Yankees At Mariners, Game 52

Dave · May 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Vargas vs Sabathia, 1:10 pm.

If the Mariners win and the Rangers lose today, the M’s will stand alone in first place in the American League West. That’s actually kind of hilarious, when you think that:

Ichiro is having the worst year of his career.
Chone Figgins has actually been worse than he was last year.
Jack Cust has one home run.
Franklin Gutierrez has spent 84% of the season on the disabled list.
David Aardsma has spent 100% of the season on the disabled list.
Milton Bradley was so lousy that he got released and his replacements have been even worse.

Seriously, this isn’t an everything-that-could-go-right-has-gone-right situation. The M’s are getting sub-Mendoza line averages from three positions, have already swapped out their opening day left fielder and second baseman for replacements, and are once again putting one of baseball’s worst line-ups on the field. And yet, thanks to ridiculously great performances from the likes of David Pauley (!), the team is a half game out of first place on May 28th. Baseball. It’s awesome.

That said, the team has their work cut out for them today. The Sunday afternoon line-up is in affect, and there’s a lefty on the mound, so Cust, Kennedy, and Olivo are all getting the day off. The guy hitting fifth has three Major League hits, and oh by the way, C.C. Sabathia is pitching. Let’s hope Jason Vargas has some magic in him today.

Ichiro, RF
Figgins, 3B
Smoak, 1B
Gutierrez, CF
Wilson, DH
Ryan, SS
Wilson, 2B
Saunders, LF
Gimenez, C

Comments

153 Responses to “Yankees At Mariners, Game 52”

  1. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 12:09 pm

    Figgins is under the Mendoza line. Why in God’s name is he still in the two hole? Why isn’t someone like Guti or Ryan in his place instead? Ugh.

    That being said, baseball is fun again and I love it!

  2. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Saunders in left… against a lefty? They must’ve been “encouraged” by that walk last night, or something.

  3. GripS on May 29th, 2011 12:12 pm

    Not exactly putting the best possible lineup out there eh? Kennedy is a hot bat, why exactly is he sitting? Good luck Vargas. You’re gonna need to be perfect with that lineup behind you.

    Smoak needs to be dropped down in the order too. He declined when he got moved from 5th to 3rd. Move him back please.

  4. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 12:20 pm

    So if they need to put J. WIlson in the lineup why not place Big Mike in Left, then have Kennedy DH? Saunders is going to need Tacoma to have a shrink on their full time staff to help him after the trauma of facing good lefties hes had this year

  5. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 12:21 pm

    Is there a new stat that will tell us how many virgins we have to sacrifice to the baseball god if we when this game with this lineup against a pitcher as good as CC?

  6. lamlor on May 29th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Hmmmm, so we don’t need a $18M singles hitter to win?

    Sorry all you Ichiro lovers, didn’t mean to go all Simon Cowell on your Mariners Idol. :)

  7. Chipanese on May 29th, 2011 12:29 pm

    I wish Olivo didn’t get hurt last night. We are going to need him today…

  8. Liam on May 29th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Not exactly putting the best possible lineup out there eh? Kennedy is a hot bat, why exactly is he sitting?

    As it stands, Kennedy’s batting line has been achieved through a rather fair amount of platooning. Kennedy has faced a right-handed pitcher in 79% of his trips to the plate” – Matthew on May 27th at Lookout Landing

    Kennedy is doing well in part because of the platooning, which is why he is sitting today against CC Sabathia.

  9. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 12:33 pm

    THEY’RE DOOMED!

    Ryan has shaved off the porn ‘tache!

    And they’re a story about the possible sweep on Yahoo Sports, which is always a bad sign; just look at all the stories pre-game yesterday about how Felix was going to be dominate.

    On their side, however, is that Vargas is due for a bounce-back after a poor start.

    Okay, got all my baseball voodoo dolls lined up. Play ball!

  10. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 12:35 pm

    Sorry all you Ichiro lovers, didn’t mean to go all Simon Cowell on your Mariners Idol. :)

    It’s actually nice to see that the rest of the team will pick him up when he’s off. Ichiro! has had a horrible May but the rest of the team has done their part to make up for it.

    That being said, seeing Ichiro! slump like this is also painful to watch =\

  11. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 12:37 pm

    HAHHAHAA…

    I don’t watch the pregame show enough. The thought of this five year old going as Ichiro every Halloween is hilarious.

