Game 58, Mariners at Rangers

Dave · June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Lewis, 5:05 pm.

Happy Felix Day.

The M’s hope that Felix can match Lee’s performance from last night and put them back on a winning streak, but I have to say, as much as I love Felix, he’s no Cliff Lee. Holy crap is that guy good.

Line-up the same as last night.

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

Comments

142 Responses to “Game 58, Mariners at Rangers”

  1. superkid20 on June 8th, 2010 3:12 pm

    I don’t know why Johnson is still batting ahead of Saunders. Guess it worked out last night, but I hope Wak keeps moving Saunders up as he develops some confidence.

    A more ideal lineup:
    Ichiro
    Figgins (now that he’s hitting, but I don’t mind him in the #9 for the time being)
    Gutierrez
    Lopez (Flip Flop 4/5 if Bradley ever produces)
    Bradley
    Carp
    Saunders
    Wilson
    Catcher

  2. Westside guy on June 8th, 2010 3:14 pm

    Felix Hernandez in 2010:
    K/9 – 8.34, BB/9 – 3.12

    Cliff Lee in 2010:
    K/9 – 8.32, BB/9 – 0.58

    And for comparison… Roy Halliday in 2010:
    K/9 – 7.45, BB/9 – 1.26 (in the NL)

    Enjoy Mr. Lee while you’ve got the chance, folks… what a stud.

  3. vj on June 8th, 2010 3:16 pm

    In other news, Dave Sims hat night has been announced. I am sure DMZ is pleased!

  4. realsmack on June 8th, 2010 3:18 pm

    Last night’s performance by Lee – a masterclass. I really wanted the shutout, but I’ll take the win.

    I hope Felix is paying attention. He may be the King of our little burg, but holy moly…

  5. Chris_From_Bothell on June 8th, 2010 3:22 pm

    I really wish there was some argument to be made to keep Cliff here.

    “Hey, you have a ring and a Cy Young already, why would be want to get another one as a rental? Wouldn’t you love to get in on the ground floor of a franchise getting to the WS for the first time ever? You see how much these guys pile on the love for guys from 95 and 01, and they didn’t even make it to the WS! You’d be an icon here for life. We’ll get some bats, honest, we will…”

    Yes, that’s all as lame as it sounds reading it back.

    Still, on top of the mind-blowing stats, the thing I’m most impressed by is just how professional he’s seemed. There’s zero indication during the season that he’s itching for a trade, showcasing himself, or otherwise feeling like he’s slumming it.

    And he seemed to have Griffey’s back during Napgate, so regardless of one’s opinion on how LaRue should have been treated, Lee seemed to really do all the traditional good-teammate things there too.

    All of that makes it all the more a shame that everyone, from baseball press to bloggers and everyone in between, takes it as a given that Lee is transformed into draft picks or trade bait now.

    I mean, apart from Felix, Guti and Ichi… why can’t we ever have anything nice??

  6. Andy Weber on June 8th, 2010 3:26 pm

    I don’t think Lee has a ring yet. He wasn’t on the Phillies team that won the WS 2 years ago.

  7. charliebrown on June 8th, 2010 3:34 pm

    I mean, apart from Felix, Guti and Ichi… why can’t we ever have anything nice??

    The M’s had Griffey but they traded him away. The M’s had A-Rod but wouldn’t pay him as much as he wanted. The M’s had Randy Johnson but he ended up leaving too.

    We can’t have anything nice because the M’s can’t seem to figure out a way to keep the nice things they have.

  8. beadyeyes123 on June 8th, 2010 3:35 pm

    I don’t think Lee has a ring yet. He wasn’t on the Phillies team that won the WS 2 years ago.

    He has a ring. Didn’t Gillick drop it off to him and he showed it to his teammates?

  9. Marinersmanjk on June 8th, 2010 3:39 pm

    In other news, Dave Sims hat night has been announced. I am sure DMZ is pleased!

    Really?! I’m definately going to that night! But with the lineup, I’m just glad Saunders is playing left and Bradley DHing. I’m also waiting for Jack Wilson. When is he coming back?

