Game 104, Mariners at Yankees

marc w · July 27, 2011 at 9:11 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Happy Felix Morning! The King takes on Phil Hughes at ersatz Yankee stadium this morning at 10:05 PDT.

The line-up:
1: Ichiro
2: Ryan
3: Ackley
4: Smoak
5: Kennedy
6: Carp
7: Gutierrez
8: Cust
9: Bard

Be interesting, Mariners!

The Jackson Generals are already underway against Chattanooga; their media manager Chris Harris reports that the two teams had a bench-clearing near brawl last night (when the teams come out of the dugouts and attempt to look unified and menacing).
The Tacoma Rainiers are also playing an early game – an 11:35 start against Sacramento with Anthony Vazquez taking the ball.

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113 Responses to “Game 104, Mariners at Yankees”

  1. z24lax on July 27th, 2011 9:36 am

    Felix vs Hughes, plus I went with the Fu Manchu to honor Brendan Ryan. I feel like the stars are aligning for a big 1 game winning streak!!

  2. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 9:39 am

    I feel sorry for the guys. I know they’re playing badly, but they’re not as bad as this.

  3. ivan on July 27th, 2011 9:43 am

    I see that the M’s are now teaching #2 draft choice, Everett SS Marcus Littlewood, to be a catcher, and I wonder if they might consider trying this with Carlos Triunfel, whose defense has been reported as spotty, but whose athleticism and throwing arm have never been questioned.

  4. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 9:50 am

    I see that the M’s are now teaching #2 draft choice, Everett SS Marcus Littlewood, to be a catcher

    He certainly apperas to have the quality of stick to be a Mariner catching prospect. If he is a good enough athlete to play SS, and if he has ever spent any time at the C position, he should be able to make the transition. I hope the move works. Glad they made it sooner rather than later.

    I feel sorry for the guys. I know they’re playing badly, but they’re not as bad as this.

    Since there “regression” seemed to occur in concert with their schedule becoming more difficult against clearly better teams, it is not as alarming as it could be; but you are right. They are not “this bad.” It is really difficult to do what they have done (statistically speaking) in this sport. It’s also difficult for a player not named Belanger or Mendoza to hit below .200 – but a lot of guys are mastering that art as well.

    If this was last year, the symbolic gesture of jettisoning the hitting coach would have occurred by now. I am not calling for it to occur this year, but last years guy (cannot recall his name) certainly didn’t deserve it. This years guy (Chambliss) has certainly not helped, though and if he didn’t have tenure as a former player – and if the org had not exercised last years symbolic gesture – he probably would have been gone by now.

  5. BillyJive on July 27th, 2011 9:51 am

    The M’s will win today! King Felix is on the mound! If they lose i will buy everyone here a Jagerbomb at my Pub!!
    Go M’s!!!

  6. jephdood on July 27th, 2011 9:54 am

    I like these early east-coast starts. We’ll get our misery out of the way early so we can all get on with the rest of our day.

  7. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 9:55 am

    apperas

    appears

    there

    their

    This episode of msfanmike has been sponsored by “How To Write Well English.”

    I hope the Mariners have a better morning than I have had to this point.

  8. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 9:56 am

    The M’s will win today! King Felix is on the mound! If they lose i will buy everyone here a Jagerbomb at my Pub!!

    So where’s this pub? :-D

  9. Swungonandbelted on July 27th, 2011 10:12 am

    The M’s will win today! King Felix is on the mound! If they lose i will buy everyone here a Jagerbomb at my Pub!!

    So where’s this pub?

    If one were to stop by, say at lunchtime, and the M’s are down by at least 3 runs, can the game be called a loss at that point…? :P

  10. henryv on July 27th, 2011 10:14 am

    After watching ESPN for couple hours I’ve discovered something: If they play the Yankees more often they get more than 10 seconds of highlights.

    Also, apparently the Mariners are also in the running trading for Kevin Kolb.

    And Felix Hernandez apparently will be traded because they can’t think of anything else to talk about.

  11. henryv on July 27th, 2011 10:14 am

    If one were to stop by, say at lunchtime, and the M’s are down by at least 3 one runs, can the game be called a loss at that point…? :P

    Fixed.

