Yankees At Mariners, Game 50

Dave · May 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Pineda vs Burnett, 7:10 pm.

Pineda has been unbelievably good so far, but tonight, I’d say he faces his first real test. The Yankees can hit, and their line-up is full of left-handed thumpers. Can he continue to pound first pitch fastballs over the plate against a bunch of good hitters? How will he avoid falling behind patient hitters who might not chase his breaking ball?

If PIneda dominates the Yankees tonight, it will be his coming out party, and you can expect him to get plenty of attention next week if he overcomes the test. It should be an interesting night.

Ichiro, RF
Rodriguez, 3B
Smoak, 1B
Cust, DH
Gutierrez, CF
Kennedy, 2B
Olivo, C
Peguero, LF
Ryan, SS

Comments

178 Responses to “Yankees At Mariners, Game 50”

  1. imiz11 on May 27th, 2011 6:30 pm

    Ichiro hr comin tonight

  2. greentunic on May 27th, 2011 6:36 pm

    Go Pinedas!

  3. saintnumberfive on May 27th, 2011 6:49 pm

    Clearly, without Chone in the lineup, we stand no chance…

  4. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 6:51 pm

    Only thing I’d do with this line up would be switch Ryan and L-Rod around, but other than that this probably our best starting nine this year. Which is kinda sad.

  5. G-Man on May 27th, 2011 6:52 pm

    Wedge wouldn’t even move a regular like Ryan into the 2 spot in Chone’s absence, he just subbed L-Rod in there.

  6. Andrew34 on May 27th, 2011 6:52 pm

    Heaven as a baseball lineup, Olivo 7th and no Figgy!

  7. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 6:53 pm

    Also, I had Posey on my fantasy team. Once he went on the DL the best remaining catcher in my league was Miguel Olivo, so I fully expect him to return to being mediocre tonight =\

  8. mlathrop3 on May 27th, 2011 6:58 pm

    NO FIGI!!! YAY!!!

  9. BlazerD on May 27th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Can’t wait to have Ackley instead of Kennedy in the lineup. Not long now…

  10. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 7:02 pm

    The Senator has been a great cheap pick up so far. As far as stopgap veterans go we could have done a lot worse. To be honest I’d rather see him or L-Rod at third every day instead of Figgins. But you’re right, finally having Ackley up here will be amazing.

  11. BlazerD on May 27th, 2011 7:07 pm

    He’s been a great pickup no doubt. There are definitely better people to pick on (Chone), I was more thinking about how I can’t wait to see Ackley in the lineup.

  12. King.Dome on May 27th, 2011 7:12 pm

    Ok, so it took Pineda 2 pitches to buzz a Yankee up and in. Love it. This guy is a keeper, seems so mentally strong.

  13. lalo on May 27th, 2011 7:17 pm

    The umpire is an idiot, don´t worry Michael…

  14. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 7:19 pm

    This is going to be interesting, per the game thread post.

  15. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Really, announcers, I’m not all concerned as to where Figgins is tonight. No need to go on and on about getting a rest night. Just glad he’s not there.

  16. lalo on May 27th, 2011 7:25 pm

    OHH!!, that was awesome!

  17. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Oh man. L-Rod CRUSHED that. Guess we’ll settle for a walk there.

  18. Carson on May 27th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Obviously that walk right there wasn’t as valuable as a homer would have been.

    See, I learned something in the last couple days.

  19. King.Dome on May 27th, 2011 7:27 pm

    Inches from a hr!! So close. A walk work too. Nice AB LRod.

  20. jordan on May 27th, 2011 7:28 pm

    I’m still pissed the M’s signed Olivo instead of R. Martin.

  21. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 7:33 pm

    I sense this isn’t going to end to our advantage.

  22. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 7:35 pm

    Didn’t score, but we made Burnett work a lot.

  23. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 7:36 pm

    Oh hey– I’m getting the idea that this is a different team we’re facing, compared to San Diego and Minnesota?

    Interesting. (We NEEDED that one, L-Rod– so close!)

  24. ndrfx on May 27th, 2011 7:44 pm

    As much as it pains me to say…I enjoy having Blowers back. I can’t stand Valle’s monologues that drag on to no end long after he’s established his point.

  25. jordan on May 27th, 2011 7:44 pm

    This is not looking good for Pineda

  26. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 7:50 pm

    ndrfx-
    I agree… You mean Valle’s incredibly long explanations of the most inane and yet obvious points? Those ones?

    I actually turn the volume down when he does that.

