Game 57, Mariners at Rangers

Dave · June 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Lee vs Lewis, 5:05 pm.

Scott Feldman was supposed to start for Texas tonight, but he’s been replaced by Colby Lewis, so they can relive the classic that was their last match-up.

Finally fed up, Wak has blown the line-up to shreds, and we get something entirely new tonight. If you needed another sign that the M’s season basically depends on this series, here you go. Carp getting a start is interesting – that he’s hitting fifth directly after coming up from Tacoma is kind of depressing.

Ichiro, RF
Bradley, DH
Gutierrez, CF
Lopez, 3B
Carp, 1B
Josh Wilson, SS
Johnson, C
Saunders, LF
Figgins, 2B

Comments

138 Responses to “Game 57, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. IwearMsHats on June 7th, 2010 3:03 pm

    Is Figgins piggy-backing on Lopez?

  2. Hammy57 on June 7th, 2010 3:06 pm

    I like putting Figgins in the 9 hole. If you can get him on base for when the lineup turns over, that is a great move. He is essentially a leadoff hitter (except for the first inning of course). Only thing I don’t like about this lineup is Johnson at catcher, but I guess Lee likes him behind the plate. I know he calls a good game, but he can’t catch the ball. I thought that was a pretty big component of playing catcher?

  3. GripS on June 7th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Lopez still hitting 4th. Yuck! Johnson still catching. Double Yuck!!

    Hey Dave you think flip flopping Carp and Wilson would be a better choice?

  4. KaminaAyato on June 7th, 2010 3:15 pm

    @GripS – You’re not going to get a change at C unless the big name SP (Felix/Lee) want someone else other than Rob behind the plate.

  5. GripS on June 7th, 2010 3:20 pm

    “@GripS – You’re not going to get a change at C unless the big name SP (Felix/Lee) want someone else other than Rob behind the plate.”

    Yeah I got that. But at some point a manager needs to step up and say “I make the lineup. Not you. Johnson doesn’t stop the ball like he should so he’s gonna ride the pine for a while”

    In an ideal world of course. I realize you also don’t want to tick off your Ace. At this point we really don’t have much to lose now do we?

  6. Axtell on June 7th, 2010 3:20 pm

    Wak needs to be a manager and sit down with Lee and Felix and tell them that in order to win, they need someone other than RJ behind the plate. I find it difficult to believe in his short time here Lee has to have a preference in catchers, and Felix, well he needs to realize he’s going to dominate no matter who catches him. The passed balls, inability to throw anyone out, and complete lack of anything resembling an ability to hit should prompt these guys to get someone else back there.

    Love the lineup blowup, but it does mean they’re admitting the season is done. I wonder how much they had to convince Figgins the move to 9th would help?

  7. SODOMOJO360 on June 7th, 2010 3:22 pm

    Bradley hasn’t been hitting better than Figgy lately and at least Figgy get’s on base by walks. Maybe Bradley hits this pitcher well and it’s just a one game thing? It seems like Figgy has been warming up and I don’t understand killing his confidence now.

  8. SODOMOJO360 on June 7th, 2010 3:26 pm

    It’s not like Guti is such a stud hitter that he protects Bradley. We’ll see. I do like Carp in there every day. It can’t possibly be worse than Kotch.

  9. Diehard on June 7th, 2010 3:35 pm

    The M’s are probably going to get swept. We have seen what happens when the M’s enter a big series against a divisional opponent the last 5 years, they choke big time.

  10. djw on June 7th, 2010 3:37 pm

    “Lineup Protection” is a myth.

    Perhaps I’m stubborn, but I expect Figgins to pretty much be his old self going forward. This seems reactionary to me.

    Happy to see Carp get a change, though.

  11. MX on June 7th, 2010 3:37 pm

    Bradley is a patient hitter. Putting him behind Ichiro is good for Ichiro to steal 2nd.

  12. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 3:38 pm

    I like the shakeup, especially Figgins in the 9-hole. Let’s see what hitting in front of Ichiro might do. At least he won’t be making at out as many times a week at #9.

    Milton at #2 seems unusual, I’d prefer him in a RBI spot, but it isn’t like we have a lot of choice. Heck, I might stick Josh the Paperboy in there, followed by Guti, Milton, Lopez and Carp.

