Game 72, Cubs at Mariners

Dave · June 24, 2010 at 11:27 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Lilly, 12:40 pm.

Happy Felix Day.

Good to see Saunders in there today against a lefty. His home run off Sean Marshall last night was impressive not just for where he hit it, but who he it off – Marshall is one of the best LH relievers in baseball, and Saunders has been generally hopeless against southpaws as a big leaguer. The experience of playing everyday, regardless of what hand the pitcher throws with, should be good for him.

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

Comments

75 Responses to “Game 72, Cubs at Mariners”

  1. jephdood on June 24th, 2010 11:36 am

    Josh Wilson at 1st. Interesting (I guess). Do you envision Jo. Wilson as kind of a ‘super-sub’ a-la Mark McLemore?

  2. greentunic on June 24th, 2010 11:38 am

    Good to give Bradley a day off. Gotta hope he can come back strong.

  3. Westside guy on June 24th, 2010 11:38 am

    It is an interesting lineup. I’m glad Sweeney’s ABs aren’t coming at the expense of Saunders; but I’m curious if this will do odd things to Bradley’s psyche (or maybe it’s just a scheduled off day for him).

  4. Thingray on June 24th, 2010 11:42 am

    Other than normal days off, I see no reason for Saunders not to start every single day.

  5. joser on June 24th, 2010 11:48 am

    Sunny day today, I was so tempted to bike down to the stadium and buy a cheap ticket. But then I realized I’d probably be surrounded by Cubs fans.

  6. The Nickster on June 24th, 2010 11:54 am

    So… I’m stuck downtown (south lake union) at work… my boss left early to go to the game… I’m bored with my job and obviously not getting much done… should I play hooky and try to score a ticket outside Safeco and go (by myself)?

    Factors to consider:

    1) I’m paid hourly, which means it costs me considerably money to skip work (I won’t report hours I don’t work–that’s dishonest and unprofessional).

    2) cost of ticket (and location of seat)

    3) Going by yourself to a game sucks, unless you are a misanthrope and really enjoy your own company, like to watch the game so intensely that you never talk to others anyway, or you always make friends with whomever sits next to you (even if it is a boorish Cubs fan who complains the entire game about how lame Seattle fans are).

    Decisions, decisions…

  7. Dave Spiwak on June 24th, 2010 11:55 am

    Can we get a mulligan on the first 65 games?

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  8. msfanmike on June 24th, 2010 11:58 am

    I think Bradley’s “day off” is out of lack of performance – not becuase he needs or deserves a rest physically. He is likely putting more pressure on himself than he ordinarily would (and as we all know, that is usually quite a lot) becuase he has been facing his former team.

    Bradley shows occasional flahes of being able to get it done … and those flashes are pretty easy to identify becuase his BA usually “soars” to around .230.

    His natural uppercut swing with an additional un-natural lift (at the finish) is more of a concern at this point than anything. A correction that does not appear to be an easy one to make.

    Taking pitches down the middle, swinging at crap and then watching strike 3 an inch off the corner is equallly problemmatic. He’s a mess.

  9. AssumedName on June 24th, 2010 12:02 pm

    Any word on where Sims came up with “The Condor” for Saunders? I mean, there’s some rhyme there, and it beats the hell out of “Saundie,” but I’m just curious.

    (And still lobbying for “Slowpez” for our favorite first-pitch-swinger.)

  10. scottg02 on June 24th, 2010 12:08 pm

    Anyone else think its kind of telling that even when the M’s have won six straight it is only the third longest current streak in the AL and only the second longest in their own division. And, they have actually lost a half game in their division over the time span of the streak… only the Mariners!

  11. Dave Spiwak on June 24th, 2010 12:53 pm

    Texas has had a ridiculous schedule during their winning streak. They’ve played six series with teams under five hundred and are now in the midst of nine-game stretch consisting of only Houston and Pittsburgh. They will fade in the Texas heat but will be tough to catch.

