Game 5, Mariners At Rangers

Dave · April 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Pineda vs Oganda, 5:05 pm.

Just like last night, all eyes are on the M’s starting pitcher tonight, as Michael Pineda makes his big league debut. And, just like last night, I really wish we had an easier landing for the kid, but this is hand that Pineda is being dealt, so he’s going to have to get over his nerves while also shutting down an offense that is destroying the baseball right now.

The nice thing about this match-up is that the Rangers line-up leans pretty heavily to the right side, especially their power hitters. Yes, they have Josh Hamilton, but Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, and Michael Young all hit right-handed, and Pineda won’t need his change-up to get those four out. He can pitch around Hamilton and Mitch Moreland to some degree, knowing that there’s a right-handed bat not too far away if he needs to get an easier out.

Still, I’d imagine he’ll be plenty amped up for his first Major League start, so we’ll have to see how his command is. That’s his biggest strength, after all, and if he’s not throwing strikes, he could be out of the game by the 5th inning. I’d like to see Pineda dominate, but given the competition, I’ll settle for just okay tonight.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 3B
Bradley, LF
Cust, DH
Smoak, 1B
Olivo, C
Kennedy, 2B
Wilson, SS
Saunders, CF

Comments

122 Responses to “Game 5, Mariners At Rangers”

  1. Westside guy on April 5th, 2011 2:56 pm

    I’m doing my best to have reasonable expectations – but I’m really excited that we get to watch Pineda tonight!

    Also – Condor sighting!

  2. Nicbp253 on April 5th, 2011 3:20 pm

    Wow Olivo three games in a row

  3. Alec on April 5th, 2011 3:23 pm

    Yea, if Pineda has to face a hard hitting line-up, at least it’s a RH-heavy. Imagine him going up against the Yankees lineup full of lefties.

  4. hendu72 on April 5th, 2011 3:37 pm

    My favorite line-up of the year so far. Condor + Kennedy gives us 7 lefties tonight.

  5. jordan on April 5th, 2011 3:49 pm

    I like this. Brenden Ryan has been brutal.

  6. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 5:15 pm

    Welcome to the Show Pineda!!!

  7. pdxMsfan on April 5th, 2011 5:15 pm

    Good start!

  8. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:16 pm

    Slider looking WICKED!!! WICKED!!! “Snap!”

  9. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 5:16 pm

    And yeah Ryan may have been bad at the plate but we knew that was a chance coming in. His glove is rather pretty though.

  10. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:17 pm

    I can’t imagine preparing for a 98 MPH fastball and seeing that slider come in at 85…

    Actually, come to think of it– reminds me of another 98mph fastballer’s slider… Anyone remember “Mr. Snappy”? A’la Randy Johnson.

    10 pitch, 2k, 1st inning of career.

    Nice work, young HUGE man!

  11. Carson on April 5th, 2011 5:17 pm

    That was the happiest small sample I’ve had in a long time.

  12. OffensivelyChallenged on April 5th, 2011 5:17 pm

    PINEDA!!!

  13. sportsnw on April 5th, 2011 5:18 pm

    Pineda is looking flat out nasty. I just love the fact that Pineda and Felix are back to back. That just doesn’t seem fair to other teams.

  14. IwearMsHats on April 5th, 2011 5:18 pm

    Fastest inning ever?

  15. lalo on April 5th, 2011 5:18 pm

    Pineda!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:19 pm

    SPORTSNW-

    That just doesn’t seem fair to other teams. Kansas City. (when it happens)

  17. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:20 pm

    Loved the image of Figgins standing next to Pineda right before his first pitch. Looked like a father and his 10 year old son.

  18. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:21 pm

    The Texas kid looks pretty nifty too. Looks like a mix of Miguel Batista and Pedro Martinez on the mound.

  19. CarpCarter on April 5th, 2011 5:22 pm

    Excellent start for Pineda. Gotta believe he’s fired up in the dugout. Hell, I’m fired up watching the little beeps and boops on MLB.com

  20. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 5:24 pm

    Best chance with Ogando may be to take a lot of pitches and see if they can get him tired out.

  21. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:27 pm

    Guys it’s nice to have on your team:

    Anyone can throw a 2-0 97mph fastball belt high past Nelson Cruz. (WOW!)

  22. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Loved the image of Figgins standing next to Pineda right before his first pitch. Looked like a father and his 10 year old son.

    Loved that as well

  23. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:29 pm

    LAME! Only scored ’cause it was 2 outs.

  24. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Well that was fun while it lasted I guess.

