Game Sixteen Recap

Dave · April 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Yay, 9-7.

All hail King Felix.

Is there anything else to say?

Okay, I guess there’s one thing. Jack Wilson has four doubles in three days. I got on him the first few weeks when his swing at everything approached produced nothing but outs, so I’ll tip my hat to him for his offensive explosion the last few days.

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37 Responses to “Game Sixteen Recap”

  1. Nate on April 21st, 2010 9:30 pm

    bottom 1/3 of the order has been stroking the ball lately. that’s always nice to see.

  2. wtnuke on April 21st, 2010 9:31 pm

    Can we trade Sweeney for another bat?

  3. Marinerfreak on April 21st, 2010 9:33 pm

    Can we trade Sweeney for another bat?

    Like who, Cedeno?

  4. apunetid on April 21st, 2010 9:34 pm

    Can we trade Sweeney for another bat?

    We could probably get several bats for him. Maybe a bucket of balls, too.

  5. Techno_Viking- on April 21st, 2010 9:36 pm

    We could probably get several bats for him. Maybe a bucket of balls, too.

    I don’t know why but that made me laugh really hard.

  6. wtnuke on April 21st, 2010 9:37 pm

    I was just hoping for one bat to replace the one that Guti broke.

  7. mebpenguin on April 21st, 2010 9:38 pm

    BTW, looks like this win will put the M’s in a three-way tie for first place in the division. A far sight from where we were a week or so ago.

  8. jordan on April 21st, 2010 9:39 pm

    Anyone notice that Kruger’s last key to the game pretty much says “don’t lose” in a creative way?

    I think that not losing is definatley a key to winning, for sure!

  9. wtnuke on April 21st, 2010 9:41 pm

    He also said of Felix “He did give up 9 hits, but I love him..” Somehow is sounded as though he was at fault for scattering 9 hits over the CG. Like if Kruger came in and pitched that it wouldn’t just be batting practice.

  10. Nate on April 21st, 2010 9:41 pm

    cabrera just went yard for detroit to tie it up at 3-3 in the top 9th.
    we may not have a total logjam at the top…

  11. Liam on April 21st, 2010 9:42 pm

    That’s par for the course, jordan.

  12. Diehard on April 21st, 2010 9:42 pm

    Great homestand by the M’s. If Jack Wilson keeps stroking doubles I won’t be as worried about the bottom of the lineup. Now they get to feast on the White Sox and Royals! Things are surely looking up!
    Oh and Sweeney looked bad out there tonight, time to bring back Langerhans. Sorry Sweeney, you’re a good guy but yeah….

  13. wtnuke on April 21st, 2010 9:47 pm

    What’s keeping them from cutting Sweeney? If they’re afraid to talk to him, I’ll do it. I can be that guy. Maybe Dave can come to and show him all of the numbers that prove he’s terrible.

  14. kbarnhouse on April 21st, 2010 9:49 pm

    4-3 Detroit!

  15. henryv on April 21st, 2010 9:52 pm

    Is it just me, or is Wilson playing closer to third than second against right-handed hitters?

  16. Diehard on April 21st, 2010 9:56 pm

    We can’t have Sweeney do what he did last year with him sucking it up in the first half and then catch fire in August when it didn’t matter. He’s a good guy and I wish he would just be a coach for the rest of the year or be the Mariner Moose’s assistant or something.

  17. Diehard on April 21st, 2010 9:57 pm

    M’s are officially tied for first!!

  18. MeanMachine on April 21st, 2010 10:07 pm

    Sweet! Good job Fuentes! Way to come back and blow your first save! How about the bottom 3rd getting it done. I’m feeling kinda giddy after this homestand. Quite a swing from the sky is falling feeling after the first week.

  19. Rboyle0628 on April 21st, 2010 10:07 pm

    Can we trade Sweeney for another bat?

    We could probably get several bats for him. Maybe a bucket of balls, too.

    LOL! I swear that just made my night. I think I woke up my dorm I laughed so hard at that one.

  20. KaminaAyato on April 21st, 2010 10:21 pm

    Man, field seats are really cool… already been there twice including today.