  12. Chipanese on May 29th, 2011 12:40 pm

    I really don’t understand why Saunders is in the lineup. Doesn’t Cust, or even Adam, have a better shot at hitting off CC? Move Wilson to LF and put one of them on DH…

  13. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 12:45 pm

    I really don’t understand why Saunders is in the lineup.

    Defense? They simply can’t allow the Yankees to get a big lead in this game.

  14. dingla on May 29th, 2011 12:46 pm

    Perhaps this is a last ditch effort to give Saunders one more chance before he is sent back down.

  15. Brzeczyszczykiewicza on May 29th, 2011 12:47 pm

    Saunders and Jack Wilson are worse against lefties than Kennedy and Cust. The best lineup for today with a lefty on the mound would be Cust at DH, Kennedy at 2B, and Mike Wilson in LF. Why does Wedge insist on giving non-catchers a day off for day games? We’re basically forfeiting with that strategy.

  16. FetalPuzishun on May 29th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Wait wait wait, is it confirmed Ryan shaved the stache?

  17. Liam on May 29th, 2011 12:52 pm

    Vargas as a flyball pitcher could use Michael Saunder’s defense.

  18. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 12:52 pm

    Perhaps this is a last ditch effort to give Saunders one more chance before he is sent back down.

    Problem is, Peguero hasn’t been doing well at all – despite being platooned (an advantage Saunders hasn’t really been given this year).

    I expect we’ve seen a lot of Peguero lately because they wanted to a) give Saunders a mental break, to see if it helps; and b) give Peguero a shot at taking the job. But the big guy hasn’t really made a good case for himself.

    Saunders seems to be frittering away his best shot at showing he belongs long-term; but unless they go outside the organization it doesn’t look like they’ve got a decent alternative for 2011.

    But, on a side note – why the heck isn’t Big Mike playing? We haven’t gotten to see much of him.

  19. Brzeczyszczykiewicza on May 29th, 2011 12:56 pm

    Mike Wilson has looked pretty solid on defense though. And Cust and Kennedy really need to play every day.

  20. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 12:56 pm

    Wait wait wait, is it confirmed Ryan shaved the stache?

    Just saw his bare face on the pregame show, along with the dramatic v.o. “Despite an 8 game hitting streak, Ryan has shave his mustache!”

  21. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 12:57 pm

    Vargas as a flyball pitcher could use Michael Saunder’s defense.

    That’s very true, Liam – however they haven’t hesitated to have Peguero out there behind Vargas or Fister, IIRC – and Big Mike’s a better fielder than Peguero (although certainly much worse than Saunders).

  22. FetalPuzishun on May 29th, 2011 12:58 pm

    Just saw his bare face on the pregame show, along with the dramatic v.o. “Despite an 8 game hitting streak, Ryan has shave his mustache!”

    Oh jeez, what was he thinking?

  23. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:01 pm

    That’s very true, Liam – however they haven’t hesitated to have Peguero out there behind Vargas or Fister, IIRC – and Big Mike’s a better fielder than Peguero (although certainly much worse than Saunders).

    Perhaps they really want to win this game. Keep the Yankees runs down (Although there’s not much defense against a HR) and hope for the best from the hitters.

  24. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:02 pm

    Oh jeez, what was he thinking?

    At least when they probably lose today, there’ll be a logical explanation to point to.

  25. Axtell on May 29th, 2011 1:04 pm

    Worst case scenario: M’s lose today, still take the series from NY, still at .500, something that nobody would be possible when the club was 7 games under .500, League had blown 3 straight, and the team looked in freefall.

    Best case we end up in first place the end of May.

    Forget the NBA, *this* is where amazing happens…

  26. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 1:04 pm

    Anyone else having issues with ROOT today?

  27. leon0112 on May 29th, 2011 1:05 pm

    I an see Kennedy playing every day, but Cust?

  28. riversurge24 on May 29th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Yeah I think ROOT sports is having bad tech problems

  29. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Yes, MarinerFan. Black screen. Dammit!

  30. leon0112 on May 29th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Root just froze on me.

  31. supernova72 on May 29th, 2011 1:06 pm

    My Root went blank as well. West Seattle location.