  25. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Someone please run to the mound and tell Pineda– “Guty catches that… no worries.”

  26. Carson on April 5th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Yikes, Saunders.

  27. CarpCarter on April 5th, 2011 5:30 pm

    Pretty awful play by Saunders there. Wow.

  28. Carson on April 5th, 2011 5:30 pm

    Just as I was about to say Pineda doesn’t look at all nervous. Might be a little stressed now.

  29. IwearMsHats on April 5th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Do pitchers always go to the stretch with a slow man on 3rd base?

  30. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 5:31 pm

    Saunders didn’t come close to it, but to be fair that was an awfully difficult ball to catch.

  31. jordan on April 5th, 2011 5:32 pm

    Looked like he got to excited at the prospect of robbing a homerun. Never thought to turn around and see if it in fact was leaving the yard.

  32. roulf on April 5th, 2011 5:33 pm

    First post of the season just to write, I miss Guti :(

  33. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:34 pm

    ROULF-
    An excellent post to make. (sigh)

  34. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:37 pm

    (perspective)
    So far, Pineda’s off to a better start than Felix (or ANY Red Sox) had…

  35. riversurge24 on April 5th, 2011 5:40 pm

    This guy Ogando isn’t too shabby either and seems to be the real deal also

  36. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:40 pm

    Your 2012 Mariner’s Rotation:

    Felix Hernandez
    Michael Pineda
    Larry Bernandez
    Larry Bineda
    Erik Bedard

  37. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:42 pm

    Wow- SURE sign of respect for a power pitcher…:

    bunting to try for a basehit.

  38. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 5:42 pm

    Ogando only 35 pitches through 3. I was sort of hoping that he might lose a little off the fastball as the game goes along, since he was a reliever last year.

    He doesn’t seem to have a lot of pitches, but his fastball is giving the M’s fits so far.

  39. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:43 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that breaking ball– it’s really pretty.

  40. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:44 pm

    Also LOVE LOVE LOVE that he throws (on purpose) a 95mph heater up and in on a regular basis. Talk about setting up the slider…

  41. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:46 pm

    Okay- show of hands- who had Milton Bradley as our best hitter the first week of the season?

  42. riversurge24 on April 5th, 2011 5:46 pm

    I think a butterfly could give the M’s offense fits…

  43. Marinersmanjk on April 5th, 2011 5:47 pm

    How long has Felix been chewing?

  44. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 5:49 pm

    Wow, first three innings in 40 minutes. Jeeze.

    Okay- show of hands- who had Milton Bradley as our best hitter the first week of the season?

    I agree he’s off to a hot start but don’t you think that Smoak is off to an equally if not more impressive start?

  45. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 5:50 pm

    How come when the Rangers have a guy who is a reliever in their minor leagues, and they make him a starter in the majors, he already knows how to pitch?

  46. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 5:52 pm

    and, why didn’t they make him a starter earlier? (he’s 27).

  47. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 5:53 pm

    Edgar4Hall-
    That’s funny, I actually had Smoak in the post too, with Bradley, but decided Bradley hitting was actually MORE impressive to me…

    Originally wrote “who had Bradley and Smoak as our two best hitters the first week?”

    So yeah, I’m there with ya!

  48. Carson on April 5th, 2011 6:00 pm

    I’m pretty sure I have a new man crush.

  49. roulf on April 5th, 2011 6:00 pm

    Pineda… He is quite good!

  50. tubbabubba22 on April 5th, 2011 6:00 pm

    Pineda’s fastball and slider are brutal tonight.

  51. texasmarinerfan on April 5th, 2011 6:01 pm

    K K K K K K

  52. jordan on April 5th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Im giddy.

  53. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 6:02 pm

    Yup, Pineda is showing good control of all his pitches. 32 strikes and 13 balls.

  54. Marinersmanjk on April 5th, 2011 6:07 pm

    Ogando’s fastball is down to 91 from 95. Looks like he’s tiring. Nevermind he’s back up to 95.

  55. riversurge24 on April 5th, 2011 6:12 pm

    Too bad our offense is somewhat anemic.. Pineda looks impressive so far though

  56. texasmarinerfan on April 5th, 2011 6:15 pm

    Ohhh so close

  57. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Lol do i guess the only person who can hit Pineda is Moreland

  58. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:19 pm

    Moreland is the type of guy I wouldn’t mind on the Mariners, and we’ve never had– a big Gold’s Gym type no-neck meathead who can clobber fastballs.

  59. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:20 pm

    And I meant that in the best way, btw.