  10. joser on June 8th, 2010 3:46 pm

    Well, having Saunders and Figgins at the bottom of the order at least makes for some speed ahead of Ichiro when the lineup turns over. Assuming they get on base, of course.

    My mind is still boggling at Jose Lopez, cleanup hitter.

  11. vj on June 8th, 2010 3:50 pm

    I mean, apart from Felix, Guti and Ichi… why can’t we ever have anything nice??

    That’s three players with all-star talent. If the rest of the team was performing at league-average, we’d be be in pretty good shape.

  12. Doc Baseball on June 8th, 2010 3:53 pm

    Cliff Lee has never won a World Series … no ring.

    What better place to do so than … here?

  13. murphy_dog on June 8th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Lee does not have a ring, he didn’t appear in the postseason until last year with Philly.

  14. Chris_From_Bothell on June 8th, 2010 3:55 pm

    That’s three players with all-star talent. If the rest of the team was performing at league-average, we’d be be in pretty good shape.

    I’m not asking for much more than that. Just one more All-Star starting pitcher, one more All-Star position player, and one shutdown reliever/closer.

    Then everyone else can perform at league average… even suck occasionally… and we’d be set.

  15. Chris_From_Bothell on June 8th, 2010 3:57 pm

    Whoops – you guys are right, no ring. Had his Philly-ness off by a season or so. So yeah, he is likely still hankering for a WS win. Sigh.

  16. SonOfZavaras on June 8th, 2010 4:01 pm

    why can’t we ever have anything nice??

    We have no real problem acquiring nice things, it’s the keeping them part that we come up short on.

    James Paxton is going to be Mariner property! wOOt!

  17. The_Waco_Kid on June 8th, 2010 4:08 pm

    What will they do when people come back from injuries? I don’t expect Jack Wilson to be benched, but Josh has earned a spot in the lineup. Move Lopez to 1B? Bard should be our main catcher (frankly, I’d send Johnson and maybe even Moore down to Tacoma, but that won’t happen).

    And really, Sweeney’s Hot Streak could continue if he comes back, even though they only put him on the roster for moral support, and cuz he hit well in the Spring, and cuz he hit .281 last year, and cuz he is a career .298 hitter.

  18. Axtell on June 8th, 2010 4:14 pm

    The M’s had Griffey but they traded him away. The M’s had A-Rod but wouldn’t pay him as much as he wanted. The M’s had Randy Johnson but he ended up leaving too.

    We can’t have anything nice because the M’s can’t seem to figure out a way to keep the nice things they have.

    Nice revisionist history there bub. Griffey forced his way out of Seattle, after turning down a 8 year, $148 million deal. Or did you forget that? He signed for LESS money in Cincinnati, to be closer to home. The Mariners offered Jr. a deal that would have been worth (at the time) 50% larger than any other deal in baseball history. Throw in the fact that Junior’s severe downturn as a MLB player started in 2000, it worked out well for us.

    As far as A-rod goes, really? You think the Mariners should have ponied up $25 million per year over 10 years to A-rod? As much as he’s done for baseball, there’s no single player worth that. Sign him to that deal and you’d have been left with about $60 million a year to build a roster. No thanks.

    Finally, Johnson had back issues, was 34 years old, and was sporting a 4.33 ERA before being dealt. Nobody could have seen Johnson coming back like he did, and you can’t fault the Mariners for dealing him.

    As far as tonight’s game goes, I’m hoping for a repeat of last night’s game, but I have a sinking feeling Felix doesn’t have the focus of last year, and will give up a couple runs early. If that happens, we’ve all seen him unravel and it gets ugly fast.

  19. Utis on June 8th, 2010 4:14 pm

    Apropos of Lee and the Draft. Lee was drafted in the 8th round out of high school, in the 20th round one year later and in the 4th round out of college.

    It is scary to think that Felix isn’t quite in his prime yet. This year watching Lee should be a great building block for him.

  20. scott19 on June 8th, 2010 4:17 pm

    I mean, apart from Felix, Guti and Ichi… why can’t we ever have anything nice??

    Because, for too long, you’ve had a pollyanna-ish braintrust running the team who’s more interested in marketing, nostalgia, and making the team merely “competitive” as opposed to championship-caliber.