  32. Fritz on May 29th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Challenge Question: Does a frozen screen reduce the average quality of the FSN broadcast?

  33. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:08 pm

    CRAP. Black screen here too (Sumner, Washington).

  34. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 1:08 pm

    Thank god its not just me here in Richland, WA.

  35. charliebrown on May 29th, 2011 1:09 pm

    blank here too…in Vancouver, WA

    Did the game get blacked out or something?

  36. dallin on May 29th, 2011 1:09 pm

    This is one of those matchups you see and think, “We don’t have any shot today.” But this is the 2011 Mariners on a hot streak and that is why baseball is so great!

  37. greentunic on May 29th, 2011 1:10 pm

    Root buggin out on anyone else?

  38. riversurge24 on May 29th, 2011 1:11 pm

    My screen is just frozen on a picture of the M’s jumping on Adam Kennedy from last night.. This blows

  39. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:11 pm

    Bill Kreuger just said “Pick on the hooker” about pitching to Kennedy last night.

  40. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:11 pm

    Black screen… then got a commercial! Now a black screen again.

  41. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:12 pm

    ROOT SHHHHMOOO000T!

  42. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:13 pm

    Frozen screen of the pile after Kennedy’s game winning hit :D

  43. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:13 pm

    Well, looks like Jeter walked (according to Gameday). Not an auspicious start.

  44. lamlor on May 29th, 2011 1:14 pm

    Ryan has stache, Ryan has stache!!!!!!!!

  45. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 1:14 pm

    Time for Mariners on AM radio //sigh//

  46. Fritz on May 29th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Comcast appears to have given up on ROOT as well. It now tells me that “I do not subscribe to this channel.”

  47. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Has anyone actually contacted ROOT?

  48. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Ryan has stache, Ryan has stache!!!!!!!!

    Good reporting, lamlor.

  49. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:17 pm

    Has anyone actually contacted ROOT?

    Really? lol

  50. mlathrop3 on May 29th, 2011 1:18 pm

    Standard def root is out. My hd box works though. Different satellites.

  51. MrZDevotee on May 29th, 2011 1:18 pm

    You guys didn’t hear that they’re blacking out the rest of the local games unless they sell out?

    Starts today. The good news is, you CAN however watch on MLB.com now in the local area, if it’s a blackout. Good news/bad news kinda thing.

    (I’m KIDDING!!! Damn Root TV, figure this out and put the game on…)

  52. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:19 pm

    Okay, people are bitching on the ROOT FB page. If they’re reading it…

  53. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 1:21 pm

    The game is showing up fine for me <_<

  54. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:21 pm

    I haven’t been on Gameday in a while! Pretty! Almost like being there!

  55. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:21 pm

    Ichiro looking for #60…

  56. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Standard def root is out. My hd box works though. Different satellites.

    HD – Comcast channel 627 – is out for me.

  57. lamlor on May 29th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Mariners Seattle Mariners
    We’re so sorry that some of you are experiencing difficulties watching the game. ROOT SPORTS is aware of the problem & working to fix it.

  58. charliebrown on May 29th, 2011 1:23 pm

    I can’t even find an online feed of the radio broadcast.

    Just when the M’s get exciting to watch…

  59. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Yeah I’m in Idaho and dont have it either. Anyone at the game that wants to tell us whats goin on? lol

  60. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:24 pm

    Dave Sims is firing nickname after nickname!!! First the “Guti Glide” and now “Goose Creek Crusher”…I kinda like the 2nd one, tell you the truth.

  61. MrZDevotee on May 29th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Commercials are on with the regular Root TV? Maybe the game too?

    Uh, nope… back to black screen. (dang)

  62. greentunic on May 29th, 2011 1:25 pm

    haha, commercials, but no game.

  63. G-Man on May 29th, 2011 1:25 pm

    End of the first 0-0 Jeter walked, everyone else on both sides made an out, and ROOT is back … and now gone again.

  64. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Yeah I’m in Idaho and dont have it either. Anyone at the game that wants to tell us whats goin on? lol

    1-2-3 innings. Ichiro 4-3, Figgins F9, Smoak K.

  65. MrZDevotee on May 29th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Smoak K

    I really DO NOT approve of Smoak starting to add a bonus “K” to the end of his name. That’s bad.

  66. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Cano just grounded out to Smoak, unassisted put out

    Yay for ROOT outages!

