Game 70, Phillies At Mariners

Dave · June 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Pineda vs Oswalt, 7:10 pm.

The big story of the day is obviously Dustin Ackley’s Major League debut, and as expected, he’s being put in the bottom of the order to begin with. If he hits, hopefully it won’t take too long for Wedge to move him up.

The other question was how Wedge would handle third base with Ackley’s arrival. Today’s decision is to stick with Figgins and use Kennedy at DH, meaning another night on the bench for Jack Cust. It’s pretty clear that he’s on the outs here, as Wedge simply doesn’t value the base on balls, and that is Cust’s primary skill. He’s only played in four of the last 10 games, going 0 for 12 in those appearances. He already had Carp and Peguero cutting into his playing time, and now with Kennedy getting starts at DH too, the writing is on the wall – I wouldn’t expect Jack Cust to be on the roster too much longer.

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

Comments

149 Responses to “Game 70, Phillies At Mariners”

  1. Jamison_M on June 17th, 2011 3:31 pm

    I guess Wedge finally decided Smoak can handle the “pressure” of batting cleanup. I actually like this lineup quite a bit but I would switch Olivo and Peguero.

    And I’m thrilled that Dusin Ackley is batting 7th and not 9th. Welcome to Seattle, Ack Attack!

    Beginning of a new era. Let’s go Mariners!

  2. Ibuprofen on June 17th, 2011 3:36 pm

    Three and a half hours, I can’t wait!

  3. eponymous coward on June 17th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Wedge simply doesn’t value the base on balls

    Along with big chunks of the USSM commentariat, I see.

    Well, whatever. It bears watching as the team develops, though, because if we go all hack-happy like some of the horrible Bavasi teams did, because Wedge doesn’t value the walk… ugh.

  4. The_Waco_Kid on June 17th, 2011 3:39 pm

    I wish Wedge valued OBP more, but I’m okay with Figgins over Cust, IFF Figgins continues to progress. If he slips again, send Kennedy to 3B, but even then, Carp should get AB at DH, so Cust’s playing time would still be limited, unless they send someone else down.

    In interleague away games, it will be a bigger issue.

  5. Carson on June 17th, 2011 3:39 pm

    I can finally settle down. I raced to buy good seats as soon as the promotion was announced, then had worries of the old “get settled in on the bench” that some managers do. Seems as though Wedge doesn’t play that game, which is awesome.

    Who else is going? First round is on me.

  6. Ibuprofen on June 17th, 2011 3:41 pm

    If I had any money I’d be there tonight. Unfortunately, I’m a broke college student.

    Also, if Pineda can outduel Oswalt is there going to be anyone that doubts him as being the AL RotY?

  7. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 3:46 pm

    And Texas plays Atlanta in 15 minutes… If they lose, we’re in a tie for 1st place, for all of about 15 minutes before our game starts at 7pm (and THEN, we could be all alone in first somewhere around 3 hours later– how f*’ing weird is that?)

    I certainly don’t feel we’re a 1st place team, no way, but if no one else in the Division wants it– well, OKAY, then. Bring it on.

    And I like the Karma side of it– we call up Dustin Ackley, and BEFORE HE EVEN PLAYS A GAME, we’re in 1st place.

    Thank you, 8lbs, 6 oz. Baby Jesus!

  8. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 3:51 pm

    Wedge simply doesn’t value the base on balls

    Only slightly… Over their last 6 starts it’s:

    Jack Cust: 4 walks
    Carlos Peguero: 3 walks

    Carlos “Bam Bam” Peguero seems to be getting better with his eye.

    (He should do an M’s commercial where he’s dressed up like Bam Bam from the Flintstones, carrying around his club– ie, bat)

  9. juniorvarsity33 on June 17th, 2011 3:55 pm

    sm-Ack that!!!!

  10. Chris_From_Bothell on June 17th, 2011 3:56 pm

    I like the Karma side of it– we call up Dustin Ackley, and BEFORE HE EVEN PLAYS A GAME, we’re in 1st place.

    I’ll go back to Wednesday for your omens and karma: think about the freak RBI grounder that kicked off of the second base bag… followed by the announcement afterwards that the 2b of the future was being brought up. It’s a sign, I tell you!

  11. juniorvarsity33 on June 17th, 2011 3:58 pm

    I’ll b there Carson…. I only drink soda ;) cheap date!