    I liked that point you made about how a guy like Lee would wind up being an instant icon if this team ever won the World Series, though. It’s amazing how much mileage this organization is still getting out of those two non-championship seasons while the Marlins’ “fanbase” in South Florida seems to have little appreciation for the two World Championships that they have.

  21. GOB Bluth on June 8th, 2010 4:22 pm

    I know it’s totally off topic, but I haven’t heard much about Bedard’s progress of late. Has there been any updated timetable as to his return date?

  22. scott19 on June 8th, 2010 4:22 pm

    You think the Mariners should have ponied up $25 million per year over 10 years to A-rod? As much as he’s done for baseball, there’s no single player worth that.

    Agreed — and that idiot Tom Hicks has learned that lesson in a hard (and rather costly) way.

  23. EthanN on June 8th, 2010 4:22 pm

    Anyone else watching Strasburg? He is freakin nasty. Good thing we didn’t draft him, RoJo wouldn’t be able to catch any of these pitches.

  24. scott19 on June 8th, 2010 4:26 pm

    Actually, there are times when RoJo looks like he’d have trouble catching a beach ball.

  25. jephdood on June 8th, 2010 4:31 pm

    Can those without Comcast (Dish/DirecTV) see the Strasburg game anywhere?

  26. LefebvreBelebvre on June 8th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Now that Stanton is up with Fla — what are the chances the M’s could trade for Cameron Maybin? Who would we have to give up?

  27. Hdizz on June 8th, 2010 4:41 pm

    You can watch it on channelsurfing.net

  28. jephdood on June 8th, 2010 4:44 pm

    @Hdizz.. cool, thanks!

  29. Marinersmanjk on June 8th, 2010 4:45 pm

    The Strasburg game is on the MLB Network. He’s freaking nasty. 7 strikeouts in 3 innings already. He just gets me thinking about Ackley though. I can’t wait for him to come up. Think he’ll be called up at the second half of next year?

  30. darthbuhner on June 8th, 2010 4:50 pm

    I’m dying a little inside, listening to the Strasburg game, knowing how easily the Ms could have gotten him.

  31. Gregor on June 8th, 2010 4:51 pm

    Actually, 6 strikeouts through 3. Only on pace for 18 (which he won’t get since he’s on a pitch count). Oh, yes, and the moronic announcers were going on about how limiting pitch counts and innings per season for young pitchers was bad for the game.

  32. Nate on June 8th, 2010 4:54 pm

    Cliff Lee in 2010:
    K/9 – 8.32, BB/9 – 0.58

    moving the same numbers around…
    Cliff Lee leads all MLB SPs in K/BB at 14.3. The next best is Roy Halladay’s 5.9.

    double-take!

  33. Leroy Stanton on June 8th, 2010 4:56 pm

    I’m dying a little inside, listening to the Strasburg game, knowing how easily the Ms could have gotten him.

    Yeah, I know. The M’s can’t even lose right. :)

  34. Marinersmanjk on June 8th, 2010 4:56 pm

    I’m dying a little inside, listening to the Strasburg game, knowing how easily the Ms could have gotten him.

    How could we have gotten him? We had the second pick and Strasburg was drafted first overall.

  35. Gregor on June 8th, 2010 4:58 pm

    How could we have gotten him? We had the second pick and Strasburg was drafted first overall.

    By losing a couple more games …

  36. jephdood on June 8th, 2010 4:59 pm

    Well, he’s human after all.

  37. GOB Bluth on June 8th, 2010 4:59 pm

    We swept the last series of the year in 2008. All the M’s had to do was lose and they would have had the worst record in baseball.

  38. Hdizz on June 8th, 2010 5:00 pm

    Spaceship Strasburg comes down to earth slightly

  39. Marinersmanjk on June 8th, 2010 5:06 pm

    Well I’m not too disappointed with Ackley so I’m not going to bitch.

  40. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 5:09 pm

    Does Ackley project to be a #2 batter in a lineup?

  41. Marinersmanjk on June 8th, 2010 5:15 pm

    It looks so. He’s going to hit for a high average with a little, but not a lot of power. I hate to say this but he loooks like he can hopefully fill the void of the high average hitter that’s going to be left by Ichiro when he eventually gets old.