  12. SpokaneMsFan on June 24th, 2010 1:15 pm

    Fun Fact: 4 Players in MLB have a slugging pct that is higher than our cleanup hitter’s OPS. Oh wait that’s not very fun for us is it.

  13. eponymous coward on June 24th, 2010 1:16 pm

    They will fade in the Texas heat but will be tough to catch.

    That’s great news for the Angels, but not relevant really for us.

    Just a hunch, but I don’t think holding the opposition to one run or less the rest of the way out is a viable strategy for us, either.

  14. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 1:22 pm

    Sunny day today, I was so tempted to bike down to the stadium and buy a cheap ticket. But then I realized I’d probably be surrounded by Cubs fans.

    I was tempted to do the Ferris Bueller thing, too…but, yeah, those Cubbie fans can be plenty obnoxious.

  15. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 1:25 pm

    Good to give Bradley a day off.

    Which would be a great idea for a new Mariner spot: Milton Bradley’s Day Off!! :)

  16. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 1:46 pm

    Sweeeeeeeeneeeeeey!!!!

  17. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 1:59 pm

    And, 35 pitches later, the M’s come away with a hearty one run worth of offense.

  18. Coach24 on June 24th, 2010 2:07 pm

    Bradley smoked a couple of balls yesterday. He is just fine. That said, Saunders should be playing everyday. With the power stroke and some patience developing it is time to start to see if the consistency of daily play will help him learn to hit for better average.

  19. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 2:19 pm

    I agree on Saunders…it looks like we’re starting to see some signs of him putting things together. And, if he can keep tacking on those monster home runs, that will certainly help the offense.

  20. awestby51 on June 24th, 2010 2:24 pm

    Bradley smoked a couple of balls yesterday. He is just fine.

    Milton’s BABIP is only .263. For some context, in his all-star 2008 season, his BABIP was .388, and during his terrible season with the Cubs, it was still .310. The man is primed for a breakout. If we can pull this game out and continue to play decent baseball, Milton’s inevitable streak may be enough to carry this team for a bit. And Bedard may be back on the 6th. Fuck it, ridicule me; I still have hope for this season.

  21. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 2:35 pm

    And, in other news, Rizzs just mentioned that the “Pierogi Guy” has been reinstated in Pittsburgh — which is probably a good thing for Pirates fans.

    After all, when the team can’t win any games, I suppose the fans have to have at least some entertainment.

  22. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 2:45 pm

    Nice to see Steve-O er I mean Jack not Josh Wilson get a clutch double to tie this baby up!

  23. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Steve-O…LOL!! :)

  24. G-Man on June 24th, 2010 2:52 pm

    Paperboy making up for that bad toss to Felix.

  25. Glen on June 24th, 2010 2:52 pm

    Wow! 4 pitches for Felix to get 3 outs in the 8th.

  26. G-Man on June 24th, 2010 2:56 pm

    …ridicule me; I still have hope for this season.

    Hope is fine, even admirable, for anyone except the GM. Jack Z has to be realistic and make moves for next year. He has to get the best deal possible for Lee, and preferably not wait until the last minute.

  27. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 3:06 pm

    Another great performance from Felix…c’mon guys, get a walk-off for him in the ninth!

  28. G-Man on June 24th, 2010 3:10 pm

    A HR here would be the highlight of the year for the M’s.

  29. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:15 pm

    Come on Saunders!!!

  30. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 3:16 pm

    Let’s go, Condor!

  31. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:19 pm

    Wow, he crushed that foul ball.

  32. G-Man on June 24th, 2010 3:20 pm

    It would have been bold and clever to walk Ichiro, and Lou has the cajones to do it, but he’s going to his closer instead.

  33. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 3:22 pm

    Oh, crap!

  34. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:25 pm

    Aardsma time…ugh

  35. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 3:41 pm

    Gotta score here!! Cmon Lopey! Be useful!

  36. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:42 pm

    Although by most standards having your cleanup hitter bunt seems slightly farfetched, why exactly was Lopez not bunting?

