Game 23, Rangers at Mariners

Dave · April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Lee vs Lewis, 7:10 pm.

Cliff Lee makes his much anticipated debut tonight against a somewhat depleted Rangers team. Nelson Cruz is on the DL, and due to the struggles of their two young catchers, they are going with career backup Matt Treanor behind the plate. They do get Ian Kinsler back tonight though, and he’s hitting clean-up in his first game of the season.

As for the Mariners line-up, well, you already know what it looks like. Can’t wait to see Lopez and Griffey try to drive in the top of the order, only followed by the excitement of Adam Moore and Jack Wilson trying to drive in the other two guys on the team that can get on base. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to when Wak pulls the plug on Lopez hitting clean-up – three weeks of him hitting like a pitcher haven’t done it, yet five games of Milton Bradley struggling were enough to get him moved down in the order. It’s almost like a dare – how long can the team keep winning with no bench and a line-up that makes no sense?

I guess we’ll find out. It doesn’t look like we’ll see the obvious changes until the team starts losing. Which, with Tampa Bay rolling into town on Tuesday, may happen sooner than we’d like to see.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 2B
Gutierrez, CF
Lopez, 3B
Griffey, DH
Bradley, LF
Kotchman, 1B
Moore, C
Wilson, SS

Comments

409 Responses to “Game 23, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. JeffJ254 on April 30th, 2010 6:03 pm

    I still can’t quite believe you just wrote

    “Lee vs Lewis, 7:10 pm”

    Cliff Lee is a Mariner…

  2. flashbeak on April 30th, 2010 6:09 pm

    Cliff Lee! I’m not even fretting about Wak putting out the typical vs. RHP lineup again because I’m so psyched for Lee’s debut.

    If the Rangers are going to score any runs tonight (of course I’d like to believe they won’t), I hope that they are all the result of Ryan Garko HR(s).

  3. Marinersmanjk on April 30th, 2010 6:29 pm

    I read that lineup over and over again looking for a logical explanation or an excuse for Wak. But alas, I just couldn’t do it. That lineup is crap, plain and simple.

  4. Holmes on April 30th, 2010 6:35 pm

    Death to Wak’s lineups

  5. kenshabby on April 30th, 2010 6:39 pm

    “Tampa Bay Rays” and “juggernaut”…two things I’d never before thought to put together. During the past 15 games TB has outscored their opponents something like 1,502 to 19. Eek.

  6. Carson on April 30th, 2010 6:50 pm

    Here is a video I took of Bedard’s bullpen session. iPhone won’t let me paste it into a tag for whatever reason, so please excuse the long link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7QCdY_XgWk&feature=youtube_gdata

    Lee to come.

  7. DMZ on April 30th, 2010 6:50 pm

    I know I’m a “optimize everything” and “obsess over matchups and roster construction” guy, and that there are factors outside lineup that might make a sub-optimal one worth using.

    And I know we debate the value of lineup optimization from best to normal, and that the value of going from worst plausible to best might only be 20 runs in a season.

    But the team as constructed feels like it’s desperately trying to scratch out runs, and they’re already under the 8-ball compared to their likely playoff-contending competition.

    This is when bad lineup construction is so infuriating, because even if it’s only a tenth of a run a game, it feels like the team is dying for want of that tenth of a run.

  8. msb on April 30th, 2010 6:55 pm

    Smoltz was on ESPN earlier today, talking about how Bobby Cox changes the line-up to reflect who is actually hitting ….

  9. Coolalvin206 on April 30th, 2010 7:02 pm

    A win tonight puts us in first by ourselves!

  10. dsmiley on April 30th, 2010 7:07 pm

    Did Dave Sims just say that Vlad Guerrero is playing in the outfield for Texas tonight?

  11. diderot on April 30th, 2010 7:09 pm

    I’m OK with belief systems…but why does it always have to be Wak’s belief system?
    In honor of Lee’s first start, couldn’t we just let him make out his own lineup…and see what HE believes?

  12. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:10 pm

    YES! woooooooooooo!

    hes on the mound as of now!

  13. griffin on April 30th, 2010 7:12 pm

    Vlad in RF, Garko at DH. Wild!
    How has Garko been this season?

  14. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:12 pm

    Did Dave Sims just say that Vlad Guerrero is playing in the outfield for Texas tonight?

    yup, right field

  15. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:14 pm

    K numero uno

  16. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 7:14 pm

    This is when bad lineup construction is so infuriating, because even if it’s only a tenth of a run a game, it feels like the team is dying for want of that tenth of a run.

    Derek I have to assure you no team in the history of baseball has lost a single game by a 1/10 of a run.

    Maybe a pennant, but not a single game.

  17. msb on April 30th, 2010 7:19 pm

    That was an enjoyable half-inning.

  18. joser on April 30th, 2010 7:19 pm

    Did Dave Sims just say that Vlad Guerrero is playing in the outfield for Texas tonight?

    He did say that. Everybody aim for left field! (His arm is still decent though, so beware once he actually reaches the ball… assuming you’re slow enough to still be on the base paths at that point)

    I kind of like the idea of letting the starting pitcher pick the lineup (to go along with the jersey choice). There might be less whining about “run support” in that case. Of course, if you do that with a manager like Wak who doesn’t like to pinch hit (and carries a bench to prove it), what’s left for the manager to actually do?

    It’s almost like a dare – how long can the team keep winning with no bench and a line-up that makes no sense?

    Maybe Wak thinks it’s like resistance training — like taking swings with the donut on the bat. Just wait: when he finally starts putting out sensible lineups, the team will find scoring runs to be relatively effortless!

  19. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 7:19 pm

    So want to nitpick about that first? It took a few extra pitches to put away Hamilton. That’s all I got.

  20. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 7:20 pm

    I’d also like to say, I am likely the only the only graduate of the University of Arkansas who is a regular commenter on this blog.

    Cliff Lee and I have special bond that none of rest of you will ever be able to understand.

    I am not sure Cliff Lee understands it either.

  21. meckaneck on April 30th, 2010 7:20 pm

    ‘Bout as sharp as a japanese steak knife’ God I love Niehaus. GO LEE GO Ms!!!!!!!!

  22. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 7:21 pm

    The Rangers are playing Chuck Knoblauch at short?

  23. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 7:21 pm

    That was international air mail right there.

  24. griffin on April 30th, 2010 7:25 pm

    NASTY last strike/out by Lee. Love it.

