Game 6, Mariners At Rangers

Dave · April 6, 2011 at 10:11 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Hernandez vs Wilson, 11:05 am.

Happy Felix Day!

The King takes the hill to try and help the team avoid a sweep and get back to .500. Not too many other guys you’d rather have in this situation, but for the team to win, they’ll have to hit C.J. Wilson – yes, another lefty. Man, am I sick of southpaws. Also, this team could really use a healthy Franklin Gutierrez and a RH 1B/3B/OF/DH type who can hit the ball 500 feet.

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

Comments

144 Responses to “Game 6, Mariners At Rangers”

  1. Edgar4Hall on April 6th, 2011 10:16 am

    So we play against a quality lefty and we take out the only right handed batter that we have that can hit the ball far(Olivo)? I’m not a huge fan of him but still couldn’t we put him in at DH for Cust?Seems like he needs a damn break.

  2. FelixFanChris420 on April 6th, 2011 10:17 am

    Happy Felix Day indeed! Bout to crack a beer and get a steak in the pan…can’t wait to watch this game!

  3. FelixFanChris420 on April 6th, 2011 10:19 am

    Isn’t the knock on Moore and Saunders their ability (or lack thereof) to hit lefties, or am I mistaken? Seems Langerhans and Olivo would be the better play unless they are just sending Condor and Moore out there against lefties so they can sink or swim…

  4. Chris_From_Bothell on April 6th, 2011 10:23 am

    Would help if Cust could be a DH instead of a DW.

  5. sportsnw on April 6th, 2011 10:24 am

    Everyone keeps talking about Saunders and Moore struggling and I understand that but this year was about seeing if they could develop into major league players. The real issue in my mind is Figgins who shouldn’t be seen as one of our weakest hitters right now and still batting in the 2 spot. When Figgins was first signed I was pumped but now all I see in him is a bust and I don’t understand why.

  6. dingla on April 6th, 2011 10:32 am

    Wow I can’t wait to see how the M’s starting pitching lineup does this year! Cy Young King Felix, Vargas AND Fister, healthy Bedard?, and… PINEDA! Are you kiddin’ me!?

  7. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 10:40 am

    Olivo can’t play every game, so Moore has to play at least occasionally.

    And until Guti is back, Saunders has to be given some at bats at this level. It’s not like we’re sitting (the younger version of) Manny Ramirez down to give him playing time. Besides, we’ve had a sampling of how well Guti will probably hit when he’s unhealthy… and it’s not all that pretty either.

    I guess I don’t understand why people don’t grok this is a development year. The goal isn’t (or shouldn’t be, at least) simply to win as many games as possible – certainly not if that comes at the expense of long-term development that will be needed in those future years when we’re more likely to have a viable shot at the crown.

  8. Edgar4Hall on April 6th, 2011 10:48 am

    Westside-
    I get that this is a development year but why use Cust against a lefty? sure we can let Saunders sink or swim, same with Moore. But why not put in Olivo at DH? that gives him a half day off and more importantly, gets Cust out of the four hole for a day.

  9. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 10:52 am

    Thumbs up to what Westide said– And I’ll add, plus we have Wedge now who has to see exactly what each guy can and can’t do in standard MLB situations. Yes you can watch tape, but that doesn’t give you any other signals about a guy in real situations (body language, mental makeup, etc., while OFF camera).

    The 6th day of a six month marathon is a fine time to be evaluating your talent. Especially if you might be planning/talking about what moves you’ll be making come June to better the team.

    And I actually see evidence that this might be what’s happening– as I can’t remember the last time after 5 days EVERY SINGLE batter and pitcher has already appeared in a game. Rookies in high leverage situations. Questionable lefties against quality left handed pitching. Moving guys around the infield…

    We’re in our “test laps” stage of the race right now– seeing how the tires handle, how hard you can push the engine, which guy corners the best, who can stop on a dime, etc. Give it a month before we start questioning who should be used in what situation. I don’t believe, in the new model of the Mariners, those decisions have actually been made by anybody but US yet.