  12. Jay R. on July 27th, 2011 10:29 am

    That is as good a lineup as they can throw out there. Not saying much, but at least Carp is getting some ABs.

  13. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 10:30 am

    Also, apparently the Mariners are also in the running trading for Kevin Kolb.

    Awesome … maybe they can convert him from an NFL Quarterback into a catching prospect, too!

    Did you mean “Seahawks” – instead of Mariners, Henry?

  14. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 10:33 am

    And right on cue, Jay … Carp gets a hit.

    Good for him. He still needs to figure out the MLB level breaking pitches in the dirt – and when not to swing – but he is not alone. Not by a long stretch.

  15. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 10:42 am

    Ol’ rally killer Cust though…

  16. jephdood on July 27th, 2011 10:45 am

    Nick Swisher really gets on my nerves with his double-points to the sky anytime he does ANYTHING.

  17. charliebrown on July 27th, 2011 10:47 am

    Nick Swisher really gets on my nerves with his double-points to the sky anytime he does ANYTHING.

    Chone Figgins used to get on my nerves anytime he did ANYTHING, but he hasn’t gotten on my nerves in a while.

  18. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 10:50 am

    Chone Figgins used to get on my nerves anytime he did ANYTHING, but he hasn’t gotten on my nerves in a while.

    I see what you did there. Nicely done!

  19. cjones on July 27th, 2011 10:56 am

    Poor Ron Fairly – acting excited is more than he can manage these days, even when we actually score.

  20. Sports on a Schtick on July 27th, 2011 10:57 am

    Luv me sum Ackley!

  21. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 11:09 am

    Ackley is a stud. That’s certainly one thing that’s gone VERY right.

  22. Carson on July 27th, 2011 11:09 am

    I’m certainly glad we sent this bum down after a handful of PAs because Peggy looked good in BP.

  23. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 11:11 am

    I think batting practice performances causes a lot of mis-impressions. Such as convincing people Ichiro could be a home run hitter if he would only just put his mind to it.

    It’s amazing what decent athletes can do with 85mph fastballs (when they know what’s coming).

  24. Carson on July 27th, 2011 11:15 am

    More than even winning a game here to end the streak, I want Felix to just dominate the Yanks.

    Not much brings me the joy that watching their self-deserving fans cry about how stupid Zduriencik is for not trading Felix to them does.

  25. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 11:18 am

    On a side note – at one point there was noise about a “ProBatter” pitching machine that could actually throw virtually any sort of pitch at any speed (Rob Neyer talked about them when he was at ESPN.com, but I can’t find his archives anymore). Does anyone know if one (or more) of those machines in actually in use by anyone?

    It seems amazing to me that no team sees the utility in having their batters face actual quality pitches during BP, but given how old school these guys are, I am not surprised by the resistance.

  26. marc w on July 27th, 2011 11:19 am

    Ahhhh another Carp error. C’mon, Mike.

  27. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 11:21 am

    If Carp ends up having a significant major league career, I expect it’ll be as a DH.

    That’s “if”.

  28. Carson on July 27th, 2011 11:24 am

    The Peanut Man has passed away. Super sad. Won’t be the same going to a game to see his enthusiasm.

  29. marc w on July 27th, 2011 11:25 am

    Rally time! Cust and Bard and pray…real hard?

  30. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 11:25 am

    “Past a diving Jeter” was just stated on YES. DRINK!

  31. marc w on July 27th, 2011 11:25 am

    Wow, Rizzs just used “past a diving Jeter” in what I assume is a non-ironic sense.

  32. grjm300 on July 27th, 2011 11:25 am

    bases loaded, nobody down. Let’s break the mold fellas.

  33. grjm300 on July 27th, 2011 11:26 am

    omfg..

  34. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 11:26 am

    Brendan Ryan, 2-hole hitter. Go to hell, Wedge.

  35. Sports on a Schtick on July 27th, 2011 11:27 am

    Don’t screw this opportunity!!

  36. marc w on July 27th, 2011 11:27 am

    ACKLEY

  37. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 11:28 am

    Carp! rofl…

  38. grjm300 on July 27th, 2011 11:28 am

    Franchise!

