Game 53, Orioles At Mariners

Dave · May 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Fister vs Arrieta, 1:10 pm.

More day baseball for the M’s and a line-up change that should make most of you rejoice – Chone Figgins has been dropped to eighth in the order. Given his .169/.204/.202 performance in May, it’s fair to say this is probably overdue. Figgins has been absolutely atrocious this year, and so now we begin the phase of the plan where the team tries to figure out if any minor changes might revive him. First, they’ll move him down in the order, and if that doesn’t work, he’ll get some more time off to clear his head. This is generally phase one of the “guy loses his starting job” career path, and Figgins is going to have show some life pretty soon or I’d imagine Adam Kennedy will become the new starting third baseman when the team calls Dustin Ackley up in a few weeks.

The leash for Chone Figgins is getting shorter. They’re not going to let him keep producing negative value forever. He’s going to have to start hitting soon, or he’ll spend the last two years of his contract as an expensive utility infielder.

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

Comments

162 Responses to “Game 53, Orioles At Mariners”

  1. sportsnw on May 30th, 2011 12:22 pm

    Slowly the line up is looking better and better. Once Guti is back near 100% and Ackley moves up this offense might look something like a legit MLB offense.

  2. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 12:30 pm

    The baseball gods have answered our prayers! The virus has gone away from Ichiro and Smoak!

  3. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 12:39 pm

    I have a feeling that Figgins will go 4 for 4, causing Wdge to move him back to the #2 spot in the lineup, then he will go 0 for 500

  4. gerrythek on May 30th, 2011 12:47 pm

    The bigger question is will Ichiro get any better with Ryan behind him?

  5. Sports on a Schtick on May 30th, 2011 12:57 pm

    Ichiro has been almost as awful as Figgins this month. Both those guys could use a break.

  6. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 12:59 pm

    Ichiro’s been written off before. I know it has to be real sometime… but let’s wait and see where he’s at come August.

    I must say it sure seems like he’s lost a step in the field. Also, although I meant that seriously – I’ll be very happy if that statement has the same apparent effect on him as the last time I said it. :-D

  7. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:04 pm

    Ichiro is 37, he should show some signs of agein 7 years past his prime.

  8. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 1:10 pm

    Ichiro is 37, he should show some signs of agein 7 years past his prime.

    Up until now he’s done a darn good job of not doing that. ;-)

  9. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 1:17 pm

    Ichiro hit! :D

  10. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:18 pm

    I take my statement back..

  11. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:21 pm

    Ichiro may be 37 but he still is a force on the bases :)

  12. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 1:22 pm

    That’s what a two hole batter is supposed to do!

  13. lalo on May 30th, 2011 1:22 pm

    Great AB by Ryan…

  14. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 1:23 pm

    *groan* I feel like I’m watching some sandlot team sometimes.

    Oh wait, I’m supposed to be cheering, because Ryan and Olivo aren’t selfish players like Ichiro is, protecting his body so he can actually play every day.

  15. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Hey, is there a reason Jack Wilson is out again? Isn’t this like 4 games in a row now?

  16. lalo on May 30th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Hey, is there a reason Jack Wilson is out again? Isn’t this like 4 games in a row now?

    He played yesterday:::

  17. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Because he isn’t as good as Ryan or Kennedy.

  18. Andrew34 on May 30th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Both the Angels and the A’s are losing by multiple runs in the bottom of the 1st. Neither starter looks sharp (for the A’s and Angels).

  19. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Jack Cust triple.

    wut

  20. Andrew34 on May 30th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Triple? Jack Cust? Will the world end today? Should I sell my stocks?

  21. ndrfx on May 30th, 2011 1:26 pm

    LOL.

  22. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 1:26 pm

    Now there’s something I don’t expect to see every day. And he’s blowing like a draft horse now!

    Yeah, he’s not going to try for home on that shallow of a ball.

  23. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:26 pm

    CUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. megatunnage on May 30th, 2011 1:27 pm

    Maybe there is something to this “Figgins virus” theory infesting the 1 and 3 batters… ;)

  25. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:29 pm

    Olivo’s eye still looks bad… And the mariners strand another runner on third with 1 out

  26. joser on May 30th, 2011 1:30 pm

    1,381 days. Since Jack Cust’s last (and previously, only) triple: August 18, 2007

  27. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Because he isn’t as good as Ryan or Kennedy.