  12. Chris_From_Bothell on June 17th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Will be there too Carson – splurged on seats b/c it’s the Phillies, now have the bonus of Pineda and Ackley.

  13. rsrobinson on June 17th, 2011 4:03 pm

    I value bases on balls…but not as the only remaining skill of your DH. Cust’s power has waned, he can’t pull the ball to the RF porch in Safeco, and he doesn’t seem capable of doing much more than draw walks these days. He has no future here and has not been productive enough to block young players who might.

    When I first found USS Mariner in 2007 the regulars here were trashing Jose Vidro as the DH even though he was having a much better season than Cust in virtually every respect. Now they’re often defending Cust. I don’t get it.

  14. Bremerton guy on June 17th, 2011 4:04 pm

    Cust was signed to hit homers and drive people in, not draw walks. Simply put, he hasn’t produced like he needs to in order to keep a spot on the team. He seems like a nice enough guy, but it won’t bother me at all if he’s DFA’d. Maybe some team with a bandbox will pick him up, and he might hit 20 homers for them. It just isn’t happening here, though.

  15. Bremerton guy on June 17th, 2011 4:06 pm

    Hah, rsrobinson: I was one of the few who dared argue with the masses back then about Vidro. Compared to who has been manning the DH spot since then, the Vidro days were the halycon ones. I agree with you completely.

  16. groundzero55 on June 17th, 2011 4:11 pm

    And Texas plays Atlanta in 15 minutes… If they lose, we’re in a tie for 1st place, for all of about 15 minutes before our game starts at 7pm (and THEN, we could be all alone in first somewhere around 3 hours later– how f*’ing weird is that?)

    Too bad Atlanta is pitching a guy making his first major league start :( This was supposed to be Tommy Hanson who just went on the DL.

  17. Bodhizefa on June 17th, 2011 4:12 pm

    More good news: Ibanez plays the field tonight while Francisco DH’s. Three cheers for Charlie Manuel!

  18. stevemotivateir on June 17th, 2011 4:16 pm

    I think a big part of the issue with Cust, is that he failed to produce in the clean-up spot. That seemed to be the place they really wanted him to anchor down. Will be interesting to see how Smoak does in that position. I’ve wanted to see this for a while. Also curious how things are going to play out before the trade deadline. Far more curious how Ackley debuts tonight though!

  19. Ibuprofen on June 17th, 2011 4:20 pm

    More good news: Ibanez plays the field tonight while Francisco DH’s. Three cheers for Charlie Manuel!

    I’ll ready the Yakety Sax!

  20. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 4:20 pm

    I don’t mind seeing Cust go, despite his prolific walk rate he really doesn’t score a lot if runs. Part of that is his poor speed and part of that is the M’s aversion to timely hitting.

    On top of that I just don’t think Jack Cust has the bat speed to be an effective major league hitter anymore.

  21. RRR on June 17th, 2011 4:24 pm

    I am jacked up for Ackley’s debut tonight. It’s nice to stop and think for a moment how exciting this years team, and the young guys have been. Especially when it is easy to remember the lows we’ve endured 2 of the past 3 seasons.

    Go M’s!

    Welcome, Mr. Ackley, we’re happy to have you here.

  22. EricL on June 17th, 2011 4:28 pm

    I certainly don’t feel we’re a 1st place team, no way, but if no one else in the Division wants it– well, OKAY, then. Bring it on.

    Hey, it worked for the Seahawks…

  23. seattlesonsofbaseball on June 17th, 2011 4:39 pm

    And the cool thing: If somehow this team gets to the playoffs, they have the pitching staff and the unpredictability to pull off serious upsets. Whereas the Seahawks were lucky to even score a touchdown, let alone a win, against New Orleans, and the gods themselves would have had to interfer in order for them to make it to the big dance.

  24. MissouriMariner on June 17th, 2011 4:57 pm

    This is definitely an interesting lineup. Would not hurt my feelings to see Cust go and of course Figgins. Sure has been a fun year to be a M’s fan.

  25. Glen on June 17th, 2011 5:02 pm

    Along with big chunks of the USSM commentariat, I see.

    Read about wOBA, and you will see that it includes OBP and slugging. From that you will see that Cust (.314) and Peguero (.316) are essentially equal. Only you can make the argument that Peguero is progressing at the plate while Cust is regressing.