  42. sstadnicki on June 8th, 2010 5:16 pm

    As much as I love Felix, he’s no Cliff Lee. Holy crap is that guy good.

    I know everyone knows this already, but I feel obliged to point out that Cliff Lee also has 7 years on Felix; you’re comparing a 31-year-old with a 24-year-old. That they’re even in the same sentence is a testament to how amazing Felix has been.

  43. LefebvreBelebvre on June 8th, 2010 5:19 pm

    Is it just me or has anybody else noticed Felix appears to not be in as good physical shape as he was last year?

    Perhaps that has to do with his struggles this season…

  44. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 5:21 pm

    It looks so. He’s going to hit for a high average with a little, but not a lot of power. I hate to say this but he loooks like he can hopefully fill the void of the high average hitter that’s going to be left by Ichiro when he eventually gets old.

    Thanks. I’m hoping he can be our future leadoff hitter, hit for a high average and have bring his .400 OBP to the big leagues. I’m confident he will develop enough power to produce 10-15 homers a season.

  45. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 5:23 pm

    Nice effort Condor. Our other left fielders dream of even getting close to making a play on that ball.

  46. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Mike Carp doesn’t have a real chin.

  47. ndrfx on June 8th, 2010 5:32 pm

    Robots!

  48. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:34 pm

    Robots!

    Hell, I’d be happy with a Mac IIe at this point.

  49. Hud67 on June 8th, 2010 5:36 pm

    I sure hope 2 runs is not an insurmountable lead.

  50. Marinersdude83 on June 8th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Is there any possible way that Z might sign Lee for a 2 year deal? Or am I just day dreaming here? I mean if we could pick up a 1B that can actually hit an hold on to Lee….Wow! That would be awesome.

  51. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:39 pm

    Is there any possible way that Z might sign Lee for a 2 year deal? Or am I just day dreaming here? I mean if we could pick up a 1B that can actually hit an hold on to Lee….Wow! That would be awesome.

    I think I have a better chance of playing for the M’s next year than Cliff Lee does.

    More that likely he’s going to get a couple giant buckets of money, and be looking for a team that will compete for a championship. Neither of which the M’s are likely to have.

  52. gloo on June 8th, 2010 5:42 pm

    Is that RoJo calling all those change ups tonight, or is Felix shaking him off to it? Not watching the game on TV, so I can’t tell.

  53. Hud67 on June 8th, 2010 5:49 pm

    Alright, 2 on, let’s go mad Figgy.

  54. Diehard on June 8th, 2010 5:50 pm

    Really Wak, REALLY??

  55. ndrfx on June 8th, 2010 5:50 pm

    The atrocious base running continues.

  56. CYK on June 8th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Sure seen that all year long

  57. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:52 pm

    Really Wak, REALLY??

    Don’t know that you can make that assumption this early.

    However, I don’t think you can blame the runners on base, seeing as how BOTH runners went, which means they both got the exact same sign.

  58. lalo on June 8th, 2010 5:53 pm

    WTF????

    Why steal base in 3-0 count with Rob Johnson on base!!!

  59. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:54 pm

    I’m thinking that the M’s are going to get shut out tonight. Just feels that way.

  60. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:55 pm

    WTF????

    Why steal base in 3-0 count with Rob Johnson on base!!!

    They weren’t stealing. It was obviously a hit and run, without the “hit”, or even very much of the “run”.

  61. Hud67 on June 8th, 2010 5:55 pm

    Do they think this is little league where catchers can’t throw and third baseman can’t catch?

  62. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:56 pm

    Is Texas’ gun slow, or is Felix’s velocity down?

  63. Logger on June 8th, 2010 5:57 pm

    They weren’t stealing. It was obviously a hit and run, without the “hit”, or even very much of the “run”.

    Hit and run on a 3-0 count, with no outs, with RJ on 2nd base, and a pitcher who can’t throw a strike? Doesn’t seem too likely.

  64. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:57 pm

    Do they think this is little league where catchers can’t throw and third baseman can’t catch?

    Well, our catchers can’t catch, so maybe Wak got his teams confused.