    Although it might appear that Brendan Ryan is first guy on the accountability “hot seat” at the moment.

    As far as I’m concerned– EVERYTHING looks better than expected at this point (giving Figgins a pass because plenty of folks– can you say “Albert Pujols”, with his .167 avg– are off to bad starts after 5 days of a season. He’s made some nice plays at 3rd already)…

    Go M’s!

  10. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:13 am

    How to tell if you’re a serious sports geek:

    If you’ve already (like me) gone from really not liking the Root Sports “Gosh we love our sports” commercials, to warming up to ‘em and nodding in approval…

    (Embarrassing really).

  11. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:17 am

    EVERY SINGLE batter and pitcher has already appeared in a game.

    I was going to comment on this, but then looked it up and saw that Luis Rodriguez has had an at bat. I didn’t see it, I have no idea of what he even looks like.

  12. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:24 am

    Was the walk to Hamilton semi-intentional? (I have the radio on today).

  13. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:26 am

    Cust got a base hit!

    (we celebrate the small things)

  14. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:29 am

    Paul-
    Yeah, until he had an at bat, I’d seen him on the bench and thought he was a coach *laugh*. Sort of looks like a leaner, more muscular, Olivo.

    Also interesting that he’s grown 3 inches in the last two years (M’s list him at 6′, he was listed as 5’9″ two years ago).

  15. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:32 am

    Paul-
    We also celebrate the small things like that hit and run line drive would have been caught for a double play last year. A little better luck so far this year.

  16. sgreen13 on April 6th, 2011 11:33 am

    I’m wondering if they will ever sync the radio with Gameday again. This is getting really old.

  17. jordan on April 6th, 2011 11:34 am

    At this point, I can’t get angry with Cust for not producing. He has faced a ton of great lefties. Just wait till it all evens out and he starts seeing RHP on a regular basis, and then we’ll see what he’s got in store for this season.

  18. galaxieboi on April 6th, 2011 11:35 am

    Woohoo!

  19. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 11:37 am

    Anybody else starting to really like Jack Wilson this year?

  20. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:37 am

    Jordan-
    Great point. RHP at Safeco Field is definitely a big reason why we picked him up.

  21. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:37 am

    There’s been some comments in the game threads about Ron Fairly. Before today, I was watching the games on TV so hadn’t heard him this year.

    The thing to keep in mind that Fairly is the announcer-equivalent of an aging free agent who comes in on a one year contract. I’d expect that they will bring in at least one new announcer to the TV or Radio team next year, and that Ron will return to retirement.

    I saw a number of opinions that they are purposely using only people who have previously announced Marniner games during this sad year.

  22. Hopmacker on April 6th, 2011 11:39 am

    Are you guys talking about the Jack Cust that is sporting an OBP north of .360?

  23. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:39 am

    GroundZero-
    He looks like a different guy doesn’t he? (Wilson) Read where he lost 18 pounds in the offseason, and worked on cardio/conditioning, to try to go easier on his body this year. He looks noticeably quicker, swinging at the plate and in the field. Like Bedard, it’s amazing how much better a veteran MLB player can perform when he isn’t fighting his body each day.

  24. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:40 am

    Wilson may be that rare person, who when it is said in spring training “he’s in the best shape of his life”, it might actually be true.

  25. Hammy57 on April 6th, 2011 11:41 am

    Jack is playing hard. I have heard him say that Wedge has given him the permanent green light to steal whenever he wants. So far he has been great. It’s amazing to actually see production from the 2B and Catcher positions this year. I was so used to Lopez/Figgins and Rob Johnson the past few years.

  26. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 11:41 am

    Also interesting that he’s grown 3 inches in the last two years (M’s list him at 6?, he was listed as 5?9? two years ago).

    Six foot? Seriously? The one time I remember seeing him bat, he looked tiny compared to the catcher. It immediately reminded me of seeing Figgins at bat last year with Mauer behind the plate – Mauer in a crouch was almost as tall as Figgy. :-P

  27. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 11:45 am

    Felix, what is going on?

