line drive, Bradley wasn’t sure if that was the third out. Either that or he was going to throw it in and double clutched making sure Lopez or Wilson (whichever it was) was looking at him.

  55. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:56 pm

    Johnson’s passed ball

    Moore?

  56. sniper61 on April 17th, 2010 6:58 pm

    10 years later and Ichiro can still bust ass around the bases

  57. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 6:58 pm

    Ichiro! heating up!!!

  58. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 6:58 pm

    We’ve been so lucky to get to see Ichiro every day.

  59. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:00 pm

    We’ve been so lucky to get to see Ichiro every day.

    I wish I could say the same thing… After living in Asia for the last 6 years, this is the first time I’ve been able to watch any baseball in the states. Too bad I have to do it in OKC and hear Thunder commercials every 5 seconds… /rant.

  60. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:03 pm

    Boooo.

    (and to the 18th in St. Louis)

  61. my sugarsoul on April 17th, 2010 7:04 pm

    No-hitter lost here :’P

  62. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 7:05 pm

    That wasn’t spectacular looking, but it was a spectacularly difficult play Ichiro just made.

  63. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:05 pm

    How often do we see it happen where a player hits a lead off triple, scores on a sacrifice fly and then makes a great play to make the first out of an inning?

  64. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:11 pm

    The Cards and Mets can’t have anyone left on the bench or bullpen. They are going to the 18th.

    There have been a total of 16 different pitchers used in that game, including Felipe Lopez.

  65. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 7:12 pm

    How often do we see it happen where a player hits a lead off triple, scores on a sacrifice fly and then makes a great play to make the first out of an inning?

    Dear Mr. ZVAZDA, Your application to “Famous Broadcasters School” is accepted.

  66. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:14 pm

    “because we edit it that way, ha ha ha” – Meh…

  67. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:16 pm

    When I was a kid my dream job was a baseball broadcaster, inspired by Dave of course.

    I’m now in Musical Theatre. I find it odd that I switched to Theatre and increased my chances of working.

  68. MedicineHat on April 17th, 2010 7:16 pm

    Felipe Lopez threw a scoreless Top of the 18th and their headed to the B18.

  69. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:17 pm

    Verlander has thrown 62 pitches in 4 innings.

    Wish it was more.

  70. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:18 pm

    Gerald Laird looks like he ate a young Mike Scioscia

  71. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:20 pm

    Felipe Lopez threw a scoreless Top of the 18th and their headed to the B18.

    I wonder if the Mets could score tonight against a batting practice pitcher or a pitching machine?

    They can’t score against a utility infielder, or any of the pitchers the Cards had on their staff.

  72. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 7:22 pm

    Key moment for hyphen here…

  73. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Aaaand to the 19th in St. Louis. The announcers for St. Louis are being kind of annoying. They seem upset that the game is going so long. I guess I understand their frustration, but don’t they think it’s kinda cool too?

    Must be missing dinner reservations or hot dates or something.

    Or the booze ran out 5 innings ago.

  74. juneau_fan on April 17th, 2010 7:23 pm

    Johnson’s passed ball

    Moore?

    Oops. That’s what I get for not paying attention. It seemed like they were talking about Johnson and his goodandtrueandstrongheart, and I assumed that meant he was catching. Gotta read.

    How is that not a swing/strike?

  75. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:23 pm

    If you were going to guess which pair of teams would go zero-zero into the extra innings first this season, which would you guess: M’s-A’s, or Cards-Mets?

    Has Lopez been seeing more pitches this year?
    His BB% and K% are both up a tick. SSS? Or has he been watching Figgins?

    I’ve noticed he’s been pretty obviously (and presumably consciously) taking the first pitch in most ABs. He did tell Drayer he had a goal of getting 50 walks this year. I’m quite certain he’s not going to approach that, but he does seem to be trying (in very Lopezian faction).

    That wasn’t spectacular looking, but it was a spectacularly difficult play Ichiro just made.

    Ichiro specializes in those, which is why he doesn’t get on SportsCenter (etc) as often as his talent would dictate.

  76. zzyzx on April 17th, 2010 7:25 pm

    The Mets/Cards game is reminding me of this one: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/mlbs-greatest-game-ever/

    My brother and I were about to go on a trip and the night before we were in a hotel room and started watching this game. It went on for a while.

  77. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:25 pm

    And… they are going to the 19th.

    The Fangraphs WPA’s for that game are crazy wild.

    The pitchers on each team total around 1.6 or 1.8. That’s just nuts.

  78. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 7:27 pm

    Ichiro specializes in those, which is why he doesn’t get on SportsCenter (etc) as often as his talent would dictate.

    Reason No. 203094384308 why Ichiro is so wonderful: he doesn’t give a crap about SportsCenter and does care to catch baseballs.

