Game 111, Royals at Mariners

Jay Yencich · August 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm · Filed Under Game Threads, Mariners 

Last night’s lineup was surprisingly successful, so the M’s are running it out for a second time. Of course, Saunders is also still being held back and certain positions lack better options. Quiet, you.

RF Ichiro!
2B Figgins
1B Kotchman
DH Branyan
CF Gutierrez
3B Lopez
C Moore
LF Langerhans
SS Ja. Wilson

RHP David Pauley faces off against LHP Bruce Chen.

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38 Responses to “Game 111, Royals at Mariners”

  1. Jake Squid on August 7th, 2010 5:35 pm

    I’m almost positive that Chen is a LHP.

  2. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 5:38 pm

    Well that takes care of my mental question of “he’s still around?”

  3. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 5:46 pm

    Should anyone want something to do leading up to the game, the Rainiers are playing Iowa right now, Ryan Rowland-Smith is on the mound, and Ackley and Carp have both hit home runs off former Mariners farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx. This might be the first hyphenated match-up in baseball history.

  4. GripS on August 7th, 2010 6:00 pm

    In typical RRS fashion he gives 2 runs right back to tie up the game.

  5. scott19 on August 7th, 2010 6:06 pm

    Pauley vs. Chen?…Woohoo!!

    This promises to be the Matchup of the Century.

  6. Westside guy on August 7th, 2010 6:17 pm

    certain positions lack better options

    Wait – which positions don’t “lack better options”?

  7. Westside guy on August 7th, 2010 6:23 pm

    Is Bradley on the DL? I noticed he’s not on the lineup card.

  8. Westside guy on August 7th, 2010 6:53 pm

    Hope Langerhans didn’t just injure himself in BP.

  9. mln on August 7th, 2010 7:07 pm

    Wouldn’t it be funny if one (or even both) of these pitchers threw a no-hitter tonight, in this the year of the no-hitter?

    Nothing is too outlandish or improbable for the mighty Mariner offense!

  10. RRS for Prez on August 7th, 2010 7:34 pm

    I saw Chen take a perfect game into the 7th in Anaheim July 3rd of this year. I was very much rooting for the year of the no-hitter to reach out and touch Bruce then, but tonight seems more likely.

  11. SonOfZavaras on August 7th, 2010 7:46 pm

    Jay, have you heard anything new regarding signing of draft picks Littlewood, Stanek, Paxton? Or even Shipers?

    I’m dying to latch onto any happy Marinerland news, even if it involves the fairly-far future…

  12. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 7:59 pm

    Jay, have you heard anything new regarding signing of draft picks Littlewood, Stanek, Paxton? Or even Shipers?

    Nope! And this isn’t really a minor league thread, the Mariners just play like a minor league team.

  13. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 8:11 pm

    Is Bradley on the DL? I noticed he’s not on the lineup card.

    Yes, he’s on the DL. They put him on it some time around a week+ ago. Tendinitis in his knee.

    They also made the DL transaction retroactive to the last time he was actually any good … so technically, he has been on it for approximately 715 days and can be recalled at any time. Yay.

  14. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 8:16 pm

    Does anybody know what our “DH” position is hitting this year? It can’t be over .170 – can it?

    Come on Branyan. Help to defy the stats that you have helped to create.

  15. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 8:18 pm

    Unbelievable. The “pen”is indeed mightier than the sword.

    Okay Guti … help to defy the stats of “whatever” … and you hit one out too.

  16. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 8:19 pm

    Okay Guti … help to defy the stats of “whatever” … and you hit one out too.

    Never mind … why don’t you just strike out instead.

  17. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 8:20 pm

    Unbelievable. The “pen”is indeed mightier than the sword.

    Are you kidding me? Our bullpen couldn’t cut butter.

    Oh wait you were talking about the other thing.

  18. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 8:23 pm

    Oh wait you were talking about the other thing.

    Yes … the other “Shakespearean” thing.

    Good call on the butter cuttting though Jay … I got a kick out of that.

  19. Nellie Fox on August 7th, 2010 8:26 pm

    Shakespearean? Is Bard catching?

  20. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 8:30 pm

    I was hoping that you wrote out your response on a tablet computer with a quill-shaped stylus but that’s probably not the case.

  21. Westside guy on August 7th, 2010 9:00 pm

    I was hoping that you wrote out your response on a tablet computer with a quill-shaped stylus but that’s probably not the case.

    Wait – that’s a stylus? I thought it was a chisel… no wonder my tablet hasn’t been working correctly.

  22. Des71 on August 7th, 2010 9:06 pm

    An article from The Columbian, Southwest Washington’s newspaper.

    M’s offense is like a big, gas-filled thing that crashes

    Greg Jayne: By the Numbers

    “The Mariners don’t have merely the worst lineup in the major leagues, they have an historically bad one. Consider: Seattle is averaging 3.24 runs per game. The last time a team was so offensively challenged was 1981, when the Blue Jays averaged 3.10 runs.

    But 1981 was a strike season, and the Blue Jays played 106 games…. So we have to go back to 1972 to find a club that scored fewer than 3.24 runs per game (five teams did it that year).