  67. neo-realist on May 29th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Dish Network in West Seattle–the screen has an apology due to the technical difficulties and telling us not to call them

  68. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:28 pm

    justin.tv is showing it….

  69. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Swisher just went deep =\

  70. lalo on May 29th, 2011 1:30 pm

    Swisher just hit a homer…

  71. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Ugh, Swisher home run at least that’s less painful to watch on Gameday.

  72. mlathrop3 on May 29th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Mistakes to Yankee bitters go pretty far the other way.

  73. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:31 pm

    The obligatory HR…by Swisher again.

  74. Fritz on May 29th, 2011 1:33 pm

    FYI, you can find the link to “Classic” gameday in the top right corner. In case you actually prefer being able to tell what is going on in the game over having a really pretty picture of a batter.

  75. Sports on a Schtick on May 29th, 2011 1:33 pm

    That’s why the Yankees are good. Swisher takes several great pitches, fouls off a few more then cranks that one.

  76. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:34 pm

    And to LF. What was I saying about Saunders not being a necessary defensive replacement against the HR?

    I hate watching on Gameday. I have to pay attention and stuff.

  77. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:35 pm

    justin.tv actually has several streams going of the game

  78. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 1:36 pm

    tried justin tv. wont work for me

  79. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Sims just apologized for the technical difficulty on the air.

  80. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:38 pm

    Uh, Sims? How are we supposed to hear you!!??

  81. dingla on May 29th, 2011 1:39 pm

    tried justin tv. wont work for me

    yeah i just went through all of them. one of them is somewhat working.

  82. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 1:43 pm

    Time for Mariners on AM radio //sigh//

    … and Hendu sounds as bad as ever on the radio way over here in Kennewick too, Mike.

    The radio pre-game was littered with dead air radio coverage – which has become a daily ritual for the fighting 960 am in the Hanford Pravda area of the State – but I knew I could overcome until my work was done outside and return to the TV in time for first pitch.

    OOPS!

  83. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:44 pm

    YAY, Big Mike!

  84. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:44 pm

    Justin.tv is just giving me some static baseball shots (one of which is a Reds pitcher).

  85. DarkKnight1680 on May 29th, 2011 1:45 pm

    Ump gave Sabathia the second pitch strike that was far enough outside that pitchfx/gameday decided Wilson must have made a swing…but he did not.

  86. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:45 pm

    YAY! Something’s happening!

    Gameday is so ridiculous.

  87. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 1:45 pm

    The ‘stache strikes again!!! Double!

  88. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 1:47 pm

    Is there an online radio for the game? cause I dont have the game over here

  89. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:47 pm

    Now why the hell weren’t they trying for a squeeze there? Like Jack Wilson could get a hit off Sabathia?

  90. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:48 pm

    Saunders against Sabathia. This won’t be pretty.

    Maybe the “blackout” isn’t so bad. :-P

  91. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:49 pm

    Now they get the flyball.

  92. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 1:49 pm

    A flyout anyway. Better than swinging at a pitch in the dirt! Ha.

  93. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 1:49 pm

    So our best hitter right now is Ryan and we put our three worst hitters behind him to drive him in? intelligent.

  94. DarkKnight1680 on May 29th, 2011 1:49 pm

    They really need to send Saunders down to Jackson. He needs to go somewhere and pound the ball for a while to remember what it’s like.

  95. r-gordon-7 on May 29th, 2011 1:50 pm

    Just getting the black screeen – not even getting the commercials – here in Seattle on “Root” (formerly FSN) via “Xfinity” (formerly Comcast). Grrrr… You know, I sure wish these telecommunications outfits would forego the constant, meaningless name changes and spend the money they waste on name changes, instead, on something meaningful that their customers might actually care about – such as improved service…

  96. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 1:54 pm

    What’s with Vargas and the walks the past couple of starts? He doesn’t have the stuff to work his way around men on base.

  97. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:00 pm

    Picture!

    No sound!

  98. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 2:01 pm

    Great play at home!

  99. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:01 pm

    And Figgy almost airmails it!

  100. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 2:01 pm

    … and Hendu sounds as bad as ever on the radio way over here in Kennewick too, Mike.

    The radio pre-game was littered with dead air radio coverage – which has become a daily ritual for the fighting 960 am in the Hanford Pravda area of the State – but I knew I could overcome until my work was done outside and return to the TV in time for first pitch.