    If Felix can look at this start and realize that getting a lot of groundballs = getting deeper into games, he’ll become that Roy Halladay-type pitcher that the annual was talking about.

    I mean, quick math exercise: 27 outs x 3 strikes = 81 pitches. If limit is 100, that allows for 19 more pitches or ~2/inning. Just get those quick AB’s.

    Other thoughts (in no particular order):
    - Kotchman batting 5th, yay!
    - Sweeney’s BA where Bradley’s was at the beginning of the homestand, oy…
    - Lopez gets walk, yay!
    - Rob Johnson stealing 2nd, EH?
    - Rob Johnson safely reaching 2nd. WHAT?
    - Rob Johnson breaking for 3rd, WHAT???
    - Tui in LF? It works.
    - Jack getting hit. Who would have been available if he had to leave?
    - Jack Wilson in the last 3 games = Edgar lite?

  21. Kazinski on April 21st, 2010 10:22 pm

    Felix is now 2nd in the AL in SO, behind Jared Weaver?? and tied with Kevin Milwood. Felix also leads the AL in IP.

  22. Kazinski on April 21st, 2010 10:27 pm

    - Rob Johnson stealing 2nd, EH?
    - Rob Johnson safely reaching 2nd. WHAT?

    Stealing 2nd was the last thing on Johnson’s mind, Wak called a hit and run. Wilson almost put himself on the DL lunging at a ball that was more than a foot outside the strike zone trying to make contact and not leave Johnson hung out to dry.

  23. KaminaAyato on April 21st, 2010 10:29 pm

    Ah. I didn’t look at home. I was just shocked that Johnson was taking off…

    That makes much more sense.

  24. PackBob on April 21st, 2010 10:47 pm

    Here’s the weird thing. Put Wilson in the clean-up or 5-spot to replace Griffey or Lopez, and you improve. You improve if you replace both of them together with just Wilson.

    This team could score some runs if they had a clean-up hitter and DH that could actually hit.

  25. spankystout on April 21st, 2010 10:59 pm

    At least the M’s are taking advantage of the extra outs the opposing team’s are surrendering.

  26. darthbuhner on April 21st, 2010 11:12 pm

    The crowd breathed several collective sighs of relief when Wilson was still sharply fielding grounders after getting beaned by Milwood. For once, I was glad Felix didn’t retaliate, since MLB umps and officials seem to have a mad-on for our pitchers this year.

    BTW, May 6 – which should be Lee’s 2nd start, is a Griffey MVP $24 field seat promo game. Woot!

  27. MrZDevotee on April 21st, 2010 11:34 pm

    I would like to take a moment to personally thank the Red Sox for wanting Bill Hall in exchange for Casey Kotchman (never did hear who the “player to be named later” ended up being?).

    Seems our GM has a nice little knack for finding other teams’ castoff first basemen.

    The bat has been a pleasant surprise, and the glove is actually as good, if not BETTER, than the hype about his defense. I, for one, love watching him snatch those 1-hoppers with his backhand. Welcome aboard, Casey.

    Other than catcher, 3rd base, and LF, we have a decent argument for having the best position player at every other location on the field.

  28. luckyscrubs on April 21st, 2010 11:51 pm

    Whoever it was that guessed the M’s would go 7-2 on this homestand is a genius!

  29. circlechange32 on April 21st, 2010 11:56 pm

    “It’s nice when you have your No. 1 pitcher do that, step up, and it constantly gives you that believe system for future games,” Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said.

    Hey Wak, just a minor note, you can’t just throw “belief system” into any sentence and have it make sense.

  30. griffin on April 22nd, 2010 12:06 am

    Just got back from the game. I’m glad some friends and I decided last minute to take the ferry over for the game.
    Third game I’ve been to so far this year. I love it every time, even if I pay to go to opening day and only see 2 hits…

    Sweeney is a chump/was one tonight. I swear 3 of his at bats he swung at the first or second pitch, or so it felt like to me.

    Sucks because I truly feel had Tui not made that error in left, Felix easily could have gotten out of that inning. Oh well, 4-1 is great with a CG to top it off.

    Jack wilson has been heating up as of late, you gotta love that at the bottom of the order.