    Well, I can’t argue with that. I was hoping a trade was in the works…

  28. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 1:33 pm

    BTW too bad Smoak’s run didn’t count… what with him getting on with a walk.

    /ducks

  29. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:33 pm

    And Cust, I mean Smoke will take it to first.
    Thank you Mr. Simms

  30. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:37 pm

    King Felix knit cap night comin’ up. LIKE LIKE LIKE

  31. joser on May 30th, 2011 1:37 pm

    Jack Wilson is RH batter. Kennedy is LH batter. When facing RH pitchers like Arrieta, Burnett, and Nova, Wedge runs out the LH batters. Jack Wilson didn’t start in any of the games except the one against Sabbthia for the same reason the other Wilson didn’t: he’s a RH bat.

  32. joser on May 30th, 2011 1:39 pm

    BTW too bad Smoak’s run didn’t count… what with him getting on with a walk.

    You’ve been listening to Hendu, I presume? Seriously, I have to turn the radio off when he comes on.

  33. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:39 pm

    Fair enough. I didn’t know Wilson was getting platooned that heavily now. Also, due to root sports sucking, I didn’t watch much yesterday, so I didn’t know he played.

  34. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Gameday showing an ad for some Paris Hilton show on Oxygen… way to hit your target audience guys.

  35. lalo on May 30th, 2011 1:41 pm

    Peguero, Figgy, Saunders is a terrible package, maybe the worst in the majors

  36. mrnostalgia on May 30th, 2011 1:44 pm

    I can’t take Figgins and Saunders anymore. Watching their at bats makes me lose all hope for this team. On the other hand, watching Ryan and Smoak have the opposite effect…

  37. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 1:46 pm

    Well THAT was a long home run…

  38. lalo on May 30th, 2011 1:49 pm

    The slump is over, ICHIRO!!!

  39. joser on May 30th, 2011 1:50 pm

    Ichiro now literally taking his plate frustration out on opposing pitchers.

  40. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:50 pm

    Some of you clearly are not a fan of Hendu. Why? I’m genuinely curious. I do hear him not being such a smooth talker when it comes to calling plays or ads, but he often adds some comments to various situations which are quite insightful

  41. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:50 pm

    That was an Ichiro ht…:)

  42. megatunnage on May 30th, 2011 1:52 pm

    Ichiro will be on 3rd in about 5 pitches… :)

  43. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Ryan!

  44. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 1:53 pm

    Wow, this whole 1, 2 hitters getting on thing…

  45. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:54 pm

    So, the newish lineup seems to be a good thing… Kind of nice to have an actually hitter of some sort behind Ichiro.

  46. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Are we allowed to do that? Is it against the rules for your one and two hole hitters to get on base like that?

  47. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Question is, what will Cust do with bases JUICED?

  48. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:56 pm

    So, the newish lineup seems to be a good thing… Kind of nice to have an actually hitter of some sort behind Ichiro.

    Nice one, absolutsyd.

  49. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:56 pm

    RBI walk for Cust coming up..

  50. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 1:56 pm

    Question is, what will Cust do with bases JUICED?

    Walk? hahaha

  51. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 1:57 pm

    This year with the bases load for Cust 0-1 with 5 bases loaded walks

  52. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 1:57 pm

    Ryan’s strokes are all finding holes right now – enjoy it while it lasts.

    FWIW I really like the guy; it’s just this is obviously unsustainable.

  53. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 1:57 pm

    Ugh, that was not a good outcome.

  54. dingla on May 30th, 2011 1:58 pm

    Now we’ll see how clutch Kennedy is..?

  55. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 1:58 pm

    Please, Senator, please.

  56. dingla on May 30th, 2011 2:01 pm

    “Big moose.” Dave Sims does crack me up sometimes.

  57. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 2:02 pm

    But will he get a potato?

    Of all the inane stories I’ve heard announcers drone recently, that was the worse. The hitting coach gives you a steak dinner if you get a 10 pitch at-bat, and if you get the hit, you get a potato with it.

