Game 37 Götterdämmerung

Jay Yencich · May 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

If it’s not one thing, it’s another at this point. I don’t know if we’re full into the Götterdämmerung phase yet, as the offense will surely bounce back, and Milton Bradley will soon resume doing what he does, but the state of affairs is quite disheartening at the moment, and I wasn’t going to let marc’s use of “ragnarok” slide.

The Mariners faced off against a Matt Garza who wasn’t particularly on his game. At some point in the third inning, a graphic popped up that indicated that he had more balls than strikes. He left with only two strikeouts. Unfortunately, the home plate umpire didn’t really care that Garza was off his game and was repeatedly giving him the outside strike to left-handed batters. The two Ks, to Saunders in the third and to Griffey in the fourth, were questionable if you look at the pitch tracker. Take it away, robots.

Despite giving up his first walk of the season to Longoria, Lee pitched as well as we’ve seen from him, ending the night with ten Ks. Hank Blalock, who came in hitting 6-for-13 off him, went 0-for-3 and struck out twice. He managed to strand Aybar after that bizarre double just outside the infield when Figgins and Ichiro both lost the ball and Guti didn’t make it in time. He’s done everything to endear himself to the Mariners, including appearing back on the mound in the second before they even went to commercial break. The Mariners? Well, I can’t imagine that the feeling is mutual at this point.

Our one run came on three consecutive singles by the Tacoma Rainiers, Josh Wilson, Josh Bard, and Michael Saunders, but then Ichiro flew out, after coming into the game with seven consecutive multi-hit games, and Figgins grounded into his second double play of the series to end it. Bard made a good first impression on the team with the single, and the walk, and the catching of the baseball. We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks when Moore is eligible to come off.

Other bullet points from the day:

* Griffey nearly blooped one to the left side, against the Griffey Shift. That ball was caught by Crawford, who also stole what might have been a RBI double from Jose Lopez in the sixth. Carl Crawford ruined my Sunday afternoon.

* Saunders nearly caught Crawford’s triple. Remain calm.

* It’s distasteful to see a man getting kicked when he’s down. Kotchman got that today, in consecutive at-bats. First he gets the chin music, and then as he’s spinning away, Navarro throws to his blindside to keep Lopez on the bag at first. The next time up, he gets drilled in the shoulder. What did Kotchman ever do to you, Rays?

* One of the things that’s likely to stick out in our minds after today’s game, like the Moore pinch-running mistake last night, is Gutierrez running into the third out of the inning at third base. Josh Wilson was at-bat then, not exactly the guy you want at the plate in a RBI situation, but still, awful. One interesting statistical tidbit on Guti is that in the month of May, he’s running a 13/11 K/BB. So, on one hand, he’s striking out in almost a third of his at-bats, but on the other, he’s already logged three more walks in May than he did the whole month of April.

* Jack Wilson went 1-for-2 as the DH in last night’s game for West Tenn, but is sitting out today.


55 Responses to “Game 37 Götterdämmerung”

  1. spankystout on May 17th, 2010 1:46 am

    The unpredictability of the baseball draft scares me. But in the end the M’s won’t walk away empty handed. It is a win-win situation, which for this team, it is unheard of. So we can at least rejoice that there will be a return on Lee!!!!

  2. bermanator on May 17th, 2010 5:30 am

    I’m 99% certain Dave has written about this picks-v.prospects issue before, but can’t seem to find it…

    My guess is that teams are better off getting good prospects that are reasonably close to the Major Leagues than they are getting a pair of draft picks that are, by rule, in the late teens or lower.

  3. abcd on May 17th, 2010 5:59 am

    Couple of things to point out with respect to type A free agents since there has been some chatter about them:

    If a team signs a Type A free agent, its first-round pick goes to the former team — unless that pick is in the top 15 (So we would not get two picks in the top 10 if Lee is signed by a bad Mets team, and the Ms continue their poor play), in which case a second-round pick goes to the former team. The former team also gets an extra pick between the first and second rounds.

    I belive the year the Yanks signed Tex, Sabathia and Burnett (all type A) the brewers actually got a sandwich pick and the third round Yankees pick (around pick 100+ ?), because Sabathia was the lowest ranked of the 3…So while the draft picks are nice, they aren’t always all that high depending on which team signs the guy…
    For example, if a team like the Mets have a top 15 pick, sign Carl Crawford and Lee, then there is a chance we don’t even get a second round pick for losing Lee.

    Anyway, if there is a good trade available with players rather than picks I’d take it, assuming of course the Ms are out of contention.

  4. Chris_From_Bothell on May 17th, 2010 6:46 am

    Sadly, I’d say none. As a Sounders season ticket holder, I’ve been contemplating this very question for a while. And I think these guys are trying hard every game. They just aren’t good, lucky, or well managed, so they lose a lot. But they’re trying. Not sure how encouraging that is.

    On the one hand, I agree. This lot is vastly better than the sullen mass of oatmeal from 08 because they really are trying, really do think they can do better, are not just collapsing in on themselves or turning on each other. I can’t knock them for lack of effort or passion; if anything, some of them may be trying too hard, and getting away from their skills and their game.

    On the other hand, as an organization, the Ms are charging championship-caliber-team prices for spring-training-level results. A Sounders-like refund isn’t practical, but the Ms could lower the ticket prices for the remainder of the year, and do something to acknowledge the ticket package and season ticket holders.

  5. Liam on May 17th, 2010 8:33 am

    On Cliff Lee, MLB Trade Rumors just released the Elias Rankings through May 15th.

    Felix Hernandez leads the AL SP at 93.9
    Cliff Lee is down the rung at 82.

    The cutoff for type a/b is at 72.

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