  65. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 5:58 pm

    Strasburg strikes out the side in the 7th and he is done for the night. 24 batters faced, 14 K’s and 0 Walks, 4 Hits, a 2 Run home run. After the home run he struck out 8 of the next 10. INCREDIBLE DOMINANCE!

  66. henryv on June 8th, 2010 5:59 pm

    Hit and run on a 3-0 count, with no outs, with RJ on 2nd base, and a pitcher who can’t throw a strike? Doesn’t seem too likely.

    Both runners were running while looking towards home, and both left when they were sure the ball was going towards home.

    Additionally, 3-0 is a good count to hit and run. If the ball is in the strike zone, the hitter should hit it. If the ball is out of the zone, it’s a walk, and it doesn’t matter.

    And Figgins is normally a good contact and good eye. The situation was right.

  67. MX on June 8th, 2010 6:01 pm

    Strasburg is good. but don’t forget he is facing the Pirates, whose lineup is just as bad as the M’s.

  68. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:02 pm

    That’s just mean, MX. I’m not sure to whom, but I’m sure someone should be insulted.

  69. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:04 pm

    Strasburg is good. but don’t forget he is facing the Pirates, whose lineup is just as bad as the M’s.

    The Yankees would have had trouble tonight with Strasburg throwing all four of his pitches for strikes. Jim Kaat and John Smoltz were extremely impressed by what he did tonight.

  70. MX on June 8th, 2010 6:04 pm

    Sorry. I think maybe I insulted Strasburg, not anybody else.

  71. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:05 pm

    Strasburg’s last pitch was 99MPH.

    He might be good…

  72. Hud67 on June 8th, 2010 6:05 pm

    After 2 hits last night Johnson is hitting .178. That’s brutal. Can’t catch, can’t hit, and can’t steal. Why is he still around?

  73. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:06 pm

    After 2 hits last night Johnson is hitting .178. That’s brutal. Can’t catch, can’t hit, and can’t steal. Why is he still around?

    Because Bard is injured and Moore isn’t ready for MLB.

  74. samregens on June 8th, 2010 6:07 pm

    And Figgins is normally a good contact and good eye. The situation was right.

    Good sum-up of the botched hit and run. The question is why the heck wasn’t Figgins swinging? I hope it isn’t some kind of fucking sabotage by him. From his comments yesterday, the guy seriously needs to get over himself. He has earned nothing with his lousy performance so far as a Mariner.

  75. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:07 pm

    Because Bard is injured and Moore is isn’t ready for MLB.

    Also, Johnson has naked pictures of Felix, Lee, and Wak… Together.

  76. MX on June 8th, 2010 6:09 pm

    Washington reliever just strike out two pirates in a row. So there you go.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Strasburg and I think he is going to be a great pitcher. But 14K is a little bit overrated.

  77. MX on June 8th, 2010 6:10 pm

    Also, Johnson has naked pictures of Felix, Lee, and Wak… Together.

    And Big Z’s.

  78. Hud67 on June 8th, 2010 6:10 pm

    Yeah, those naked pictures will always come back to haunt you…

  79. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:10 pm

    Sims: “Mariners are in need of a big hit.”

    And up steps Rob Johnson.

    F—ing fantastic.

  80. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:11 pm

    14K is a little bit overrated.

    Franchise record. He exceeded the hype. Enough said.

  81. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:11 pm

    Holy shit.

    Someone screencap that Gameday.

  82. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Franchise record. He exceeded the hype. Enough said.

    Franchise record for a MLB debut, I think.

    Unless they wiped the records clean when they moved to D.C…

  83. MX on June 8th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Franchise record. He exceeded the hype. Enough said.

    Yes. I agree. I watch the game from the start and am still watching. He lived up to all the hype. He is really good.