  79. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:27 pm

    The announcers for St. Louis are being kind of annoying. They seem upset that the game is going so long. I guess I understand their frustration, but don’t they think it’s kinda cool too?

    When I was in College I worked for the local radio station broadcasting Major Junior Hockey (Tri-City Americans if anyone cares). We had a playoff game go into a Third overtime. The Play by Play team was basically spent by that point. My guess is the get paid the same no matter what so Extra-innings just mean getting home late. my two cents…

  80. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:28 pm

    Chris Carpenter
    Brad Penny

    Those are the only two people on the Cardinals 25 man roster NOT in the game.

  81. naviomelo on April 17th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Ichi just needs a home run now!

  82. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:29 pm

    Well ZVAZDA you can get into a revival of “Damn Yankees” and sort of do both….

  83. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Ichiro needs a ????? for the cycle…

  84. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Ichiro will be swinging for the fences now…

  85. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Homerun, is what he would need. Wouldn’t that be great?

  86. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:31 pm

    Ichi just needs a home run now!

    And as we all know, Ichiro can hit one of those Any Time He Wants.™

  87. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:31 pm

    Joser –

    I’m actually working on Damn Yankees this summer! I’m going to Maine with my girlfriend and I’ll be the Associate Music Director there.

    I’m pretty stoked.

  88. Ben Zimmerman on April 17th, 2010 7:32 pm

    That’s what I get for pasting the Japanese translation of “home run”…

  89. Dave Spiwak on April 17th, 2010 7:33 pm

    At least two more shots at the short porch for Ichi.

  90. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:33 pm

    The Mets have scored a run in the 19th, against Joe Mather (an outfielder).

  91. juneau_fan on April 17th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Beat me to it, joser. HEH. Even my friend the Red Sox fan knows that.

  92. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:34 pm

    The announcers for St. Louis are being kind of annoying. They seem upset that the game is going so long.

    That’s one of the great things about Dave Niehaus. When the M’s and A’s had that 14 inning affair last year, and other similar extended games in past years, he’s gotten really enthusiastic about it — almost like getting a second wind. And I don’t think anyone would begrudge a man his age from letting the young guys take over after a certain point. Then again, what else is he going to do with his time?

  93. zzyzx on April 17th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Ever think a team could make the M’s look like the 27 Yankees? 1 run in 18 innings, the last two innings with position players pitching.

  94. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:36 pm

    Verlander through 5 innings, 71 pitches.

    Looks like he’ll go another 2 innings, unfortunately.

  95. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:42 pm

    That’s pretty cool ZVAZDA. You know somebody should do an updated version of that, maybe a pastiche of that and “Rent” about some struggling billionaires who are trying to get a city to pay for a new stadium for their team. (“525,600 dollars, that’s how much we make every day…”)

  96. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:46 pm

    You know somebody should do an updated version of that, maybe a pastiche of that and “Rent” about some struggling billionaires who are trying to get a city to pay for a new stadium for their team.

    Staring Aubrey McClendon and Clay Bennett

  97. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:46 pm

    Pujols is on 3rd with two outs.

  98. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:46 pm

    Pujols scoring to make it 1-1.

  99. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 7:47 pm

    Cardinals just tied it up.

  100. zzyzx on April 17th, 2010 7:47 pm

    After a caught stealing almost ruined it… Getting near the record now!

  101. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:47 pm

    All tied up now 1-1 in the 19th for NYM and Cards

  102. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:48 pm

    I’m game for that guys.

    They did an “updated” version when they revived it in 1994. The arrangements are all jazzier and revamped. I’m not sure I like it as much.

    It needs electric guitar!

  103. zzyzx on April 17th, 2010 7:49 pm

    And we go to the 20th!

  104. Matt the Dragon on April 17th, 2010 7:49 pm

    I think Ludwick owes Molina a [lot of] beer!

  105. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:50 pm

    It needs electric guitar!

    And rap. And hip-hop dancing. Heck, pick up the bases and go all “Stomp!” on the audience.

  106. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Way to go J-Lo.

    Can the bats be drum sticks?

  107. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:52 pm

    Wasn’t Johan Santana complaining about starting on too much rest this week? Something tells me he’ll be pitching on short rest next time…

  108. Matt the Dragon on April 17th, 2010 7:53 pm

    With all that rest maybe he should’ve gone nineteen!

  109. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:53 pm

    Doh!

  110. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 7:54 pm

    Terrible pitch by League to Damon. Straight-arrow fb in the precise center of the dish. Even a 4/17/2010 Met/Card could’ve hit that one.

  111. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 7:55 pm

    The Cards still have an outfielder pitching, so the Mets have a good chance to go ahead again.