    What I don’t love is Figgins swing at first pitch!! UGHHHHHHHH
    Franklin and Lopez out as quick as I could log in to my computer…

  25. themedia on April 30th, 2010 7:26 pm

    I’d also like to say, I am likely the only the only graduate of the University of Arkansas who is a regular commenter on this blog.

    Does the SEC West count? War Damn Eagle.

  26. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:26 pm

    Really? No outs with Ichiro on second and the M’s cant at least end the inning with him on third?

  27. joser on April 30th, 2010 7:26 pm

    No runs, but everybody is making good contact so far. That doesn’t bode well for Mr. Lewis.

    You know how Ichiro always has a bad April? Well, he’s .330 / .378 / .396 this April, compared to his career April average of .297 / .349 / .397

    Of course, it would be cool if that was a bad month for him this year.

    How has Garko been this season?

    Garko has only had 17 PA so far this year, so extreme SSS, but: .133 / .235 / .133

  28. joser on April 30th, 2010 7:28 pm

    You know, Kazinski, those of us who have seen “Deliverance” have a pretty good idea….

  29. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 7:32 pm

    Joser,
    That was Georgia. Not Arkansas. Not that would make much of difference,

  30. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:32 pm

    I love it that the Yankees have a .682 winning percentage and are a game and a half out of first. Tampa Bay juggernaut indeed.

    Lee doing better than good. I would say what is better than good, but people might say I’m jinxing him.

  31. Jeff Nye on April 30th, 2010 7:32 pm

    Lots and lots of fastballs, but Lee looks fantastic so far. Throwing strikes and only allowing weak contact at best.

  32. themedia on April 30th, 2010 7:33 pm

    Deliverance takes place in Georgia. If you’re going to ignorantly make fun of the south, at least do it well.

  33. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 7:34 pm

    Another quality AB for Jr.

  34. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 7:35 pm

    Neihaus:

    Cliff Lee is the highest man in the ballpark tonight

    I hope you’re wrong about that, Dave. I hope you’re wrong.

  35. joser on April 30th, 2010 7:35 pm

    I’m from Canada. You’re all crazy southerners (and this is the Pacific Southwest).

  36. joser on April 30th, 2010 7:36 pm

    Since we’re not seeing KC tonight we have to look elsewhere for ex-Mariner news. I was pleased to see RA Dickey retired 27 straight batters (he gave up a lead-off hit and then threw a perfect game) for the Mets’ AAA affiliate in Buffalo. (Warning: photo in link may scare small children)

  37. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:38 pm

    nice to hear

  38. dsmiley on April 30th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Nice one, RA!

  39. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Two innings, tow left in scoring position.

  40. Coolalvin206 on April 30th, 2010 7:43 pm

    And thumb right left at first .

  41. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:44 pm

    Lee looking awesome.

  42. dingla on April 30th, 2010 7:45 pm

    Lee’s last strikeout–> wicked curve.

  43. MeanMachine on April 30th, 2010 7:46 pm

    Did u see that hammer against Smoak? Welcome to the bigs son!

  44. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:49 pm

    Top of the order. Three of our top five hitters due up.

  45. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 7:49 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone noticed this or not, but Cliff Lee is really good…

  46. fiftyone on April 30th, 2010 7:51 pm

    SSS, but Lee is the best Mariner pitcher of all time.

  47. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Baseball is fascinating for its wealth of meaningless statistics. Such as that George Brett holds the record for most hits against Texas.

  48. jr on April 30th, 2010 7:53 pm

    At this rate, I don’t care who they send to make room for Lee…it’s worth it.

  49. naviomelo on April 30th, 2010 7:53 pm

    And just like that, Ichiro’s batting a team-leading .344.

  50. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 7:55 pm

    SSS, but Lee is the best Mariner pitcher of all time.

    So far, this is undisputeably true.

  51. racecar on April 30th, 2010 7:56 pm

    ….it’s a shame……Rob Johnson should be behind the dish…..

  52. griffin on April 30th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Sorry about the offense Cliff… You’ll get used to it though..

  53. jr on April 30th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Maybe Z can pull off a deal with the MLB where if Ichiro can hit 4 singles in a game, it counts as a run for us.

  54. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Here’s a game we play at my house: When Lopez comes up to bat will he 1. ground out 2. flyout or 3. strike out. If he does anything other than everyone drinks!

  55. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 8:00 pm

    Let me also say something about Arkansas. I am a native Californian. I grew up in the Napa Valley, and then I lived in Santa Barbara as an adult until I went to Arkansas when I was 28.

    I still go to Arkansas every chance I get, there is a level of relaxation and comfort that those of us on the west coast just have no idea of. I have spent 49 of my 55 years on the west coast, but Arkansas and the rest of the south are absolutely fantastic places to live and visit.

    Of course that is why Cliff Lee still lives there in the off season. My father in law, who came over from Japan in 1954, came to Arkansas and never left. He had his Phd., and could have gone everywhere, and did, but always came back.

  56. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:01 pm

    Yikes. Lee has thrown over 50 pitches so far.

  57. dingla on April 30th, 2010 8:02 pm

    Dave Sims, “trying to close the roof. second time today (rarararhahararrarr.”

  58. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:03 pm

    End of perfect game.

  59. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 8:03 pm

    Damn, this guy’s a bum! He let up a hit!

  60. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:04 pm

    Here’s a game we play at my house: When Lopez comes up to bat will he 1. ground out 2. flyout or 3. strike out. If he does anything other than everyone drinks!

    Pretty sober gatherings, I assume.

  61. dingla on April 30th, 2010 8:05 pm

    hahaha

  62. jr on April 30th, 2010 8:08 pm

    Sweeney is most likely showing his value today, in the clubhouse with the rest of the pitching staff.

    “Oh, come on, guys. He’s not THAT much better than you. Hug?”

  63. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:09 pm

    Someone finally decided to put the shift on Jr.

  64. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 8:10 pm

    How was that popup not caught?

  65. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:11 pm

    I would really, really, really hate to see Griffey go. But he looks far worse this year than last year, and last year was a pale shadow of his former greatness. He has definitely stayed too long at the fair. Do you think he will realize this and go gently into that good night?

  66. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Jr looks worse every game…

  67. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 8:14 pm

    Is Colby Lewis actually good? Or is it our weak line-up making him look good?

  68. Carson on April 30th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Griffey’s leash just got shoter with my girlfriend.

    Assimilation in progress.

  69. griffin on April 30th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Damn, I thought the offense was gonna come into the game tonight AMPED about Cliff Lee’s first start. Boy was I wrong.