  60. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:21 pm

    Y’know, we might see these two pitchers facing each other down for the next 10 years or so… These are two pretty nifty slingers.

  61. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:22 pm

    And I bet a LOT of innocent bystanders would fail the question: “How many major league starts do you suppose these two guys have in their careers?”

  62. IwearMsHats on April 5th, 2011 6:28 pm

    Looks like Ogando lost some velo.

  63. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 6:30 pm

    Sims and Blowers suspect he had a blister, as the trainer just visited the mound.

  64. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:32 pm

    (Watching Cust bat… Leads to repeating myself):

    “Moreland is the type of guy I wouldn’t mind on the Mariners, and we’ve never had– a big Gold’s Gym type no-neck meathead who can clobber fastballs.”

  65. riversurge24 on April 5th, 2011 6:33 pm

    The Mariners have got to be so frustrating to watch.. Their pitchers are really good but the offense is oh so bad

  66. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 6:34 pm

    Pineda misses the Rainier’s line-up

  67. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:34 pm

    How many rooks have pitched a complete game in their first start, I wonder? (60 pitches through 5 innings)

  68. Marinersmanjk on April 5th, 2011 6:37 pm

    Dave Sims should never impersonate Dave Niehaus ever again.

  69. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:38 pm

    Y’know (knock on wood for any possible jinx) but if we were able to pull this game out, with Felix pitching tomorrow, we could come home from this roadtrip tied for the AL West lead.

    Probable? No. But just the fact it’s possible is pretty damn refreshing.

  70. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 6:39 pm

    Dear Mr. Sims,
    We understand you have a hard job replacing a legend. We also would like to thank you for not talking about east coast teams at all this year. But if you ever, EVER try and butcher the voice Niehaus like you just did, you could possibly become the most reviled broadcaster in all of sports.
    Sincerely,
    Mariners’ Fans

  71. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:41 pm

    My bad. (Sigh)

  72. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 6:43 pm

    The Mariners have got to be so frustrating to watch.. Their pitchers are really good but the offense is oh so bad

    You’re that guy in the Geiko commercial, the one that lives under the rock by the highway, aren’t you?

  73. jordan on April 5th, 2011 6:43 pm

    This team is becoming more reminisent of the 2010 M’s. 2 runs seems impossible.

  74. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:43 pm

    How BIG is Pineda? When Josh Hamilton is on SECOND BASE, and the camera is in centerfield, Pineda dwarfs Hamilton. That’s nutty.

  75. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Well hello. Only two runs so far from the Rangers? Hurrah for Pineda!

  76. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:45 pm

    Jordan.

    This team is becoming more reminisent of the 2010 M’s. 2 runs seems impossible.

    That’s silly. Seriously? No, no, no… Not at all.

  77. Carson on April 5th, 2011 6:46 pm

    He’s missing spots pretty badly now.

  78. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:47 pm

    Only tiny knock on Pineda– doesn’t seem quite as comfortable from the stretch, especially throwing breaking balls.

  79. jordan on April 5th, 2011 6:47 pm

    Well, the M’s have scored exactly 1 run in the past 10 innings, so… yes, seriously.

  80. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 6:48 pm

    AL Teams that have scored fewer runs in 2011 than the Mariners:

    Bos
    Min
    Oak
    TB

  81. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Michael Young is the M’s modern day “Paul O’Neil” nemesis… Just always has our number.

  82. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:50 pm

    Jordan- So you ignore the rest of the season for 10 innings against two pretty damn good pitchers? (Best we’ve faced so far)?

    Don’t do it, dude. Too soon to slit your wrists.

    We had more hits than any other team in baseball yesterday– including the Cardinals, Yankees, and Rangers. That happened over that span, too.

  83. jordan on April 5th, 2011 6:51 pm

    AL Teams that have scored fewer runs in 2011 than the Mariners:

    Bos
    Min
    Oak
    TB

    Regression to the mean works two ways. I’m not trying to be pessimistic, but this team isn’t that good. And yes, our offense is still putrid.

  84. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:52 pm

    our offense is still putrid.

    And had more hits yesterday than anybody in baseball.

  85. jordan on April 5th, 2011 6:53 pm

    And to make it known, I really hope I’m wrong, and I hope they explode for a big inning right here. I guess the past couple of seasons have tempered my enthusiasm.

  86. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 6:55 pm

    Jordan-
    Just trying to break through to the optimism side, that’s all.

    This is NOT the best offense in baseball, but I definitely believe we can be better than “putrid”.

