Game 86, Mariners at Athletics

marc w · July 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Happy Felix Evening!
Felix vs. the enigmatic Trevor Cahill.

Of note: Ichiro gets one of his rare DH starts, with Halman playing RF. Olivo’s back, so this line-up is pretty much as powerful a group as the M’s are able to muster.

Lineup:
1: Ichiro! (DH)
2: Ryan
3: Kennedy
4: Smoak
5: Ackley
6: Olivo
7: Peguero (LF)
8: Gutierrez (CF)
9: Halman (RF)

Sorry for the lateness of the post…after my commute, I could really use a beer. Let’s go Mariners!

Comments

153 Responses to “Game 86, Mariners at Athletics”

  1. Westside guy on July 5th, 2011 6:58 pm

    Peguero!

    I love Peguero! The way he swings the bat and… stuff…

    Yay Peguero!

  2. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:04 pm

    There ya go Westy. Nice work. (I saw him smile after seeing your post, too… He’s now wearing a t-shirt that says “Squatch (hearts) Westside Guy”.

    (Thanks for doing it, anyways… Although the idea was to say it AFTER he does something useful, and only then, which would seem more believable– but Hey, you gotta root for SOMEBODY not likely to stick in the majors now that Carp is gone, right, nice job! *touche*)

    **irony being I was about to post for Marc that having Guty, Peggy and Halman all bat one after the other was good for a beer or two, also**

  3. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    I want that M.C. Hammer bobblehead. Damn..

  4. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:10 pm

    Good start for Brendan Ryan. Thought we might actually see him hit one out.

  5. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:13 pm

    Justin Smoak has been hard to watch lately. Maybe time to move him out of the cleanup spot?

  6. Glen on July 5th, 2011 7:15 pm

    Let’s give it up for the Mariners’ leading WAR (non-pitching) player: Brendan Ryan!

  7. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:15 pm

    Sorry Offensively…

    “You can’t touch that!” (Hammer Bobblehead)

  8. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:16 pm

    Glen-
    Wow, I did not know that… Nice work by Ryan (given the number of people who weren’t sold on him the first week)…

  9. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:18 pm

    Nice job by B. Ryan to hold the tag.

  10. Glen on July 5th, 2011 7:19 pm

    Yea, the Top 5 (non-pitching) Mariners in WAR are:

    1. Brendan Ryan 1.6
    2. Adam Kennedy 1.4
    3. Justin Smoak 1.2
    4. Miguel Olivo 0.9
    5. Dustin Ackley 0.6

  11. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:22 pm

    Ackley is just pro looking.

  12. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:22 pm

    Nice hit by Ack! Going the other way, I love this guy.

  13. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:24 pm

    Not to jump the gun but I think Ackley will be the next player to hit .400 in a season.

  14. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 7:26 pm

    Ack Attack!

  15. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:27 pm

    Offensively,
    I’m still betting on breaking the career “Hit for the Cycle” record– currently 3 guys tied at 3 times.

    He’s just built for it– speed, good bat, and hits for surprising power. Then add in the fact he’ll probably bat 2nd eventually, meaning more opportunities during the average game.

  16. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:27 pm

    Well at list Olivo did a good job of getting in front of Suzuki while striking out.

  17. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:30 pm

    Nice job, Peggy (given him credit even though it was really good speed, and a bad throw)…

    Meh. Still, he didn’t strike out.

  18. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 7:30 pm

    There ya go Peggy, and amazing slide by Ackley.

  19. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:30 pm

    Peggy took some pitches and good things happened.

  20. Glen on July 5th, 2011 7:31 pm

    Other WAR fun fact:

    The Red Sox batters (21.6) have 10 times the WAR of the Mariners batters (2.8)

    The league median batting WAR (11.5) is 5 times the WAR of the Mariners batters.

    Three players (Bradley -0.5, Figgins -1.3, Ichiro 0.1) and $43 Million dollars have given the Mariners (-)$7 Million worth of value.

  21. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:31 pm

    How come nobody talks about batting Ackley 3rd? If we are going to bat Adam Kennedy third, what would be the big difference in having Ackley there? I think he could be pretty effective behind Ichiro and Ryan.

  22. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:32 pm

    Offensively,
    I’m still betting on breaking the career “Hit for the Cycle” record– currently 3 guys tied at 3 times.

    He’s just built for it– speed, good bat, and hits for surprising power. Then add in the fact he’ll probably bat 2nd eventually, meaning more opportunities during the average game.