    Kennedy wOBA: .333

    Essentially a .400 wOBA is a great hitter, .340 wOBA is an average hitter, and below .300 is a bad hitter.

    You’d think that sabremetrics haven’t progressed in the last 30 years.

  26. JasonJ on June 17th, 2011 5:05 pm

    Pineda, Smoak and Ackley all on the same field. Can’t beat that.

    Definitely going to this game. Quite pumped to see Ackley and the excellent pitching match-up.

    Now, I don’t want to get too carried away with the 2011 Mariners and their playoff chances but what a difference a year makes.

  27. spankystout on June 17th, 2011 5:46 pm

    I can’t wait to watch Ackley! Aaaaaahhhhh start the game already. The anticipation is quickly receding into anxiety.

  28. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 6:02 pm

    I was so excited about baseball today I mowed a fancy pattern in my lawn…

  29. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 6:20 pm

    Mlathrop-

    “My Oh My”?

  30. Willmore2000 on June 17th, 2011 6:38 pm

    At the game for the first time this season. Pineda pitching and Ackley debut were the perfect storm to get me here.

  31. spankystout on June 17th, 2011 6:59 pm

    Taijuan Walker is good (duh):
    7ip 2H 1R 2BB 11K.

    And Paxton had 13Ks last night.

  32. SODOMOJO360 on June 17th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Wedge simply doesn’t value the base on balls

    I think Wedge values the walk but you need RBI from your clean up hitter and Cust is not hitting. He can get on base all he wants but if no one hits him in it’s pointless.

  33. SODOMOJO360 on June 17th, 2011 7:05 pm

    I think I’d like to see Carp in over Peguero more time than not. Carp has better AB’s and has a more compact swing and he was hot in Tacoma. Though now that I said that Carlos will jack two out tonight.

  34. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 7:17 pm

    Though now that I said that Carlos will jack two out tonight.

    Sodo,
    If that’s the case– heck, say it a couple more times!

  35. Paul B on June 17th, 2011 7:20 pm

    I’d like to see Carp playing instead of Peguero too. I’d like to find out if Carp’s 2011 in AAA was a fluke, or if he really did take a step forward as a hitter.

    Peguero, meh. Maybe he’ll turn out to be Frank Howard if they keep working with him. Or maybe he’s just the next Bucky Jacobson.

  36. spankystout on June 17th, 2011 7:23 pm

    Pineda just made Ryan Howard look silly.

  37. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Pineda getting a first strike curveball over is a great sign…

  38. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 7:27 pm

    That Ryan Howard 3 pitch K was a thing of beauty… What is that, 6 outs in under 20 pitches?

    This kid is gonna be SO freakin’ good, it’s breathtaking. And I LOVE that he’s throwing down against Philly.

    Don’t have to qualify the praise at all. Kid is good.

    (thumbs up)

  39. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 7:29 pm

    I’d just as soon see Carp AND Peguero getting AB’s, to sort out the whole youth movement as quickly as possible…

    Preferrably, with Carp in LF regularly, and Peguero getting some DH at bats, and Halman rotating amongst them too (and CF).

    Main reason I wouldn’t mind seeing Cust move on. I really like the guy, but we just don’t need him in the current state of the lineup & future building…

  40. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Tip of the cap to the kid! (Nicely done, Dustin…)

  41. spankystout on June 17th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Ackley!!

    I’m lizzing, I’m lizzing hahaha

  42. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Saint Ackley!

  43. MrZDevotee on June 17th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Ackley’s batting avg with 2 strikes in the majors:

    1.000

  44. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Can’t imagine we’ll see many more of those…

  45. scott19 on June 17th, 2011 7:33 pm

    Welcome to the bigs, Dustin!!

  46. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 7:34 pm

    Oh… Thanks for bringing us back to reality Figgins. You worthless bastard.

  47. stevemotivateir on June 17th, 2011 7:34 pm

    How fitting?! I bet everyone in the stadium felt that one coming!

  48. Sports on a Schtick on June 17th, 2011 7:34 pm

    First career plate appearance in front of the home crowd and Ackley hits a single off Roy Oswalt. Not too shabby.

