Game 21, Mariners at Blue Jays

marc w · April 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan faces off against Ricky Romero and the Jays today at 4:07, the first of a three game series at the Rogers Centre. Coming into the season, we knew Beavan had plus control, but wondered how far his walk rate might regress. So far, he’s doubled down on being a pitch to contact guy, with a walk rate that’s actually under 3%, a K rate that’s under 10% and a ton of fly balls. Beavan’s curve’s looked better this year, though he’ll have to be careful in a domed stadium that plays HR-friendly.

Ricky Romero’s a lefty, so Wedge trots out the standard righty-heavy line-up. This means Alex Liddi’s in again and Kyle Seager sits until tomorrow. The “versus lefties” line-up hasn’t been bad, per se – they’ve got a better wOBA vs southpaws than righties – but they’re prone to K’s. Facing a guy with a great change-up, the M’s might swing and miss liberally, but a HR or two would help. The Blue Jays currently have the best team defensive efficiency in baseball, at 76%. The M’s just swept one of the most defensively-challenged squads in baseball and now face what may be the best defense around. All the more reason to take defense out of the equation and put a ball in the seats.

The big news of the afternoon is that Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I swear he and Adam Moore are having some bizarre sort of competition. Chagas’ disease is unclaimed, guys.

The line-up:
1: Ackley (2B)
2: Ryan (SS)
3: Ichiro (RF)
4: Smoak (1B)
5: Montero (DH)
6: Liddi (3B)
7: Saunders (CF)
8: Olivo (C)
9: Wells (LF)
SP: Beavan

Go M’s!

Comments

189 Responses to “Game 21, Mariners at Blue Jays”

  1. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Really don’t get Ryan hitting second, again, but whatever. Can’t help but wonder if Guti is ever going to be 100%. Really hope they can find at least one more solid outfielder.

  2. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 3:47 pm

    It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that Wedge has left Saunders in there against a lefty, while Figgins is sitting.

  3. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 3:56 pm

    I thought the same Westy. I suspect it’s Wedge’s love of power and the temptation that comes with playing in a dome (Saunders being more likely to exploit a mistake).

  4. greentunic on April 27th, 2012 4:14 pm

    It’s funny how he puts in a bunch of RHB in just becauset its a LHP, even thought lefties hit him way better.

    Is that just sample size or did the M’s not do their homework?

  5. Paul B on April 27th, 2012 4:19 pm

    He has a reverse split for his career. Not as extreme as the small 2012 sample, but reverse nonetheless.

    Wedge does like to autopilot his decisions.

  6. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 4:24 pm

    “Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.”

    AKA “Irritable Arch Syndrome”

  7. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 4:28 pm

    They’ll start calling things “Gutierrez Syndrome” before too long.

  8. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 4:41 pm

    Nice job Liddi!

  9. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 4:46 pm

    Walking Olivo takes some effort!

  10. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 4:48 pm

    Good grief – if the guy can’t throw strikes, don’t give away an out by bunting!

  11. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 4:48 pm

    That statement can go either way (walking Olivo)

  12. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 4:49 pm

    (My “bunt” comment was in response to the radio guys, not to what was happening in the game.)

    hehe Steve.

  13. G-Man on April 27th, 2012 4:51 pm

    Oh Casper – but it looked high.

  14. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 4:52 pm

    Nice… Ackley shows a lot more speed than you’d suspect.

  15. Kazinski on April 27th, 2012 4:52 pm

    At the risk of repeating myself here is what I said about Ryan batting second in the previous thread:

    So I’m with Wedge on this one, Seager needs some pine time and Wells deserves to be playing more. Other than Olivo gettng swapped out with Jaso, this is a pretty good lineup. I’m even ok with Ryan hitting second, his OBP is .323. Wedge should get some credit for ignoring Ryans .163 BA, and rewarding his team leading 17.7 BB%.

    Not that I think those are Wedges reasons for hitting Ryan 2nd but I think those are the reasons that it is a good decision. I also pointed out Ryan’s BABIP is .189, he has been hitting a lot better than his average indicates.