  39. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:29 am

    We have got to be the most pathetic team in the history of baseball when we load the bases with no outs.

  40. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 11:30 am

    Are the M’s incapable of pushing across more than a run in these bases loaded, no out situations? The Run Expectancy Matrix says you should average 2.4 runs in that situation. UGH.

  41. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 11:31 am

    Josh Bard you are one slow panther.

  42. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 11:36 am

    Yet another bad call by the umps in NY.

  43. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 11:37 am

    Thanks, Blue!

  44. Carson on July 27th, 2011 11:38 am

    Where the fuck was that pitch?

  45. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 11:38 am

    UMP!!!1

  46. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 11:38 am

    Apparently M’s pitchers have to throw it down the heart of the plate for it to be called a strike.

  47. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:40 am

    Three strikes and all of them called balls. Last night obvious balls called strikes. We need to just do away with umps calling balls and strikes.

  48. Carson on July 27th, 2011 11:42 am

    Apparently M’s pitchers have to throw it down the heart of the plate for it to be called a strike.

    According to Pitch FX ball four was exactly in the middle.

  49. UnderTheClouds on July 27th, 2011 11:42 am

    Santana just pitched a no-hitter in Cleveland. Not perfect game, however. Pity I’m stuck at work now.

  50. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:46 am

    Good thing the Yank hitters started swinging. If they hadn’t they would have walked a lot of guys in.
    What makes it even more irritating is the strike zone widened four inches on Mariner hitters with bases loaded. Cost us at the very least two runs.

  51. Hopmacker on July 27th, 2011 11:48 am

    The ball and strike calls are because the Mariners lost the coin toss.

  52. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:48 am

    In last nights game.

  53. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 11:48 am

    After the last few games there is no doubt in my mind the Yankees are being helped by the umps. Probably not just against the M’s either.

  54. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:49 am

    And then Carp gets a called strike when the pitch is clearly off the plate outside.

  55. lalo on July 27th, 2011 11:49 am

    Wow, the umpire is an idiot, or is the gameday lying?

  56. galaxieboi on July 27th, 2011 11:54 am

    Ugh. Here’s a link to the article about Rick’s death.

    What a s***** year for Seattle sports personalities. He and the ‘X’ man were the only cool things at Sonic games when I was little.

  57. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 11:55 am

    Watching the game and this ump is either incompetent, crooked, or just doesn’t care.

  58. vj on July 27th, 2011 11:58 am

    From Wikipedia:
    Wendelstedt has often been the subject of criticism about his seemingly inconsistent strike zone

  59. darthbuhner on July 27th, 2011 11:58 am

    I know it’s boring, but I wish Wedge would have Ms hitters bunt or squeeze more, with runner on 2nd or 3rd and no outs. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  60. charliebrown on July 27th, 2011 12:02 pm

    Jack Cust…..professional hitter.

    I’m seriously starting to wonder if he’s any better than Griffey was last year.

  61. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:09 pm

    I’m seriously starting to wonder if he’s any better than Griffey was last year

    Cust 2011: .311 wOBA
    Griffey 2010: .214 wOBA

    You’re welcome.

  62. darthbuhner on July 27th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Yikes. Felix’ pitch count either means breaking the streak will fall into the hands of our bullpen, and the mercy of this ump’s cruel strike zone, or Wedge will predictably leave Felix in too long (99% odds of that occuring).

  63. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:12 pm

    There’s another hit for that selfish Ichiro.

  64. charliebrown on July 27th, 2011 12:13 pm

    Cust 2011: .311 wOBA
    Griffey 2010: .214 wOBA

    WOW….I guess I forgot how BAD Griffey was last year.

  65. darthbuhner on July 27th, 2011 12:15 pm

    Squeeze play please, please, please!

  66. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 12:16 pm

    One run, Mariners, just one run here.

  67. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 12:17 pm

    Are the M’s incapable of pushing across more than a run in these bases loaded, no out situations? The Run Expectancy Matrix says you should average 2.4 runs in that situation. UGH.

    Blame this one on whatever genius decided to tell Bard to go charging home from second on a shallow hit to left field. Wedge’s “damn the torpedoes” attitude did us in this time (AGAIN), not the players’ performance.