  27. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Offense is going to have to pick up Pineda tonight and make Burnett work just as hard.

  28. vern on May 27th, 2011 7:57 pm

    Tonight’s Dave Sims’ Drinking Game Phrase: Blown up. Cheers!

  29. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 7:57 pm

    Oh, that was smooth, Olivo.

  30. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 7:59 pm

    This is a late post but how many times does Sims have to say that Oineda is struggling tonight? It was like a dozen or so in the second. We get it Dave ands its not fun to hear that many times.

    And hahaha Miggy stealing.

  31. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:00 pm

    I really was not expecting to get a tick in the stolen base column for my team tonight from Olivo.

  32. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Why does there always seem to be 2 outs?

  33. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:04 pm

    Ichiro is just not himself lately.

  34. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 8:04 pm

    And then three. Ugh.

  35. riversurge24 on May 27th, 2011 8:04 pm

    All these walks aren’t helping the Mariners score any runs.. just sayin

  36. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Ichiro is definatly not himself right now

  37. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:07 pm

    Ichiro needs to either be more, or maybe less, aggressive up there…

    Like less aggressive at the two bouncing pitches he swung at tonight…

    And more aggressive at the 3rd strikes belt high over the plate.

  38. puppyfoot on May 27th, 2011 8:08 pm

    Is Ichiro’s new approach to swing at all pitches out of the zone and take everything in the zone?

  39. King.Dome on May 27th, 2011 8:13 pm

    There you go Mike, get Tex back on a diabolical one. Another K.

  40. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:15 pm

    Pineda dominating A-Rod makes me happy.

  41. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Pineda’s damage control is impressive. He isn’t long for this game, but all these command problems haven’t hurt him in the run column yet.

  42. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Line from Scarface, delivered by Justin Smoak with a thick Latin accent:

    “Say hallo to my little glove…”

    3 outs.

  43. OffensivelyChallenged on May 27th, 2011 8:20 pm

    So many walks so far.

  44. Nicbp253 on May 27th, 2011 8:20 pm

    You gonna theses young kids.

  45. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:26 pm

    AJ’s curveball is fooling a lot of batters tonight… You don’t see Ichiro or Guty watch a lot of called 3rd strikes.

    This is one of those games where we’re either gonna get a big hit, at a big time– or never be close to threatening.

    (L-Rod’s 6″ foul homer is bumming me out more by the inning…)

  46. heychuck01 on May 27th, 2011 8:28 pm

    I dunno if it is so much AJ is looking good, but more of a reality check that the Mariners hitters are not very good.

  47. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:29 pm

    Here is the real Pineda

  48. Carson on May 27th, 2011 8:30 pm

    DEATH TO FLYING THINGS!

  49. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 8:30 pm

    DEATH TO FLYING THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:30 pm

    DEATH TO FLYING THINGS! LATINO HEAT!

    GUTI!

  51. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:31 pm

    I feel like I can now say,

    Welcome back Mr. Gutierrez.

  52. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 8:34 pm

    Why is getting anything with Figgins on it a prize or an influence to go to the game?

  53. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:39 pm

    Edgar-
    Don’t be so short sighted… After you get it, you can actually GET RID OF IT… Burn it. Trash it… Ebay it… All the things the Mariners aren’t actually able to do with the real Figgins.

    AND!!! You don’t still owe it 9 million a year for the forseeable future…

    It could be fun.

  54. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 8:42 pm

    MrZ well played sir, well played
    Can the actua poster have all of those things on the back as a checklist or something?

  55. MarinerFanMike03 on May 27th, 2011 8:43 pm

    Well thinking positive we do have more hits than they do.

  56. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:44 pm

    Edgar-
    Ha… Do you think it’s too late to still add that? It would be more popular I bet!

  57. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 8:44 pm

    Well, the Figgins poster is for Little League night. I think it’s appropriate for our own little leaguer.

    Spoke too fast, MarinerFan.

  58. mlathrop3 on May 27th, 2011 8:46 pm

    Ah sunavabitch…

  59. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:46 pm

    Olivo-
    That’s catching 101– drop to your knees and turn the glove over, son.

    Geesh.

  60. SODOMOJO360 on May 27th, 2011 8:46 pm

    Backhand, really Olivo? Block the ball!!

  61. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:46 pm

    Those type of runs are the worst.

  62. riversurge24 on May 27th, 2011 8:47 pm

    Maybe Dan Wilson is available to catch??