  58. Fritz on May 30th, 2011 2:03 pm

    Making up for Cust there.

  59. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:03 pm

    Hey, a walk! That’s as good as a hit!

    *flees*

  60. saintnumberfive on May 30th, 2011 2:03 pm

    you earned that RBI, Mr. Kennedy! :)

  61. lalo on May 30th, 2011 2:04 pm

    Wow!

  62. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 2:04 pm

    SENATOR nice filibuster

  63. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:05 pm

    Why were they comparing that AB with Lopez’s? Other than the # of pitches, they weren’t anything alike. Lopez hacked at about a half dozen obvious ball 4s that would’ve brought the winning run in.

  64. lalo on May 30th, 2011 2:06 pm

    Olivo!!

  65. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:06 pm

    Hey, another walk! That’s as good as another hit!

    I’ll stop now :D

  66. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 2:07 pm

    What is the record for consectutive bases loaded walks???

  67. Fritz on May 30th, 2011 2:08 pm

    So, I know nothing about Baltimore. How is their bullpen and how much will it help us in the series ripping through it in the first game?

  68. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:08 pm

    Olivo is a hacker, but he will take a walk occasionally – way to go Miguel!

    Ibuprofen… I thought those runs didn’t count? ;-)

  69. NorthofWrigleyField on May 30th, 2011 2:08 pm

    Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:06 pm
    Hey, another walk! That’s as good as another hit!
    I’ll stop now

    No… please continue. It’s working.

  70. FetalPuzishun on May 30th, 2011 2:09 pm

    Well if that wasn’t the easiest rally fries decision ever

  71. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:09 pm

    Ibuprofen… I thought those runs didn’t count? ;-)

    No they’re just different than runs you’d get off a hit. They’re just as good, but different. :p

  72. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:10 pm

    Hopefully the proximity to Piper doesn’t cause his heart to flutter too much.

    Or the grease from the fries! ;-)

  73. lalo on May 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    We need a Left Fielder…

  74. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    This reliever has an ERA of 9 and an opponents averge of .308

  75. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    C’mon Figgins…. DO IT.

  76. juneau_fan on May 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    HAHHAHHAAA…at Figgins.

    *bitter laughter*

  77. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:11 pm

    How the heck was that first pitch a strike? Pity call?

  78. joser on May 30th, 2011 2:12 pm

    See, if Ryan was still batting 8th he’d be coming up to bat right now instead of Figgins with the bases juiced ;)

    And yeah, according to Hendu they should’ve been trying for RBI ground-outs instead of a walk. Never mind that they’d be out of the inning by now, an RBI ground-out (preferably to 2nd base, you should always hit to 2nd base) is better than a walk.

  79. saintnumberfive on May 30th, 2011 2:12 pm

    ugh.

  80. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 2:12 pm

    Bradley and big Mike would have done the same…

  81. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:12 pm

    Okay, I should’ve been more specific I guess.

  82. The Hamms Bear on May 30th, 2011 2:12 pm

    Enough of this fucking guy already.

  83. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Can we call up Liddi? Please…?

  84. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Figgins, go die in a hole

  85. Paul B on May 30th, 2011 2:14 pm

    Some of you clearly are not a fan of Hendu. Why?

    He’s definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He is the epitome of the dumb jock. He says really stupid things.

    He can’t even read a lineup.

    The only reason he announces some games is that he used to play for the Mariners. If not for that, nobody would let him anywhere near a radio booth.

  86. MariLOLs on May 30th, 2011 2:15 pm

    That Peguero-Figgins spot in the order is a huge black hole.

  87. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:18 pm

    I don’t mind listening to Hendu. However I don’t take his “analysis” very seriously.

    There are times when I feel being an ex-player provides some insight… but generally that doesn’t include “how to win games”.

  88. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Yay Condor!