    Apologies for being behind – having to juggle work with the game, ya know. ;-)

  68. darthbuhner on July 27th, 2011 12:19 pm

    Man, my stomach is in knots as if this were a playoff game, I want this streak to end SOOOOO badly. I can’t begin to imagine what the feeling is like in that clubhouse.

  69. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:20 pm

    I’m not watching on TV, but it sounded like maybe the M’s have benefited from Jeter’s fielding ability (or lack thereof) this inning.

  70. pgreyy on July 27th, 2011 12:24 pm

    Can we actually have nice things?!?!?

  71. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:24 pm

    Carp!

    Ichiro and Carp each have 3 hits today, I’m really glad to see that.

  72. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 12:25 pm

    Wow we actually drove in some runs with the bases loaded!

  73. Sports on a Schtick on July 27th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Bwhahahahah!

  74. darthbuhner on July 27th, 2011 12:27 pm

    Seriously, I never would have predicted that. Single, double, even homer, maybe. Triple? Wow. Nice job Carp. Glad you were at the plate instead of Peguero (though I still hope Peguero blossoms in Tacoma and returns).

  75. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 12:29 pm

    At the risk of jinxing this, cue Handel’s Hallelujah!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RrdwElnTU

  76. NateTheGreat on July 27th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Who is this team?

  77. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:30 pm

    This offensive outburst couldn’t have come against a team that would make me any happier.

  78. sherdogg21 on July 27th, 2011 12:30 pm

    i feel like I can breathe again, thank you Ichiro, Ackley and Carp.

  79. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 12:34 pm

    6-run lead. I think Wedge can safely trust the bullpen to finish out the game and give Felix some rest. Of course, he won’t do that. He’ll tax Felix until his innings count for the season is as high as Adrian Gonzalez’s batting average.

  80. kuptain on July 27th, 2011 12:38 pm

    Yeah… that’s so stupid that he’d leave Felix in at this point. I mean, I’d rather not end up with a multi-million dollar deal on a pitcher that turns into a Mark Prior. Take him out Wedgie…

  81. built2crash on July 27th, 2011 12:44 pm

    Yeah, Wedge is really overworking Felix. I have no doubts his velocity is down cause he’s dog tired.

  82. pgreyy on July 27th, 2011 12:47 pm

    Is today proof that Ichiro! reads USSM?

  83. pgreyy on July 27th, 2011 12:48 pm

    UNLUCKY!

  84. lalo on July 27th, 2011 12:48 pm

    Glad to see Ichiro with 4 hits!

  85. sherdogg21 on July 27th, 2011 12:50 pm

    Good to see Ichiro grab four hits today. Needs to average 1.44 a game the rest of the way to reach 200. That’s why he is here, to give us something to root for during another miserable season.

  86. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Felix ended up with 112 pitches today. I don’t think that is too many.

  87. Westside guy on July 27th, 2011 12:53 pm

    Is today proof that Ichiro! reads USSM?

    I swear, whenever I make a comment implying Ichiro might be done, he decides to make a fool of me.

  88. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 1:00 pm

    Carp looks waaaay better this time up than he did before.

  89. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 1:00 pm

    *IF* we hold on, then we’re just a 16 game winning streak away from .500!

  90. Paul B on July 27th, 2011 1:05 pm

    Keep piling it on, boys!

  91. pgreyy on July 27th, 2011 1:06 pm

    Almost posted something that might’ve jinxed us. I can wait for another four outs to post it. :)

  92. Mike Snow on July 27th, 2011 1:07 pm

    *IF* we hold on, then we’re just a 16 game winning streak away from .500!

    Well, this game would count as part of the streak, so it would need to be a 17-game streak.

  93. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 1:07 pm

    CARP!

  94. G on July 27th, 2011 1:09 pm

    Carp is so much better than Peguero

  95. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 1:10 pm

    It’s good to see League back out on that mound again.

  96. Zeke on July 27th, 2011 1:11 pm

    Not messing around! 7 run lead, bring in the closer.

  97. pgreyy on July 27th, 2011 1:12 pm

    We CAN have nice things!!!