  84. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Nice revisionist history there bub. Griffey forced his way out of Seattle, after turning down a 8 year, $148 million deal. Or did you forget that? He signed for LESS money in Cincinnati, to be closer to home. The Mariners offered Jr. a deal that would have been worth (at the time) 50% larger than any other deal in baseball history. Throw in the fact that Junior’s severe downturn as a MLB player started in 2000, it worked out well for us.
    As far as A-rod goes, really? You think the Mariners should have ponied up $25 million per year over 10 years to A-rod? As much as he’s done for baseball, there’s no single player worth that. Sign him to that deal and you’d have been left with about $60 million a year to build a roster. No thanks.
    Finally, Johnson had back issues, was 34 years old, and was sporting a 4.33 ERA before being dealt. Nobody could have seen Johnson coming back like he did, and you can’t fault the Mariners for dealing him.

    Amen brother, way to set em straight!

  85. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:15 pm

    Yes. I agree. I watch the game from the start and am still watching. He lived up to all the hype. He is really good.

    I’m still pissed about the M’s sweeping that series at the end of 2008. Idiots.

  86. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:18 pm

    We need a player named Smoke. Regardless of the spelling.

  87. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:18 pm

    I’m still pissed about the M’s sweeping that series at the end of 2008. Idiots

    No doubt. Could you imagine Stras and the King!

  88. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:19 pm

    The Kings ego might take a blow though

  89. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:20 pm

    The Kings ego might take a blow though

    Based on what? He’s pitching with Lee, and he pitched with Bedard (after Bedard was made the Opening Day starter).

    I’m just saying… His ego seems plenty in check.

    His control, tonight, however, is not.

  90. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:21 pm

    OMG, Johnson just dropped a straight fastball that came right down the middle, and hit him right in the middle of the glove.

    Please, Wak, do something.

  91. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Felix has not been great lately and Lee has been. Just sayin, maybe he doesn’t like being second best.

  92. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:21 pm

    Have you noticed that both King James and King Felix have no rings. Kings have rings. I prefer calling Felix, El Gato, for he is one bad cat on the mound.

  93. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:23 pm

    I think that Johnson should hit a walk-off home run tonight, and break his leg celebrating, that way we can go on an 8-1 run.

    (Just kidding, kind of.)

  94. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:23 pm

    El Gato just means, The Cat, not bad cat

  95. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Have you noticed that both King James and King Felix have no rings. Kings have rings. I prefer calling Felix, El Gato, for he is one bad cat on the mound.

    Please, no Felix the Cat references. I actually seem to remember that when he broke in, he had this specific request.

  96. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:25 pm

    El Gato just means, The Cat, not bad cat

    Yes, I know.

  97. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:26 pm

    Strasburg gets his first victory in the big leagues. Very impressive.

  98. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:31 pm

    Lewis has 3 strike outs looking.

    2 of them weren’t in the same zip code as the plate.

  99. lalo on June 8th, 2010 6:31 pm

    Milton Bradley strikeout like Ryan Howard, but below average and zero power!

  100. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:32 pm

    oh well we got Ackley as the booby prize, he won’t be to shabby. More walks than k’s in his first year of pro ball is pretty impressive. Could be a Todd Helton type of hitter? I’ll take that.

  101. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Felix just made Kinsler look more than silly.

  102. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:38 pm

    Okay, WTF was that?

  103. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Jeff Nelson has called 3 pitches strikes that were more than 4″ outside. 2 of them were for strike outs.

  104. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:44 pm

    Got jobbed there. His foot came off before the ball got there.

  105. Carson on June 8th, 2010 6:44 pm

    DVR says bad call. And the fielder didn’t even sell it.

  106. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:51 pm

    Well, that’s game.

  107. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:51 pm

    DVR says bad call. And the fielder didn’t even sell it.

    I’m tired of the human element Bud Selig, give us replay so the umps can get the calls right.

  108. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:52 pm

    I’m tired of the human element Bud Selig, give us replay so the umps can get the calls right.

    Bud Selig, David Stern and Gary Betteman are actually all the same evil individual, intent on destroying all enjoyment and happiness for the human race.

  109. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:55 pm

    Bud Selig, David Stern and Gary Betteman are actually all the same evil individual, intent on destroying all enjoyment from the human race.

    I lost all respect for Stern when he allowed the Sonics to leave Seattle. The other two have never earned my R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

  110. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:57 pm

    Is anyone else surprised that Johnson didn’t drop the ball that Carp through home?

  111. Swungonandbelted on June 8th, 2010 6:58 pm

    Dang…just got in, what’s wrong with Felix??!