  89. lalo on May 30th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Maybe we can trade for Jonny Gomes, he can hit lefties and would be an upgrade over Saunders, Peguero or Big Mike…

  90. mrnostalgia on May 30th, 2011 2:21 pm

    That Peguero-Figgins spot in the order is a huge black hole

    Don’t forget Saunders

  91. joser on May 30th, 2011 2:22 pm

    Hendu is a lot like Joe Morgan: he can be insightful when he’s talking about what a guy might actually be thinking in a particular at bat (or in Morgan’s case, when looking to steal a base). But he’s very old school, worshiping at the altar of RBIs (and pitcher wins, before Felix’s Cy Young made him shut up about it). I could live with that, but there’s this whiff of egotism to him that just irritates me. I know he was a good player, but listening to him you get the sense he thinks he was a borderline HoFer (or maybe not so borderline). It’s one of those things you don’t notice at first but once you do you can’t stop noticing it. (Or at least, I do. It’s possible it’s all in my head)

    That, and he’s always making up phrases for things nobody has phrases for.
    Rizzs: “And the hit back up the middle deflects off the pitcher to the thirdbasemen who fields it and throws the runner out at home; The catcher throws to first for a 1-5-2-3 double-play!”
    Hendu: “Yeah, that’s what we used to call the ol’ turquoise armadillo play”
    Rizzs:
    Rizzs: “Say friends, Hawaiian Airlines has a great deal…”

  92. ndrfx on May 30th, 2011 2:23 pm

    Guy even produces outs when he gets hits. Cool.

  93. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:24 pm

    I do like when a lot of these ex-players go into story mode… especially Ron Fairly (which I realize puts me in the minority here).

  94. NorthofWrigleyField on May 30th, 2011 2:25 pm

    Fritz on May 30th, 2011 2:08 pm
    So, I know nothing about Baltimore. How is their bullpen and how much will it help us in the series ripping through it in the first game?

    It’s horrible… so not much… but really couldn’t hurt.

  95. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:25 pm

    Guy even produces outs when he gets hits. Cool.

    I expect, given what we’ve seen this year, that was Wedge’s fault more than Saunders.

  96. absolutsyd on May 30th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Rizzs: “And the hit back up the middle deflects off the pitcher to the thirdbasemen who fields it and throws the runner out at home; The catcher throws to first for a 1-5-2-3 double-play!”
    Hendu: “Yeah, that’s what we used to call the ol’ turquoise armadillo play”
    Rizzs:
    Rizzs: “Say friends, Hawaiian Airlines has a great deal…”

    This really makes my day. Thank you.

  97. NorthofWrigleyField on May 30th, 2011 2:26 pm

    Why would the Reds want to give up Jonny Gomes? He’s pretty important to them winning. I like the thought though.

  98. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:29 pm

    I’ll laugh if we see the ol’ turquoise armadillo sometime today…

  99. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:35 pm

    Well that was a quick inning.

  100. ppl on May 30th, 2011 2:36 pm

    I feel bad for Twins fans.

    The Stros are winning big over the Cubs and that will leave Twins the last team yet to win 20.

  101. Paul B on May 30th, 2011 2:38 pm

    joser for post of the day. Hands down.

  102. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:42 pm

    Love the apparently meaningless cutaway to the cute blonde.

  103. Paul B on May 30th, 2011 2:43 pm

    7 K’s in 6 IP for Fister.

    Wow.

  104. lalo on May 30th, 2011 2:44 pm

    Fister hitting 94 in that Ab…

  105. ppl on May 30th, 2011 2:44 pm

    Every team in the West is .500 and in the East only the Orioles are under at .471.

    It will be interesting to see the trade movement in July if this carries on another Month.

    It should be a sellers market.

  106. jordan on May 30th, 2011 2:48 pm

    How did fister become one of the best in the league? When we called him up originally be wasn’t regarded as an anything and he was just supposed to fill in.

  107. joser on May 30th, 2011 2:49 pm

    I actually like Ron Fairly too, in small doses. He does have some good stories. The trouble is, he only has so many, and he just keeps repeating them. And then he gets going on one of his obsessions, like deliberately dropping an infield fly. In the intermittent work he’s getting this season, he doesn’t wear on you and I enjoy hearing him. When he was working every game, he wore out his welcome long before the trade deadline.