    Yeah dude he looks really good and he is just a month in to his season. I mean Hall Of Fame good.

  23. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:35 pm

    jct-
    Didn’t Ackley just get a hit and score? Seems like a pretty good spot for him where he’s at, yeah? (at least for today– Kennedy certainly wouldn’t have been running on a short flyball to left).

    I’m not always sure the best way to fix a bad lineup is to move the guys that are being successful (see: Smoak batting 5th -vs- Smoak at 4th)

  24. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:37 pm

    MrZ-

    I guess my point is to get a guy who is bound to be a good hitter as many ABs as possible, If moving him up a little can get him 1 more AB a game then why not?
    It just seems to me that Kennedy has been in a lot more situations where he can plate a runner recently so why not have a guy who is hitting well in that spot? (Not that Kennedy has been bad or anything).

  25. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:38 pm

    Glen-
    Damn, as some of these numbers settle in to their normal ranges, that’s getting depressing…

    Three players (Bradley -0.5, Figgins -1.3, Ichiro 0.1) and $43 Million dollars have given the Mariners (-)$7 Million worth of value.

    Equally sad, I hear the Seasame Street tune “one of these things is not like the other… one of these things just doesn’t belong.” I wonder if Ichiro’s WAR has EVER been that low after maybe the 3rd or 4th game of a season? Even given slow starts…

  26. kenshabby on July 5th, 2011 7:39 pm

    Holy crap I love Ackley. Yeah!

  27. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:41 pm

    Damn those Texas Rangers and their late game rallies!

  28. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:43 pm

    jct-
    Yeah, it’s tempting… Definitely. I just think, especially with the young guys, the more success they get to see the better… What I REALLY wish is that we actually had a 3 hitter… Or a 4 hitter, for that matter– so Smoak didn’t have to do it.

  29. Glen on July 5th, 2011 7:45 pm

    I guess I should have halved Figgins ($9MM) and Ichiro’s (17MM) salaries since we are only half way through the season…

    So, $31 Million dollars (approximately 6 WAR) has cost the Mariners -$7 Million (-1.7 WAR). Essentially those players have cost the Mariners $38 Million to be on the field.

  30. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:46 pm

    Dustin Ackley = Chase Utley channeling the good bits of Josh Hamilton (high praise, sure, but damn he’s fun to watch)…

    Or maybe, Dustin Pedroia possessed by the soul of John Olerud

  31. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Lets hope its only the good bits of Josh Hamilton and not the heroin and meth that Josh liked to dabble in.

  32. Carson on July 5th, 2011 7:49 pm

    Pretty sure that’s not Weeks, Sims.

  33. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 7:53 pm

    You would think Smoak would start to see better pitches to hit if Ackley keeps up hitting behind him.

  34. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:57 pm

    Those are definitely some anemic offenses… 1 guy LOB by both teams combined thus far…

    (Although, I suppose I shouldn’t leave out that those awful offenses are facing the #1 and #2 rotations, too)

  35. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 7:59 pm

    Wow- that pitch he threw (more than once) to Weeks starts out above his head and then bounces in the dirt at the plate… Crazy movement.

  36. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 8:00 pm

    Felix is looking strong. Glad he got out of the first 2 innings without a run. Looks like he’s starting to dominate this weak A’s lineup.

  37. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 8:05 pm

    I sure love watching Peggy swing at 3 piece of crap pitches. I wish we could send this guy back down and bring Carp back.

  38. jordan on July 5th, 2011 8:05 pm

    Wow Peguero… That was terrible.

  39. lalo on July 5th, 2011 8:06 pm

    This could be worst AB I´ve ever seen

  40. Paul B on July 5th, 2011 8:06 pm

    Even for him that was an ugly at bat.

  41. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 8:07 pm

    How long can Wedge sit back and watch Guti struggle like this? He’s been even worse than Figgins at the plate.

  42. texasmarinerfan on July 5th, 2011 8:08 pm

    Is this the first time that the Mariners lineup has had the 7. 8. 9. Holes as Lf, Cf, and Rf? Also I met some Mariners fans at the nationals game who are going to every stadium this Summer. @ballparkboys_11

  43. griffin on July 5th, 2011 8:08 pm

    this line-up is pretty much as powerful a group as the M’s are able to muster.

    Well, let’s hope Felix keeps dominating!

  44. Ichirolling51 on July 5th, 2011 8:10 pm

    Peguero needs to stop pretending to be like Vlad Guerrero, that was one of the worst AB’s I have ever seen.