    We look terrible. Colby Lewis is one of the best this year though right?

  70. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 8:24 pm

    This game is going 100 innings.

  71. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 8:24 pm

    Colby Lewis just through 5 pitches to get 3 outs.

  72. MX on April 30th, 2010 8:26 pm

    This line-up can’t get any worse. Wak needs to do something.

  73. griffin on April 30th, 2010 8:28 pm

    Wak won’t. Not until later in the season at least.

  74. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:31 pm

    This is a clinic.

  75. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:31 pm

    Man, I love watching Cliff Lee!

  76. juneau_fan on April 30th, 2010 8:34 pm

    What must Lee be thinking watching this lineup bat for him?

    Like being on a blind date, only she’s got spinach in her teeth and talks about how many babies you’re having to go, and he’s working his cell phone under the table to pretend he’s gotten a call saying that his mother’s just died.

  77. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:34 pm

    Colby Lewis is one of the best this year though right?

    In the last two years in Japan, he had an ERA below 3 and a WHIP of less than 1.

  78. griffin on April 30th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Lee has to be thinking: “I need to pitch very good this year and get my fat contract elsewhere”.

    That shouldn’t be too hard for him…

  79. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 8:38 pm

    Some one needs to explain to Lopez that you only take pitches OUTSIDE the strike zone…

  80. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:40 pm

    Lee is not long for this game, but it has been a great pleasure watching his debut.

  81. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:41 pm

    After watching that, Lee may think that maybe it isn’t so bad pitching here after all.

  82. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 8:43 pm

    I think Cliff Lee is done for tonight. He may not win the game but his ERA is intact.

  83. Glen on April 30th, 2010 8:44 pm

    Cliff Lee good. Offense bad.

  84. Glen on April 30th, 2010 8:45 pm

    Pitching against the 2010 Mariner offense: So easy, a caveman could do it.

  85. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Our offense is terrible, but this guy is clearly good. He’s mixing up his speeds and location really well.

  86. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Pathetique.

  87. Paul B on April 30th, 2010 8:48 pm

    Fill in the blanks.

    Career trajectories that are similar (using BR similarity scores:

    Frank Robinson, age 39: .237-.385-.508
    KGJ, age 39: .214-.324-.411
    Willie Mays, age 41: .250-.400-.402

    Frank Robinson, age 40 .224-.328-.358
    KGJ, age 40: ___-___-___
    .295-.223-.245 so far)
    Willie Mays, age 42: .211-.303-.344

    Frank Robinson, OOB, age 41
    KGJ, OOB, age ___?
    Willie Mays, OOB age 43

  88. visbea on April 30th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Dear God,

    Help Kotchman put one in the seats.

  89. griffin on April 30th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Pitching against the 2010 Mariner offense: So easy, a caveman could do it.

    Hahaha, so good.
    Sad but true.

  90. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:50 pm

    34,000 tonight. Not great.

  91. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 8:50 pm

    I thought so at first glance.

  92. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 8:51 pm

    Bull whackey.

  93. Paul B on April 30th, 2010 8:51 pm

    I mistyped KGJ numbers for age 40 (this year). Should have been .226 – .293 – .245

  94. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 8:51 pm

    What a terrible, terrible call.

  95. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 8:51 pm

    Wow, what bullshit.

  96. Ben Zimmerman on April 30th, 2010 8:52 pm

    That, baseball fans, was abject garbage umpiring right there.

  97. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 8:52 pm

    As if we have enough trouble scoring runs..

  98. msb on April 30th, 2010 8:52 pm

    Well, won’t his face be red when he watches the replay after the game.

  99. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 8:53 pm

    What was the call? I don’t listen to the sound… might have to rewind.

  100. psquared on April 30th, 2010 8:54 pm

    Except it’s the right call.

    In running the last half of the distance from home base to first base, while the ball is being fielded to first base, he runs outside (to the right of) the three-foot line, or inside (to the left of) the foul line, and in the umpire’s judgment in so doing interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first base, in which case the ball is dead; except that he may run outside (to the right of) the three-foot line or inside (to the left of) the foul line to avoid a fielder attempting to field a batted ball;

  101. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 8:55 pm

    I would have to read the exact rule on this. Sure it was a bad throw, but if Kotch was inside the line, as I think he has to be if the ball is anywhere near home plate, then the 1Bman might have caught it.

    But Wak should know the rule, so figure he’s smarter than me, eh?

  102. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 8:55 pm

    Such bullshit… it would have taken 30 seconds to look at a video replay and get that call right. Bullshit.

  103. zzyzx on April 30th, 2010 8:56 pm

    I did rewind and yeah, weak call.

  104. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 8:57 pm

    What psquared said.

  105. ooter on April 30th, 2010 8:58 pm

    What is Lowe doing?

  106. jr on April 30th, 2010 8:58 pm

    Is Jay Buhner sitting in on any of the broadcasts today? We could really use one of those Bradley home run predictions tonight.

  107. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 8:59 pm

    No, it was a bad throw by Treanor. He could have had a clear shot at Smoak, but he threw into the runner. It’s hard to convincingly argue that’s interference by Kotchman.

  108. psquared on April 30th, 2010 8:59 pm

    I posted the exact rule above. Except I forgot the part that says “the batter is out when:”

    If Kotchman runs in foul territory, he’d be safe. Granted, the umpires rarely make that call and in this case it was a horrible throw, but it’s still well within the rules to call him out.

  109. justjake on April 30th, 2010 8:59 pm

    Way to get ahead of your guy 0-2 and then throw 4 straight balls in the dirt.

  110. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Mark Lowe trying to ruin this game?!!?

  111. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:01 pm

    He might have been slightly inside the line (and even that’s questionable), but he didn’t interfere with the fielder due to being out of the baseline. The throw was into foul territory.

  112. argh on April 30th, 2010 9:04 pm

    Mark Lowe trying to ruin this game?!!?

    If he’d succeeded, you’d have to say he had plenty of help from the line-up. But, hey: 6 more at bats! anything can happen!

  113. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:04 pm

    Leave Lowe in the game, Wak. No Sean White at this point please.

  114. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:06 pm

    it’s time for an Ichiro home run.

  115. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:07 pm

    It’s interesting watching the difference between Lee and Lowe. When you have a lot of tools in your arsenal you make hitters look like fools; when you don’t you freak out your fans :)

  116. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Aardsma in a time game?

  117. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:10 pm

    It’s the end of April, but:

    Is it time to make a trade for some offense?

