Game 14, Orioles at Mariners

Dave · April 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Bergesen vs Fister, 7:10 pm.

The Orioles stagger in at 2-11, but this team is not Astros-bad. Their offense is suffering from some key guys off to slow starts (including Adam Jones and Nick Marakis, who are clearly better than they’ve played so far), their pitchers are allowing a .341 BABIP, and they’ve lost a couple of close games when their closers have melted down. Don’t be fooled by their record – this series won’t be a cakewalk.

Bradley’s back in left field tonight. They know how he’s feeling better than we do, but the M’s are riding him really hard so far this year, as he’s currently on place to play in 139 games. He’s only done that once, back in 2004, when he played a career high 141. And he’s playing the outfield almost exclusively at this point. This can’t be sustained forever, but as long as the M’s are committed to Griffey in the line-up, they don’t have much of a choice, as we saw how bad the offense vs RHPs can be without Bradley. This will be something to watch going forward.

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


169 Responses to “Game 14, Orioles at Mariners”

  1. RRS for Prez on April 19th, 2010 9:22 pm

    I’m not watching the game but I see Byrnes is in for Guti. Is Guti hurt, or is this just a defensive replacement? (joking of course)

  2. puppyfoot on April 19th, 2010 9:26 pm

    A question inspired by tonight’s no-hit bid, last night’s near cycle by Ichiro, and the two catcher interference calls from a few night’s ago: has any hitter ever NO-HIT for the cycle? That is, gotten to first via a walk, HBP, catcher interference, and on a WP or PB on a strike out. I can see a batter getting three of these, but all four seems unlikely.

  3. tubbabubba22 on April 19th, 2010 9:26 pm

    he may have tweaked something but it did not seem really bad. Maybe just a little sore and since it is 8-1 it may just be precautionary.

  4. Kazinski on April 19th, 2010 9:26 pm

    They just showed a replay of Guti grimacing as he came around 3rd to score.


  5. JeffJ254 on April 19th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Guti looked to be grimacing as he trotted across home plate on Kothechman’s hit. They just showed the replay, he didn’t obviously pull anything and didn’t grab anything. Just started grimacing as he rounded 3rd.

    Hopefully they just took him out as a precautionary measure. No reason to push it in a game like this.

  6. KaminaAyato on April 19th, 2010 9:26 pm

    Unfortunately RRS for Prez, it looks like Guti might have tweaked something coming home…

  7. RRS for Prez on April 19th, 2010 9:28 pm


    no Guti!

  8. wtnuke on April 19th, 2010 9:31 pm

    Ugh, we need another outfielder, unless Griffey is good to go in right field.

  9. King.Dome on April 19th, 2010 9:33 pm

    good communication guys on that pop up

  10. ayoon on April 19th, 2010 9:34 pm

    Does anyone else get nervous when Bradley runs that far for a fly ball?

  11. Breadbaker on April 19th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Word from the dugout: Gutierrez is okay. Collective Phew!

  12. Liam on April 19th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Word from the dugout: Gutierrez is okay. Collective Phew!

    Would have been interesting to see what moves the Mariners make had he not been.

  13. Kazinski on April 19th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Would have been interesting to see what moves the Mariners make had he not been.

    If Vargas wasn’t pitching tomorrow, he’d be a good choice for an emergency LF, but Felix looked great yesterday shagging balls in CF during batting practice, he was having a ton of fun too. His arm is probably a little too good for LF though.

  14. jjenson on April 19th, 2010 9:49 pm

    I can’t really believe that the jinx thing would be so big here. I mean this is all about numbers and numbers say you can’t jinx it.

    Anyways I have never been a believer in the whole superstition thing.

    The loss of the no-hitter perfectly followed these jinx rules. I suggest EVERYBODY read and become acquainted with these rules.

    Actually when I said that he faced 2 more hitters so the jinx could not have happened there since it was about 20 to 30 minutes later it was broken.

    To jinx someone you have to call it out and the next hitter breaks it or else it doesn’t make any since.

    On a side note is everyone always so negative on the Mariners during games? I mean I almost think people here borderline hate them. I guess its just me but if this is the team you have right now today then support them. Not saying you are stuck with them but at least support them and hope for them to do well.

  15. Liam on April 19th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Tightness in his groin for Gutierrez.

  16. JMHawkins on April 19th, 2010 9:58 pm

    On a side note is everyone always so negative on the Mariners during games? I mean I almost think people here borderline hate them.

    You’re new here, aren’t you? If you want some advice, grab a seat, read for a while, and take some time to learn what this site is like before you tell the rest of us how to be real fans. Otherwise the Kangaroo Court is going to have a field day with you. You really don’t want to wear the pink backpack…

  17. jjenson on April 19th, 2010 10:14 pm

    I dont think I told anyone how to be a fan just put my 2 cents in. I have been around for about 4 months so never seen game threads but I feel I can put my opinion join whenever since I never insulted anyonei think I am ok. But thanks for the advice.

  18. Alec on April 19th, 2010 10:42 pm

    I think they stick with the catching tandem. I know Rob Johnson isn’t a favorite around here (and don’t count me as a backer), but Felix likes pitching to him, and I know correlation doesn’t prove causation, but his best year happened to be the year Johnson started catching him. If he makes Felix happy, and good Felix keeps showing up, the lineup can handle a black hole on that day (plus, as was noted around here, Johnson seems to have realized he can’t hit and has stopped swinging, so that might marginally improve him). So I think Johnson has gained the Henry Blanco memorial “Perpetual Cy Young Candidate’s Personal Catcher” job at the very minimum.

    Also, I think the FO wants to see what is has in Moore, the same way they did with Clement, since there is no point in having him rake AAA when there are no better options at the ML-level.

    Now, my dream scenario would be Z finding a way to trade for John Baker (I emailed Dave about this last year, he said the Marlin’s would never do it, so I’ll trust his judgment since he is smarter than me). I’m biased, since I happen to be friends with his younger brother, but he’s cost-controlled (arbitration starts next year, but since he’s platooned his first two seasons he should still be cheap) and I talked to him about the Mariner’s new training program and he was pretty blown away and impressed by it. Knowing his brother, John would take COMPLETE advantage of everything offered to him training wise, and he can hit a bit for good measure. Again, it’s a pipe dream, but I like to dream about it.

  19. msb on April 20th, 2010 8:23 am

    I am so sick of Simms, he does this every time……doesn’t he know your not supposed to mention it. I miss Ron Fairly I think…..LOL

    Dave Sims, Dave Niehaus, and other luminaries such as Vin Scully all firmly believe it is their job to report on the game, not to take part in the dugout superstition regarding a no-no or perfect game.

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