Game Fifty-Three Recap
Creeping back towards .500. Nice to take three in a row from a very good Twins team, even if they were missing Orlando Hudson (and Michael Cuddyer today). This game is essentially how the Mariners drew up their game plan for the season – get some guys on base, let the top of the order run like rabbits, and score enough runs to support Felix. It hasn’t worked often enough, but it did tonight, and has to be encouraging to the organization.
Speaking of Felix, that was pretty fun to watch, especially the eighth inning. Felix has always had problems with left-handed hitters, and the Twins have some very good ones, but he just blew them away. These are some of the premier offensive players in the game, and they had no chance against the King.
Offensively, there were some positive signs. Saunders ripped that double to right, and showed good plate coverage by singling to center on a pitch away. Lopez, obviously, has found his power stroke again, which the team desperately needed. And the M’s showed good awareness of Pavano’s problems holding runners on, taking advantage at every opportunity by stealing five bases off of him, three of them uncontested. This still isn’t a great offense, but it’s not as bad as the one we had to endure in April and May.
With the Rangers losing again, the M’s now find themselves six games out in the AL West. Brett Anderson went back on the DL for the A’s today as well, so the two teams at the top of the pile aren’t exactly rolling in good news. The M’s still have a chance at this thing. It’s not a great chance, but it’s a chance.