  13. Chris_From_Bothell on June 7th, 2010 3:46 pm

    This is obviously the Emergency Branyan Maneuver from 2009, when they had Ichiro&Branyan at 1&2, and then poo from 3 – 9.

    Their plan is get Ichiro on, have Bradley or Gutierrez drive him in, then it really doesn’t matter whatever else the rest of the lineup does.

  14. Chris_From_Bothell on June 7th, 2010 3:47 pm

    “Lineup Protection” is a myth.

    Do you have some #s to back that up?

  15. dirk on June 7th, 2010 3:56 pm

    Rather than protection, it allows Bradley to see more fastballs with Ichi on first willing to steal.

  16. HititHere on June 7th, 2010 4:00 pm

    Figgins grounded into 3 double plays with Ichiro on 1st this weekend.

    I am not surprised Wak finally decided to get Figgy out of the 2 hole, regardless of his OBP.

  17. MX on June 7th, 2010 4:03 pm

    get Figgy out of the 2 hole, regardless of his OBP.

    Figgy’s OPS is not good either.

  18. djw on June 7th, 2010 4:06 pm

    Chris, it may not be cutting edge stuff but I recall Marasco and Grabiner demonstrating pretty convincingly that empirical support for the protection hypothesis is sorely lacking.

    (googling….)

    Here’s a link

    If there is new evidence for a meaningful and robust protection effect, please point me to it–I don’t keep up with the cutting edge of sabermetrics these days, but that would be very big news indeed and I’d be rather suprised to have missed.

  19. mearls on June 7th, 2010 4:09 pm

    Oh great Gods of Stats, please tell me there’s some hidden number in Figgy’s 2010 that tells us he will bounce back to what he once was.

    As far as having him at 9, I think it makes more sense than having him at 2. He’s always been more of a walks and singles guy, not someone who could really move Ichiro over or drive him in. I’m sure this has been covered before, but assuming a functional Figgins I always liked him at 1, Ichiro at 2.

  20. Rick Banjo on June 7th, 2010 4:19 pm

    Wak just sunk my battleship.

  21. Leroy Stanton on June 7th, 2010 4:21 pm

    Rather than protection, it allows Bradley to see more fastballs with Ichi on first willing to steal.

    I’m glad the Mariners continue to give to MB.

  22. beadyeyes123 on June 7th, 2010 4:22 pm

    It’s not like Guti is such a stud hitter that he protects Bradley. We’ll see. I do like Carp in there every day. It can’t possibly be worse than Kotch.

    Yet Guti’s been pretty strong in the 3 hole.

  23. Chris_From_Bothell on June 7th, 2010 4:29 pm

    I recall Marasco and Grabiner demonstrating pretty convincingly that empirical support for the protection hypothesis is sorely lacking.

    Thanks for the link, that’s nifty. Didn’t mean to come across all snarky, I didn’t have a sabr-specific (or any specific) set of data about protection in lineups.

    I always bought into protection just based on how it might change pitch selection, and thus possibly skew pitch selection in favor of the hitter (or at least, away from the pitcher’s best pitches & locations).

  24. djw on June 7th, 2010 4:39 pm

    Protection is like CERA–to people who’ve played the game at moderate but not super-high levels, it feels and seems like it must be real, and at lower levels of talent it probably is. That (protection, CERA) aren’t real phenomenon at the MLB level is not intuitive to me, but data is data.

  25. Utis on June 7th, 2010 4:41 pm

    The Mariners need someone, anyone to start driving the ball consistently. This is similar to the move they tried last year when they hit Branyan second. They are hoping MB will get better pitches to hit. They need to get him going. Branyan had shown a tad more power than Milton however.

  26. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 4:42 pm

    I’m sure this has been covered before, but assuming a functional Figgins I always liked him at 1, Ichiro at 2.

    That’s what you’ve got, once the first 8 guys have batted.