  37. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 3:43 pm

    Ugh Damn you Lopez and you’re useless bat!

  38. Ralph_Malph on June 24th, 2010 3:44 pm

    Well, our cleanup hitter struck out, but we’ve still got Frankie. And if he doesn’t drive the run in, we’ve got our slugging first baseman.

    Oh, right.

  39. Ralph_Malph on June 24th, 2010 3:47 pm

    …and Sweeney with his 2nd stolen base of the year!

  40. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:48 pm

    I think all of the M’s strikeouts tonight have been with runners in scoring position. All the cuss words in my vocabulary can not sum up my frustration with this offense.

  41. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 3:49 pm

    Well that went well….

  42. JerBear on June 24th, 2010 3:49 pm

    God I hate this team sometimes. That half inning was a fail of epic proportions…

  43. GoMariners on June 24th, 2010 3:50 pm

    No suicide squeeze with 1 out and the bases loaded?

  44. craycraft on June 24th, 2010 3:51 pm

    it’s good to see that even when the m’s are on a roll, we still can’t push a run across w/ two on and no outs followed by bases loaded w/ one out. same old b.s.

  45. GoldenGutz on June 24th, 2010 3:51 pm

    Well if the FO had any question whether or not they should trade Lee, they should now. I am switching to the draft now.

  46. GoMariners on June 24th, 2010 3:52 pm

    On a separate note, why not try to convince our Japanese ownership that Lee has a little bit of Japanese in him? Then they would pay any amount of money to sign him long term!

  47. Dave Spiwak on June 24th, 2010 3:52 pm

    Too bad we don’t have any lefty hitting first basemen to bat for Wilson…

  48. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 3:53 pm

    That’s what happens when Lopez, paperboy, and some catcher that should be in the minors are counted upon to drive in a freaking run!!

  49. saintnumberfive on June 24th, 2010 3:53 pm

    Does anyone want to win this G-damn game?

  50. Diehard on June 24th, 2010 3:54 pm

    Too bad we don’t have any lefty hitting first basemen to bat for Wilson…

    We have 3 that can’t hit sitting on the bench! haha

  51. GoMariners on June 24th, 2010 3:56 pm

    At least our bullpen is fresh.

  52. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 3:56 pm

    So Alfonzo has 1 homer and 4 RBI’s at the moment. Didn’t he get all of that in his first game? Wow, our catchers can’t hit for crap…

  53. JerBear on June 24th, 2010 3:58 pm

    That’s what happens when Lopez, paperboy, and some catcher that should be in the minors are counted upon to drive in a freaking run!!

    No kidding. I was hoping Loafie would bunt just to stay out of the DP, but after he struck out I was actually pissed to see the double steal, cause I knew that Guti was our best hope and they would walk him…

  54. GoMariners on June 24th, 2010 3:58 pm

    No worries. Bard is almost ready to come back. He can hit.

  55. King.Dome on June 24th, 2010 4:02 pm

    Can we please play the NL for the rest of the year?

  56. r-gordon-7 on June 24th, 2010 4:04 pm

    To the 12th and counting… Tennis anyone?

  57. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 4:09 pm

    $50 says Wak will leave League in too long and he’ll eventually get racked…

  58. Glen on June 24th, 2010 4:20 pm

    or, Wak brings in Garret Olson, who gets lit up.

  59. GoldenGutz on June 24th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Oh man Saunders is killing me. I mean is there anything that explains his streakiness or is it just a rookie adjusting to MLB pitching? I think he showed a lot hitting a lefty breaking ball 386 feet for the HR.

    I’m just hoping this is him being a rookie and when he has more time in MLB he won’t have a 2-3 night then lay a goose egg.

  60. SpokaneMsFan on June 24th, 2010 4:24 pm

    NOOOOOO not White, literally anyone but White

  61. georgmi on June 24th, 2010 4:24 pm

    Or gets replaced by Sean White, because he’s such a huge improvement.

  62. georgmi on June 24th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Usually I like being right.

    Damnit.