  118. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 9:11 pm

    The thing is Kotch had his back to the play the whole time, and was simply booking down the baseline and straight through the bag. He can’t even know where the throw is, much less run into foul territory when he’s only a step away from the bag. A good throw would have gotten him – a bad, offline throw didn’t.

    The fact that the ump could call him out under a possible interpretation of the rule doesn’t make it a “good” call. It doesn’t support the intent of the rule.

  119. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:12 pm

    Paul, YES!!!!!!!!!
    End of April, at this moment in time were ZERO games back.
    Why not add some offense when we’re right there with the boys in first, instead of when we’re 5 games back?!

  120. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:13 pm

    The A’s and Angels both lost. If we win this game, we’ll be in first place.

  121. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:18 pm

    The Mariners offense is ruining Cliffmas!

  122. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:21 pm

    Nice AB there by Lopey.

  123. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:21 pm

    NICE AB LOPEZ! FUUUUUUUU*@#!

  124. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:22 pm

    First pitch Jose, way to go buddy.
    This is very very bad.

  125. pareto on April 30th, 2010 9:23 pm

    And here I thought that the swinging at pitches above your head went out of fashion in Seattle when Beltre signed with Boston…

  126. pareto on April 30th, 2010 9:28 pm

    That was a great inning by League. 7 pitches.

  127. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:28 pm

    Why not pinch hit with Sweeney here?

  128. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:29 pm

    Okay, Wak brought in a Lefty to face Junior. Where is Mascot in this situation?

  129. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Yea, what Rick L said.

  130. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Another powerful swing by Junior.

  131. ooter on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Junior infield single. Interesting.

  132. JasonJ on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    One of Junior’s hardest hit balls all year.

  133. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Is it time to make a trade for some offense?

    Yeah, if we win tonight we are in first place, if we lose we are 1/2 game back. That is indeed the time to panic.

    Just when everybody thinks Junior is done. Infield hit!!!!

  134. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:30 pm

    Make Seattle fall in love with you Milton!

  135. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:31 pm

    Good enough!

  136. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:31 pm

    Milton!!!! Kicking ass!!!! Redemption!

  137. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Please don’t run on contact, please don’t run on contact…

  138. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Kotchman HR to win it.

  139. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:33 pm

    How is trading for offense panicking? Are you saying it’s still early, and we might actually have an offense that will get us to the playoffs?

  140. Swungonandbelted on April 30th, 2010 9:33 pm

    Uncle Milton!

  141. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:33 pm

    If it ends up being being the winning run, I’ll take it, infield hit or no.

  142. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Damnit!

  143. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Omg. We might actually not score here. It just occurred to me that we might not score.

  144. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:35 pm

    Can Moore bunt? Johnson can, as I recall.

  145. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    WHAT!?!?!?! MIKE SWEENEY! ARE YOU SERIOUS???

    NOOOO… please no Wak

  146. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    How is trading for offense panicking?

    What would we trade? Pitching? Defense?

    Adam Moore, first IBB of his career? Better get that ball.

  147. juneau_fan on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Setting up the DP nicely, Texas.

  148. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    well there’s your double play wrapped and ribboned for you texas.

  149. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Hmmm, Wilson is not your DP candidate …..oh, no, not the Mascot! I’d rather have Wilson.

  150. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Can Sweeney bunt?

  151. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Prove me wrong Sweeney, I have made my predictions at home.

  152. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    This is going to be epic. Perhaps an epic fail, but epic nonetheless.

  153. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:37 pm

    Mascot is pinch hitting… and now the pitching change.

  154. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:38 pm

    Sweeney is a good choice here, at least we need someone that can take a walk.

    A walk wins it.

  155. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:39 pm

    The pitching change was foreseeable though with Mascot pinch hitting. Now if Mascot hits into a DP, Tui is the SS.

  156. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:39 pm

    I’m sorry, but this just seems reckless to me. Jack Wilson’s no great hitter, but they’re pulling the only good shortstop on the team in an extra-innings game? For a guy who hasn’t gotten a hit since the 8th grade picnic?

    Tell me why this isn’t dumb.

  157. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Sweeney loves to swing at first pitches. 3rd pitch DP.

  158. JasonJ on April 30th, 2010 9:40 pm

    I agree this is epic. If Sweeny GIDP’s there will be riots.

  159. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Men on second and third no outs, there are at least four ways to score:
    1. Slow ground ball.
    2. Squeeze play.
    3. Sacrifice fly.
    4. Hit.

  160. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:41 pm

    We have Mike Sweeney pinch hitting for Jack Wilson in the middle of a discussion about whether we need to add offense.

  161. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Cue the riots.

  162. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Jesus christ….

  163. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Crap.

  164. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    NO!!!!!1
    I CALLED 3RD PITCH, DAMN

  165. mln on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    This is Mike Sweeney’s chance to be a hero! Or not.

  166. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Son of a bitch.

  167. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    GIDP Sweeney. Predictable. BAD managerial strategy.

  168. ooter on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    I hate Mike Sweeney

  169. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    I’m torn here. I want to win, but I want Sweeney to fail as hard as possible so that they realize this isn’t a good and sustainable roster. Can we get a fourth out this inning so that Ichiro still gets to bat?

  170. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    That didn’t just happen.

  171. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Well that sucked. Was predictable, but sucked.

  172. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    AGGGHHHHHHHHHH…. *&^%$UTYR&^$*&^%$TYR^%$

  173. colejs on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    are.you.kidding.me.

  174. xxtinynickxx on April 30th, 2010 9:42 pm

    RETIRE!!!!!

  175. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    I hate this offense with a passion.

  176. argh on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    It’s hard not to lose patience with this bunch.

  177. mearls on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    What a crafty, veteran at-bat!

  178. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Epic fail doesn’t even begin to cover that…

  179. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    1st pitch too…nice.

  180. marinersunbird on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Bradley should have let it hit him.

  181. mln on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Cue the riots.

    I’ll bring the pitchforks.

  182. pareto on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Terrible. Just terrible.

  183. Swungonandbelted on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    $%@&*$%&@*($^&*(@$%^*(@%^$*&(@$%^*(@$^*(@^$*@($^%*@(%$^*@(^$*(@)$^%*(@^%*(@^%*(@

  184. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    Now I’m sure Texas will score the winning run on slow roller that “SS” Tuiasosopo won’t be able to handle…

  185. Ben Zimmerman on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    We deserve to lose, both for the decision to pinch-hit Sweeney and the fail that Sweeney hath wrought.