  28. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:46 am

    I’m listening and not watching, but sounds like Felix is not sharp today.

  29. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:46 am

    F-F-F-F-*&%^… c’mon guys!!! Big play by Figgins totally gone to waste…

  30. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:47 am

    Blew two double play chances. Ugh.

  31. jordan on April 6th, 2011 11:47 am

    WOW… Jack Wilson with 2 straight errors

  32. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:47 am

    WILSON WILSON WILSON!!!!!?

    What the?

    3 runs… ON YOU!

  33. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 11:48 am

    That’s what we get for saying all those nice things about Wilson.

  34. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:48 am

    Paul-
    I’d say it’s more the home plate umpire who isn’t ‘on’ today, rather than Felix. There have been some questionable calls on some quality pitches.

  35. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 11:49 am

    Yikes, I shouldn’t have said anything. But i wouldn’t say they are on Jack…he didn’t put them on base.

  36. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:49 am

    (said totally in jest)
    Has anyone else noticed that Wilson seems to be playing like crap this year? I think maybe he’s too skinny.

  37. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 11:50 am

    Ugh. I’m only able to listen today, but it’s sounding ugly so far. You don’t expect two errors from Jack Wilson!

  38. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 11:50 am

    Yeah, he needs to put on some weight…bulk up a little ;)

  39. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 11:51 am

    (said totally in jest)
    Has anyone else noticed that Wilson seems to be playing like crap this year? I think maybe he’s too skinny.

    Yeah, next spring we’ll be reading about how he’s bulked up to help him play better and stay healthier. :-D

  40. Hopmacker on April 6th, 2011 11:51 am

    Kings of the Small Sample Size!

  41. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 11:52 am

    The questionable calls thing is right…Gamecast showed a pitch called a ball that was literally over the heart of the plate.

  42. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 11:53 am

    GroundZero-
    I’d respectfully disagree. There’s nothing else really that Jack Wilson is getting paid millions of dollars to do, other than catch that ball and throw it to 1st.

    That’s really a defenders job. To get the guys out. It’s not actually a pitcher’s job to not let anybody on base. With Felix it can seem like it, but alas, it’s not really his job.

  43. IHaveALittleProject on April 6th, 2011 11:55 am

    If the defense shown so far this year continues through the rest of the year, they could lose 110 games.

  44. Diehard on April 6th, 2011 11:56 am

    Wow this team sucks

  45. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 11:57 am

    I didn’t mean that is was all Felix’s fault. I just meant that I couldn’t place all the blame on Jack…Felix obviously is not quite on today as evidenced by the pitches he is leaving over the plate, the walk to Moreland to load them up for Kinsler, etc.

  46. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 11:57 am

    MLB.com has the video of Wilson’s miscue – it looked like a routine play at both ends (radio made it sound like an amazing play by Figgins), he just couldn’t get a handle on it.

  47. jordan on April 6th, 2011 11:59 am

    Jack got pulled. Good. Crap like that is inexcusable.

  48. Edgar4Hall on April 6th, 2011 12:02 pm

    I’m not watching but seriously he got pulled? in the middle of the inning or after? Sorry I’m writing a paper.

  49. jordan on April 6th, 2011 12:03 pm

    After the inning. Luis Rodriguez came out to play second last inning.

  50. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:05 pm

    Some of the beat writers on Twitter are implying Wilson was pulled because he got hurt – not for the misplay.

    GET ACKLEY ON THE PLANE NOW!!

  51. Edgar4Hall on April 6th, 2011 12:07 pm

    Some of the beat writers on Twitter are implying Wilson was pulled because he got hurt – not for the misplay.

    And this is why Mariners fans should never get their hopes up about a player

  52. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:09 pm

    I’m thinking maybe we should all pitch in and buy Wilson flowers, since this all went down (injuries/errors) RIGHT AFTER we were raving about him.