  16. G-Man on April 27th, 2012 4:53 pm

    “It’s funny how he puts in a bunch of RHB in just becauset its a LHP, even thought lefties hit him way better.

    Is that just sample size or did the M’s not do their homework?”

    No one every got fired for going with conventional wisdom (here, RHB against LHP), but they’ve gotten fired for the opposite.

  17. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Nice break!

  18. G-Man on April 27th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Two breaks in a row! And a run!

  19. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 4:54 pm

    Damn, left the room for 30 seconds, and I miss a run?!

  20. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 4:56 pm

    Glad I didn’t take transit today – I can listen to the game on the way home (when I eventually get to head that way…).

  21. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 4:59 pm

    I have to believe the official scorer is going to change his ruling and give Ryan a hit. That was not an “ordinary effort” play for the 3B, was it?

  22. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 5:04 pm

    Someone watching on TV will have a better idea, but Rizz made it sound like he misplayed the ball (briefly) and it went off his glove.

  23. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 5:07 pm

    Did I notice a Mr Z sighting above? Tempting the streak, are we? Although your input was sound (and not surprising) it is clearly a violation if your self imposed rule. since it was not game related, I think we are going to be okay.

    Speaking of okay: Liddi did play some SS in Tacoma last year (in a pinch) didn’t he? Was he “okay” … Or is he just not Major league SS athletic enough?

  24. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 5:13 pm

    Did I notice a Mr Z sighting above?

    NOOOOO…..

  25. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 5:37 pm

    Been out of the room more than I expected. How’s Beavan holdin’ up?

  26. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 5:38 pm

    Nice, Ackley! Geez, didn’t realize that was the first hit.

  27. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 5:40 pm

    Is Wells so talented that he can afford to go down twice on called strikes? He might quickly get in danger of taking his way down to Take-Oma. Don’t make wedgies job easy,Casper … Swing the bat. I did not see the second K but if it was an inch outside of the zone (like the first time) he just isn’t doing himself any favors watching the pitch go bye.

  28. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 5:57 pm

    Hope Romero get’s pulled soon. He’s been pretty good today.

  29. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 5:59 pm

    Monty!!!

  30. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 5:59 pm

    Jesus!

  31. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 5:59 pm

    Thankfully, they left Romero in. haha

  32. thedude1987 on April 27th, 2012 6:02 pm

    I love watching Montero’s home run prance. It’s so awkward.

  33. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:03 pm

    That was still a pretty good AB by Saunders.

  34. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:04 pm

    Nice. Solid hit.

  35. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:06 pm

    Wells!!

  36. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:06 pm

    Way to make up for the called K’s!

  37. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:06 pm

    Sweet – atta boy, Wells!

  38. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:09 pm

    I also thought Saunders had a good AB, Steve. Against a tough lefty, too.

  39. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:11 pm

    Steve finally gets his wish.

  40. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:12 pm

    Seeing Saunders go down looking, on 3-4 pitch AB’s last year, drove me crazy! I can deal with the swinging K’s this year if he’s making the pitcher work.

  41. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:13 pm

    No check swings, please

  42. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:15 pm

    Damn, well, at least they tied it up.

  43. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:18 pm

    For all we know, the “work” that Saunders caused wore out Romero just enough to hang that breaking ball to Wells, so yeah … It was a good AB by Michael. He has definitely shown improvement and there are glimpses of just how good he could be at times. I hope he puts it together and can become reliable, but he has definitely taken a step forward

  44. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:21 pm

    Yeah, I agree. I’d just like to see that average & OBP up a little higher. I’d feel better with him in left when (if) Guti’s back.

  45. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 6:23 pm

    I can’t believe that they just used the previous USS Mariner post on the broadcast.

  46. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:23 pm

    Nice k by Delabar. Nasty strikeout pitch!

    Open base here … Don’t be too “fine”

  47. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:24 pm

    Actually, his OBP is higher than I realized, thanks to his 7 walks. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to see it even higher though;)

  48. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:26 pm

    That article was in the PI online, too. May have gotten it from either spot, but it appears our boy Marc is moving up in the world.