  49. Fritz on June 17th, 2011 7:36 pm

    Can’t imagine we’ll see many more of those…

    Easy pop outs from Figgins? You are an optimistic individual.

  50. asuray on June 17th, 2011 7:36 pm

    I need to dig up some old video. Back, and I mean way back, when Figgins was a useful hitter, did he always hit with his head down like he does now. By mid-swing he’s looking straight down at the plate it seems.

  51. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 7:37 pm

    The second inning saw a pair of Ks by Pineda and hits by Smoak and Ackley.

    Let’s hope that’s a common occurance over the next 5-10

  52. sportsnw on June 17th, 2011 7:40 pm

    So now that Ackley is batting 1.000 can we push for him to move up to the 2nd spot in the lineup tomorrow night.

  53. alexD on June 17th, 2011 7:40 pm

    Wow…looks like Pineda is getting squeezed on Gamecast’s HitZone.

  54. asuray on June 17th, 2011 7:41 pm

    So now that Ackley is batting 1.000 can we push for him to move up to the 2nd spot in the lineup tomorrow night.

    Given Wedge’s tendencies, I think he’d have a better shot at moving up to the #2 slot if he was hitting .220.

  55. jordan on June 17th, 2011 7:42 pm

    Watching the ball to the bat that makes the appearance of looking down at the plate while making contact is textbook. They teach that from the day you start coach pitch to the MLB.

  56. Edgar4Hall on June 17th, 2011 7:43 pm

    WOW that was a perfect throw

  57. RRR on June 17th, 2011 7:45 pm

    My new bit will be a running hit total, Ackley vs. Figgins. Ackley in the lead 1 to 0. I hope this gets interesting.

  58. asuray on June 17th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Watching the ball to the bat that makes the appearance of looking down at the plate while making contact is textbook. They teach that from the day you start coach pitch to the MLB.

    I understand that but it seems like he looks down at the plate as soon as he starts his swing rather than following the ball in.

  59. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 7:50 pm

    Stache!!

  60. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 7:50 pm

    Woohoo!

  61. asuray on June 17th, 2011 7:52 pm

    Speed!

  62. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 7:54 pm

    Peggy is a bat salesman dream.

  63. Edgar4Hall on June 17th, 2011 7:57 pm

    So instead of Stache, What do you think of DTGD (Death to Grounded Things)?

  64. Carson on June 17th, 2011 7:58 pm

    Definitely a buzz at the park tonight. Not playoff buzz. But better than day-after-opening-day buzz.

    CFB: Let’s get a brew. Who else is here?

  65. jordan on June 17th, 2011 8:02 pm

    Doesn’t the batter have to make an attempt to move away from the inside pitch?

  66. Glen on June 17th, 2011 8:03 pm

    Doesn’t the batter have to make an attempt to move away from the inside pitch?

    That’s what I’m saying.

  67. Glen on June 17th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Miggy!!

  68. Edgar4Hall on June 17th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Miggy!!!!

  69. Dave Spiwak on June 17th, 2011 8:05 pm

    I always thought the hit by pitch rule should be changed. The ball should have to hit the batter not graze an bit of the uniform. I don’t think that was the intent of the rule.

  70. jordan on June 17th, 2011 8:05 pm

    I got called back in HS once because my philosophy was to alway take it and take your base happily. So I learned to roll away and take it in the back since it makes it look like you attempted to move.

  71. scott19 on June 17th, 2011 8:06 pm

    Gettin’ Miggy wit it!!

  72. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 8:06 pm

    The look on Oswalts face was classic after the Olivio homer.

  73. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Props to Dave Sims for taking a jab at the Spiderman musical, I got a genuine chuckle out of that.

  74. Rboyle0628 on June 17th, 2011 8:12 pm

    I love being able to watch the game on my Tv. I love when we play east coast teams.

  75. Rboyle0628 on June 17th, 2011 8:12 pm

    I love being able to watch the game on my Tv. I love when we play east coast teams.

  76. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 8:13 pm

    J

  77. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Well, this might be a great night for two rookies. Pineda looks like he is toying with batters and his velocity keeps going up…

  78. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 8:19 pm

    Uh I just saw it, did anyone else?

  79. ndrfx on June 17th, 2011 8:20 pm

    6th game in a row with 2 hits.

  80. SODOMOJO360 on June 17th, 2011 8:22 pm

    Uh I just saw it, did anyone else?