    “Our Apologies”

  53. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 12:10 pm

    Luckily they had 2 guys on the bench who can play middle infield. Because the odds of Wilson getting hurt and missing time this year were pretty much 100%.

  54. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:11 pm

    M’s have given up a LOT of unearned runs so far this season (errors don’t always equal runs, but they have so far for the M’s)… And that’s not even counting Saunders miscue yesterday, which wasn’t an error in the books.

  55. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:11 pm

    And this is why Mariners fans should never get their hopes up about a player

    For some reason I’m reminded of Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians”.

    Act One ends with Wilson’s disappearance. Is Act Two when Bradley vanishes?

  56. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Here’s Shannon Drayer’s tweet:

    Luis Rodriguez replaces Wilson at second. Saw Wilson go down into the tunnel after 2 error inning, did not see him come back.

  57. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:16 pm

    Westside Guy-
    Oh you mean Agony Christie’s “Nine Little Innings”? Every inning one less able body takes the field for the Mariners.

  58. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:20 pm

    hehe MrZDevotee!

    BTW it sounds like Rodriguez is playing over his six-foot head right now!

  59. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:22 pm

    THERE’s the familiar batting of last year’s catchers! Cue balled it to the pitcher…

  60. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:25 pm

    I will say I like “Red” Fairly’s stories from his Dodger days, but having said that…

    “If you’re in the American League, you have to be able to score some runs”.

    Uh, really? But apparently not if you’re lucky enough to be in the National League?

  61. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:26 pm

    “3-2… Saunders will get a great jump…”

    Uh, Mr. Sims, yeah 2 outs, but Saunders is at 2nd base… what if they walk Ichiro?

  62. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Next up:
    The Chone Figgins Ultimate Redemption Moment!!! (pay attention)

  63. Diehard on April 6th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Great Faggins with his 0-17 slide with an RBI opp…

  64. Carson on April 6th, 2011 12:28 pm

    Solid AB, Figgy.

  65. zzyzx on April 6th, 2011 12:29 pm

    Anyone have any idea how the “nasty factor” on MLB gameday is computed? My guess is out of whole cloth…

  66. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:30 pm

    “Faggins”? Really?… He probably would have gotten a hit if you hadn’t called him names.

    But then again- we don’t deserve a hit there, if that’s the way we’re gonna appreciate these guys, in my opinion.

    Didn’t hear any insults when Ichiro blew his RBI opportunity right before Chone?

  67. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:34 pm

    WOW- beauty curve there…

  68. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:35 pm

    Didn’t hear any insults when Ichiro blew his RBI opportunity right before Chone?

    GREAT job, IchiNO…

  69. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 12:37 pm

    update from Shannon:

    I am not sure Wilson was hurt. No injury report as of yet.

  70. MX on April 6th, 2011 12:37 pm

    Life is tough. Two night ago Jack Wilson made arguably the play of the year and it was all over TV. Now he made two errors and got replaced…

  71. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:38 pm

    Westside- with his defensive lapses so far, I think it’s “Ichi-OH-NO!”

  72. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Ladies and Gentelmen–
    Your 2011 Mariner’s MVP… Milton Bradley! (Who’d a thunk it)

  73. jordan on April 6th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Random question, but what qualifies as a quality start?

  74. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Cust!!

  75. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Wow this team sucks

    You still think that?

  76. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Cust… Cust… Cust Cust Cust! (Thank you for NOT walking…)

  77. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:40 pm

    Random question, but what qualifies as a quality start?

    Six innings w/ 3 or fewer earned runs.

  78. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:40 pm

    Jordan-
    If I’m not mistaken it’s 7 or more innings, 3 or fewer runs? (90% sure)

    (Or maybe 6 innings– thanks Westside)

  79. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:45 pm

    So, is it too early to make the huge, giant, leaping conclusion that the 2011 Mariners are better than the 2011 Red Sox? (Red Sox= 3 games in Texas, 26 runs surrendered… Mariners= 3 games in Texas, 12 runs surrendered)

    (And Kansas City and Baltimore are two of the best teams in the AL?)