    Yes, it has been nearly 40 years since a team playing a full season has scored as few runs as Seattle, despite the fact that 2010 is an offensive-minded season when placed into a historical context.” – Greg Jayne

    There was no designated hitter in 1972. The Mariners could be the worst offensive team in the era of the designated hitter. Awful.

  23. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:29 pm

    Boy, Ichiro hit the shit out of that one!

  24. juneau_fan on August 7th, 2010 9:32 pm

    Why, why, why is Dave Sims obsessed with Jack Wilson’s soccer playing past?

    For some reason, his constant references drive me crazy.

  25. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:34 pm

    Yes, it has been nearly 40 years since a team playing a full season has scored as few runs as Seattle,

    All we need to do is find 6 major leage average statistic bats and we will be “fine” … next year: 1B, DH, SS, 3B, LF, C. Since Smoak, Saunders and Moore are probably fixtures, we really only need to find average major league batsat 3 positions. Lucky us.

    BTW, does anybody know Wilson Betemit’s contract status off the top of their head? He has had an odd career to date, but he looks like he could be a lot better option than any 3B’ers we are going to be able to throw out there for quite a while. At least he doesn’t make me feel like wanting to puke on my shoes – and he has got a real fast bat.

  26. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:36 pm

    Why, why, why is Dave Sims obsessed with Jack Wilson’s soccer playing past?

    Maybe Dave Sims played soccer. In his era, that is the sport that a kid would play if he could not play anything else very well. Things have changed (well, at least a little) since then.

  27. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:38 pm

    Okay Mr. “I would rather lead off” … lead it off! Steal a base! Get stuck there – when nobody else can drive you in … but at least get there.

  28. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Atta boy. “Pen” still mightier than sword.

  29. King.Dome on August 7th, 2010 9:41 pm

    Good. I wanted Kotch to bunt, but that dinker to 2nd will work. Let’s tie it up at least and get Soria out of the game. We’ll win it against another guy. I mean, if we can beat Soria, I won’t complain.

  30. King.Dome on August 7th, 2010 9:42 pm

    Um, announcer guy, a homer is not what is needed when we have the tie run at 2nd. Branyan, dial it down next time.

  31. msfanmike on August 7th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Get stuck there – when nobody else can drive you in … but at least get there.

    What a shock.

    Bruce Fucking Chen. One run off of Bruce Fucking Chen.

    I wonder if he has met Matt Freaking Pittman.

  32. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 9:56 pm

    Man I didn’t even have to watch that game to know it sucked.

  33. MedicineHat on August 7th, 2010 10:29 pm

    Could be worse…you could have gone to Everett. We sat around for an hour and a half rain delay. After the first inning (in which the AquaSox scored two runs) the Boise Hawks refuse to take the field due to unsafe playing conditions and forfeit the game.

  34. Breadbaker on August 7th, 2010 10:39 pm

    By the way, 1972 was a strike season, too. That’s the year the Tigers beat the Red Sox by one-half game because they didn’t play the same number of games.

  35. Jay Yencich on August 7th, 2010 11:07 pm

    During Frogstock no less!

  36. scott19 on August 7th, 2010 11:22 pm

    Why, why, why is Dave Sims obsessed with Jack Wilson’s soccer playing past?

    Probably because he wishes he’d have been watching a nil-nil soccer draw tonight — which wouldn’t have had much less offense than these two powerhouses could muster up.

    M’s offense is like a big, gas-filled thing that crashes

    You mean like The Hindenburg? Oh, the humanity!!

    One run off of Bruce Fucking Chen.

    Well, remember how Jamie Moyer was a “late-bloomer”? This could very well be the start of Mr. Chen’s second career. (/rolleyes)

  37. Westside guy on August 7th, 2010 11:58 pm

    Weird how our guys somehow manage to do well against some of the best pitchers in the AL yet crash and burn against everyone else…

  38. scott19 on August 8th, 2010 12:55 am

    The Mariners could be the worst offensive team in the era of the designated hitter.

    Quite possibly. The default analogy I was using earlier in the season were some of those mid-70′s California Angels teams…probably because of the parallel between Felix-Lee to Ryan-Tanana as far as 1-2 pitching punches go. However, this M’s offense is soooo anemic, it would make the Leroy Stanton-Dave Chalk era Angels look like the ’27 Yanks by comparison.

    Weird how our guys somehow manage to do well against some of the best pitchers in the AL yet crash and burn against everyone else…

    Yet, oddly enough, this is nothing new…even going back to the days when the team actually was still playing well. I remember that time late in the ’03 season where, at a point when it was absolutely critical for the M’s to take as many series as possible in order for them to stay in the divisional race with the A’s, they dropped two out of three to the (then-lowly) Devil Rays — having gotten shut out on back-to-back nights by Doug “Hannibal” Waechter and Jorge Sosa! And, of course, that wasn’t the first time, either…there were other instances back in the days of the “competitive” Mariner teams where they got shut down by the likes of Brian Moehler, Steve Sparks, Pat Rapp and Dave Eiland, amongst others.

    I mean, I could understand maybe one or two of those soupcans “being on” on a particular night…but it almost seems like a flawed team psyche when that kind of thing happens too often — especially when you’ve shown the ability to go out and beat some of the best pitchers in the game on a consistent basis the rest of the time.

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