    Ya and leave it to Sims to mention it and jinx it

  81. MX on June 17th, 2011 8:24 pm

    I am so glad that the off day didn’t mess up Ichiro’s streak.

  82. juneau_fan on June 17th, 2011 8:24 pm

    Wow, it’s so fun to watch a game that’s being played with intensity and energy. Where’d that sluggish team of a week ago?

  83. BLYKMYK44 on June 17th, 2011 8:24 pm

    Should I be sad that our team just had it’s #3 hitter lay down a sacrafice bunt in the fifth inning?

  84. Paul B on June 17th, 2011 8:27 pm

    Should I be sad that our team just had it’s #3 hitter lay down a sacrafice bunt in the fifth inning?

    I’d be sad that our #3 hitter is an aging middle infielder who probably isn’t really very good, although he has been decent so far in what might be his last season.

  85. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 8:27 pm

    This has been said before, but Peggy in the home run derby would be epic.

  86. juneau_fan on June 17th, 2011 8:29 pm

    Philly Fanatic faker in the stands. Oh, that’s just wrong.

  87. Edgar4Hall on June 17th, 2011 8:29 pm

    This has been said before, but Peggy in the home run derby would be epic.

    They dont want children shagging flies in the outfield to get killed

  88. Kazinski on June 17th, 2011 8:31 pm

    Interesting, according to Fangraphs even though Kennedy’s bunt decreased the run expectancy by -0.04, it increased the WPA by .003.

    Maybe you have to choose sometimes between scoring runs and winning.

  89. jordan on June 17th, 2011 8:32 pm

    This game is special for many reasons.

  90. megatunnage on June 17th, 2011 8:32 pm

    Should I be sad that our team just had it’s #3 hitter lay down a sacrafice bunt in the fifth inning?

    Not when it leads directly to the #4 hitter driving in the run via sacrifice fly that wouldn’t have been possible without said sac bunt. ;)

  91. BLYKMYK44 on June 17th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Not when it leads directly to the #4 hitter driving in the run via sacrifice fly that wouldn’t have been possible without said sac bunt.

    True…it resulted in something good…but I still dont think that should absolve me from feeling sad that our manager thinks so little of our #3 hitter…

  92. Edgar4Hall on June 17th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Goddanm Ump!We should have been out of this inning and Pineda would still have his nono

  93. sportsnw on June 17th, 2011 8:37 pm

    okay I’m not watching the game on TV, but did someone just jinx the no hitter?

  94. stevemotivateir on June 17th, 2011 8:38 pm

    This is Pineda’s first real threat of the game. Hope the damage is limited to the one run.

  95. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Oh shit

  96. juneau_fan on June 17th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Yeah, just walk him.

  97. stevemotivateir on June 17th, 2011 8:43 pm

    I don’t think Wedge thinks little of Kennedy. He’s in the line-up, though he’s not on the field. And before Ackley’s arrival, he had given him the starting 2nd base job over Wilson.

  98. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 8:43 pm

    Diabolical!

  99. lalo on June 17th, 2011 8:43 pm

    Great comeback Pineda, really great…

  100. mrnostalgia on June 17th, 2011 8:45 pm

    Phew, too close. Let’s make it 7-1 just for insurance.

  101. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 8:49 pm

    That’s three hard hit balls tonight for Ackley. Fantastic.

  102. MX on June 17th, 2011 8:52 pm

    How low can Figgins go?

  103. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 9:01 pm

    Guti needs a week off.

  104. mrnostalgia on June 17th, 2011 9:02 pm

    Ichiro baller my god!

  105. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 9:03 pm

    I’m sorry we doubted you Ichiro, please forgive us.

  106. groundzero55 on June 17th, 2011 9:04 pm

    I certainly didn’t expect to chase Oswalt from the game.

  107. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 9:10 pm

    Hope guti can figure it out

  108. Dave Spiwak on June 17th, 2011 9:12 pm

    Not good with Peggy in the 5 hole. Pitching around Smoak and Peggy swinging at everything.

  109. IHaveALittleProject on June 17th, 2011 9:13 pm

    The rumors of Ichiro’s demise appear to have been a bit premature.

  110. asuray on June 17th, 2011 9:15 pm

    Ackley obviously can’t play second.