  98. groundzero55 on July 27th, 2011 1:13 pm

    Might be more of a showcase than anything else. In any case, League hasn’t gotten much work lately for obvious reasons, so it makes sense.

  99. SadPanda on July 27th, 2011 1:16 pm

    Sounds like Ackley wants to play for New York.

  100. mrnostalgia on July 27th, 2011 1:16 pm

    I’m really happy for these guys, and the Yankee announcers are right. I can feel some energy, life, happiness, and mojo returning to this team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some winning streaks put together in the near future.

  101. UnderTheClouds on July 27th, 2011 1:18 pm

    People, if you see a traffic helicopter reporting on a large backup downtown, fear not: it’s just me leading my one-man parade down Fourth Avenue. Mariners win! Woo hoo!

  102. sankthetank on July 27th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Cue Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration”!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M&ob

  103. Sports on a Schtick on July 27th, 2011 1:31 pm

    Great to see Carp make some solid contact. Also great to see the Yankees fumble around on defense.

  104. The_Waco_Kid on July 27th, 2011 1:32 pm

    FINALLY! AMAZING! Thanks for the link, sank.

  105. kenshabby on July 27th, 2011 1:44 pm

    All bad things…

  106. just a fan on July 27th, 2011 1:47 pm

    This must be how it feels to win the World Series! WOOOOOOO!!!!

  107. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 1:54 pm

    I swear, whenever I make a comment implying Ichiro might be done, he decides to make a fool of me.

    I realize that you probably want to be elevated above the level of merely being a “Prince” of reverse mojo, Westy … but I cannot do it. You are still only a Prince.

    Keep up the good work.

  108. tres_arboles on July 27th, 2011 2:36 pm

    Pro-Batter pitching machine

    I watched a trio of Seattle-area pro’s do cage time with one of these machines this past winter; so yes, they’re around.

    It seems amazing to me that no team sees the utility in having their batters face actual quality pitches during BP

    Because pregame BP is for grooving swings and working the ball to all fields from within the strike zone. The type of stuff you’re talking about (practice hitting variable pitching) occurs in the off- and pre-seasons.

  109. Ichirolling51 on July 27th, 2011 2:55 pm

    In other news, Edwin Jackson and Corey Patterson got traded for Colby Rasmus. You mean to tell me that there was no way that JZ could have beat that pathetic offer?

  110. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 3:04 pm

    I think the comp to this would have been our #3 starter who is actually better than the #3 starter we have … plus a veteran outfielder with speed and a little pop … which would also be better than what we have to offer.

    I get your point, it is not an overwhelming package that was provided in order to acquire Colby Rasmus, but it looks like the Cardinals wanted major league ready players and how many of those do we actually have – that we could part with that meet the big arm/good speed description.

    If Bedard had been healthy and reliable based on his past health history, I think he could have been the comp or comp + for Jackson. The outfielder with speed would have to have been … ummm …. hmmm… uhhh … I guess we could have traded Figgy and his speed and the fact that he can stand in the outfied and do a somewhat respectable job – as the comp to Patterson; but the Cardinals are not dumb enough to bite on that contract, his attitude or his rampantly rapid statistical decline.

  111. Ichirolling51 on July 27th, 2011 3:23 pm

    Vargas, Saunders, and…. Beavan? Would have been more of enough to package for Rasmus. Once more, we would not have been mortgageing the future, unless Saunders decides to become the second coming of Mike Morse, which with our luck is exactly what would happen

  112. BillyJive on July 27th, 2011 3:24 pm

    Sorry guys Jagerbombs will have to wait for the next prolonger losing streak…
    My pub is called Deweys Pub and Grill in Cranbrook, BC Canada…if you’re ever in the area stop in.

  113. msfanmike on July 27th, 2011 3:34 pm

    Vargas, Saunders, and…. Beavan? Would have been more of enough to package for Rasmus

    Maybe you are right. I am not sure how we could ever know for sure, but I doubt very much that Jack was not working the phones. Jackson has a big arm and Patterson has a lot of speed, and a tiny, soon to be expiring contract. Maybe the Cardinals really like Jackson’s arm and perhaps Duncan can fix him and work more magic with him(in their minds) than with a Vargas type.

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