  112. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 6:59 pm

    Felix got paid

  113. henryv on June 8th, 2010 6:59 pm

    Dang…just got in, what’s wrong with Felix??!

    Maybe Johnson isn’t “calling a good game”.

    Plus he’s been giving up a lot of 0-2 and 1-2 line drives on fastballs right down the middle.

  114. Des71 on June 8th, 2010 6:59 pm

    What has happened to both Felix and Zack Greinke this season? Puzzling.

  115. SODOMOJO360 on June 8th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Felix can shake him off

  116. henryv on June 8th, 2010 7:00 pm

    Johnson, Saunders, Figgins. 2 automatic outs. Great.

    I’m going to go play Civ4.

  117. DMZ on June 8th, 2010 7:06 pm

    I’m going to go play Civ4.

    That’s a good idea. That Ghandi’s been strutting around like he owns the place.

  118. zmic11 on June 8th, 2010 7:13 pm

    felix is bad.

  119. Wallingfjord on June 8th, 2010 7:21 pm

    What has happened to both Felix and Zack Greinke this season? Puzzling.

    Greinke might just be demoralized. They say you can block it out, but he’s only human. The last few Lincecum starts are an interesting puzzle, though…

  120. fixgeared on June 8th, 2010 7:35 pm

    I would put money down that the M’s lead the league in men LOB, watching this game makes me want to punch myself in the face…

  121. samregens on June 8th, 2010 7:38 pm

    Bradley and Ichiro have not been hitting well these past two games. Has Figgin’s negativity poisoned the clubhouse?

  122. dekdek on June 8th, 2010 7:56 pm

    Milton Bradely is a huge problem … his 206/276/312 is starting to compare with Rob Johnson’s 194/300/312…Maybe RoJo should bat second?!?

  123. dang on June 8th, 2010 8:01 pm

    The wasteland grows.

  124. Diehard on June 8th, 2010 8:05 pm

    Well losing 3 of 4 to Texas isn’t as bad as getting swept in Texas!

  125. kenshabby on June 8th, 2010 8:11 pm

    How many career HRs does Vlad have off M’s pitching? 107?

  126. jMg on June 8th, 2010 8:25 pm

    The belief system is just a bunch of bull….

  127. Axtell on June 8th, 2010 8:37 pm

    I hate to say I called but I just sensed a bad outing out of Felix. With this one here can we finally establish that Johnson isn’t some uber-catching guru and this his presence behind the plate makes pitchers better, thereby expediting his awful catching, awful batting, and awful steal prevention from this team?

  128. msfanmike on June 8th, 2010 8:40 pm

    I hope Jack doesn’t get into such a bad position that he has to use Lee as leverage just to get one decent prospect in return for both Lee and the assumption of Bradley’s ridiculous contract (if he can even get that much). They owe that pile of crap $25M over 2 seasons. Consistent one pitch at bats; hitting barely over Mendoza with no power. He simply doesn’t have it anymore – regardless of where he hits in the lineup. He has an occasional flash, but he no longer has it. At least not in Seattle. Bats come here to die. It’s a snake bitten team this year … right down to the former 3B coach; a pissed off $9M free agent who just started to get it going before a demotion; a shit-assed bullpen; a catcher who can’t …. catch; Adrian Beltre hitting .330 with some pop and an 8-0 Carlos Silva residing in another City. One-third of an entire season has been a complete bust. Playing .420 baseball from this point forward would be a minor miracle. Here’s to hoping for less than 100 losses. It’s always good to keep hope alive.

  129. LMF on June 8th, 2010 8:58 pm

    Since it is safe to say we can write this season off, can we start getting some posts on what we should expect for next season and beyond? Last season was clearly an abberation, and the quicker we digest that and move on, the better. Sometimes you’ll hit the jackpot on moves, but sometimes you won’t. However, with out budget we should be able to spend a little for a more likely return on investment. Every signing need not be a risk.
    So… what should we expect to get for C. Lee? At what point do we all chip in to throw a party for the success realized last season? Am I the only one who thinks Felix would have never signed based on this years crap-tastic team?