    Meanwhile, the Tigers have been hitting League. Boo.

  112. joser on April 17th, 2010 7:56 pm

    It’s funny, I was hoping that Fox was going to show Lincecum vs The Knuckler for its Saturday broadcast — and my wishes were granted… somewhat to my surprise, since we usually seem to get the NY game. But then (be careful what you wish for) the knuckler wasn’t knuckling and the Lincecum was doing everything at the plate and on the mound… and I found myself thinking the Mets-Cards game looked kind of interesting since it was still 0-0 at that point. I wonder how long Fox stuck with it in the markets they were showing it? Do they throw it over to FSN or the usual local broadcasters in NY and St. Louis at some point?

  113. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 7:56 pm

    I think League borrowed Hyphen’s specs for his MLB gameday picture.

  114. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Why is the FSN feed so buggy?

    (is it buggy for everyone?)

  115. my sugarsoul on April 17th, 2010 7:57 pm

    Yadier Molina has caught the entire game up to this point. Impressive?

  116. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Much better movement on League’s pitches since that Damon BP toss.

    Watch the Mets win that game 10-9.

  117. feetinmotion on April 17th, 2010 7:58 pm

    I wonder how long Fox stuck with it in the markets they were showing it? Do they throw it over to FSN or the usual local broadcasters in NY and St. Louis at some point?

    I’m in NYC and it’s still on Fox.

  118. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Does League get a Blown Save? Blown Hold? Wait that doesn’t sound right…

  119. joser on April 17th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Y Molina has had 9 ABs in that game. Nine!
    (And in three of those he’s had hits — why can’t the M’s find a catcher like that?)

  120. joser on April 17th, 2010 8:03 pm

    I’m in NYC and it’s still on Fox.

    Wow, really? I guess it’s not like it’s preempting anything important. America’s Most Wanted can wait.

  121. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:04 pm

    That breaking ball that Bradley thought was a strike was sick.

  122. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:05 pm

    Runners on first and second with two outs for the Cards.

  123. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:07 pm

    Aaand it ends.

  124. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:08 pm

    YES!

  125. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:08 pm

    What was Kotchman doing?

  126. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 8:08 pm

    Why the hell do you try to go to third on that?

  127. IHaveALittleProject on April 17th, 2010 8:09 pm

    Kotchman smoked that thing, excellent…but seriously, how many outs on the basepaths in the name of agression do we need to see?

  128. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:09 pm

    That breaking ball that Bradley thought was a strike was sick.

    I feared MB might get himself thrown out for arguing with the ump.
    I’m glad Ichiro! is OUR right fielder.

  129. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 8:09 pm

    WHY DO WE FAIL SO BAD AT BASERUNNING!? No outs, a guy on 2nd, turned into 1 out and nobody on base because of epic failure. WOW. SO angry.

  130. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:11 pm

    No outs, a guy on 2nd, turned into 1 out and nobody on base because of epic failure.

    To be fair, it turned into 1 out, nobody on, and 1 run in.

  131. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:13 pm

    To be fair, it turned into 1 out, nobody on, and 1 run in.

    I’m pretty sure we get yelled at for results based analysis.

  132. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:14 pm

    WHY DO WE FAIL SO BAD AT BASERUNNING!? No outs, a guy on 2nd, turned into 1 out and nobody on base because of epic failure. WOW. SO angry.

    It made the following strike out less frustrating…

  133. joser on April 17th, 2010 8:14 pm

    Dear Mr Kotchman: you have 4 triples total in your career, and only one since 2007. Don’t get greedy.

  134. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Gameday Looks like that was Strike 2 and 3 to Inge. Is it bad umping?

  135. pinball1973 on April 17th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Dear Dirk,

    Yes.

  136. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:20 pm

    THAT WAS A STRIKE!!!
    Robots, Robots!

  137. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:20 pm

    wow Lowe got totally hosed on that AB

  138. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Lowe got robbed twice there. Grr.

  139. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Getting a pretty raw deal here.

  140. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:21 pm

    webgem!

  141. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 8:21 pm

    YES!!!!

  142. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:22 pm

    Defense matters, I hear.

  143. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:23 pm

    Jose is having a fine game defensively. Making JackWak look smarter every day.

  144. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Watch Ichi just blast one here

  145. G-Man on April 17th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Oh boo – a LOOGY for Ichiro!

  146. Kazinski on April 17th, 2010 8:25 pm

    He isn’t going to throw Ichiro anything he can pull.

  147. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:26 pm

    “Chicks who dig home runs aren’t the ones who appeal to me. I think there’s sexiness in infield hits because they require technique. I’d rather impress the chicks with my technique than with my brute strength. Then, every now and then, just to show I can do that, too, I might flirt a little by hitting one out.”