  186. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:43 pm

    If we lose this game with the way Lee pitched, I really hope Wak re-evaluates his belief system.

  187. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    The team deserves to lose this game.

  188. josh_h on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Un F-ing believable.

  189. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    now watch a Tui error lead to the loss.

  190. colejs on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Why take out wilson…

    Now we don’t even have our best defense out there…

    I don’t see any way that made sense.

  191. Arron on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    If you didn’t see that coming, there is no hope for you…

    I hope we win, of course, but I also hope these failures call for change…

    Embarrasing and pathetic…

  192. JasonJ on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Jake Taylor ran faster than Sweeney right there.

  193. BenihanaGT on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    marinersunbird: I was thinking the same thing.

  194. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    To be honest, I can’t really see how we’re 11-11. Start playing the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox and we’re going to get smoked.

  195. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    I wish I had GMZ’s phone number… I need to talk to him.

    Wakamatsu too..

  196. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Mike Sweeney – -.328 WPA in one pitch

  197. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 9:45 pm

    I hate this offense with a passion.

    I raise your hate and add in a touch of disdain.

  198. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:45 pm

    Wak just turned his hand. It was an all-or-nothing move pinch hitting with Mascot.

  199. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:46 pm

    I have to say, even though Sweeney might have been a good choice to bat over Wilson, if you had to put Tuiasosopo in anyway, why not put him it to hit.

  200. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Survive this half inning and hope Ichiro bangs out one of his FU home runs.

  201. Arron on April 30th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Sweeney was not a good choice to bat over Wilson.

  202. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 9:47 pm

    We’re really starting to see how inconsistant our offence is. Sad.

  203. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Good thing League is pretty good.

  204. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Good play by Tui.

  205. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    I would have prefered we just leave Wilson in and squeeze. He is a great bunter… no chance for a double play if we do that either.

  206. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    This is too funny. I actually was more let down that Sweeney swung on the first pitch instead of the third to make my prediction correct.
    Sweeney is a bust, and I hate that Z will keep his ass on this team for a while.

  207. pareto on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Good thing it was hit right at Tui. Part of me thinks that Sweeney should have had to play SS as punishment for that AB.

  208. Flowin on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Can’t Ichiro just hit one out here? And not let the rest of the offense mess everything up.

  209. jjenson on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    That was wilson that made the last out right? How is he still in the game if it was him if not I just wasn’t paying attention.

  210. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm

    I hope we see more of this Brandon League though…

  211. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Boy that makes him look like a bit of a rookie manager. I don’t ever remember seeing a manager get fleeced at the major league level that badly. He made every wrong call to get a run in.

  212. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Yeah, I’m hoping Ichiro! can just end this. I’ll be looking forward to a congratulatory “Suck on it” celebration at home plate…

  213. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Come on Z, make a trade for some offense already.

  214. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Someone please tell Angie to button up.

  215. argh on April 30th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Even if this team staggers into the play-offs, it’s not going to be a lovable team. Can’t give your fans this amount of agita on a regular basis and be loved.

  216. JasonJ on April 30th, 2010 9:50 pm

    Yeah, Wak looking bush league this year.

  217. mln on April 30th, 2010 9:50 pm

    In Ichiro we trust.

    Save the Mariners from themselves, Ichi.

  218. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 9:50 pm

    I don’t always agree with this site, but come on. Sweeney and Griffey are atrocious. Where are the 2 big bats we needed to acquire Z? Z? Are the M’s finances THAT bad?

  219. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    I-CHI-RO!

  220. argh on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Someone please tell Angie to button up

    Hush your mouth. Plus, she’s an Italian mama — deserves some slack on the zaftig.

  221. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Oh right, anything but a double play would mean either have meant a win or Ichiro would have gotten to come up with the bases loaded.

  222. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    At least we have someone that can hit.

  223. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    and that’s why ichiro’s awesome and sweeney sucks

  224. Arron on April 30th, 2010 9:51 pm

    Angie is the only thing worth watching now that Lee is out…

  225. visbea on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Angie,

    Nobody wants to look at what you are offering.

  226. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Don’t bunt please, no, no — oh, nice!

  227. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Wow, that was pretty sad on the Rangers behalf..

  228. Glen on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Did the ball have the Swine Flu? Nobody wanted to grab it.

  229. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    What did I miss from Angie?!
    Damnit!

  230. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Now that was a bunt!

  231. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:52 pm

    Now that is truly pathetic on the Rangers part. They are expecting a bunt and they let him beat it out?

  232. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:53 pm

    I guess Pinella was wrong, you can bunt a left handed hitter.

  233. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:53 pm

    I’m getting deja vu here. He’s not allowed to pinch hit Mike Sweeney again is he? He can’t just inflict that crap on every rally, right?

  234. ooter on April 30th, 2010 9:53 pm

    The goal is to score a run before the “clean-up” hitters come up to bat.

  235. argh on April 30th, 2010 9:53 pm

    Darned nice bunt.

  236. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 9:53 pm

    I would say maybe bunt with Guti considering how this game is going, but then I remember Lopez and Byrnes are next.

  237. colejs on April 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Come on… 4 hits in extra innings better turn into something…

  238. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    The goal is to score a run before the “clean-up” hitters come up to bat.

    My wife has been saying that since week 1.

  239. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    I guess we’ve resorted to Plan B: bunt until they can stop it.

  240. David B on April 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Hey don’t get your hopes up…1st and 2nd no outs? Well find a way to F it up.

  241. Des71 on April 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Screw this up, and the field will be littered with Felix bobblehead dolls.

  242. mln on April 30th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Let’s hope the Mariners don’t figure out another creative way to screw up a potential game-winning opportunity.

  243. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:55 pm

    Does “clean-up” hitter refer to cleaning the bases with a double play?

  244. ooter on April 30th, 2010 9:56 pm

    My wife has been saying that since week 1.

    Everyone who has seen this team has been saying that since week 1.

  245. mln on April 30th, 2010 9:56 pm

    Strike out!

    With Jose Lopez up.

  246. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 9:56 pm

    I’m sure Lopez will take a couple of pitches.

    ha ha. I made a funny.

  247. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:56 pm

    The problem of the batting order is especially amplified in this game…Lopez will hit in to a DP!

  248. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:56 pm

    nows time for lopez to hit an unlikely homerun

  249. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Why wouldn’t you pinch hit Johnson for Lopez here?

    Nevermind.

  250. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 9:57 pm

    Did Lopez actually take the 1st pitch or am I reading this wrong?