  49. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 6:28 pm

    The PI still exists?

  50. Tv Producer on April 27th, 2012 6:28 pm

    We don’t get stories from the PI. Ha.

  51. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:29 pm

    WOW

  52. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:29 pm

    Sweeeeeet throw! Good call

  53. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 6:29 pm

    So Olivo’s stabbing his glove into the dirt motion has a purpose after all…

  54. r-gordon-7 on April 27th, 2012 6:30 pm

    Ichiro!!!

  55. Slats on April 27th, 2012 6:30 pm

    Ichiro says no!

  56. terryoftacoma on April 27th, 2012 6:30 pm

    Great throw.

  57. leon0112 on April 27th, 2012 6:31 pm

    He was safe.

  58. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:31 pm

    I don’t know guys, I don’t live up there … I clicked on one of the ussm links (thought it was the PI) link. May have been the “Times.”.

  59. terryoftacoma on April 27th, 2012 6:33 pm

    The PI still exists, sadly.

  60. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 6:33 pm

    msfan – it was just a joke because the PI stopped having a print presence and became online only at which point the entire city more or less forgot it existed.

  61. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:36 pm

    Safe, huh? I thought it was a good call. Great throw. Nice tag. Ump had position – no argument from Blue Jays. Good news for the good guys. Maybe my eyes are going bad.

  62. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:38 pm

    Roger that Zzyzx …. And can we give you a vowel?

  63. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 6:40 pm

    y counts!

  64. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:42 pm

    Thames looks like he could kick a lot of people’s asses … And I think he just kicked ours

  65. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:43 pm

    Really annoying to see that happen twice in the same game.

  66. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 6:44 pm

    Crap. Please don’t let this game be a cluster duck.

  67. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:46 pm

    “sometimes” unless my 2nd grade teacher was lying … But you are right.

    The worm turned rather quickly here, didn’t it?

    Our only chance might be to “FREE the SCOTTSMAN”. The ban is lifted Mr Z … Time to dive back in!!!

  68. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:46 pm

    Great call Sims…

  69. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 6:47 pm

    Game over.

  70. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 6:51 pm

    So… down two, three outs to go. Who thinks we can do this? I want a show of hands.

    (I notice that my hand is not up, even though I don’t know anything about the Jays closer. This team doesn’t strike me as the type to pull out a win down two in the ninth. But I’ve been wrong (many times) before.

  71. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:56 pm

    Saunders!!! Keepin’ it alive

  72. Slats on April 27th, 2012 6:56 pm

    Saunders!

  73. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 6:56 pm

    SAUNDERS!!!

  74. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:57 pm

    What a great at bat!!!!! Just great!!!!!

  75. Slats on April 27th, 2012 6:57 pm

    Where is Jaso! Surely PH for Olivo.

  76. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 6:58 pm

    Fly, Condor, Fly!

  77. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 6:58 pm

    Hmm, no pinch hitter for olivo. Stunner

  78. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 6:59 pm

    I hope they make them pay for that error!

  79. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:00 pm

    Got a break. Need another one

  80. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:00 pm

    Why would they pinch hit for Olivo? It’s not like they have a left handed hitting catcher on the bench.

  81. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:01 pm

    We need a money bag.

  82. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:02 pm

    CRAP! I got out of my car, got in the house and turned on the TV… and MISSED Condor’s HR!

  83. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:02 pm

    Oh this is unbelievable!

  84. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:02 pm

    And there’s the break. Need a bloop, now.

  85. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:03 pm

    Three times in one game, a runner advances to 3rd from 1t, on pick-off attempts. Crazy

  86. Slats on April 27th, 2012 7:03 pm

    Jaso baby!

  87. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:03 pm

    Come on Jaso!!!!

  88. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 7:03 pm

    C’mon Jaso!

  89. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:04 pm

    You missed a hell of an AB and a bomb to just left of center. A bomb!

  90. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:04 pm

    “Here I come to save the day!!!” – as sung by MrZDevotee and John Jaso!

  91. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:04 pm

    Two outs, so what! :-D

  92. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:05 pm

    Jingleheimerschmidt- channel Luis Rodrigue

  93. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:06 pm

    jaso!!!