  27. joser on June 7th, 2010 4:54 pm

    I’d just like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dave Cameron: in addition to his many duties here and at Fangraphs, as well as providing extemporaneous commentary on radio stations everywhere (including in Spokane in a few minutes), not to mention the not inconsiderable matter of running the entire United Kingdom, he’s also now agreed to coach Canada’s national junior hockey team (which, it’s safe to say, is more significant to that country than the minority PM is to the UK; it’s also far more perilous).

    He’s a busy, busy guy.

  28. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 4:56 pm

    It’s not like Guti is such a stud hitter that he protects Bradley.

    Though he looks like Albert Pujols compared to most of the lineup.

  29. Liam on June 7th, 2010 5:07 pm

    I remember when Casey Kotchman did everything that Mike Carp could do, but better.

  30. MarinerDan on June 7th, 2010 5:14 pm

    Who is pitching this game for Texas? I read the above post by Dave, but the on-line gamecasts say it is still Scott Feldman.

  31. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 5:14 pm

    Miton Bradley is greeted by the Mariners new first-base coach Mike Brumley. I like it.

  32. joser on June 7th, 2010 5:15 pm

    Tango has a section on “protection” in The Book; a portion of that from the perspective of pitchers — pitching around batters, and “protecting” them to prevent it — was reprinted at Hardball Times. The whole thing is worth reading, but the relevant bits may be:

    The entire point of protecting a batter is to improve his offensive output (wOBA) by forcing the opposing pitcher to pitch to him. And indeed, we saw above that opposing pitchers pitch to protected hitters, something that is evidenced by the fewer walks. However, when the ball is put into play, we see no significant difference between how the two sets of hitters perform. The unprotected hitters have a wOBA of .395 (counting only balls that are hit), compared with .391 for protected hitters. The difference of .004 is not statistically significant. For comparison, the good hitters in the “leading” situation have a “contact” wOBA of .404, which is a somewhat statistically significant deviation from the other values.

    In short, protecting a star hitter appears to accomplish very little. He indeed gets fewer walks; however, there is no evidence that he gets more hittable pitches, since the pitcher always avoids pitching to a good hitter when the situation would call for an intentional walk.

    In short, we simply cannot find any evidence to suggest that the pitcher’s approach has any significant impact on the batter’s stats, aside from the obvious changes in walks and strikeouts.

    In terms of an alternative to intentional walks, pitching around a hitter accomplishes very little, as it merely increases the ratio of walks to non-walks without significantly affecting how well the hitter performs if he isn’t actually walked.

    So from the perspective of lineup construction, if you have a batter that pitchers fear so much he’s getting a lot of IBB then it makes sense to try to protect him, since presumably what he does when he’s pitched to is generally more damaging than a free pass to first (otherwise why would they IBB him? Though remember the on-base part of OPS is worth something like 1.8x the slugging).

    But the M’s don’t have Barry Bonds in the lineup (hey, you know… oh, nevermind), and nobody is getting IBB’d enough to matter (Ichiro leads the team with all of 6 this season; Pujols already has 18). Bradley has yet to be walked intentionally this year (Guti hasn’t either) and until he does there’s nothing to “protect.”

  33. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:15 pm

    He’s a busy, busy guy.

    Hehe…it’s all about multitasking! :)

  34. Utis on June 7th, 2010 5:15 pm

    Brunley and Tinsley switched places so we have a new third base coach as well.

  35. Jasper_C on June 7th, 2010 5:18 pm

    Fieldman is pitching.

    [strike]On a side note, Mike Brumley can no longer send guys to be meat at the plate, he has flipped with Tinsley on base coaching duties.[/strike]

  36. MarinerDan on June 7th, 2010 5:19 pm

    Any word on the confusion around the whole Feldman/Lewis pitching decision? Were they going to swap the two and then didn’t?

  37. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 5:23 pm

    I just clicked over to the Spokane station Dave appears on, just in time to hear that Carlos Silva (8-0 after another quality start today) is scheduled to face the mariners when the Cubs visit Safeco in a few weeks.

  38. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 5:24 pm

    Shaking up the lineup, switching the base coaches, rearranging the deck chairs, …

  39. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:25 pm

    Nice start there, Carp!

  40. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:27 pm

    I’ll bet Silva can’t wait to shut down the M’s when the Cubbies come to town!