    OOPS!

    Well I have to sit in my car to listen to the game. Yay me… /sarcasm

  101. make_dave_proud on May 29th, 2011 2:01 pm

    Well, I’ve got the video now on HD 627, but no audio.

  102. supernova72 on May 29th, 2011 2:02 pm

    Picture back on in West Seattle!! No sound however. Cheers.

  103. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:03 pm

    You know, I actually like it with no inane comments from the announcers. Perhaps I should try this all the time? Or switch to SAP, so I still get the crowd noise.

  104. make_dave_proud on May 29th, 2011 2:03 pm

    And, we now have sound. Just in time for Cano to bring in the 2nd run. Uggh.

  105. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 2:03 pm

    The game is on! hooray!

  106. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:03 pm

    And right on cue, the sound comes on! LOL!

  107. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:03 pm

    NOW you can talk to us, Sims, yes.

  108. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:06 pm

    I like to see a catcher eat the ball when it’s obvious he’s not going to get the runner. So tired of seeing runs given to the other team from heroics.

  109. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 2:06 pm

    On Comcast, in Sumner anyway, the game’s playing on low-def now (Channel 30) but still not hi-def (Channel 627)

  110. make_dave_proud on May 29th, 2011 2:07 pm

    Wife just said “this game might have been better if it was still off”.

  111. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 2:07 pm

    Further proof that our starting pitchers are flesh and blood human.

  112. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 2:08 pm

    NOW it’s on 627 as well. Finally!

  113. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:08 pm

    And that the Yankees are very good hitters, poordispatcher.

    Oh crap.

  114. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 2:09 pm

    Well this series was fun while it lasted.

  115. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 2:09 pm

    Crap, someone tell ROOT to turn it back off! :-P

  116. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:09 pm

    HOW the hell was the last guy safe?

  117. Ibuprofen on May 29th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Instant replay, horrible umps, etc.

  118. King.Dome on May 29th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Easily out. Damn ump. Costs us at least 2 runs.

  119. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:10 pm

    What have we done to Umpires to make them hate us so much?

  120. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:10 pm

    I hate umps and their Yankee goggles.

    Add another run from it.

  121. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:12 pm

    On a slightly funny and sadistic side, I guess Wedge made name cards for the pitchers in the bullpen so he knows who Gray is

  122. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 2:12 pm

    Yankees had some welled-up rage from the last 2 games!!!

  123. Westside guy on May 29th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Regardless of what happens today – we’ve won the series!!

  124. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Bet Wedge is wishing they tried harder to get that run home from third. Something tells me there won’t be many more chances.

  125. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Looks like its already time to turn the game off.

  126. mlathrop3 on May 29th, 2011 2:15 pm

    Great. Now I have to do yardwork

  127. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:16 pm

    This damn winning streak is making me feel like we can come back. Damn this feeling that we are good!

  128. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 2:19 pm

    This damn winning streak is making me feel like we can come back. Damn this feeling that we are good!

    Good point. They’re much better during the 7th through the 9th innings. #fingerscrossed#

  129. poordispatcher on May 29th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Elusive #60 for !

  130. themedia on May 29th, 2011 2:24 pm

    So, yeah, this is the game we lose big. It’s been a long time coming.

  131. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Regardless of what happens today – we’ve won the series!!

    Exactly.

    And, I doubt that anybody really thought we were going to beat Sabathia today … but to have “been in” the game would have been nice.

    This team has some guys that grind hard and want to win and have figured out some ways to do it. Still many glaring weaknesses without good answers, but a much better product than in past recent times. Wedge is doing a good job.

  132. juneau_fan on May 29th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Yikes, what was that route to the ball, Ichiro?

  133. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:32 pm

    must be nice to have a guy like Andruw Jones as your fourth OF

  134. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 2:40 pm

    Someone made a comment above about having Saunders go back to AA … and I am glad it was mentioned. I had thought the same thing a couple weeks back, but a demotion of that magnitude may backfire. Plus, he might not hit there either.

    If Saunders is working hard and the org is happy with the effort, I don’t think they would push him that far down; but yeah … they have to do something. He is getting no results. And, giving him a start today against one of the best lefties in the business is probably not going to be much of a confidence booster.