  63. devzfan on May 27th, 2011 8:47 pm

    Olivo knew he missed that ball and knew where it went, he purposely looked the other way to make it seem like he didn’t know. And then he walks around with that smirk on his face.

  64. devzfan on May 27th, 2011 8:48 pm

    Fuck Olivo

  65. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 8:49 pm

    That wild pitch cost us TWO runs… Dammit. Dammit. Somewhere Rob Johnson is smiling.

  66. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:51 pm

    This is the inning the mariners gotta make their move on Burnett. He has been struggling and his PC is up. Make him pay right now

  67. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 8:55 pm

    That’s the Ichiro! we know and love!

  68. jordan on May 27th, 2011 8:56 pm

    That looked like Felix cheering from the stands on the Ichiro double

  69. Carson on May 27th, 2011 8:56 pm

    I thought I’d never move the clicker on my Ichiro hit count bobblehead again!

  70. ndrfx on May 27th, 2011 9:01 pm

    I guess I shouldn’t complain, but come on, can’t we ever score on actual hits? :D

  71. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:01 pm

    jordan
    nice call this inning!

  72. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 9:01 pm

    I was going to mock you, jordan. Glad I didn’t.

  73. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:01 pm

    ndrfx-
    You want the long explanation, or the short simple:

    “no”

  74. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Two more hits already tonight for Ackley including a triple.

    I mean, seriously, Jack. He can work on his damn defense up here.

  75. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:05 pm

    That’s smart hitting by Cust and L-Rod… Hit a foul homerun, to scare the pitcher into walking you.

    Wow. Seriously, that takes talent.

  76. jordan on May 27th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Well, I was actually hoping the M’s would chase him, but that was alright.

  77. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:10 pm

    For those asking about Ichiro earlier in the thread, here was one new take by Jeff Sullivan, if you haven’t seen it.

  78. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 9:11 pm

    Is it me, or is Ryan growing his porn ‘stache back?

  79. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:15 pm

    He was growing a handlebar mustache over the roadtrip but I haven’t really looked tonight.

  80. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:17 pm

    Juneau-
    Evidently Brendan got the wrong idea when he heard people saying he’s got a hot bat.

    Hence the porn ‘stache.

  81. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:20 pm

    Okay Adam-
    NO LEADING OFF!!!

  82. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:25 pm

    Pequeno walked? What is this!?

  83. saintnumberfive on May 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    bases chucked. yippie!

  84. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Do not hit into a DP or I’ll hurl.

    OH, wait, they could score on a DP and tie it.

    And once again their tactic works. Just get to the bullpen.

  85. Andrew34 on May 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    If we don’t score a run…. yeah

  86. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Wait… did I just hear Sims refer to Ryan as “our best hitter”?

    WHAT???

  87. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Squeeze.. do it.. no reason except I love it

  88. Andrew34 on May 27th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Interesting way to do so but I’ll take it.

  89. saintnumberfive on May 27th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Carson: You are winning. :)

  90. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:28 pm

    See a squeeze would have been much more exciting than THAT!

  91. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Whatever issues our team has – this is NOT the 2010 Mariners!

  92. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 9:28 pm

    “A Hustling Miguel Olivo” isn’t that an oximoron?

  93. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Gotta love it… Hits? Walks? We don’t need none of that… FC… FC… 4-3 lead.

  94. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:29 pm

    Jeets could have got the lead runner, couldn’t he?

  95. Andrew34 on May 27th, 2011 9:29 pm

    I’ll take it. All of the M’s runs have come on groundouts….. Not that pretty…. But we did score 4 runs :)

  96. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:29 pm

    Olivo better hustle, given what he’s cost us so far this game.

  97. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 9:30 pm

    LOL, I wondered what the hell he was doing too, Carson. Maybe wanted to do one of his signature spin moves?

    “Just a little bit outside!”

  98. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:31 pm

    Time for a SMOAK BOMB!

  99. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:32 pm

    So that’s one Smoak bomb and a side of Yankee tears?

    Thank you, drive through.

  100. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Carson, the problem is we lost our squeeze specialist last year – I think he rode off into the sunset on his bike.

  101. saintnumberfive on May 27th, 2011 9:32 pm

    BTW, Texas is losing 9-7 in the 14th..

    I don’t mean to get too excited about the standings in May, but after last year, how can you not get excited about this club and this year?

  102. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Why did the strike zone suddenly expand?

  103. OffensivelyChallenged on May 27th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Smoak doesn’t get very good calls.