  41. djw on June 7th, 2010 5:28 pm

    I realize Carp isn’t anything special as a prospect, but every time I actually see him hit (including a bunch of Tacoma games) he just looks like he really knows what he’s doing at the plate.

  42. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 5:29 pm

    CONDOR!

  43. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Mikey likes it! We like it!

  44. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Good job, Saunders!

  45. greentunic on June 7th, 2010 5:30 pm

    I know this is immature, naive, and in the moment but I LOVE THIS LINEUP haha.

  46. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Holy poop! Did I just see on the wee GameCast diamond what I thought I saw?!

  47. Marinersdude83 on June 7th, 2010 5:31 pm

    Saunders! Yes!

  48. lalo on June 7th, 2010 5:32 pm

    Figgy in the nine hole looks good!

  49. Marinersdude83 on June 7th, 2010 5:33 pm

    C’mon Ichiro! Let’s keep this going!

  50. Glen on June 7th, 2010 5:33 pm

    Yes, Lauren, Rojo got a hit.

  51. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2010 5:34 pm

    Glen: Ha. Yes, bizarro game indeed.

  52. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 5:35 pm

    Why run there?

  53. greentunic on June 7th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Good job figgy, you got unlucky on a bad throw. Young made a great play. Love the aggressiveness.

  54. joser on June 7th, 2010 5:37 pm

    Now this is the Saunders I’ve been waiting to see. And I happen to be in Victoria at the moment.
    Coincidence?

    Carlos Silva (8-0 after another quality start today) is scheduled to face the mariners when the Cubs visit Safeco in a few weeks.

    That’s going to go a lot better than if the M’s went to Chicago with Bradley. I don’t want to see the beached cetacean at all, much less risk witnessing him no-hit the M’s, but I don’t think anybody in Seattle is going to go out of their way to head down to Safeco to yell racist epithets at him.

    The good news is that (a) there’s a chance the M’s will rock Silva, which would be awesome, and (b) the Cubs have only three more wins than the M’s at this point — and four fewer than they had in the same number of games with Bradley last year.

  55. Glen on June 7th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Figgy with the web gem!

  56. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Figgins!

  57. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 5:44 pm

    nice play.

  58. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:46 pm

    the Cubs have only three more wins than the M’s at this point

    Wow…they say the AL West is a mediocre division, but I hadn’t really noticed how atrociously bad the NL Central has been so far this year.

    The M’s would *almost* be “in contention” in that division.

  59. Glen on June 7th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Why the HELL is Lopez running? Lopez could barely beat Vidro in a foot race.

  60. juneau_fan on June 7th, 2010 5:52 pm

    The Weeble wobbled and fell down.

  61. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:52 pm

    I was about to ask the same thing, Glen.

  62. djw on June 7th, 2010 5:52 pm

    Dammit. why, Lopez? You’re slow. ugh.

  63. R. Kelly on June 7th, 2010 5:53 pm

    That could be the worst attempt at fielding a ground ball I’ve ever seen by a major league baseball player.

  64. juneau_fan on June 7th, 2010 5:54 pm

    And he would have scored by now. Dammit.

  65. Ichiroll on June 7th, 2010 5:54 pm

    They could give Lopez a 10 second head start, and he’d still get thrown out. Worst call ever.

  66. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:54 pm

    Aaaand…that would’ve been another run right there had J-Lo not been doing his Rickey Henderson impersonation.

  67. SpokaneMsFan on June 7th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Is someone actually watching on TV able to clarify if it is actually Feldman pitching for Tex? Thank you.

  68. Utis on June 7th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Obviously a missed hit and run by Carp. But the Rangers help us out with the error making up for the out we gave away. We’ve got to try to keep Feldman around. Either that ir get as many runs as we can before he leaves.

    RoJo 2-2!!!

  69. zmic11 on June 7th, 2010 5:56 pm

    yeah its him

  70. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 5:57 pm

    OMG…Rojo is 2/2??

    Quick…look out the window and check for locusts!

  71. Wood Dog on June 7th, 2010 5:58 pm

    actually scoring some runs for Cliff! Is it possible that the next 8 games are “must win”?

  72. SpokaneMsFan on June 7th, 2010 6:00 pm

    Thank you!