  45. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 8:15 pm

    Nice job Peggy driving in the only run of the game! (Er, yeah… Not a pretty at bat, there, that last one…)

    Although a couple of other not so pretty at bats have been Figgins and Cust watching 3 strikes in the 9th inning… Yeah? Can it be uglier to enver actually swing?

  46. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 8:18 pm

    Does Olivo ever throw anyone out?

  47. KiWiNiNjA on July 5th, 2011 8:28 pm

    Does Olivo ever throw anyone out?

    Hasn’t he already thrown out a runner twice today?

  48. Glen on July 5th, 2011 8:31 pm

    What is wrong with Smoak?

  49. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 8:37 pm

    I must only be looking up at the wrong times, KiW. I’ve seen him not throw out a runner twice.

  50. Auggeydog on July 5th, 2011 8:38 pm

    Here is a link to my Grandson, he is 22 months. I wonder if the M’s can sign him now, has pretty good form, and can hit too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLSJcNPTS9Q

  51. Glen on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    ACK ATTACK!!!

  52. jct522 on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Ack!!!! What a BEAST!!!

  53. RRR on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    ACKLEY! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Dead Center!!!

  54. lalo on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    I love you Ackley!!!

  55. greentunic on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Ya, Dustin Ackley and Felix winning this game alone.

    I like them.

  56. Jay R. on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    He HAMMERED that pitch. Wow is he fun to watch.

  57. Auggeydog on July 5th, 2011 8:41 pm

    Like said above look at numbers between Smoak at 5 and 3/4. I think he is trying too hard and the pitchers are pitching around him, but he is trying to still hit it.

    Nice shot shot Dutin, dead CF.

  58. matthew on July 5th, 2011 8:42 pm

    STUD!

  59. KiWiNiNjA on July 5th, 2011 8:42 pm

    What a sexy beast!

  60. Swungonandbelted on July 5th, 2011 8:42 pm

    Wow, gotta love that kid.

  61. RRR on July 5th, 2011 8:43 pm

    To go with the Bradley/Figgins/Ichiro theme. Those three have combined for 4 HR’s thus far. Ackley is at 3! I smell a race!

  62. Jay R. on July 5th, 2011 8:43 pm

    And here comes the Human Air Conditioner.

  63. matthew on July 5th, 2011 8:43 pm

    They can’t keep his jersey’s in stock in the team stores. Tried to buy one this weekend.

  64. Auggeydog on July 5th, 2011 8:43 pm

    I think we should trade Ackley before he gets hurt.

    OK I kid.

  65. bookbook on July 5th, 2011 8:44 pm

    He’s no Jason Kipnis.

  66. kenshabby on July 5th, 2011 8:45 pm

    What does Bill the Cat say?

    “Ack ack ack ack!”

  67. matthew on July 5th, 2011 8:45 pm

    jersey’s

    Ugh. Misuse of apostrophe…

  68. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 8:45 pm

    Damn Peggy!

  69. Ichirolling51 on July 5th, 2011 8:53 pm

    Is it normal to be developing a man crush this early on, in Ackley’s career?

  70. Glen on July 5th, 2011 9:03 pm

    104 Pitches and 10 Ks for the King through 7.1

  71. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:07 pm

    Thank you, Ackley. Thank you.

  72. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 9:21 pm

    He’s got the eye of Edgar.

  73. tmac9311 on July 5th, 2011 9:22 pm

    I’m pretty happy Washington took Strasburg.

  74. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:22 pm

    I’m glad to see Smoak get a hit, even if Olivo hits into a DP right here.

  75. groundzero55 on July 5th, 2011 9:23 pm

    Gameday is out. Boooo :(

  76. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:24 pm

    What happens when a hitter has a swing strike on a ball that hits him, as it almost hit Peggy? Does he still get the base?

  77. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 9:24 pm

    Wedge needs to make Peguero take 2 pitches before he can swing.

  78. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:25 pm

    You’re not missing much, groundzero55.

  79. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:25 pm

    Olivo and Peguero back to back is painful…

  80. RRR on July 5th, 2011 9:25 pm

    That was a big time 8th inning by Felix. He was struggling a bit, pitch count up there, and didn’t get a call he probably should have. Nice to see him carry a game for 8 strong!

  81. heychuck01 on July 5th, 2011 9:27 pm

    Is the Carlos Peguero experiment over yet? :p

  82. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:28 pm

    We need a LF::

  83. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 9:29 pm

    From one All-Star to another… Finish this League!

  84. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:30 pm

    *groan*

  85. The Hamms Bear on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Enough already!

  86. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Why is Peggy out there?