  94. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:06 pm

    YES!!

  95. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 7:06 pm

    JASO!

  96. Slats on April 27th, 2012 7:06 pm

    My man!

  97. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:07 pm

    BAM–
    You’re welcome everyone (MrZ & Jaso)

  98. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:07 pm

    I have never been so glad to be wrong in my life.

  99. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:07 pm

    The SCOTTSMAN arrives just in time! Why send ackkey with Ichiro up next. Come on data … You don’t do dat

  100. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 7:07 pm

    /fistbump MrZ

  101. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:08 pm

    What’s up with Datz sending the runners with no real chance? Retarded.

  102. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:08 pm

    Mike-
    I was only responsible for the first run… Not sending Ackley. (sigh)

  103. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:09 pm

    What, no love for the guy who summoned the SCOTTSMAN?

  104. seahopp on April 27th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Really should have given Ichiro a chance to get Ackley in. The Jays gave them a gift that they did not capitalize on fully.

  105. djw on April 27th, 2012 7:09 pm

    Good thing Wedge has most of his bullpen pitch a third of an inning each for no discernable reason…

  106. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:09 pm

    This has turned into a really fun game!

  107. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:10 pm

    Oh this game is so sweet. Worth the price of admission, even though I’m only paying for regular cable :-)

  108. Slats on April 27th, 2012 7:10 pm

    Freaking bench Olivo.

  109. chbrody on April 27th, 2012 7:10 pm

    I like being aggressive, but pick your spots. How can you keep Jaso out of the lineup moving forward? 6 RBI in 13 ABs.

  110. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:10 pm

    Uh oh, Figgins hitting in the #2 spot? It’s gonna throw off all that mojo he’s gotten back as the lead-off hitter this year…

  111. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:11 pm

    Playoff baseball in April. I like the feeling.

  112. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:11 pm

    Funny that Liddi is having a good game without a hit.

  113. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:11 pm

    Yeah, no kidding Mike!

  114. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:11 pm

    I actually only showed up to check the score, as I thought the game was over by now… But now I get to actually watch some (although, now that it’s tied, am I banished again?)

  115. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:11 pm

    hahaha, Bautista hardly touches that and it still goes fairly hard at Liddi.

  116. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:12 pm

    Can’t believe I missed Condor’s home run! hehe

  117. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:13 pm

    You did your job, Z – no complaints

  118. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:13 pm

    He had a couple hard shots foul, before hitting the ball to center Westy. Had a feeling he was gonna put a charge into it.

  119. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 7:13 pm

    I’d hate to be on the other side of that…

  120. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:17 pm

    No, not banned. You were actually summoned, did your job and there are no more bench players, so it’s your game, kid

  121. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Nice job Charlie!

  122. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:20 pm

    Nice pitch, Charlie! Good level of confidence to throw that on 3-2

  123. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:20 pm

    Phew- makes me nervous when a guy gets to watch 10 pitches from the same pitcher, that rarely ends favorably. Nice work.

  124. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Soft throwing lefty. We feasted on one in Detroit.

  125. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:24 pm

    You can have a long swing against this guy. Tailor made for smoak

  126. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:25 pm

    95 … That had to be a typo. 87 got ripped!

  127. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:25 pm

    Montero’s due for his first extra-innings RBI

  128. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:26 pm

    That’ll do!

  129. Hammy57 on April 27th, 2012 7:27 pm

    We couldn’t have less speed on the bases right now haha!

  130. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:27 pm

    We have the base cloggers on. Beats the alternative, though.

  131. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:28 pm

    So, if you’re the Jays infield do you go for the double play by going 3rd to 2nd? (might be easier) *laugh*

  132. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 7:28 pm

    Anyone have salt and pepper for my crow sandwich?

  133. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Liddi!!!!

  134. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Thank God Datz held Smoak

  135. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:29 pm

    Oh, man, I was afraid they really were sending Smoak there.

  136. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:30 pm

    This drama is killing me. Most exciting game so far this season, no??? Especially as we try to win four in a row and become Road Masters!