  251. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:58 pm

    This is why Bradley should be above Lopez and Griffey!!!!
    UGH!!

  252. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    If Eric Byrnes wins this game for us, I will wet my pants.

  253. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    lopez walked. lol

  254. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    3-1. Give Lopey the take sign.

    Walk. Huge.

  255. jordan on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    WHOA! What was that Lopez? Who tought you that?

  256. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Thank you for proving me wrong Lopey!

  257. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Is this JOSE Lopez? Did we bring up or trade for another Lopez? Because I don’t remember Jose Lopez ever working a 3-ball count.

  258. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Byrnes & Bradley. I’m actually optimistic.

  259. griffin on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Byrnes don’t folow in that chump Sweeney’s footsteps!!

  260. my sugarsoul on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    I’m sure Lopez will take a couple of pitches.

    ha ha. I made a funny.

    Wait what?

  261. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Now here is a chance for the squeeze play. They aren’t going to double up Byrnes.

  262. David B on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Bases loaded one out? Where is Sweeney when we need him?

  263. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 9:59 pm

    Just hit a fly Ball. Please?

  264. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    Let’s pinch hit Ryan Lang…nevermind.

  265. mln on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    OMG.

    Lopez walks.

    The Apocalypse is nigh.

  266. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    David B – HAHAHAHAHAHA

  267. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    Maybe Ichiro should just steal home to end it.

  268. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    Byrnes needs to stand closer to the plate.. He looks like a little kid thats afraid to hit.

  269. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:00 pm

    Just strike out Byrnes. Please?

  270. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    lol… this is ridiculous

  271. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Wow

  272. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA WOW!!!!

  273. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Or not.

  274. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Damn.

  275. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    WTF!!!!!!!!

  276. Des71 on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    PATHETIC!

  277. ooter on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Come on Ichiro you have to plow the man over!

  278. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    What the heck was that?

  279. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Didn’t look like a squeeze

  280. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:01 pm

    Pathetic.

  281. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Bad basics by Byrnes. He pulled his bat back when Ichiro was committed.

  282. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    OH NO LOL

  283. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    I saw the 3B coach flashing a bunch of signs, and I was thinking that might be it.

    Byrnes HAS TO STICK HIS BAT DOWN THERE!

  284. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Really?

    now a sac fly is out of the picture…

    ugh.

  285. Swungonandbelted on April 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    Fail

  286. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Lets make this even more interesting.

  287. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Boy that looked like little league.

  288. mln on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Mariner baserunning comes to the rescue … of the Rangers.

  289. JasonJ on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    This is a circus!

  290. David B on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    See Wak…that’s how you get tossed…

  291. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Ownd! Good bye Wash!

  292. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    So Byrnes pulled the bat back on a suicide squeeze?

  293. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Ichiro effed up

  294. scottg02 on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    LOL this is the funniest game ever. It’s so pathetic its funny.

  295. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Worst.Offense.Ever.

  296. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 10:03 pm

    Washington must have a date for dinner.

  297. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    Well, they’re claiming it’s a botched squeeze, so I take back the Ichiro comment.

  298. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    3.

  299. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    My optimism was misplaced.

  300. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    Oh my god.. Really.

  301. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    Kill me now. I may not watch another game for awhile. This is offense?

  302. David B on April 30th, 2010 10:04 pm

    FML

  303. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 10:05 pm

    So much for making a good impression for Lee. He works back from an injury and pitches his ass off, and we can’t score a run in over 11 innings?

  304. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:05 pm

    of course. bases loaded one out easily turns into no runs.

    of course.

  305. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 10:05 pm

    All I can think of is Byrnes thought it was going by the catcher.

  306. wtnuke on April 30th, 2010 10:05 pm

    They just INVENTED an out. That’s not creating an out on the base paths, that’s finding a new and exciting way to produce outs.

  307. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    Of course. bases loaded one out easily turns into no runs.

    of course.

    Only for the M’s.

  308. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    This is great. I’m more entertained at how funny(sad) this offense is.

    I’m actually excited to see what Dave posts. This is garbage baseball.

  309. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    Ichiro effed up

    If it was a suicide squeeze, Byrnes effed up by pulling his bat back and leaving Ichiro to die.

  310. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    I’m going to bed.

  311. Nate on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    so, what is the run expectancy with bases loaded and one out?
    it’s greater than zero right? times two?

  312. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    Ranger solo HR to win?

  313. sodomojo_1 on April 30th, 2010 10:06 pm

    c’mon, a bunch of first graders could’ve scored in that situation. wow that was pathetic

  314. jjenson on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    How did ichiro eff up? He is told to go its Byrnes job to get a bat on that ball. Bad job by Mr. Byrnes.

  315. MBK on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    162 games of this **** is gonna put me in the ground. Can an offense be ANY worse?

  316. Arron on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Byrnes and Sweeney should be cut…right now…tell them to pack their bags and go home…this is just pathetic…

  317. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    “Thats why you go to the ballpark, because your gonna see something new everyday.”

    If I wanted to see that, I would go to the local little league park.

  318. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Win or lose I’m still gonna be pissed after the game.

  319. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    Well lets see how well League can do.

    For those who are at the game, they’re sure getting their moneys worth! King Felix bobblehead, Cliff $#*% Lee pitching and a (currently) 12 inning game.

  320. Dirk on April 30th, 2010 10:07 pm

    At least the Thunder were eliminated tonight

  321. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 10:08 pm

    If League can pitch 12 more innings like this, we’ll win it in 23.

  322. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:08 pm

    With the way Wak managed this game, the M’s deserve to lose.

  323. Arron on April 30th, 2010 10:08 pm

    There’s your winning run on first…

  324. mr_cysco on April 30th, 2010 10:08 pm

    it’s freak’n after midnight here in dallas. for the love of god can I please go to sleep! Pathetic is the only word to describe this. Ugh. It’s gonna be a loooooong season.

    -=cysco

  325. TomTuttle on April 30th, 2010 10:09 pm

    God, our offense sucks.

  326. Rick L on April 30th, 2010 10:09 pm

    This is it for League. After that we are depending on Sean White. not a good scenario.

  327. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:09 pm

    Game over.

  328. IwearMsHats on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    There it is.

  329. ooter on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    God…

  330. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    Tui error to win it!

  331. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    That’s going to be the ballgame.

  332. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    I’m actually excited to see what Dave posts. This is garbage baseball.

    I wonder how many times he’s had to rewrite his recap post.

    Well, once more for that error, I imagine.