  73. Liam on June 7th, 2010 6:04 pm

    Here’s the audio file for Dave’s appearance on 1510 KGA today.

  74. Breadbaker on June 7th, 2010 6:05 pm

    I have been to seven games this year: two starts by Fister, one by RRS, two by Vargas and two by Snell. No Felix, no Lee. Yet the M’s have a winning record in the games I’ve been to.

  75. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 6:05 pm

    Looking good, cliff!

  76. lalo on June 7th, 2010 6:06 pm

    if Lee makes a perfect game today, will return the confidence to be contenders?

  77. rickyabc on June 7th, 2010 6:08 pm

    I don’t want them to trade Lee because he is so fun to watch. It’s like left-handed Greg Maddux.

  78. Westside guy on June 7th, 2010 6:08 pm

    I love seeing Saunders do well with consistent ABs – let’s hope Wak is paying attention.

  79. Westside guy on June 7th, 2010 6:11 pm

    … as opposed to staring whistfully at the big heart he’s marked on the calendar 15 days from now, that is.

  80. Utis on June 7th, 2010 6:11 pm

    Why is Milton pretending to be Eric Aybar?

  81. Breadbaker on June 7th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Is there ever a time when it makes sense to sacrifice with one out and Ichiro on base?

  82. clandon on June 7th, 2010 6:13 pm

    It seems like Figgy has been warming up and I don’t understand killing his confidence now.

    I think this is more about getting Bradley better pitches to hit … and maybe about not seeing Ichiro get doubled up when he gets on base.

  83. Utis on June 7th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Oh great! Thunderheads. Quick, let’s get this game in before a rain delay.

    Good to see the opossing pitcher at 100 pitches in the fourth for a change.

  84. Rick L on June 7th, 2010 6:18 pm

    Oh great! Thunderheads. Quick, let’s get this game in before a rain delay.

    My thoughts exactly. Maybe that’s why Bradley bunted.

  85. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 6:19 pm

    Crap…there it goes…

    Regarding rain delays, I’m curious if there’s ever been a rain-shortened five-inning perfect game…and if so, when?

  86. Westside guy on June 7th, 2010 6:28 pm

    I keep lamenting that the season is likely over – but even if that’s true, it’d be nice to see us do well from here on out if only to give us a shot at signing Lee at the end of the season. He is simply fun to watch. He also seems to be one of those guys that feels some level of loyalty towards his current team, wherever he’s at. If he feels like we’re on the upswing, we might have an inside track no matter how tiny.

  87. marinersunbird on June 7th, 2010 6:30 pm

    fwiw–Arkansas leads WSU 6-1 in 4th. Cougs have come back from 6-1 twice this week, tho.

  88. joser on June 7th, 2010 6:34 pm

    Figgins has been a lead-off hitter for the last few years. It could be that batting 2nd is messing with his head; players have different expectations that go along with various lineup spots. That was the essence of Drayer’s argument when she suggested it three weeks ago.

    I have been to seven games this year: two starts by Fister, one by RRS, two by Vargas and two by Snell. No Felix, no Lee. Yet the M’s have a winning record in the games I’ve been to.

    And I think I’ve been to every home game Lee and Felix have lost, sigh.

  89. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 6:36 pm

    I’ve seen Figgins make bad mistakes this year at second…..

  90. marinersunbird on June 7th, 2010 6:38 pm

    another fwiw–draft on espn is up to 28th pick. M’s pick 43rd.

  91. dingla on June 7th, 2010 6:39 pm

    Figgins hitting 9th?
    M’s beating Texas?
    Huh?
    Is this a dream?

  92. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 6:42 pm

    Figgins hitting 9th?
    M’s beating Texas?
    Huh?
    Is this a dream?

    Welcome to the mirror universe, my friend. :)

  93. mlathrop3 on June 7th, 2010 6:43 pm

    If Rojo goes 3-3 I am going to streak the neighborhood.

  94. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Ooh…Feldman’s still in there, too — 111 pitches and counting!

  95. joser on June 7th, 2010 6:45 pm

    Regarding rain delays, I’m curious if there’s ever been a rain-shortened five-inning perfect game…and if so, when?