  137. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:30 pm

    I don’t think anyone was scoring from second on that play. Come on Saunders. If you hit a fly, make it deep!

  138. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:31 pm

    ^Totally agree!

  139. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:31 pm

    nvn-
    I believe Smoak, Montero and Liddi have your salt for you, and Saunders is trying to “pour it on!”

  140. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    God, there is NOBODY at the Rogers Centre. Serves you right for playing on crappy artificial turf (or Astroturf, as we old-schoolers used to call it).

  141. Swungonandbelted on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    Saunders!

  142. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    YESS!!!!

  143. Slats on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    Grand salami!!

  144. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    YES! YES! YES!

  145. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    Wooooooooooohooo westy!!!!!

  146. terryoftacoma on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    holy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  147. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:32 pm

    Mr. League… paging Mr. League. Your car is ready.

  148. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    There’s his breakout game!

  149. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    I’m so glad I didn’t turn this off.

  150. The Nickster on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Oh, you have got to be fucking kidding me!! Saunders for President!!

  151. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    actually, it’s not a save is it… Nevermind. (Car is totalled)

  152. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Saw THAT one.

  153. Hammy57 on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    It has only taken him 3 years but Saunders is showing signs of wanting to be a big leaguer!

  154. djw on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Gameday seems to be malfunctioning again. It’s making frankly absurd claims about Michael Saunders.

  155. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 7:33 pm

    Can I have some salami on my crow sandwich?

  156. IwearMsHats on April 27th, 2012 7:34 pm

    OFF A LEFTY! WOW!

  157. seahopp on April 27th, 2012 7:34 pm

    YEAH CONDOR!!!

  158. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:35 pm

    nvn-
    “Get out the mustard and the rye bread grandma… it’s Crow Salami time!”

  159. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:35 pm

    Well MrZ, I think you’re officially off the hook.

  160. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:36 pm

    No issues with Miggy hitting in this situation. LOL

  161. TherzAlwaysHope on April 27th, 2012 7:36 pm

    CONDOR!!!!! He doesn’t even look like the same guy as last year.

  162. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:36 pm

    Love that they really made the Jays pay for their errors. We’ve been on the other end of that plenty of times. We were due for that!

  163. IwearMsHats on April 27th, 2012 7:36 pm

    Olivo put good wood on that.

  164. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:37 pm

    Saunders might be figuring out what I hope Smoak figures out next… Being “careful” is not a successful approach to batting in the Major Leagues. It leads to ugly at bats. Whereas, shutting off your mind and trusting your instincts can lead to good, unexpected results… Not everytime, but more often than trying to think your way through it…

  165. Hammy57 on April 27th, 2012 7:37 pm

    It is a little frustrating that it has taken THIS long for Saunders to show up but WOW!

  166. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 7:38 pm

    I wonder how many games in 2010 and 2009 we scored 7 or more runs…

  167. justdave on April 27th, 2012 7:38 pm

    CONDOOOR! I feel real bad for Guti, but now I’m suddenly not so worried about the CF position.

  168. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:40 pm

    Close this thing out! No screwing around, throw strikes.

  169. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:41 pm

    “How many?” zzyzx…

    I’d say it usually took us about 7 games to score 7 runs…

    (I know that’s not what you meant, but it made it funnier)

  170. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:42 pm

    I was saying earlier that I’d love to see Saunders in left when Guti’s back. With the way things are going, there’s no reason to rush Carp back in there (when he’s recalled)

  171. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Things REALLY ARE changing for us… League DIDN’T put the 1st batter on base…

    Wow.

  172. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:44 pm

    Funny you mentioned that Z, I was thinking the same thing

  173. zzyzx on April 27th, 2012 7:44 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing the graph of this on lookout landing…

    …and yes I could go to fangraphs but where’s the fun in that?

  174. msfanmike on April 27th, 2012 7:44 pm

    That was fun. Time for me to see if I can go close on a high leverage situation

  175. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:45 pm

    There we go! That was one FUN game!