  333. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    Lets see if the Rangers can play some Mariner ball right here.

  334. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    so why do we have a 7 man bullpen if we dont even use it?

    This is completely ridiculous

  335. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:10 pm

    This is the part of the game where we lose.

  336. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    That’s going to be the ballgame.

  337. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    Hahaha this is unbelievable. Actually it’s not,my bad.

  338. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    Well, why not?

    or, to quote Ichiro, of course you did.

  339. MBK on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    We’ve been trying to hand it to them, and there it is.

  340. Swungonandbelted on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    WTF is the matter with this team….

  341. ooter on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2010 Seattle Mariners.

  342. Idaho M on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    Sweeney DFA
    Byrnes DFA
    Tui Sent to Minors

    Something needs to be done !

  343. mln on April 30th, 2010 10:11 pm

    This is the beautiful thing about the Mariner offense.

    They give fans new and inventive ways NOT to score runs!

  344. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    I am laughing hysterically. . . .M’s do not have an offense at all. Beyond pathetic. I won’t watch another for awhile. What a waste of pitching.

  345. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    When do the Seafair clowns show up?

  346. xeifrank on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Wow, what a way to lose.

  347. mr_cysco on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    why do we bother watching?

  348. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Is this game rigged? We can’t be THAT bad. It has to be a thrown game… Oh wait, we really are that bad.

  349. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Why is Z sitting on his hands when this team obviously has no offense? This isn’t a one time occurrence.

  350. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:12 pm

    Boo 11-12!

  351. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:13 pm

    Sweeney DFA
    Byrnes DFA
    Tui Sent to Minors

    Something needs to be done !

    Believe Big

  352. Paul L on April 30th, 2010 10:13 pm

    You can’t really complain about the attendance. The fans are wise to this act, and they’re not going to come back until the Ms can prove they’re legit.

  353. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:13 pm

    I don’t understand how they choose who makes the team at all.

    Apparently they need guys in the bullpen to just sit there, and you dont need to be able to hit a baseball to be in the lineup.

    This is completely pathetic to watch. So much for a good year.

  354. Arron on April 30th, 2010 10:13 pm

    I’m actually glad we are about to lose…IF change is coming…

  355. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:13 pm

    2-0… game is out of reach.

  356. pareto on April 30th, 2010 10:14 pm

    Oh! That’s how you score a runner on third! Hope guys in the dugout were watching.

  357. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 10:14 pm

    Well, thank goodness we took Wilson out of the game.

  358. mgbetsch on April 30th, 2010 10:14 pm

    This one is on Wak, what a pathetic job of managing. From the stupid call to pinch hit Sweeney and take away Wilson’s defense, to the decision to squeeze with a hitter with 0 confidence to leaving League hanging out there to dry, this is inexcusable for a major league manager to make decisions that even the average fan questions. Tell me Wak, how does your belief system taste now?

  359. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    I hate watching this team.

  360. UofMichgoMs on April 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    This is why people don’t go watch this team

  361. jordan on April 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    If you want people to come out to the park, put out a team people are going to want to watch.

    I don’t want to watch this, and I WILL NOT go to a game until there is something worth my time.

    TV=off

  362. JMHawkins on April 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    When do the Seafair clowns show up?

    Top of the 1st.

  363. Kazinski on April 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    One more time: That’s going to be the ballgame.

    However on the optimistic side, we are/will be tied with Texas 1/2 game out of 1st, with Felix on the mound tomorrow.

  364. mr_cysco on April 30th, 2010 10:16 pm

    That’s my sign to go to bed. It would be comical if it weren’t our team. Please GMZ, fix this!

  365. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:16 pm

    Inept offence leads to another loss. Really nothing else to say. Mr. Z can we fix the offense please? Is this too much to ask?

  366. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:17 pm

    However on the optimistic side, we are/will be tied with Texas 1/2 game out of 1st, with Felix on the mound tomorrow.

    How is that supposed to be optimistic? We had Cliff frigging Lee on the mound today and lost because we couldn’t get 1 stinking run.

  367. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:17 pm

    Byrnes blows, Sweeney blows, and Tui is a career AAA/AA player. Not sure what Tui does well – can’t hit and can’t field, yet gets to be with the big club. Why bother pinch hitting for Wilson when Sweeney can’t hit and Tui will kill us in the field if we don’t score.

  368. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:17 pm

    Why would Lee want to stay in Seattle after watching this? And with this line-up there will be much much more of the same. Worst offense in baseball. Yay us.

  369. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Per Dave’s Twitter, no recap tonight.

  370. NBarnes on April 30th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Really, it’s not just ‘the offense’. Wak managed himself out of this game.

    And let’s not pretend that he has no influence on Sweeney being on the roster in the first place.

  371. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:19 pm

    We do need to do something to get a couple guys that can hit, this is getting a little ridiculous. We’ve got half the lineup that are lucky to make solid contact 2/3 of the time.

  372. Sports on a Schtick on April 30th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Milton looked pissed catching that fly ball. Maybe that’s a good sign for the bottom half of the inning.

  373. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Not sure what Tui does well – can’t hit and can’t field, yet gets to be with the big club.

    He’s the new WFB. Local Kid done good.

  374. DHawk on April 30th, 2010 10:20 pm

    Two times our “offense” fails to win this game. Check swing pop up by Kotchman, ground out by Sweeney(it happens). But a FAILED bunt by Byrnes… are you kidding me?! Now Sean White is in!

  375. msb on April 30th, 2010 10:20 pm

    Amazing the ways they find to both lose games and destroy our hopes.

  376. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:21 pm

    If Sweeney wasn’t in the lineup, Garko would be and he sucks, too. We needed someone else in camp that can mash a little. Not much, just a little.

  377. HubofPNW on April 30th, 2010 10:21 pm

    Run prevention team is right.

  378. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:21 pm

    How’s that pitchy defense stuff workin’ out for ya?

  379. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:22 pm

    However on the optimistic side, we are/will be tied with Texas 1/2 game out of 1st, with Felix on the mound tomorrow.

    How is that supposed to be optimistic? We had Cliff frigging Lee on the mound today and lost because we couldn’t get 1 stinking run.

    Exactly. We’re supposed to win with our ace’s on the mound. Lee pitched one hell of a game all for nothing. Now I understand why my father-in-law has said that it hurts to be a M’s fan.

  380. Travis on April 30th, 2010 10:23 pm

    This is sickening!!!

  381. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:23 pm

    Dave breaks the news to me on Twitter, no recap.
    Was really looking forward to one tonight.