    Three of them, in fact; two in the Retrosheet era:

    David Palmer, on April 21, 1984
    Montreal 4
    St. Louis 0
    (second game of a double-header)

    And Dean Chance, on August 6, 1967
    Minnesota 2
    Boston 0

    Back in the day:
    Rube Vickers, on October 5 1907
    Philadelphia 4
    Washington 0

    Another one in 1907 ended after 7 innings. There have been a couple that were perfect through 9 but were broken up in extra innings (including one by Pedro when he was pitching for Montreal — that was just a snakebit franchise every way you look at it).

  96. joser on June 7th, 2010 6:46 pm

    Welcome to the mirror universe, my friend.

    Watch out for the goatees….

  97. lalo on June 7th, 2010 6:50 pm

    Erik Bedard probably come back the next week??

    I hope it’s true, and come back soon Fister

  98. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2010 6:50 pm

    mlathrop, hope you hadn’t already stripped down.

  99. Wallingfjord on June 7th, 2010 6:51 pm

    Listened to “Blowers on Baseball” on pre-game radio today in the car. Rizz earnestly asked him how players cope with the Texas heat.

    Blowers sagely replied “the key is to drink a lot of water, Rick.”

    Insider knowledge at it’s finest!

  100. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 6:53 pm

    Watch out for the goatees….

    Actually, in that universe, the order of succession in the broadcast booth has already occurred…with “evil” Rick Rizzs having been deposed by “evil” Mike Blowers — who, ironically, has no goatee over there since he has one here.

    No doubt about it! :)

  101. Diehard on June 7th, 2010 6:57 pm

    Wow Paperboy with a great play!!!

  102. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 6:57 pm

    nice play….

  103. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2010 6:58 pm

    I believe there is nothing BUT doubt about it in that universe, actually.

  104. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 6:58 pm

    And, the Paperboy, having recovered, fires a perfect strike to the front porch first base!

  105. G-Man on June 7th, 2010 7:01 pm

    What’s the big deal praising Carp for covering the bag? WTF is he supposed to be doing? You don’t leave th efield until you KNOW it’s an out, for gosh sakes.

    The ever-positive nature of Sims’ and Rizzs’ broadcasting is a little too much.

  106. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Hey, that Tanatalus Field down in “evil” Wak’s office comes in handy in case you want to zap something out of existence!

  107. racecar on June 7th, 2010 7:06 pm

    …….you WETHEADS would bitch if they hung you with a new rope..!!!!! “”get a life”"

  108. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 7:08 pm

    nice play for Lopez

  109. Westside guy on June 7th, 2010 7:15 pm

    Hey, that Tanatalus Field down in “evil” Wak’s office comes in handy in case you want to zap something out of existence!

    You know, we only have the M’s word that Griffey retired

  110. Rayvensdad on June 7th, 2010 7:18 pm

    Recipe for success for the 2010 Mariners; Starting pitchers must pitch complete game shutouts for this team to win. Boy, sad when there isn’t a single reliever that we feel confident in.

  111. Lauren, token chick on June 7th, 2010 7:18 pm

    If the M’s had access to the bizarro universe, I seriously hope they would have brought over the humorless, tickle-averse Griffey who hit the shit out of the ball and was a defensive wizard.

  112. lalo on June 7th, 2010 7:24 pm

    3 hits in 9 hole

    in 2nd hole, = 3 double play

  113. Rayvensdad on June 7th, 2010 7:25 pm

    Figgins 3-4… they have to pitch to him because he gets tons of walks with having a good eye, and they don’t want to have him on with Ichiro up without him putting the ball in play… not sure why it took Wak so long to see this?????

  114. juneau_fan on June 7th, 2010 7:25 pm

    How does it feel, Figgins? Out at second, but at least you can break up the DP.

  115. DAMellen on June 7th, 2010 7:27 pm

    Who knows anything about Taijuan Walker? I can’t find info anywhere.

  116. SODOMOJO360 on June 7th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Who knows anything about Taijuan Walker? I can’t find info anywhere.

    MLB.com’s draft board has a spot for you to click to check him out. He’s a 6’4″ Righty 17 year old pitcher that hits 95mph.