  104. Edgar4Hall on May 27th, 2011 9:34 pm

    I hate to say but I’m starting to wory about Smoak

  105. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Why did the strike zone suddenly expand?

    It’s 9:30 and we were only in the sixth?

  106. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:35 pm

    Edgar, I really hope you aren’t serious.

  107. alexD on May 27th, 2011 9:35 pm

    according to hitzone, those first two strikes were WAY outside of the strikezone.

  108. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:35 pm

    I hate to say but I’m starting to wory about Smoak

    We should bump him down to the five hole again for a few games and bat Guti third and see if that helps him.

  109. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:35 pm

    These past 2 weeks have been bizarre… Counting on the bottom of the lineup for our runs, and all– but as long as it keeps working, I’m loving it.

  110. OffensivelyChallenged on May 27th, 2011 9:35 pm

    I hate to say but I’m starting to wory about Smoak

    The ump didn’t do him any favors that at bat. It’s hard when you take 2 balls and your down 0-2.

  111. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Cortes is getting rocked down in Vegas.

  112. alexD on May 27th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Also, while Texas blew their lead, the ANgels managed to come back from down 5-0 in the 8th and win.

  113. cmonseattle on May 27th, 2011 9:37 pm

    I hate to say but I’m starting to wory about Smoak

    Why? He just reached 500 ABs in his MLB career. This isn’t the easiest game to learn. There will be growing pains along the way.

  114. puppyfoot on May 27th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Yankees – that’s what happens when you have a reliever named Ayala.

  115. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Don’t worry about Smoak – he’s entitled to a slump every now and then, just like every other player on the face of the planet.

  116. Andrew34 on May 27th, 2011 9:41 pm

    KC leads 12-7 going into the bottom of the 14th.

  117. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:41 pm

    It’s 9:30 and we were only in the sixth?

    It’s a Yankee game – that’s how they roll.

    I came in late… has their catcher been going out to the mound every other pitch?

  118. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:41 pm

    I don’t like this matchup against A-Rod…

  119. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:42 pm

    lol, that was the funniest putout I’ve seen in a while.

  120. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:43 pm

    It’s a Yankee game – that’s how they roll.

    I was answering a question, insinuating the umpire is tired or hungry or wants to meet the moose.

  121. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:43 pm

    lol, that was the funniest putout I’ve seen in a while.

    Reminded me of those old B&W Keystone Cops clips they played at Shakeys when I was a kid… You could almost hear the sped up caliope music.

  122. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 9:44 pm

    The umpire “wants to meet the moose?”

    Sounds like some horrible, plushy after hours event…

  123. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:47 pm

    I was answering a question, insinuating the umpire is tired or hungry or wants to meet the moose.

    I know you were – I was just recalling some of the news stories early on about the pace at Yankees and Red Sox games.

    Haha, MrZ.

  124. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 9:52 pm

    OUCH! I forgot about that one.

  125. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:52 pm

    MrZ has now etched horrible images into my mind with fire that will never leave.

  126. Kazinski on May 27th, 2011 9:53 pm

    I’m glad Jeff wrote that analysis on Ichiro. It was pretty clear that Ichiro was done after he only hit .246 last July, even to the casual fan. Those of us that pay more attention to the stats knew a lot earlier that he was finished when he only hit .233 in August of 2006.

    Now that he is hitting .226 this month is pretty much confirmation that he is done, its a well known fact that 3 months of hitting below .250 in a 5 year span confirms that a player is getting old and will be done sometime in the next 10 years.

  127. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 9:57 pm

    If the Mariners win this thing, it would be such a wonderfully frustrating loss for the Yankees.

    Win, win.

  128. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 9:57 pm

    It’s funny how when Ichiro hits .280 people think he is “done”, however if Figgins was hitting.280 people would be ECSTATIC.

  129. Carson on May 27th, 2011 9:59 pm

    Wow. That was a hell of a move.

  130. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 9:59 pm

    Payback!

  131. G-Man on May 27th, 2011 10:00 pm

    YES!!!

  132. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:01 pm

    It’s funny how when Ichiro hits .280 people think he is “done”, however if Figgins was hitting.280 people would be ECSTATIC.

    Haha, you had me going there…

    Figgins hitting .280! hahahaha… sigh.

    I think they were making that part up, down there in Anaheim.

  133. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Any bonehead play from a Yankee is twice as sweet, imagining the anguish of their fans.

    Even if one of them is my 74 year old dear mother.

  134. Carson on May 27th, 2011 10:02 pm

    Ackley due up second, top 8.