    Although, I have to say the best Ron Fairly story is one I don’t think I’ve ever heard him tell:

    In 1965, on the last day of the season, with the Dodgers having clinched the pennant the night
    before, manager Walter Alston let Vin Scully manage, over the radio, from the booth.

    A very hung over Ron Fairly drew a walk (“He didn’t trot to first base. He didn’t really walk to first base. He sloshed to first base”), and Scully thought it would be fun to have Fairly, slow-footed in the best of times, steal.

    “For those of you in the ballpark with transistor radios listening,” Scully said, “watch Fairly’s face when he looks over to third and gets the steal sign.” After a double take for the ages by Fairly and a foul ball by the hitter, Scully had Fairly go again, and he made it, thanks to the catcher dropping the ball. At that, Scully
    retired from managing: “All right, Walter,” he said, “I got you this far. Now you’re on your own.”

    And a beneficent god has ensured that not only is Vin Scully still among us, he’s still broadcasting.

  108. Paul B on May 30th, 2011 2:49 pm

    That was Peguero’s 3rd ML BB.

  109. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:52 pm

    That was Peguero’s 3rd ML BB.

    So, for his career, he’s tied with Jose Lopez?

    I kid, I kid…

    BTW that’s a great story Joser.

  110. Paul B on May 30th, 2011 2:53 pm

    I actually like Ron Fairly too, in small doses.

    When he first came to the Mariners, I couldn’t stand him. But over the years I came to this same conclusion.

    I really liked the last few games before he retired. He pretty much just spent the time telling stories to Dave or Rick (and of course at that point the Mariners were just playing out the schedule). He told a couple about Lou that I thought were pretty good.

  111. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 2:55 pm

    Rare bad throw by Ryan – Smoak recovered very well.

  112. NorthofWrigleyField on May 30th, 2011 2:59 pm

    I have a great amount of respect for Ron Fairly, as a person and baseball acumen. He should never be allowed to do PBP though.

  113. naviomelo on May 30th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Career-high 8 K’s for Fister!

  114. Fritz on May 30th, 2011 3:03 pm

    [joke]Almost took care of our Figgins problem there.[/joke]

  115. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 3:04 pm

    If Only the bat had hit Figgins…

  116. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:04 pm

    I’m not going to wish harm on anyone, even if he is playing badly.

  117. spuuky on May 30th, 2011 3:13 pm

    I have to say, Fister deserves a lot of credit for the last year and a half. I just feel good about sending him to the mound.

  118. Fritz on May 30th, 2011 3:14 pm

    It is always nice to see a player like Jakubauskas make it back to the majors after the type of injury he had last year.

  119. dingla on May 30th, 2011 3:20 pm

    Endy Chavez too for that matter

  120. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 3:28 pm

    This inning is quickly getting out of hand.

    FIGGINS e_e

  121. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:31 pm

    CRAP.

  122. mrnostalgia on May 30th, 2011 3:32 pm

    I don’t understand why Wedge doesn’t have guys warming up in the pen at the start of the inning. It can’t hurt and Fister showed signs of deterioration before putting runners on base.

  123. SODOMOJO360 on May 30th, 2011 3:33 pm

    fIGGINS SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  124. The Hamms Bear on May 30th, 2011 3:33 pm

    Can guys in the pen warm up for 3rd base?

  125. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 3:36 pm

    Figgins needs to go away.

  126. henryv on May 30th, 2011 3:36 pm

    Figgins is now pushing a -1.0 WAR player.

    Jose Lopez would be so proud of him.

  127. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Just popped over to FanGraphs (as did henryv it appears) – as the sample size has grown, Figgins UZR has been dropping.

  128. msfanmike on May 30th, 2011 3:38 pm

    I wonder if Figgins can be immunized against himself.

  129. Edgar4Hall on May 30th, 2011 3:39 pm

    I want figgins to throw a swing at Wedge after this game so the great Mustachioed one can wipe the dugout with that hateful little hobbit

  130. msfanmike on May 30th, 2011 3:39 pm

    “Oozer” alert … and not a shock to hear that it wasn’t improving.

  131. naviomelo on May 30th, 2011 3:41 pm

    NICE!