  111. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 9:23 pm

    The lookout landing game thread almost melted my iPhone.

  112. mrnostalgia on June 17th, 2011 9:24 pm

    What is up with Olivo?!

  113. Thom Jimsen on June 17th, 2011 9:26 pm

    From “The Catcher And The Guy,” by Dustin “Ackley Kid” Ackley: “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy Little League career was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that Ken Griffey Jr. kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

  114. jordan on June 17th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Figgins needs like, 50 days off to watch some games.

  115. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 9:27 pm

    That was amazing Thom

  116. FetalPuzishun on June 17th, 2011 9:28 pm

    Is it wrong that I hoped Figgy got injured a little on that foul ball?

  117. dallin on June 17th, 2011 9:30 pm

    I started Ackley over Votto and Pedroia on my fantasy team today!

  118. Thom Jimsen on June 17th, 2011 9:30 pm

    “Anyway it was the Friday of the baseball game with Philadelphia. The game with Philadelphia was supposed to be a very big deal around Seattle. It was the last game of the year, and you were supposed to commit suicide or something if Old Seattle didn’t win.”

  119. Thom Jimsen on June 17th, 2011 9:33 pm

    “I kept telling the crumby batboy: ‘Stop calling me ‘Ackley kid,’ God damn it. I’m old enough to be your lousy father.’”

  120. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Glorious Thom.

    “this game was making me feel real sexy”

  121. ndrfx on June 17th, 2011 9:36 pm

    WTFIGGINS!

  122. Diehard on June 17th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Wow good job Figlet….

  123. RRR on June 17th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Figgins! I know that wasn’t an easy play, and appreciate him going into the stands earlier, but my does he infuriate me!

  124. mlathrop3 on June 17th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Ryan had that you fuckity fuck

  125. SODOMOJO360 on June 17th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Show some flippin emotion Figgins. Do you even care?

  126. juneau_fan on June 17th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Damn, that was a good game. Might have to watch on the rewatch!

  127. RRR on June 17th, 2011 9:37 pm

    Big League Play by RYAN!!! That was a beautiful play

  128. Thom Jimsen on June 17th, 2011 9:39 pm

    “this game was making me feel real sexy”

    Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.

  129. mrnostalgia on June 17th, 2011 9:39 pm

    Figgins can take dumps on plays, and Ackley might not be the best fielder, but thank GOD for Ryan’s impeccable defense.

  130. Diehard on June 17th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Woot! Mariners win! So glad Ichiro is getting back to his normal self, makes this lineup much better

  131. mrnostalgia on June 17th, 2011 9:40 pm

    B. Ryan’s interviews are the best lol.

  132. Phightin Phils on June 17th, 2011 9:46 pm

    My favorite team as a child beat by my Mariners at home…in my new hometown: Love it!

    PS: Beltre would have made that foul off of Utley look routine…

  133. Westside guy on June 17th, 2011 9:51 pm

    Man, someone needs to tell Dave Sims he doesn’t have to use the word “glide” on EVERY FRIKKIN’ PLAY involving Gutierrez.

  134. stevemotivateir on June 17th, 2011 9:52 pm

    The hidden beauty of that last play, was Ackley holding up from snagging that ball, and letting Ryan take it, as he had the better position. Great read.

  135. leon0112 on June 17th, 2011 9:58 pm

    M’s magic number is 93!

  136. ndrfx on June 17th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Man, someone needs to tell Dave Sims he doesn’t have to use the word “glide” on EVERY FRIKKIN’ PLAY involving Gutierrez.

    Hah. Agreed.

  137. Kazinski on June 17th, 2011 10:15 pm

    I think Brendan Ryan is giving us the best SS we’ve had since Carlos Guillen gave us 2.7 WAR back in 2001.

    After his April the idea that he had a useful bat to go with his glove seemed pretty far fetched. I’m not saying his .912 OPS in May is sustainable, but its nice that he can come up with a month like that occasionally.

  138. mrb on June 17th, 2011 10:40 pm

    Charlie Manuel putting Ibanez in left with a DH spot available has got to be one of the single most indefensible moves in the history of managing.

  139. Catherwood on June 17th, 2011 11:16 pm

    Oh, I’m sure Charlie was just thinking back about all those great plays Raul made when he played LF here. There was that time, you know, he, uh….