  80. jordan on April 6th, 2011 12:48 pm

    Well, I hope the M’s can get Felix the W today. I know wins are a crappy stat, but it will make his repeat CY a lot easier if he can win every now and then.

  81. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:49 pm

    I really do like Figgins at 3rd… He just seems to move at the speed that makes him look natural there. His reflexes seem more suited to quick, concise plays than the ranging and angling required of a 2nd basemen. Ignoring Jack’s back to back errors, this is a really solid infield.

  82. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:51 pm

    (Wondering aloud– if Jack actually pulled/tweaked something on that first botched catch, preparing to twist and throw to 1st… Easy way to pull a hammy/groin… And then THAT led to the error on the very next play… ‘Cause it looked like he leaped and avoided the tag, but still laid on the ground like the inside of his right leg hurt after the bad throw)

  83. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:53 pm

    I agree, MrZ (re: solid infield) – but I’m looking forward to Ackley at second.

    Nothing against Wilson, he’s normally a great defender but he’s gone after this year no matter what.

  84. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 12:55 pm

    ADAM!!

    (I’m pulling for the guy to succeed…)

  85. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 12:58 pm

    I’m tempted, but I’m NOT gonna call him (Figgins) names… I’m NOT gonna do it. *sigh*

  86. Rick Banjo on April 6th, 2011 12:59 pm

    Is it time for Wedge to start throwing bats in the shower yet?

  87. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 12:59 pm

    I agree…it would REALLY help if he were hitting, so they wouldn’t just pitch around Ichiro with RISP.

  88. Rayvensdad on April 6th, 2011 1:03 pm

    How long are we going to continue to watch Figgins in the #2 hole??? Put him anywhere but there. He’s a table setter, not a rbi producer. Someone’s going to have to swallow their ego for the good of the team… and the blood pressure of the M’s fans!

  89. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Felix is around 100 pitches, unfortunately.

  90. wabbles on April 6th, 2011 1:06 pm

    I’ve got an idea. If the game starts at, say, 6 p.m., we tell Figgins it actually starts at 9 p.m. Then when he shows up at the ballpark it will be too late to do any actual damage.

  91. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Put him anywhere but there. He’s a table setter, not a rbi producer.

    Who would you bat second?

  92. Rayvensdad on April 6th, 2011 1:10 pm

    The way he’s been hitting, Milton Bradley. The hottest hitter on the team. Ichiro is no longer a threat since Figgins isn’t a threat to knock him in, so they are going to pitch around him. Personally, I’m getting tired of watching a franchise bang their head against a brick wall continually and not no way the wall isn’t going anywhere. If it isn’t working, change it. 2 leadoff hitters in a row hasn’t worked for this team for 170 games now. What are they looking for? Sometimes things go on a slump, but after a full season that produced the worst offense in 40 years………….. you’d think rational people would get the hint.

  93. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:12 pm

    Paul B-

    Who would you bat second?

    Ackley. And Figgins #9… (Wilson to another team… We should have done it while that 4-3 double play was the #1 play on ESPN’s “Plays of the Day”)

    Maybe by June, Lopez is sucking enough in Colorado that they’ll want Wilson?

  94. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:14 pm

    Wow. (Bows to Beltre)

  95. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:15 pm

    Wow-
    Just realized this is a quick game… 2 hours and we’re nearly halfway thru the 8th…

  96. MX on April 6th, 2011 1:16 pm

    As hot as Bradley is, he doesn’t have a RBI yet. I guess there are not a lot of runners in front of him.

  97. Zero Gravitas on April 6th, 2011 1:17 pm

    I believe Arthur Rhodes just retired the ‘meat’ of the Mariners order on 4 pitches. This makes me hate myself for loving this club.

  98. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 1:17 pm

    Apparently Arthur Rhodes looks like the second coming of Cy Young out there, the heart of our order just got mowed down.