    Is Greg Halman hurt?

  87. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Poor Felix…

  88. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    OLIVO!

  89. KiWiNiNjA on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Halman is in right.

    Grrrrr

  90. Glen on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    See, Olivo can throw people out.

  91. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:32 pm

    Oh, my bad, he’s in right.

  92. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Why is Peggy out there?
    Is Greg Halman hurt?

    He´s playing RF

  93. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    So, why was Ryan not able to get back to that ball, even with the infield in? Did he think it was hit farther than it was?

    NICE THROW OLIVO– uh, and you were saying Juneau? *laugh*

  94. Breadbaker on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Peguero made the last out; if they’d brought in Ichiro for defense and lost the DH, this game would be over.

  95. G-Man on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Oh – livo!

  96. The Hamms Bear on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Does Olivo ever throw anyone out?

    Yes.

  97. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Well, this is going to go poorly.

  98. Ichirolling51 on July 5th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Get out the sleeping bags, this one could take a while.

    /As Felix murders one of his teammates in disgust

  99. Breadbaker on July 5th, 2011 9:34 pm

    So, why was Ryan not able to get back to that ball, even with the infield in?

    With a very fast Weeks on third, you don’t want the infielder to catch the ball with his back and his momentum away from the plate.

  100. Auggeydog on July 5th, 2011 9:34 pm

    juneau_fan it is still a strike and the ball becomes dead just like if it hits him with no swing. This is because you don’t know where the ball will end up.

  101. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:34 pm

    Ladies and Gentleman… You’re ALL STAR closer, Brandon League!

    (sigh)

  102. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:35 pm

    So, if we had put Ichiro out there in RF for Halman, moved Halman over to LF, and actually had a serviceable left field, we would have lost our DH, right? I was always confused about this rule.

  103. tmac9311 on July 5th, 2011 9:35 pm

    Was Saunders really worse than Peguero? I really dislike having a middle linebacker in left field.

  104. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:35 pm

    (You’re = Your) *sigh* (again)

  105. seattlesonsofbaseball on July 5th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Gotta put more blame on the hitting. You can’t honestly expect anyone, even Mo Rivera, to go out there EVERY NIGHT with a one run lead and always expect to hold it. I wanted this win as much as anyone, but League isn’t going to be perfect. This team, besides Ackley, Smoak, Kennedy, and Ichiro, needs to figure some things out big time at the plate!

  106. RRR on July 5th, 2011 9:36 pm

    the downside of DH’ng Ichiro, no defensive replacement for the OF

  107. vern on July 5th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Dear Jack:

    Help, please.

    Love,

    Felix

  108. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Please Wedge/Jack Z send him back to Tacoma (Peguero), he´s AWFUL!!, call up Saunders or Langerhans, he´s killing us

  109. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:39 pm

    So, doing my usual, I’m not sure Saunders/Halman/Ludwick/Luke Scott, etc. make that play in Left Field either, for all the guys complaining about Peguero’s defense… That’s a pretty damn tough play, it’s not like he blew a routine out…

    The outfield was probably fairly deep to make a running catch and throw to the plate.

    But anyways, let’s win this in extra’s boys.

  110. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 9:39 pm

    Really hope Guti figures it out sooner than later at the plate. We need all the base runners we can get.

  111. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:41 pm

    Dear Jack:

    Help, please.

    Love,

    Felix

    Fister reads this letter and makes the little “playing the tiny violin” motion with his hands.

  112. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:42 pm

    So, doing my usual, I’m not sure Saunders/Halman/Ludwick/Luke Scott, etc. make that play in Left Field either, for all the guys complaining about Peguero’s defense… That’s a pretty damn tough play, it’s not like he blew a routine out…

    The outfield was probably fairly deep to make a running catch and throw to the plate.

    But anyways, let’s win this in extra’s boys.

    Seems like they would be shallow, because a deep fly ball is going to score, regardless.

    Nice at-bat Halman. Christ, we need a LF. And a DH.

  113. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:42 pm

    And Halman can´t bunt…

  114. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:43 pm

    Come on Ichi!!

  115. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:44 pm

    That’s a pretty damn tough play, it’s not like he blew a routine out…

    He was there in time. He made a Raul-like “catch”. Halman makes that catch, I think, based on the range he has, and the fact that he has a better idea of what he’s doing out there.

  116. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:44 pm

    I’m just thankful my reverse mo-jo worked for Olivo tonight.

    It’d be nice to see the guys pull this off. But then League gets the win, dammit.