  382. George_Argyros_Lives on April 30th, 2010 10:23 pm

    It’s not just bad managing – the offense is putrid and is easily the worst in baseball. They hit 9 HRs in April as a team!! This is not an MLB-level offense, nope.

  383. mlathrop3 on April 30th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Mr. Lee,

    This is what you get for pitching 7 innnings of shut out baseball. Want to stick around for a few more years? No? But WHY?

  384. mln on April 30th, 2010 10:25 pm

    The M’s are mailing it in this inning.

  385. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:26 pm

    If Wak and Z do not make a move in the next 48 hours, I am not buying another M’s ticket for the rest of the year. My money isn’t going towards this crap product.

  386. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:26 pm

    My best advice to Cliff Lee:
    Pitch well and get yourself out of Seattle as soon as possible. You will go nowhere with this team.

    You truly deserve a better team then this.
    We as fan’s are sorry we can’t help you out.

  387. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:26 pm

    The pitching is good enough to warrant opening the pocket book and getting some hitting if we can hang in there for a couple more months. Lets hope it happens.

  388. DHawk on April 30th, 2010 10:26 pm

    Putrid is too nice. Anyone have any ideas on a better word for this offense?

  389. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:27 pm

    Why can’t we get a catcher to hit .200? Is it really that difficult?

  390. Adam F on April 30th, 2010 10:27 pm

    the offense is putrid and is easily the worst in baseball. They hit 9 HRs in April as a team!!

    No, we’re not “easily the worst,” we’re not even the worst. The Astros also hit 9 HRs, and while our wOBA is an anemic .300, theirs was .278. Easily the worst. The Orioles have a .300 wOBA as well, despite twice as many homers. Our offense is terrible, but we’re not the only ones.

  391. G-Man on April 30th, 2010 10:27 pm

    This is a game when I was really looking forward to Dave’s recap. But its absence speaks volumes.

  392. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Putrid is too nice. Anyone have any ideas on a better word for this offense?

    Yes, but they are not appropriate for this blog.

  393. colejs on April 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

    On a scale of 1-10 the offense is about a… -10

    and thats being generous

  394. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Putrid is too nice. Anyone have any ideas on a better word for this offense?

    dictionary.com says: See the all Seattle Sports Teams. //sigh//

  395. dingbatman on April 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

    Did the crowd boo on the last strikeout??? I hope they did…they should of.

  396. mlathrop3 on April 30th, 2010 10:28 pm

    We may be just a half game back, but it feels like we are on the edge of the “cliff” vs. the other teams.

    F$%king pathetic offense.

  397. DHawk on April 30th, 2010 10:29 pm

    I never thought I would say this… but, I miss Johjima.

  398. MarinerFanMike03 on April 30th, 2010 10:29 pm

    typo on my last post the

  399. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:29 pm

    From @d_a_cameron: Summing up the night: Screw team chemistry – give me a team that can play baseball.

  400. IchiGo on April 30th, 2010 10:29 pm

    I think I hear the sound of Cliff Lee signing an FA contract somewhere else…

  401. Des71 on April 30th, 2010 10:30 pm

    It’s not just bad managing – the offense is putrid and is easily the worst in baseball. They hit 9 HRs in April as a team!! This is not an MLB-level offense, nope.

    So true.

  402. JerBear on April 30th, 2010 10:31 pm

    That was pathetic.

    With the pitching and run prevention we have, it wouldn’t even be all that hard to improve… Find a reason to DL Sweeney, call up Langerhans and platoon him in LF with Byrnes, Stick Bradley at DH and send Griffey to the bench, and the instant Hannahan is ready to return, DFA Colome and call him up. And stop batting Lopez in the freaking 4 hole. That’s not that drastic, but even those things would help.

  403. Glen on April 30th, 2010 10:34 pm

    JerBear,

    That only moves around the problems. Doesn’t fix the offense.

  404. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:34 pm

    Josh Wilson up, Tui down, now.

    Langerhans up, byrnes gone, now.

    Sweeney gone, Jermaine Dye in, now.

  405. griffin on April 30th, 2010 10:41 pm

    d_a_cameron

    Summing up the night: Screw team chemistry – give me a team that can play baseball.

    This. This right here. Perfectly said.

  406. NBarnes on April 30th, 2010 10:43 pm

    Jermaine Dye is not going to fix one single problem this team has.

  407. marinerblue on April 30th, 2010 10:53 pm

    Dye is better than Sweeney, which is an improvement. Sweeney needs to go, he doesn’t have it anymore. Getting players that are better than the current ones, even if only a little bit, is a start.

  408. Glen on April 30th, 2010 11:20 pm

    Stop. Please Stop with the Langerhans talk. He is not the answer. It is like taking our current DHs’ bats and putting them in the field.

    Yes! More run prevention! We will start winning games -1 to 0!

  409. JerBear on May 1st, 2010 11:11 am

    That only moves around the problems. Doesn’t fix the offense.

    Stop. Please Stop with the Langerhans talk. He is not the answer. It is like taking our current DHs’ bats and putting them in the field.

    The problem isn’t just “the offense,” it’s roster construction. Nobody expected the M’s to have a good offense, and the truth is they don’t necessarily need a good offense. But they could get at least a better offense through better roster construction.

    Would I like to see them make some major changes and bring in some big bats? Sure, but on a team like this, even minor changes go a long way to preventing losses like last night.

    Langerhans may not have much of a bat (though for comparison, Langerhans put up a .299 wOBA last year, so far this year Griffey’s at .252 and Sweeney’s at .231), but unlike our DH combo he’s also above average in the field and can run the bases. If Langerhans had gotten a base hit last night instead of Griffey, they wouldn’t have had to pinch run for him, thereby losing their only backup outfielder and forcing Byrnes to face a righty with the bases loaded later in the game. Having Langerhans in the field would mean some better defense than Bradley, but mostly it would help by keeping Bradley healthy. When you only have a few guys that can hit, you’ve got to keep them in the lineup – you saw how ugly it gets when Bradley’s out. Also, Bradley > Lopez. If you put him in the 4 spot instead of Lopez (esp. against a righty) you’ve got a much better chance of driving in some runs. If you have a backup infielder who can actually field, you don’t have Tui throwing the ball away and putting the winning run on third with no outs in extra innings.

    Yeah, none of those things make this a “good offense,” but any one of them probably would have led to a win last night instead of a loss. This team is going to play a lot of games like this, and they need every win they can get. I’d rather see incremental change than no change at all.

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