  117. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:31 pm

    True that, Lauren.

    Actually, to use another sci-fi context, I pictured Griffey a short while back in a scenario similar to the original Rollerball where — like Jonathan E — he gets called into HowChuck’s office one morning…only to arrive to a room full of video monitors playing highlights of his career. Lincoln and Armstrong then walk in and say something like: “Ken, you’ve had a marvelous career…but we’d like you to retire from the game.”

  118. SODOMOJO360 on June 7th, 2010 7:34 pm
  119. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 7:34 pm

    oh boy….here we go.

  120. SODOMOJO360 on June 7th, 2010 7:36 pm

    whoops wrong guy

  121. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:37 pm

    C’mon Cliff…hang in there!

  122. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 7:37 pm

    Took Wak a long time to try this lineup because the man doesn’t have a pair to tell his players “this is what it is and this is how it goes.”

  123. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Drop. Oh no.

  124. Rayvensdad on June 7th, 2010 7:43 pm

    This is hilarious. Just curious… did the city of Seattle do something wrong? Why are our sports teams so pathetic? I know many here probably aren’t soccer fans… I’m a massive one, so I thank the lord that at least a team is doing something worthy of buying a ticket to go see. And thank god for the World Cup, because June through July is going to be nasty in Seattle.

  125. Swungonandbelted on June 7th, 2010 7:44 pm

    whew.

  126. Rayvensdad on June 7th, 2010 7:44 pm

    At least Wak didn’t take him out… if that happened and Aardsma gave up a walk off, this team would have hung Wak.

  127. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:44 pm

    YEAH!!!

  128. MX on June 7th, 2010 7:45 pm

    Good move by Wak. He argued with the umps and bought Lee a little bit time to cool down.

  129. mlathrop3 on June 7th, 2010 7:46 pm

    I wish Cliff Lee could stay because it looks as if he has the moxie to be the undisputed leader of the clubhouse. I agree w/Charlie, this team needs one because the manager is not it.

    Cliff effin’ Lee

  130. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:46 pm

    At least Wak didn’t take him out… if that happened and Aardsma gave up a walk off, this team would have hung Wak.

    Or, use the Tantalus Field on him! :)

  131. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 7:47 pm

    good win. savor the time we get to watch Lee in a Mariners uniform cuz he wont be in one for much longer.

  132. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 7:47 pm

    Sadly true, Uncle Charlie.

  133. Swungonandbelted on June 7th, 2010 7:48 pm

    Aardsma as a motivational tool?

    Rojo: “how ‘ya feeling Lee”
    Lee: “damn, my arm’s like jello, I ran out of gas two hitters ago”
    Wak: “Ok, we’ll get DA up just hang in there long enough to let him get warm.”

    Lee: “Fuggit, I’m good skip!”

  134. CarpCarter on June 7th, 2010 7:50 pm

    The sad thing is, this win doesn’t matter. Even if Felix wins tomorrow, Ian Snell and RRS are just going to give up 20 runs between them and the best we can hope for is a 2-2 series split and a net gain in the division of precisely nothing.

  135. Des71 on June 7th, 2010 7:53 pm

    The sad thing is, this win doesn’t matter. Even if Felix wins tomorrow, Ian Snell and RRS are just going to give up 20 runs between them and the best we can hope for is a 2-2 series split and a net gain in the division of precisely nothing.

    Enjoy the victory tonight, for it does matter to us who have a measure of optimism.

  136. UncleCharlie on June 7th, 2010 7:59 pm

    7 back…..it could be worse…far worse.

  137. rick m on June 7th, 2010 8:06 pm

    Lee was so good the home ump was missing strike calls all night. It was like he didn’t believe anyone could pitch with that much command.

  138. scott19 on June 7th, 2010 8:08 pm

    Joser -

    Thanks for the info on those less-than-27 perfect games, BTW! I knew there had to have been at least a few over the years…and, come to think of it, I remembered that one that Dave Palmer threw for the Expos when you mentioned it…but, man, that was a while back, and I couldn’t remember one since then. I remember the one where Pedro pitched nine perfect innings, though — a total masterpiece it was, but another of those strange, “asterisked” footnotes in the history of the game, indeed.

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