  87. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 6:59 pm

    suicide squeeze for Wilson?

    Nope, swinging away.

  88. juneau_fan on April 5th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Ah, this is the Lowe I remember so well…

  89. MrZDevotee on April 5th, 2011 7:02 pm

    Thank God for former Mariners!

  90. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:03 pm

    Jack’s been hitting well.

  91. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:04 pm

    Rally time! Pinch hit our RH outfielder… oh, wait…

  92. hendu72 on April 5th, 2011 7:04 pm

    Hope to see Kennedy in the line-up again tomorrow

  93. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:06 pm

    Too bad we don’t have a rh outfielder to PH for Saunders here.

  94. juneau_fan on April 5th, 2011 7:06 pm

    Now we’ll get the suicide squeeze.

  95. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Saunders got a hit!

  96. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:08 pm

    I like the swing!

  97. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2011 7:08 pm

    3 runs no problem?

  98. hendu72 on April 5th, 2011 7:09 pm

    Two good ab’s in a row for Saunders

  99. Lauren, token chick on April 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    WOOO! Nice!

  100. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Texas did an Oakland there.

  101. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy!

  102. et_blankenship on April 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Jack’s been hitting well.

    He’s moving better, too. Looks more agile at short, better footwork. Is he finally healthy? In better shape? Off the gluten? He always looks like an insomniac with mono, but that’s just his face . . .

  103. wabbles on April 5th, 2011 7:11 pm

    Bases loaded, only one out, down by just one. Breathe.

  104. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:13 pm

    Please, just a flyball at least

  105. juneau_fan on April 5th, 2011 7:13 pm

    And…that wasn’t one of the good options.

  106. mlathrop3 on April 5th, 2011 7:14 pm

    Not the worst possible outcome. Barely

  107. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:14 pm

    So much for Figgy’s improvement

  108. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:15 pm

    Rats, for a second I thought that would curve enough to fall in.

  109. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 7:17 pm

    Can we swindle someone to take Figgy and then we just put Kennedy at 3rd?

  110. Paul B on April 5th, 2011 7:17 pm

    When Ichiro reached base on an error, the M’s WE actually reached 50%. So for a brief moment there was hope.

  111. Sports on a Schtick on April 5th, 2011 7:18 pm

    Now this team is incredibly frustrating instead of incredibly awful. It’s almost worse.

  112. jephdood on April 5th, 2011 7:18 pm

    I hate Figgins with such a damn passion, it makes me want to kick puppies.

  113. OffensivelyChallenged on April 5th, 2011 7:19 pm

    Their average with the bases loaded has to be terrible. Would love to have just one big bat in the line up. Safeco kind of ruins that.

  114. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:20 pm

    Shtick-
    I know, right? They always fall short…

  115. jephdood on April 5th, 2011 7:20 pm

    Figgins = subtraction by addition

  116. Hopmacker on April 5th, 2011 7:20 pm

    While reading some of the comments, I wonder how many moves would be made if a GM looked only at one game or one at-bat results and based decisions on same…..

  117. Edgar4Hall on April 5th, 2011 7:23 pm

    I hate Figgins with such a damn passion, it makes me want to kick puppies.

    I am of the serious opinion that while we signed him for 36 mil, the Angels are paying him more to ruin us cause that’s how much they hate us. It also might be the reason they didn’t pay enough money for Crawford this year

  118. Chipanese on April 5th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Hopefully tonight ends like the Mariano Rivera night… It’s set up perfectly.

  119. msfanmike on April 5th, 2011 7:37 pm

    I have seen this movie previously and I do remember how it ends.

    Second verse same as the first.

    Two things: Figgins had a better start last season and Jack Cust … Jack freaking Cust! $1.5M of value … no doubt about it. Getting what we paid for – and less.

    Pineda looked great. Nothing but an upside there. Jack Wilson looks like the player we all thought we were supposed to be getting (please stay healthy). Gutierrez would have caught that second inning fly ball – that was hit to the base of the wall – in his hat and Milton Bradley still gets it done … until it actually matters.

  120. juneau_fan on April 5th, 2011 7:40 pm

    A HR would be nice here, but…

  121. OffensivelyChallenged on April 5th, 2011 7:42 pm

    Man that 7th was a good shot. Especially with 2 and 3 hitters but it was the stuff we saw all last year. Wish they had someone who could drive these guys in. Everyone chokes in the clutch it seems.

  122. Sports on a Schtick on April 5th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Welcome to Moral Victoryville. Population: us.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.