    GO M’s!

  31. Gomez on April 22nd, 2010 12:14 am

    I would like to take a moment to personally thank the Red Sox for wanting Bill Hall in exchange for Casey Kotchman (never did hear who the “player to be named later” ended up being?).

    The player to be named was a rookie ball pitcher named Miguel Celestino.

  32. Breadbaker on April 22nd, 2010 12:44 am

    What this game showed is that you just never know. Dave’s pre-game analysis was absolutely correct. Yet, we had Ichiro and Figgie up with one out and two on and they didn’t deliver and then the bottom of the order did deliver. Yet, if I were Dave, I’d make the same analysis if this same lineup faced Kevin Millwood at Safeco again (please, God, no). A series of unlikely events occurred tonight, and it’s nice that for once the team that beat the odds was the home team.

    None of this applies to the Felix part of the game, of course. How do you say “sure thing” in Spanish? I was actually watching the game on GameDay on my Blackberry and knew that strikeout of Adam Jones was awesome. Then I saw it on SportsCenter and was proven right. I think it’s fair to say that Felix hasn’t changed his approach because his contract situation was resolved.

  33. beadyeyes123 on April 22nd, 2010 1:10 am

    Hey Wak, just a minor note, you can’t just throw “belief system” into any sentence and have it make sense.

    Hey, I agree but if we keep finding ways to win he can overuse the “belief system” in every sentence for all I care :)

  34. vj on April 22nd, 2010 2:40 am

    Hip hip hurray for not making any outs on the basepaths.

  35. MrZDevotee on April 22nd, 2010 7:31 am

    Thanks Gomez.

    I also want to give a shout out to Tuiasosopo. Without that “Charlie Hustle” move to beat out the infield play at 2nd base with two out, who knows if we even score last night (Jack’s 3 run double was right after that, and we didn’t score again).

    It also makes that unearned run he caused a moot point.

    Nicely done, young man. Teaching the old guys what it REALLY means to be aggressive… Gaining an extra out, not giving them up!

  36. tubbabubba22 on April 22nd, 2010 7:53 am

    Whoever it was that guessed the M’s would go 7-2 on this homestand is a genius!

    YAY!!!! This is what I wrote last week when we were 2-6!!

    Want to hear my prediction? Honestly, I think by next thursday (april 22) we will be 8-8. That is right after the homestand and I can honestly see us gaining some ground. We may even be 9-7. Think about it. If you have watched every game so far, you have seen that our hitting is getting progressively better. Yeah, we still aren’t scoring many runs but people are starting to hit better. I believe being home for the first time, and winning a couple of games against oakland will really start to give this team some momentum. Then we play 2 not amazing teams in Detroit and Baltimore both at home. I think Bradley will come back and be focused and hit a couple of home runs on this homestand. Griffey will get one and Ichiro, Figgins, Lopez, and Kotchman will all start hitting like they normally do. If they all hit average, we will win some games this homestand. So like I said, look for a 6-3 or 7-2 homestand. Call me an optimest but hey, I have watched every game so far and I feel like I have a reasons backing my claims. Go MARINERS!

    That is pretty exciting if I might say so myself.

    And to even rub it in a little more, I posted this to dave the next day…

    Dave- Is it wrong for me to think that 8-8 is a total possibility by the end of this homestand? I posted about it on another thread, but with the teams the M’s having coming up and because they are finally at home, I thought there may be a chance of a 6-3 or maybe even 7-2 homestand. Plus, I feel like their hitting is starting to pick up a little bit. Bradley may have a couple of HR’s, Griffey will have one, and Ichiro, Figgy, Lopez, and Kotchman may all get back to their usual selves and hit (.333, .298, .270, and .270 respectively. What do you think? To optimistic?

    Yay!

  37. tubbabubba22 on April 22nd, 2010 7:55 am

    Well Figgins and Lopez havent started batting like I predicted yet and Bradley and Griffey didn’t have any home runs, but we won the exact amount of games I thought. And Ichiro and Kotchman are where I predicted and even Griffey and Bradley started hitting better. As I said, that is exciting.

    p.s. we are in first place!

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