  117. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:45 pm

    Ichiro makes that play!

  118. OffensivelyChallenged on July 5th, 2011 9:45 pm

    Heyyy Guti!!

  119. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:46 pm

    Henry-
    It’s not to catch a deep fly when the outfield is mid deep, it’s to have a running start on a mid to shallow ball, and to not let a line drive get over your head… (That’s how we played them anyways)

    Nice job breaking up the DP by Ichiro… He won this for us if we get this game.

  120. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:46 pm

    Ichiro was outside the “line”, I think.

  121. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 9:46 pm

    YES!

  122. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:46 pm

    Brendan!!!!!!!!!!

  123. B13a on July 5th, 2011 9:47 pm

    Wow, Ichiro being a bad ass right there. Not that he isn’t already, mind you.

  124. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:47 pm

    Oh well, Ichiro

  125. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:48 pm

    You know Felix is asking,why the hell couldn’t they do this back when I was on the mound?

  126. teddyballgame9 on July 5th, 2011 9:48 pm

    Way to lay down the law Senator.

  127. lalo on July 5th, 2011 9:48 pm

    Kennedy!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. bookbook on July 5th, 2011 9:49 pm

    Is it just me, or is Ichiro!’s judgement off a bit this year? (Results-based analysis?)

  129. RRR on July 5th, 2011 9:51 pm

    ICHIRO WITH A “SCRAPPY” PLAY! We always dog him for stuff like not diving. But that was a classic “hard nosed” baseball play, give the man his due on that one!

  130. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 9:52 pm

    Let’s read Ichiro’s lips:

    “I am a tiny man, but I blow that play right up! Heh-heh!”

  131. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:52 pm

    bookbook-
    based on that slide, I would think the guy a few weeks back wondering about his eyesight might be onto something! *laugh*

    Although I think he got away with it because he ended his slide short of where 2nd base was… So the player altered his route/throw, but Ichiro wouldn’t have actually made contact, so it’s a moot point.

  132. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Henry-
    It’s not to catch a deep fly when the outfield is mid deep, it’s to have a running start on a mid to shallow ball, and to not let a line drive get over your head… (That’s how we played them anyways)

    Fair enough. However, given that you don’t have the more reliable arms in the outfield, anything deeper than a very shallow fly, and BLAZING speed at 3B, being deep and getting a tiny bit more on the throw isn’t going to matter, I’d think.

    I think that the speed a third was the killer. To me, you almost have to play shallow in that case. The only way the run ISN’T going to score is a very shallow lazy fly, or a one-hop grounder to an infielder.

    They got a lazy shallow fly, which would have been exactly what they wanted, but weren’t in position for it.

    If the ball does go over your head, you’re probably only going to give up a double. And a guy on 2nd with an our is probably not going to end the game.

    So, damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

  133. CYK on July 5th, 2011 9:53 pm

    So regarding the late inning OF defense alignment–can’t Figgins substitute in LF?

  134. Breadbaker on July 5th, 2011 9:54 pm

    So regarding the late inning OF defense alignment–can’t Figgins substitute in LF?

    Yes, good point.

  135. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:54 pm

    What a curve ball on 0-1

  136. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:55 pm

    So regarding the late inning OF defense alignment–can’t Figgins substitute in LF?

    CYK-
    I LIKE your thinking… Put the only guy out there that will make folks say “Damn, wish Peguero was still in LF!” (I kid… Not serious…), but the irongy there is I don’t think Figgins throws out Weeks even if he catches it.

  137. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:57 pm

    So regarding the late inning OF defense alignment–can’t Figgins substitute in LF?

    When was the last time Figgins played LF?

    I think I’d rather see someone who had practiced LF, even if it Peggy.

  138. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 9:57 pm

    Pulled it out… I think we should put it to rest, and all go buy Felix, Brandon, and Peggy a beer.

    Let’s finish the sweep tomorrow.

  139. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:58 pm

    Do fans in Oakland boo Ichiro just because he’s good? Or does he have a history in Oakland? Did something happen before?

    Also, Ackley needs to do something about the facial hair situation. It looks weird.

  140. henryv on July 5th, 2011 9:59 pm

    Pulled it out… I think we should put it to rest, and all go buy Felix, Brandon, and Peggy a beer.

    Do I have to buy him a second one if Peggy spills it?

  141. EricL on July 5th, 2011 10:00 pm

    Just playing with a few numbers here… before tonight’s game, Ackley has been accumulating .1113 RAR/PA. (10 RAR = 1 WAR).