  99. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:17 pm

    MX-
    True ‘dat. Ichiro is on 1st, if he’s on… And Figgins in back on the bench…

  100. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:19 pm

    Erik Bedard’s start… We lose by 2, and give up 2 unearned runs…

    Felix’s start… We’re losing by 1, and have given up 2 unearned runs (in generous scoring… 3 really, if Wilson catches and turns the double play)

  101. jordan on April 6th, 2011 1:19 pm

    Ackley isn’t ready. I would bat Guti or Bradley second.

  102. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 1:20 pm

    2 leadoff hitters in a row hasn’t worked for this team for 170 games now.

    I just don’t think you can say that. Figgins is hitting something like .143/.136/.333 – in what sense does that say “leadoff hitter” to you?

    Now what you CAN say with some authority is having a sucky hitter bat #2 after Ichiro hasn’t worked. :-D

  103. Rick Banjo on April 6th, 2011 1:20 pm

    In all fairness, Mitch Moreland looks like the second coming of Roy Hobbs right now. I could go for 5 Ranger errors about now.

  104. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:21 pm

    Jordan-

    Ackley isn’t ready

    Agreed, plus it’s not worth bringing him up yet, dollar-wise… But just pointing out that I think that’s where were headed by the end of the year.

  105. wabbles on April 6th, 2011 1:21 pm

    “I believe Arthur Rhodes just retired the ‘meat’ of the Mariners order on 4 pitches.”
    I think it’s more like fatty grisel.

  106. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Rick Banjo-
    Yeah, I called Moreland the new Paul O’Neill on Monday (former legendary “Hall of Famer” whenever he played the Mariners)…

  107. apunetid on April 6th, 2011 1:24 pm

    “I believe Arthur Rhodes just retired the ‘meat’ of the Mariners order on 4 pitches.”
    I think it’s more like fatty grisel.

    There’s even a picture of it at the top of this website!

  108. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:24 pm

    Wabbles-
    Smoak, Cust and Bradley should start a metal band called “Fatty Gristle”… (Horns held high…)

  109. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Ouch. I step away for two minutes and suddenly we’re down 6-3. Do I want to know what happened?

  110. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Good strategy by League. Get rid of those guys on base so he can pitch with a clean slate. I applaud his logic.

  111. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:27 pm

    The bullpen makes me appreciate the starters even more.

  112. Zero Gravitas on April 6th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Anyone else have that Lemonheads song “It’s a Shame About Ray” stuck in your head in the bottom of the 8th? Just me?

  113. AssumedName on April 6th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Well, okay, the results aren’t great, but bringing in League was the right way to go, right? Washington wouldn’t bring in Feliz in this situation…

  114. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:28 pm

    Do I want to know what happened?

    All you need to know is “Nelson Cruz”.

  115. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:29 pm

    Someday, we’ll be a winning enough team that we won’t need to count on “cross our fingers” guys like Brandon League, Michael Saunders, Jack Wilson, Adam Moore, Milton Bradley, et.al…

  116. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 1:29 pm

    Maybe League just needs to remember he’s facing the Rangers and they don’t just let you throw a meaty pitch over the plate right off the bat and get away with it.

  117. MX on April 6th, 2011 1:30 pm

    AssumedName: It’s a away game for Seattle. There might not a bottom 9th for us. I have no problem bringing the closer in this situation.

  118. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Moore hurts his knee. Helped off the field.

  119. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:31 pm

    On the bright side though, having those type of guys means it’s not so devastating when they injure themselves and get replaced…

  120. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Okay, this is getting really ugly – and I’m just listening to it.

  121. Paul B on April 6th, 2011 1:31 pm

    I’d expect to see Josh Bard in Seattle tomorrow, from the way it sounded.

  122. galaxieboi on April 6th, 2011 1:32 pm

    Guh, what a s*** show.