  132. henryv on May 30th, 2011 3:41 pm

    Just popped over to FanGraphs (as did henryv it appears) – as the sample size has grown, Figgins UZR has been dropping.

    Yeah. Every time I pop over the fangraphs I am reminded of just how good Figgins WAS, and just how much he sucks now.

    Is it too much to ask for the M’s just to drop him off in Tumwater and have him do some yard work for me, since he sure as hell can’t play baseball any more?

  133. NorthofWrigleyField on May 30th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Making Fister face Pie and Markakis is a huge blunder.

    What the hell is it about the Orioles that the Mariners just can’t figure out?

  134. Edgar4Hall on May 30th, 2011 3:43 pm

    Henry considering how bad he has been at EVERYTHING since arriving in Seattle would you really trust him with a lawmower?
    Or every a rake?

  135. Adam F on May 30th, 2011 3:45 pm

    Though on his error, that ball bounced on the very edge of the grass, so it was a bad bounce. He’s not playing very well, but that one is at least understandable.

  136. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:47 pm

    Hey – they’re bringing in that guy with the tatoos…

  137. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:49 pm

    Is it too much to ask for the M’s just to drop him off in Tumwater and have him do some yard work for me, since he sure as hell can’t play baseball any more?

    He’d probably mow right through your flowerbeds.

  138. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 3:49 pm

    And the mustsache

  139. texasmarinerfan on May 30th, 2011 3:52 pm

    Fuckin Figgins

  140. King.Dome on May 30th, 2011 3:52 pm

    Quick, put the ballgirl in at 3rd!

  141. msfanmike on May 30th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Figgins is putting on an absolute clinic today.

  142. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 3:53 pm

    Can I play third? Pleeeeease?

  143. ppl on May 30th, 2011 3:55 pm

    I’ve been defending Figgens since he came here.

    But he has succeeded at “Sucking” the wind out of the sails of most if not all of those who thought he was a good player. Maybe he still can be.
    But it might be as a multi-position reserve.

  144. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 3:57 pm

    WOO HOO!!

  145. King.Dome on May 30th, 2011 3:57 pm

    Nice job again Brandon. Keep it up!

  146. Ibuprofen on May 30th, 2011 3:57 pm

    And that, folks, is how you field a groundball.

    WE WIN!

  147. msfanmike on May 30th, 2011 3:58 pm

    Sweet DP!

  148. henryv on May 30th, 2011 3:58 pm

    Conversation later today:

    Z: “Chone, we’re going to put you on the DL for a little bit, because of your hurt… knee. Sure, let’s go with knee.”

    Chone: “Oh… okay, till when.”

    Z: “I don’t know… 2013 should be fine.”

  149. Edgar4Hall on May 30th, 2011 3:59 pm

    I love mr. Pornstache

  150. lalo on May 30th, 2011 3:59 pm

    I really hate Figgins, Come on Wedge , L-Rod is clearly better, no more Figgins!

  151. henryv on May 30th, 2011 3:59 pm

    6-4-3. So sexy.

  152. msfanmike on May 30th, 2011 4:00 pm

    I’ve been defending Figgins since he came here.

    This has probably been taking up a larger portion of your day as the season has progressed … unfortunately for all of us.

  153. groundzero55 on May 30th, 2011 4:34 pm

    Would we be better with L-Rod at 3rd? I think it’s quite possible.

  154. henryv on May 30th, 2011 4:42 pm

    Would we be better with L-Rod at 3rd? I think it’s quite possible.

    I think we’d be better with Sweet Luis. Or Sweet Lou. Or Sweet Larry LeRue. Or a drunk New World Monkey with a cymbal rather than a glove.

  155. Bremerton guy on May 30th, 2011 7:06 pm

    I was at the game today. Here are some thoughts:

    1. Fister looked great through 7. He was clearly gassed in the 8th. I was surprised Wedge let him go out for the inning, but he almost made it out of the inning unscathed (no thanks to Figgins): the hit to the hole between 2nd and 1st that scored the first run could have been a double play ball if it had been two feet towards 2nd. Kennedy almost got to it.