  135. SonOfZavaras on May 27th, 2011 10:03 pm

    I’ll gladly take that call at second base…but we may have gotten lucky on that one.

    I don’t think Nunez was out.

  136. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:04 pm

    C’mon, Pequeno…

  137. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 10:05 pm

    We need to put Saunders in left after this inning for defensive purposes.

  138. Carson on May 27th, 2011 10:06 pm

    I wonder if Brendan Ryan puts like bacon flavoring on his sleeve or something.

  139. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:06 pm

    I couldn’t imagine being a manager. I almost have a heart attack just watching some of the Mariners and their lousy at bats from home on tv. I can imagine Wedge being like Lou Brown from the Major League movie and getting hospitalized because of certain players.

  140. Flowin on May 27th, 2011 10:07 pm

    We got a lucky call at second there.. he was definitely safe.

    Whatever. We’ll take it.

  141. Flowin on May 27th, 2011 10:09 pm

    Guti just made the #1 webgem.

  142. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:10 pm

    We need to put Saunders in left after this inning for defensive purposes.

    From your lips to Wedge’s ears…

  143. alexD on May 27th, 2011 10:11 pm

    Nunez was out on the pickoff..just saw the instant replay on baseball tonight..it was by about an inch.

  144. Carson on May 27th, 2011 10:12 pm

    Please don’t leave the ball up like that, League… making me nervous.

  145. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 10:15 pm
    We need to put Saunders in left after this inning for defensive purposes.

    From your lips to Wedge’s ears…

    I wish. We’d never have to bother with Figgins in the two hole again.

  146. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 10:15 pm

    .500!

  147. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:15 pm

    WOO!!

  148. Carson on May 27th, 2011 10:15 pm

    .500!

    WE’RE MEDIOCRE AGAIN!

  149. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Hey, I don’t disagree Carson – but we actually beat a GOOD team today!

  150. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:18 pm

    First two innings: 4 walks, 0 hits, 0 runs.
    Innings 3-8: 2 walks, 6 hits, 4 runs.

  151. Paul on May 27th, 2011 10:19 pm

    Enjoy yourself, while we’re still in the pink

  152. tubbabubba22 on May 27th, 2011 10:19 pm

    YAY!!!

  153. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 10:19 pm

    Great game tonight, and tomorrow we get to see King Felix have his annual Yankee feast.

  154. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 10:21 pm

    Okay, so we’re rebuilding right? We’re still rebuilding…

    So, how ’bout Olivo to San Francisco for Buster Posey… Jiminez and Bard can handle things the rest of this year?

    THAT would be some scheming, right there!

    (Happy .500 everybody– that was one helluva win tonight… Felt good to beat the might Yankees with vintage small ball… Has to drive them frickin’ nuts!)

  155. mln on May 27th, 2011 10:21 pm

    The Yankees lose thanks in part to a bonehead pick-off play.

    Anti-Yankee Schadenfreude is always sweet.

  156. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:21 pm

    First two innings: 4 walks, 0 hits, 0 runs.
    Innings 3-8: 2 walks, 6 hits, 4 runs.

    Who was trying to say a walk is as good as a hit?

  157. saintnumberfive on May 27th, 2011 10:23 pm

    2011 Seattle Mariners:

    Wins: 25
    Losses: 25
    Home: 12-12
    Away: 13-13
    Run Scored: 180
    Runs Allowed: 186

    What does this mediocrity equal? .5 games back in the AL West.. :)

  158. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 10:24 pm

    First two innings: 4 walks, 0 hits, 0 runs.
    Innings 3-8: 2 walks, 6 hits, 4 runs.

    Only thing is, none of the hits were for runs…

    So tonight we effectively didn’t score with walks, and didn’t score with hits…

    M’s proved us all wrong.

    All the runs/rbi’s came on putouts/fielder’s choices.

  159. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:25 pm

    First two innings: 4 walks, 0 hits, 0 runs.
    Innings 3-8: 2 walks, 6 hits, 4 runs.

    Only thing is, none of the hits were for runs…

    So tonight we effectively didn’t score with walks, and didn’t score with hits…

    M’s proved us all wrong.

    All the runs/rbi’s came on putouts/fielder’s choices.

    2 of the runs were set up by Ryan’s leadoff single and Ichiro’s double.

  160. Carson on May 27th, 2011 10:25 pm

    Tonight’s word cloud tells us that we talk about Figgins a lot, even when he isn’t playing.

  161. juneau_fan on May 27th, 2011 10:25 pm

    .500!