  123. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 1:32 pm

    On the bright side though, having those type of guys means it’s not so devastating when they injure themselves and get replaced

    Exactly! If we had Mauer behind the plate, we’d actually be pretty upset about this.

  124. SodoMojo on April 6th, 2011 1:34 pm

    Good thing we have an awesome bullpen! :)

  125. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:34 pm

    Paul B- I’d be cool with Bard coming up, if it means Baron moves up a level too from the chain reaction (to see how he does in high minor ball– or if Spring was just a fluke)…

  126. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:35 pm

    I believe the proper light to cage this first week in, is something like: “I’ll be perfectly happy if we flirt with .500 on this first road trip, but come home 2-4″

    (forcing a positive spin to come out my mouth)

  127. MX on April 6th, 2011 1:36 pm

    Man, I almost forgot how bad this team was after the winter.

  128. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:40 pm

    6 unearned runs (since Sunday) is NOT what I expect from this defense.

    (Again, in my mind it’s MORE than that… via the Saunders misplay yesterday, and the fact that 1 of the 3 runs that came after Wilson’s botched double play today was counted as earned)…

  129. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Thank GOD this was not the opening day game… Deja Vu would be thick in the air right about now, if it had been. (With a 3 drink minimum)

  130. groundzero55 on April 6th, 2011 1:43 pm

    They should never have told the team the season had started. We played better when the games DIDN’T count.

  131. Westside guy on April 6th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Could we pretty-please play the A’s again?

  132. MrZDevotee on April 6th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Bye all… I’ll be cheering ‘em on from the stands Friday. C’mon, Vargas!

  133. Swungonandbelted on April 6th, 2011 1:55 pm

    From the post game show “If the Mariners can’t figure out how to score some runs, it’s going to be a long year….”

    Where have I heard this before? >.<

  134. georgmi on April 6th, 2011 3:02 pm

    If the analysts can’t figure out how to say something interesting and non-obvious, it’s going to be a long year…

  135. MedicineHat on April 6th, 2011 3:03 pm

    News sources reporting Wilson did not get hurt. Was removed from the game.

  136. IHaveALittleProject on April 6th, 2011 3:16 pm

    Good for Wedge. I know sucking and screwing up has been the status quo, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be accepted going forward.

  137. georgmi on April 6th, 2011 3:28 pm

    Baker has Wilson saying he agreed with the decision to pull him. “I wasn’t getting it done.”

    How’s that for a breath of fresh air among the “blame everyone but myself” attitudes we’ve seen the last couple of years (I am looking at you, Carlos Silva)?

  138. devzfan on April 6th, 2011 4:16 pm

    I wonder if there are no treats available in the clubhouse after a loss…

  139. Jay Yencich on April 6th, 2011 4:21 pm

    I wonder if there are no treats available in the clubhouse after a loss…

    Just rolled up newspapers and the threat hanging in the air of someone’s nose getting rubbed in it.

  140. devzfan on April 6th, 2011 4:25 pm

    Yes the newspaper spankings can hurt. That would also be a good reason to avoid losing

  141. dantheman on April 6th, 2011 5:21 pm

    For what it’s worth, I enjoy listening to Ron Fairly and I’m glad he’s back this year. He has a great voice, does a good job and I, for one, like it when he talks about his playing days.

  142. jephdood on April 6th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Is ihatefiggins.com/org taken? Might have to stop by Godaddy later.

  143. Paul B on April 7th, 2011 7:42 am

    Could we pretty-please play the A’s again?

    Maybe the Indians will do in a pinch?

  144. mwb on April 7th, 2011 10:23 am

    Speaking of Carlos Silva, I had to smile when I read this a couple weeks ago. Cubs GM Jim Hendry on Carlos Silva:

    Obviously we’re dealing with a man at this stage of his career who’s not willing to face the facts,” Hendry was quoted by ESPN.com as saying. “What he’s done for the last few years in his career, except for a two-month period, is way below major-league standards. And he seems to have the continual problem (of) blaming everybody but himself.

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