    With Junior gone and era has ended and this team might actually need to win again to draw fans. As of today, from a fan’s point of few, they don’t five a shit.

  130. pareto on June 8th, 2010 9:32 pm

    For all the Strasburg commenters… I was at the game. Strasburg was just sick. If memory serves, all but one of those Ks were swinging and at one point he struck out 7 in a row, another Nats record. I’m happy for the kid, it had to be tough to live up to the hype. I’m also happy for the Nats (my NL team), who finally put 40k fans in the seats. And, for once, a majority was cheering for the Nats.

  131. jephdood on June 8th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Maybe the “Happy” part should be removed from “Felix Day”. Or maybe “Indifferent Felix Day”?

  132. SeasonTix on June 8th, 2010 10:57 pm

    As great as Felix looked last year, I’ve never been fully aboard the “King Felix” bandwagon.

    He’s always reminded me of Freddy Garcia … lots of potential but never quite puts it together consistently game after game, year after year.

    I hope the M’s don’t come to regret signing him that big contract. I know I’ll get slammed for posting this but when you look at Cliff Lee you see what a real ace pitcher looks like … and I’m afraid that Felix is not in the same class.

    I hope I’m wrong, he’s still very young, but Felix looks like more of a “hot and cold” pitcher to me than a dependable ace. When he’s on, he’s awesome. When he’s not, uh-oh.

  133. dingla on June 8th, 2010 11:13 pm

    8 games out of first place. The M’s could be 6 out in two days and the season is not yet half over. There is some hope. To write the season off now and be ready for posts about what to expect from next season is silly. There is still a little more wiggle room for failure.

  134. dingla on June 8th, 2010 11:15 pm

    Yeah, Felix is not in the same class as Lee. At least as of now. I think that is pretty clear.

  135. jeffcor13 on June 8th, 2010 11:18 pm

    No, we cannot be 6 games out of first place after this series…if we win out the rest against Texas, they will simply fall behind one of the other teams (who happen to be playing against each other). That is the proglem, 8 games behind one team is doable, 8 games behind three teams is a whooooooole lot harder to overcome, especially the way the angelos are coming on.

  136. jephdood on June 8th, 2010 11:45 pm

    Yeah. It’s done. This team doesn’t have the horses to run.

  137. regnaD kciN on June 9th, 2010 12:34 am

    I know everyone knows this already, but I feel obliged to point out that Cliff Lee also has 7 years on Felix; you’re comparing a 31-year-old with a 24-year-old. That they’re even in the same sentence is a testament to how amazing Felix has been.

    That they’re even mentioned in the same sentence is a testament merely to the fact that they’re part of the same pitching rotation…for the moment.

  138. Des71 on June 9th, 2010 12:40 am

    M’s expect Yanks to make Cliff bid
    New York Post

    “They want one of the [Yanks' minor-league] catchers and [Eduardo] Nunez,” a person familiar with Seattle’s thought process said of any potential deal with the Yankees.”

  139. jeffcor13 on June 9th, 2010 1:02 am

    No way…unless you get a stud and a prospect, you hold onto Cliff Lee and try to resign (not going to happen), or get two draft picks for him.

  140. JTP224 on June 9th, 2010 2:25 am

    Let me start this off by saying that I didn’t get to watch the game tonight, but before tonight I haven’t missed a Felix start. I refuse to believe that Felix has gotten complacent since signing the contract this offseason.

    If you heard any interviews with him after signing the contract, (one of which was conducted by our very own Mike Salk. Salk, “Do you want to ball in the playoffs?” and Felix without missing a beat, “Hell ya”) it shows that Felix doesn’t care about money.

    Felix wants to win. I obviously don’t know him personally but I would like someone who knows more about the sabermetric stats than I do to show me a reason for his struggles other than, “he just got the money.”

    ANY TAKERS?

  141. dingla on June 9th, 2010 11:26 am

    jeffcor13 wrote: No, we cannot be 6 games out of first place after this series…

    Dang, there goes that glimmer of hope.

  142. dingla on June 9th, 2010 11:33 am

    Well, one things for sure, he had some close calls, like Sounders missed diving catch in the first inning. Who knows what the outcome of the game would have been if Sounders had made that catch.

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