Game 90, Mariners at Angels

Dave · July 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Weaver, 7:05 pm.

Happy Felix Day.

I spent a good amount of time with Rich Lederer down in Anaheim last weekend. Lederer, if you’re not aware, is one of the world’s largest Jered Weaver fans. I am one of the world’s largest Felix Hernandez fans. We’ve gone back and forth on their relative merits over the years, but we still get along pretty well, and Rich was great the whole time.

That said, I’d love to send a taunting email in about three hours, so here’s hoping for a 10-0 beatdown. Go to work, guys.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 2B
Gutierrez, CF
Lopez, 3B
Kotchman, DH (3rd time in his career)
Smoak, 1B
Saunders, LF
Johnson, C
Jack Wilson, SS


61 Responses to “Game 90, Mariners at Angels”

  1. Nellie Fox on July 16th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Not a mentally tough Mariner outfit. A refelction on Wakamatsu?

  2. Seattleken on July 16th, 2010 9:36 pm

    Figgins was bad at 2B with the Angels that was why they moved him off second years ago.
    Hes past his prime and is in the decline phase of his career. I projected this in March I said by by year three of his contract he’d be a .240 hitting backup.
    I was wrong hes doing it in year one.

  3. Nellie Fox on July 16th, 2010 9:42 pm

    The M’s continue to be fundamentally weak in the evaluations they make trying to assemble a successful MLB club. The roles they have people playing are continually out of whack. Figgins behind Ichiro, Lopez in the 4-hole, Kotchman anywhere, Saunders buried at 7-8. Same thing they did with Brandon Morrow. Their choices are consistently poor. That – and a compromised payroll – is how you maintain futility.

  4. jeffcor13 on July 16th, 2010 9:46 pm

    Thats what concerns me too…our evaluations for guys on our team seem to be misled.

  5. Nellie Fox on July 16th, 2010 9:53 pm

    There are only two explanations: The people running the show are hopelessly inept, or their agenda is different from ours, i.e. NOT prioritizing winning.

  6. Axtell on July 16th, 2010 10:41 pm

    With this year solidly in the toilet, here’s hoping for as many losses this year as possible to get us to the number one pick. I’d like to know if anyone has a projected draft class for next year that I can take a look at?

  7. Westside guy on July 16th, 2010 10:46 pm

    I am not too worked up over roster decisions right now – I imagine Wak’s got some directions from Jack regarding “showcasing” some players before the July 31 trade deadline. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kotchmann get waived soon after that, if he’s still a Mariner (and I expect that will still be the case).

    Watching Saunders lately, and knowing how Smoak is thought of… I’m encouraged for the future. We’ve got Guti for a few years, we’ve got Felix, Ichiro probably has another 2-3 good years in him, Ackley is looking good offensively, Moore is hopefully going to be up soon…

    BTW whatever you think of Bradley – and he certainly has been disappointing for us as a player – please stop with the “he’s doing this to himself” stuff. I think the guy is at least borderline mentally ill, and it’s unlikely he can just “try harder” and pull it together on his own. And, if he indeed is mentally ill, it’s typically not the case that he’s able to rationally realize that and make intelligent treatment decisions. I’m glad the M’s have tried to help him, but a few weeks off talking to a therapist is probably not enough to really solve the problem. Note that I’m not arguing that the team should keep him on the roster, though (but with the M’s owing him a chunk o’ change still, I expect he’ll at least start next season with the club).

  8. Seattleken on July 16th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Top pick at this point looks like 3B Anthony Rendon. Many scouts like him better than Harper.

    here’s a link on the 2011 draft but as we know alot will change by next June.

  9. EthanN on July 16th, 2010 11:00 pm

    I don’t think there is much hope we lose more than the Orioles. Those guys are embarrassment to the max

  10. samregens on July 17th, 2010 1:23 am

    Figgins behind Ichiro, Lopez in the 4-hole, Kotchman anywhere, Saunders buried at 7-8.

    One of these is not like the others.

    I do not want a guy hitting .230 getting more at bats at the expense of our leadoff superstar.

    Yeah, sure, let’s meddle with the only guy doing his job.

    This seems to be the new theme of the Ichiro bashing crowd. Move Ichiro out of position, demand for anything that might upset him.

    Oh wait, it’s this Nellie Fox guy again. Figures.

  11. John D. on July 19th, 2010 2:26 am

    NOTE: The eventual winning run scored in the last of the 3rd, when LOPEZ decided against throwing home, but instead began a “round-the-horn” double play.

    I realize that this was correct textbook procedure; but shouldn’t something other than “the book” be considered, such as who’s pitching for the Mariners, and the anemic Mariner offense?

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