    WE’RE MEDIOCRE AGAIN!

    But it came at the price of the Yankees, making it taste twice as sweet.

  162. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 10:27 pm

    of the runs were set up by Ryan’s leadoff single and Ichiro’s double.

    Two of the runs were set up by Peguero’s walk, too. A bit of a miracle there.

    Still a push.

  163. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:29 pm

    Who was trying to say a walk is as good as a hit?

    MrZ beat me to it.

  164. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:30 pm

    Ha.

  165. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:31 pm

    Do you remember what happened the 2 at bats before the fielders choices?

    Apparently you’re arguing if those guys had walked on they wouldn’t have scored.

  166. KiWiNiNjA on May 27th, 2011 10:32 pm

    .500!

  167. Hammy57 on May 27th, 2011 10:34 pm

    Do you remember what happened the 2 at bats before the fielders choices?

    Apparently you’re arguing if those guys had walked

    If they both walked, instead of leadoff single then a double, then one of the fielders choice results in a double play. Next ground out results in 3rd out of inning. NO runs scored.

  168. Ibuprofen on May 27th, 2011 10:34 pm

    Guys can we just leave it at both walks and hits are good things? <_<

  169. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:39 pm

    If they both walked, instead of leadoff single then a double, then one of the fielders choice results in a double play. Next ground out results in 3rd out of inning. NO runs scored.

    I won’t argue the double; but in that sequence the single could’ve been a walk with the exact same result.

    It’s always about context. Given the problems Ayala was having, I think it’s arguable that – again, in that context – we could’ve walked more runs in and made fewer outs, since he was having trouble finding the strike zone (Smoak’s AB against him notwithstanding).

  170. Westside guy on May 27th, 2011 10:40 pm

    Guys can we just leave it at both walks and hits are good things? <_<

    I don’t think I’ve said otherwise. But I’ll leave it. :-D

  171. MrZDevotee on May 27th, 2011 10:45 pm

    I’m gonna go on the record as saying BOTH hits and walks are important to a team’s success…

    But I’m a bigger fan of fielder’s choices, if they lead to 4 runs when the Yankees only score 3.

    Go M’s!

  172. Kazinski on May 27th, 2011 11:00 pm

    It would be nice to be in first place in June for a week or two, just to say we did it and start getting some fans in the seats. But I don’t think it would be good to stay there. This team still isn’t close. Even if Ackley is the real deal, they are another 2 players away. They have to fix two of either catcher, 3rd, or LF to be a legitimate contender. And of course they need to re-sign Bedard for next year. He’s going to end up getting about 6m this season if he stays healthy. Perhaps if they guarantee that for the next 2 years, and then throw in more incentives that will get him to 10-12m if he keeps it up would be wonderful.

  173. jordan on May 27th, 2011 11:29 pm

    We need to keep Bedard on a year to year basis… and wait till the off-season to sign him. Too much history there

  174. bookbook on May 28th, 2011 4:13 am

    What is the linear weight? I think a walk is .9 times as good as a single, or something like that. So you’re technically correct–that isn’t quite as good as a hit–but de jure all wet.

    Has anyone ever argued that a walk is as good as a double?

  175. gwangung on May 28th, 2011 9:37 am

    The correct comparison is not walk to hit; it’s walk to out.

  176. msfanmike on May 28th, 2011 10:11 am

    This team still isn’t close. Even if Ackley is the real deal, they are another 2 players away.

    All we need to do is copy Texas: Activate Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz – and we are set.

    I do agree with you though … but it sure is a lot more fun and interesting to watch this team recently – than it was last year.

    I like a lot of what I am seeing, no matter how it is sliced, dissected, analyzed or placed into the “context” box. Still some glaring weaknesses, but yeah … two real good productive players would solve a lot of problems. Easier said than done.

    The Yankees were lucky that Pineda wasn’t quite on his game last night – and it still didn’t matter. They won’t be so lucky tonight. Felix is going to kick their ass while our offense figures out a way to “generate” 3-4 runs.

  177. xsacred24x on May 28th, 2011 12:15 pm

    I don’t know how accurate that pitch tracker is on MLB.com but it sure seemed like the umpire had a tight strike zone so i wouldn’t say Pineda was off.

  178. Kazinski on May 28th, 2011 12:54 pm

    The correct comparison is not walk to hit; it’s walk to out.

    I think it is actually walk to BABIP. Not taking the risk of putting the ball in play to get on base its and advantage. But it is also offset by risk of taking a third strike.

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