  135. G-Man on May 29th, 2011 2:42 pm

    must be nice to have a guy like Andruw Jones as your fourth OF

    Jones is only getting $2M + bonuses, and they didn’t sign him until 1/20/11, it’s not like other teams couldn’t have had him.

    I used to wonder why the NYY didn’t go after more guys like him to man the bench when they had the biggest payroll by far.

  136. make_dave_proud on May 29th, 2011 2:48 pm

    Wow, Saunders looks lost. I kind of feel sorry for the guy, because he seems very clearly outmatched by big league pitchers.

  137. darthbuhner on May 29th, 2011 2:51 pm

    And the Royals just coughed up the lead in the 8th against the Rangers. Thanks, KC, you’re doing a heckuva job

  138. supernova72 on May 29th, 2011 2:51 pm

    Noticed Ichiro’s battering average has dropped 30 ish points in the past 10 games. I guess he gets a pass right?? Maybe May is his “slow” month. Hmm…

  139. darthbuhner on May 29th, 2011 2:52 pm

    oh no, Ichiro. What is happening?

  140. Edgar4Hall on May 29th, 2011 2:52 pm

    Wow. Im at a loss for words Ichi. thats what we expect figgins to do

  141. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 2:53 pm

    Is it too late for Ichiro to be immunized against the “Figgins Virus.”

  142. supernova72 on May 29th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Keeping the faith with Ichie however. June will be nice to him and the M’s.

  143. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 2:57 pm

    Is it too late for Smoak to be immunized against the Figgins virus.

  144. Idaho M on May 29th, 2011 2:58 pm

    I would think the next move is to send Saunders and Peguero down and bring up Carp and add an outfielder that can play some defense. Having Saunders in the big leagues right now is not good for the team or him.

  145. darthbuhner on May 29th, 2011 2:59 pm

    Smoak has really dropped off since they moved him into the 3 spot. Wedge had said he wouldn’t move him there, or to cleanup, so soon. Though, not like we have anyone else to hit #3 or #4.

  146. lamlor on May 29th, 2011 3:01 pm

    I say Saunders & Peguero down with Carp & Langerhans up.

  147. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 3:03 pm

    “I say Saunder & Peguero down with Carp & Langerhans up.”

    Makes perfect sense. They have to find a way to get some production from the LF position

  148. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 3:05 pm

    Is it too late for the fans to be immunized against the “Figgins Virus?”

  149. MarinerFanMike03 on May 29th, 2011 3:07 pm

    Well there ya go Smoak!

  150. msfanmike on May 29th, 2011 3:08 pm

    Atta boy, Smoak!

    Fending off the virus.

    Nice.

  151. Idaho M on May 29th, 2011 3:16 pm

    I was thinking of Langerhans as well but then was thinking we need a right handed bat in the outfield who does not play defense like they have a two thumbed glove. We have gone down the Langerhans road before and I would like to try something else. I see Halman is back in Tacoma. How is his defense ?

  152. lamlor on May 29th, 2011 3:45 pm

    Langerhans fits because he is a veteran who doesn’t need the playing time to develop. He is happy to sit, backup CF once a weak, and get an occasional LF start along with a pinch hit opportunity here and there.

    Halman isn’t ready and he needs playing time like all prospects. Mike Wilson is a different story since he is 27 and he is what he will be- a 4th OF.

    A guy I liked in spring training was from KC names Jarrod Dyson. He is 26 and can absolutely fly. He was just sent down a couple weeks back and only had a few AB’s but still had 9 steals. A little guy, but fastest I saw this past spring in AZ. He wouldn’t cost much either since he isn’t a real prospect at his age.

  153. SonOfZavaras on May 29th, 2011 6:28 pm

    I see Halman is back in Tacoma. How is his defense ?

    Howitzer for an arm, good wheels. Enough to make up for more bad reads off the bat than you’d like, most of the time.

    The only thing keeping this guy from the big leagues is learning to hit any pitch with a wrinkle in it. And laying off the pitches he has no right to be able to expect to hit.

    Right now, you could yell “slider!” to him as a pitcher and actually throw him one…he’ll still treat it like a fastball that’s somehow missing velocity and be way,way early on the swing.

    I was at the game, surrounded by really obnoxious Yankee fans. They were dolts, for the most part. Surprise.

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