  176. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:45 pm

    Condor hit the slam because he’d heard the one guy who’d kept defending him had missed the earlier HR. :-D

  177. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2012 7:45 pm

    4 game winning streak! I’ve heard about these things, but never seen one in person.

    It’s lovely.

  178. stevemotivateir on April 27th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Cool that so many players contributed tonight, but Saunders grand-slam was the icing on the cake!

  179. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 7:46 pm

    zzyzx – totally agree. Those graphs just aren’t the same without the picture.

  180. justdave on April 27th, 2012 7:49 pm

    So the slugging Seattle Mariners have just won four in a row… based on decent pitching but also an offense that capitalizes on mistakes and hits the ball out of the yard. You have to wonder if this is all a dream.

  181. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 8:05 pm

    What’s funny is – for all Wedge’s talk about the veterans, it was the kids getting it done tonight (and has been, most of the time).

    Well, except for one peculiarly overlooked veteran that gunned down somebody at home, all the way from right field…

  182. argh on April 27th, 2012 8:13 pm

    I saw the Mariners get perfect-gamed on Sunday. Tonight I saw the Mariners make the perfect comeback. And I have to say, tonight is better.

  183. justdave on April 27th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Bury the Angels! Their chance of making the playoffs is now 21.6% according to ESPN. Of course it’s silly to talk about that in late April, but it still puts a smile on my face…

  184. Westside guy on April 27th, 2012 8:25 pm

    It’s been shown before – April matters. The Angels have dug themselves into a darn deep hole. Whatever their true talent level is, there are just too many good teams they need to climb over in order to get the wild card (yeah, the AL West is a foregone conclusion at this point).

    Man, I know the Mariners will have me pulling my hair out at times this year – but it is SO MUCH FUN seeing a bunch of young talented players when they’re all clicking!

  185. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Westside…It’s true, you can’t win a championship in April, but you can lose one….however….

    We’re only 4.5 games back. That is an easy deficit to make up. Texas has been on fire, and that’s going to cool at some point. Hopefully, we’ll stay hotter than the cooling of Texas’ streak.

  186. raul_podzednick on April 27th, 2012 9:21 pm

    as Saunders is going into the dug out after his Salami, you can see Hector Noesi with a batting helmet on

  187. nvn8vbryce on April 27th, 2012 9:39 pm

    I’m going to take credit for this win because I’m the one that said “game over” and I have to say that I’m enjoying my crowlami sandwich… I kid, I kid…

  188. Kazinski on April 27th, 2012 10:59 pm

    Saunders might be figuring out what I hope Smoak figures out next… Being “careful” is not a successful approach to batting in the Major Leagues.
    Yes and no. Its really about pitch recognition, swinging at pitches in the zone, and laying off of pitches out of the zone.

    As I said, way back July 2, 2010 about Saunders, comparing him to Josh Hamilton:

    Looking a little further at the plate discipline comparison between Josh Hamilton and Micheal Saunders, there is one striking (pun intended) difference Hamilton only strikes out 21% of the time, while Saunders strikes out 33% of the time. This is despite Hamilton’s very high 14.8% swinging strike rate as compared to Saunders 11.2%.

    The reason Hamilton doesn’t strike out as much as Saunders despite swinging at and missing more pitches, is because Saunders takes almost 40% (38.5), of the pitches he gets in the zone, while Hamilton only looks at 18.1% of the strikes he sees.

    It’s pretty clear to me that Saunders is showing too much patience at the plate, at least in terms of looking at strikes, and he needs to be more aggressive with balls in the zone.

    He even looked a little like Hamilton tonight. Saunders, Hamilton and Smoak are all similar in that they have low contact rates. That can be a problem but swinging at strikes and not swinging at balls can mitigate that. If you have a 75% contact rate swinging at strikes means that you won’t get to a two strike count as often if you are swinging at strikes one and two, because some of those are going to be hits, or at least balls in play. But swinging at balls is just going to make things worse.

  189. marc w on April 27th, 2012 11:02 pm

    That was pretty amazing. Yeah, I just watched the replay again.

    Thanks for that cheap error w/2 outs in the 9th, Lawrie.

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