  63. EthanN on June 24th, 2010 4:36 pm

    This reminds me of the Texas game back in the beginning of the season. M’s should have won several times in extra innings, but thanks to Eric Byrnes and Mike Sweeney, they lost. Giant losing streak followed…

  64. jephdood on June 24th, 2010 4:47 pm

    WAY too many chances to win that game. WTF. Give me a Cliff Lee trade soon.

  65. TomTuttle on June 24th, 2010 4:47 pm

    I feel bad for Felix.

  66. G-Man on June 24th, 2010 4:52 pm

    On a separate note, why not try to convince our Japanese ownership that Lee has a little bit of Japanese in him? Then they would pay any amount of money to sign him long term!

    I am sad to say that this sounds good to me. :(

  67. Dave Spiwak on June 24th, 2010 4:53 pm

    I hate regression to the mean!

  68. The_Waco_Kid on June 24th, 2010 5:03 pm

    The bats choked, but Sean White is awful. He should be cut.

  69. msfanmike on June 24th, 2010 5:09 pm

    Shocking to see Olsen walk the leadoff hitter/go-ahead run and Sean White not hold the Cubs in check. SHOCKING!

    Apparently, the experiment to petrify Cordero’s and Sweeney’s arms in place (from lack of use) is alive and well.

    Too few sticks, too much lack of power and too much lack of clutch hitting. Constant theme throughout the year.

    Bradley smoked a couple of balls yesterday. He is just fine.

    Other than the bat speed still existing, I am not seeing what you are seeing coach … but I did miss one of his AB’s yesterday; so this one missed AB must have been when said “smoking” occurred over his last several games after his most recent mini flash hot streak. As we both know – when your players get inside their own head, they are not going to perform. He is guessing … and unless it is a mistake pitch – he isn’t going to do much with it. He has shown a fairly sustained lack of performance (for a #3 – #5 hitter … come on!) – throughout all of last year – and for all of this season – vice the occasional flash.

  70. joe simpson can hit on June 24th, 2010 5:39 pm

    Today’s game: A timely reminder that we suck.

  71. ivan on June 24th, 2010 6:03 pm

    I turned off the TV as soon as Olson came in.

  72. Backacre on June 24th, 2010 7:25 pm

    I went to the game today and what caught me by surprise was the top of the 7th when they called that a wild pitch. Dan Wilson stops that ball, and so do a whole bunch of other catchers. I have not seen a replay, but watching that guy RJ catch is painful. It is like he is in quicksand. Being at the game and watching these guys my impressions were that Jack Wilson looks old, Sweeney irritates me, I don’t know why, he just does, Figgins needs a sports therapist or something, talk about opportunity lost, Lopez looks good at third but not batting fourth, Guti is flippin’ FAST, reminds me of some young guy in the 90′s at the Kingdome. Felix is awesome, Safeco is awesome and I hope we can trade Lee for a ten year starter, either a good bat or a catcher or both.

  73. scott19 on June 24th, 2010 7:28 pm

    I turned off the TV as soon as Olson came in.

    Actually, I turned the radio to KJR as soon as the Paperboy and Alfonzo screwed up that bases-loaded opportunity, since I already knew exactly what was coming at that point.

  74. SonOfZavaras on June 24th, 2010 8:24 pm

    I was at the game.

    I don’t want to talk about all Cubs fans, but the ones that chose to attend this game really blow.

    Ob-NOXIOUS.

    And the umpire was playing tic-tac-toe with his strike zone. Lilly got a good 2 inches more of the outside part of the plate than what Felix did.

    Jerk.

  75. spankystout on June 25th, 2010 10:42 am

    Wow. I’m glad I was too busy to watch any part of the game. Sounds like the M’s were redundantly impotent……well here is to hoping for some offense in exchange for our beloved Cliff Lee. Jack Z must know that the M’s are done for the season, and now he must open up negotiations for Lee. He may be able to squeeze a little more out of the deal if the other team gets a few extra starts by Lee. Make it happen Big Z!

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