    The next best (non-pitcher) number on the team is Kennedy at .0551.

    Ackley, to this point, has literally been twice as good as any other hitter on the roster.

  142. henryv on July 5th, 2011 10:01 pm

    Ackley, to this point, has literally been twice as good as any other hitter on the roster.

    Tallest midget.

  143. juneau_fan on July 5th, 2011 10:02 pm

    I’ve been to A’s games, henryv. They throw stuff at him, they boo. To the best of my knowledge, it’s because he’s good. They are some nasty, drunken, trashy fans, those Elephants.

  144. EricL on July 5th, 2011 10:04 pm

    Tallest midget.

    Not so much: at that rate over a full 650 PA season, Ackley would create 7.2 WAR.

    That would have tied for sixth best in all of baseball last year. Pitchers OR hitters.

  145. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 10:07 pm

    Funny Juneau-
    Most fun I ever had was a weekend of games sitting in the outfield at Oakland to watch the M’s…

    They used to yell “Marco… (other side) Scutaro…” and one of the games we were at Scutaro had 3 errors, and I started yelling “Marco… Screwed it Up!” and the fans were cracking up and started singing it too (mind you, we were in full M’s garb too).

    *another game that weekend Beltre had 3 HR’s*

    Anyways, they were a lot more fun than the library like typical Safeco crowd– especially given their not very good team at the time.

  146. henryv on July 5th, 2011 10:08 pm

    I’ve been to A’s games, henryv. They throw stuff at him, they boo. To the best of my knowledge, it’s because he’s good. They are some nasty, drunken, trashy fans, those Elephants.

    Philly would be so proud for spawning them. Apparently the team took their fans from their original home with them!

  147. henryv on July 5th, 2011 10:09 pm

    Anyways, they were a lot more fun than the library like typical Safeco crowd– especially given their not very good team at the time.

    Except during the hat game and boat race, of course.

  148. MrZDevotee on July 5th, 2011 10:14 pm

    HenryV-
    True dat… The guy who bangs the drum constantly tries to compensate for nifty video games– not quite the same, sadly. Or happily, maybe. Kind of a toss up, really.

    Although it would have fit right in at Alameda to replace the kid who yells “play ball” at Mariners games with a drunken Raider fan who yells “Drink Beer!”

  149. Westside guy on July 5th, 2011 11:21 pm

    I’m not going to blame Peguero for that shallow fly… but man, someone needs to tell him not to swing at pitches that BOUNCE BEFORE THEY REACH THE PLATE.

    Two in a row one at bat, then the first one his next at bat!

    Was Saunders really worse than Peguero? I really dislike having a middle linebacker in left field.

    Something was playing with Saunders’ mind – had he stayed up, he might’ve been hitting .100 at this point. I know he just got off the inactive list down in AAA… I’m wondering if there’s a family thing going on that’s destroyed his focus (didn’t his mom have cancer?). But Saunders seems to be one of those batters that’s his own worst enemy.

    All that is to say… Saunders needed to be sent down. Even though, as MrZ knows, I’m not a Peguero fan – Saunders simply couldn’t be allowed to stay on the major league roster. It wasn’t fair to the team, and it wasn’t fair to him.

    On a positive note – ACKLEY! This kid is unbelievable!

  150. Ichirolling51 on July 5th, 2011 11:35 pm

    With Ichiro DH’ing could we have subbed Figgins in for Peggy as a defensive sub? I know he has outfield experience in his career. Time to start using him as a poor man’s Willie Bloomquist.

  151. henryv on July 5th, 2011 11:44 pm

    With Ichiro DH’ing could we have subbed Figgins in for Peggy as a defensive sub? I know he has outfield experience in his career. Time to start using him as a poor man’s Willie Bloomquist.

    Wouldn’t this be the definition of a rich man’s Willie Bloomquist?

    Also, Chone has shown over the last couple years that his defensive skills apparently have fallen off the table.

    The more I think about him, the more I think that he is a guy who was absolutely driven to be the best because no one thought he was. And now that he’s been told he’s good with the massive contract, he doesn’t have it in him. At the plate or at in the field.

    Also, the last time he played left field was 2006.

  152. Westside guy on July 5th, 2011 11:44 pm

    Oh, and the King’s Court presence down there in Oakland – though it was small – was awesome!

  153. henryv on July 6th, 2011 11:19 am

    It’s always interesting to wake up, get your chores done, then turn on Root Sports. To see a food show featuring the “You’ll come again” casino.

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