    Okay. You win.

  140. Kazinski on June 17th, 2011 11:21 pm

    Charlie Manuel putting Ibanez in left with a DH spot available has got to be one of the single most indefensible moves in the history of managing.

    Remember how frustrated we used to be when Hargrove and McLaren would never lift Raul for a defensive replacement in the late innings?

    Five years later Manuel still leaves him in LF all nine innings.

  141. Carson on June 18th, 2011 12:06 am

    From the world wide leader:

    Phils manager Charlie Manuel put Ben Francisco at that spot and started former Mariner Raul Ibanez in left field because of his past experience at that position at Safeco Field.

    Oh, and what an experience it was.

  142. Breadbaker on June 18th, 2011 3:29 am

    From the world wide leader:
    Phils manager Charlie Manuel put Ben Francisco at that spot and started former Mariner Raul Ibanez in left field because of his past experience at that position at Safeco Field.
    Oh, and what an experience it was.

    Ichiro saw where Ryan’s ball was going in the seventh and knew he wouldn’t need to slide to score. After all, unlike Charlie Manuel, he played center field next to Raul for a couple of years. Or, more accurately, he played left-center and center field next to Raul for a couple of years. I love Raul, but he was a DH a long time ago.

  143. Chris_From_Bothell on June 18th, 2011 11:36 am

    Hey Carson – only saw your call for beer now, phone was off and I was caught up in the game. Next time. :) Aren’t we all overdue for a blogger night at the ballpark, come to think of it?

    Crowd wasn’t as big as I’d hoped, but big enough to make the ovations for Raul and Ackley (and the booing for Figgins…) enjoyable. Wish I’d stuck around afterward, apparently Ryan was signing stuff like no one’s business in the dugout after the game…

  144. Westside guy on June 18th, 2011 12:30 pm

    I’ve noticed that managers tend to give players credit for experience without factoring in how good or how bad that experience turned out to be. :-D

  145. msfanmike on June 18th, 2011 1:05 pm

    and now with Kennedy getting starts at DH too, the writing is on the wall – I wouldn’t expect Jack Cust to be on the roster too much longer.

    … and there was great joy in Mudville

    “Walking papers” seems to be an appropriate, climactic ending for JC. As a matter of fact, I am not sure how I didn’t end up coming up with that for his nickname – two months ago.

    Although he is not “completely useless” as I recall having referred to him at one time in the past (which I was wrong about – by the way), his level of production will not be difficult to replace – and he won’t be missed.

  146. msfanmike on June 18th, 2011 1:10 pm

    Ackly looked great last night. Excellent idea of the strike zone and a real nice compact swing. He also turned in a superb double play. Worst case scenario with a guy barrelling in on him late and his legs still on the ground … but he spun and delivered a bullet to Smoak – and got out of the way just well enough to not be injured on the play. That was a tough double play to turn, but he did it very well.

    Guti has got to get going and Figgy … well, nothing more needs to be said about him. His play has said it all.

  147. Westside guy on June 18th, 2011 2:10 pm

    I’m rather concerned with Guti. Especially given our quite vocally old-school manager, I wouldn’t be surprised if Guti is basically playing hurt – his gut problem is affecting his play, in other words.

    Right now he’s basically just a slightly better fielding Michael Saunders – and fielding was something Saunders was doing well.

    If Guti is still sick, he really needs to deal with that first. In the end that’s what’s best for the team.

    As an aside – the fact that Guti’s fielding numbers are better than Saunders’ shows just how special Guti is. Saunders was no slouch out there; but Guti is world class.

  148. Jamison_M on June 18th, 2011 5:04 pm

    Tonight’s lineup, as posted on the Mariners site:

    Ichiro! RF
    Ryan SS
    Kennedy 3B
    Smoak 1B
    Olivo C
    Pegeuro LF
    Ackley 2B
    Carp DH
    Halman CF

  149. EricL on June 18th, 2011 6:18 pm

    The hidden beauty of that last play, was Ackley holding up from snagging that ball, and letting Ryan take it, as he had the better position. Great read.

    Dimes to donuts Ryan called him off on that ball. Ackley doesn’t pull off until the last moment, and it’s a bit sudden.

    Doesn’t take away from the play, though. Awareness of your DP partner’s location is part of learning that position.

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