    Where’s the flirting?

  148. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:26 pm

    The fans are booing when they walked Ichiro.

  149. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:27 pm

    Yes, if you throw at his neck, is it unlikely he will park it in the seats.

  150. pinball1973 on April 17th, 2010 8:29 pm

    Um… BOOOO!!!!

  151. Busch T. Coug on April 17th, 2010 8:29 pm

    I’m sure he could still figure it out

  152. Ragin_canajun on April 17th, 2010 8:29 pm

    I still have to do a double take every time I see a Mariner actually walking… its a strange new world…

  153. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:31 pm

    My fantasy team wants this to stay close for the Aardsma Save. The Mariner fan in me wants this to get blown open and bat around. Really I’ll just take a win.

  154. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:32 pm

    I’m pretty sure we get yelled at for results based analysis.

    OK, but that wasn’t analysis. It was just results.

  155. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:32 pm

    Dirk –
    You should be rooting for a two run homer!

  156. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:34 pm

    Proof that even if you sling it 101 mph, the baserunner can still abuse you!
    And Frankie goes to Hollywood yet again.

  157. Carson on April 17th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Ya know, that trade looks better and better everyday, Mr. Zduriencik.

  158. Paul L on April 17th, 2010 8:35 pm

    DTFT is fast becoming my favorite Mariner.

  159. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Wow. Nice slide by Figgins.

  160. ndrfx on April 17th, 2010 8:37 pm

    Jr. making contact with 101 mph fastball? Nice!

  161. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:37 pm

    Consistently hitting triple digits…

  162. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:37 pm

    OK, but that wasn’t analysis. It was just results.

    Good Point. Also, I agree with your original post, I just don’t like getting “virtually” yelled at…

  163. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 8:37 pm

    It’s a sad thing when Junior comes up against Zumaya and I don’t think he has a chance to pull one.

  164. scottg02 on April 17th, 2010 8:39 pm

    It’s a sad thing when Junior comes up against Zumaya and I don’t think he has a chance to pull one.

    Pretty good at bad, damn near pulled it.

  165. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:39 pm

    Junior made contact and got the ball in the air to the outfield, though. He didn’t look overmatched.

  166. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:40 pm

    How the hell was Bonds crushing balls at age 40 and Jr looks like he couldn’t hit American legion pitching. Oh wait. Never mind.

  167. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:40 pm

    Yeah Breadbaker. This park was built for Griffey 2000, not Griffey 2010… as demonstrated by that almost-dangerous flyout to center.

  168. Kazinski on April 17th, 2010 8:41 pm

    It’s a sad thing when Junior comes up against Zumaya and I don’t think he has a chance to pull one.

    He hit a solid line drive right up the middle, nothing wrong with that except it was right at the centerfielder. If he was a millisecond later it would have gone in the left center gap and scored Gutierrez.

  169. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:43 pm

    How the hell was Bonds crushing balls at age 40 and Jr looks like he couldn’t hit American legion pitching. Oh wait. Never mind.

    I have no actual idea what Junior looked like hitting there as I’m “watching” the game on gameday. It did feel good to say however…

  170. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Nice positioning, Milton.

  171. georgmi on April 17th, 2010 8:46 pm

    FIVE HUNDRED!!!

  172. Paul B on April 17th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Hello, .500!

  173. ZVAZDA on April 17th, 2010 8:47 pm

    I hope the Mariners making it to .500 puts DMZ in such a good mood that he churns out a sci-fi book so we can all go buy it.

  174. fiftyone on April 17th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Outstanding win. They’re all good wins… but this one was especially satisfying.

  175. Breadbaker on April 17th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Well, the team was designed for Safeco.

  176. Dirk on April 17th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Now I can play PS3 in peace

  177. Busch T. Coug on April 17th, 2010 8:49 pm

    RR-S FTW

  178. Glen on April 17th, 2010 8:49 pm

    The sky is falling!

    Oh, wait, I thought this was last week.

  179. okinawadave on April 17th, 2010 8:51 pm

    This is why we don’t make comments about dumping Cliff Lee when we open the season 2-6.

  180. earinc on April 17th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Can Ian Snell complete the cycle? Hope so.

  181. Flowin on April 17th, 2010 8:57 pm

    Can Ian Snell complete the cycle? Hope so.

    Don’t hold your breath.

  182. rsrobinson on April 17th, 2010 9:03 pm

    Sweet win for the M’s. Good to see Ichiro getting into a groove.

  183. kyoko on April 17th, 2010 9:10 pm

    WHAT A MAN! WHAT A GAME! WHAT A HIT!

  184. joser on April 17th, 2010 9:16 pm

    Better yet, the Rangers lost (and have lost 3 in a row), so the M’s are now in 2nd place in the division.

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