    2. Ichiro looked like he read Steve Kelly’s column in the Times today. It was good to see him put some wood on the ball.

    3. Speaking of putting wood on the ball, Figgins hit it hard his 3rd time up. Problem is, he struck out his first two times up, and looked ugly doing it. He took the crown for most LOB today. He looked lost in the field, too. The one hit right at him by Andino handcuffed him, but he let the ball play him. He just messed up on the ball hit by Guerrero in the same inning. And, in the 9th, Reimold’s “hit” could very well have been scored a throwing error on Figgins. He had to go to his left a bit, but a good throw would have gotten the runner. There were quite a few boos today for Figgins; people are getting tired of what they’re seeing going on.

    4. Kennedy’s twelve-pitch walk in the 3rd was a thing of beauty.

    5. Brendan Ryan is a stud, a wizard with the glove, and a catalyst for a lot of good things going on with the team. What a great pick-up by Z. Who is Maekel Cleto? I can see Ryan playing well for the M’s for a number of years. He’s not going to hit this well forever, but I see him as a steady .250 -.275 hitter, and the dude has surprising wheels.

    6. I can’t imagine Carlos is going to stay up here much longer. The guy has a lot of raw talent, but looks like he needs more time at Tacoma.

    7. It was nice to see Saunders hit the ball hard and get a base hit. In his other at-bats, he just looked lost. He plays nice defense, but he has to get his head back together in Tacoma.

    8. League was hitting 96 mph on the radar gun and looked good. Maybe he’s gotten the Baltimore voodoo thing out of his system.

    All in all, it was a beautiful day at the park, made better by a M’s win.

  156. KiWiNiNjA on May 30th, 2011 7:31 pm

    So much for rejoicing at Silva/Bradley coming off the books at the end of the season. It looks like we have another 2 years of Figgins wasting away precious payroll.

    In other news, in the last 10 days…
    1).381/.435/.667 (9 game hit streak)
    3).359/.422/.564 (8 game hit streak)
    4).350/.422/.675 (13 game hit streak)

  157. Westside guy on May 30th, 2011 8:07 pm

    I suppose the distinction is – Figgins salary is Jack’s doing, while Silva/Bradley was a legacy of the past. We can’t blame Bavasi for this one.

    Looking back, it’s funny to see how excited many of us (including me) were when the M’s signed Chone Figgins. Just goes to show you nothing is 100% guaranteed, I guess.

    Hey, maybe he’ll pull a Washburn and start doing well in year four. Then, when Z unloads him for a prospect, various columnists will talk about how the M’s didn’t get enough for Figgins, and will continue to suggest – years afterward – that we should spare no expense to bring him back. ;-)

  158. KiWiNiNjA on May 30th, 2011 8:15 pm

    Yeah, obviously.

    Just saying that the money coming off the books will basically be wasted on Figgins. So we are just swapping some Bavasi stink for some Jack stink (not saying it’s Jack’s fault or anything, how was he suppose to know that Figgins would drop off a cliff).

  159. gwangung on May 30th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Looking back, it’s funny to see how excited many of us (including me) were when the M’s signed Chone Figgins. Just goes to show you nothing is 100% guaranteed, I guess.

    Yeah, you can do things that come up right 85% of the time…but the 15% of the time….People gotta remember that getting things right 90% of the time is tremendous, but even Homer nods at times….

  160. KiWiNiNjA on May 30th, 2011 8:22 pm

    Another funny stat…

    May 17
    Ichiro .302
    Ryan .200

    May 30
    Ichiro .276
    Ryan .276

  161. IHaveALittleProject on May 30th, 2011 8:47 pm

    I was at the game today as well.

    I think its safe to say Figgins may have taken that long leash and wrapped it around his neck a few times. That was the most thoroughly horrible performance I’ve seen in a long time, and he was very loudly booed.

    On the plus side, during the game I started wondering if Kennedy might shift to 3rd at some point to bump Figgins. Glad to see Dave is thinking along those same lines…

    And it took me a really long time to turn on Chone; I was a huge fan of the signing. But I’m all the way gone now.

  162. fargomsfan on May 30th, 2011 8:56 pm

    I was also at the game. All of Bremerton guy’s observations were dead on. And I took great pleasure in booing Figgins from the CF bullpen area :)

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