Game 42, Mariners at Rockies

Mike Snow · May 19, 2012 at 11:47 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Vargas vs. Friedrich, 1:10 pm.

You might remember Christian Friedrich as one of the many players we could have selected back in the first round of the 2008 draft instead of Josh Fields, a college reliever with bad command who has never made any progress. Okay, that was a Bavasi/Fontaine pick, but Zduriencik still went ahead and signed Fields after he held out until the following spring.

Montero is back in the lineup after his day off.

2B-L Ackley
LF-R Wells
RF-L Ichiro
C-R Montero
3B-L Seager
1B-R Liddi
CF-L Saunders
SS-R Ryan
P-L Vargas

Comments

240 Responses to “Game 42, Mariners at Rockies”

  1. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 1:52 pm

    Carp!!

  2. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 1:52 pm

    Thanks Westy. Cargo is very ordinary away from Coors.

    Carp!!!.

  3. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 1:53 pm

    He got all of that one!

  4. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 1:53 pm

    CARP!!

    BTW Olerud’s career line at Safeco: .268/.371/.438

    I love how BR includes the nicknames for all the players – and Olerud didn’t have one.

  5. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 1:55 pm

    When Beavan makes good contact, it sort of cheapens all the other big hits at Coors. πŸ˜‰

  6. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Steve, I know what you mean re: Baseball Reference.

    Of course, their terrible site design makes it even easier to get lost. πŸ˜€

  7. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 1:57 pm

    I remember people calling him “Ole” (pronounced ah-lee)

  8. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 1:59 pm

    I thought his career BA would have been higher than that (at Safeco). OBP isn’t bad. I’d take his line in a heartbeat over Smoak’s, though!

  9. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 1:59 pm

    Mike, that’s one advantage to living east of the mountains – we’re getting rained on over here.

  10. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 2:01 pm

    I’m getting tired of Adam Jones highlights. Salt in the wound :/ He’s off to a great start this year.

  11. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 2:03 pm

    We have grey skies and a tiny sprinkle of rain in preparation for the apocalypse eclipse later this evening. Seven months early according to the Mayan calendar.

  12. Edgar4Hall on May 20th, 2012 2:06 pm

    I find it hilarious that Carp has 7 hits and 6 of them are for extra bases. And while his BA is low his BABIP must be atrocious so hopefully he will start putting balls where they ain’t while continuing to hit for good power.

    And Yes, I am a Carp apologist

  13. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:07 pm

    Edgar4Hall,

    I’m not a huge Carp fan but – you’re right. His BABIP has been hovering in the low .100-ish range.

    I’ve been wondering if he’s still not healthy, frankly.

  14. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 2:08 pm

    Regarding Gonzales, that first year in Oakland, was his only less-than-stellar one. I doubt that year effects his career OPS much. I didn’t realize the numbers were that different on the road. Shouldn’t have been a huge surprise, given that home is Coors Field. I still like him though!

    I wonder what the average difference in OPS is on every player’s splits collectively? Wanna find that one Westy?! Or maybe just with starters? That should make it easier πŸ˜› I gotta run. Hope the lead holds-up.

  15. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:09 pm

    Mike, I think we’re going to have to call it a draw. πŸ˜‰

  16. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:15 pm

    Steve,

    I just looked up two teams 2012 OPS

    Home Away
    Seattle .607 .682
    Texas .784 .851

    The Texas numbers suprise me. The Mariners numbers depress me.

  17. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 2:18 pm

    What is the forecast for Wednesday’s game And, is there any message you would like for me to pass along to Wedge? He will be within earshot.

  18. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:22 pm

    Mike – “Showers likely”. Although the weather is supposed to start improving the second half of the week, so maybe you guys will get lucky.

    Wedge… heheheheheeh

  19. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:24 pm

    To answer Steve’s question, more or less…

    I eyeballed what FanGraphs listed, league-wide, for the past ten years. OPS has dropped dramatically, especially over the past 2-3 seasons.

    Home OPS: was .780ish, now .750ish
    Away OPS: was .730ish, now .700ish

    So the splits aren’t nearly as dramatic as what you see at Coors. But it’s not surprising there’s some split given that teams probably tend to build for their home parks.

  20. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 2:26 pm

    By the third game of the Texas massacre series, I will probably come up with a few things to relay – all on my own. I will dress appropriately for the Seattle weather. Five layers of easy to remove clothing, should just about do it. I think I will be getting the millwood game. Woot?

  21. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:39 pm

    We seem to have switched to Late Spring mode over here – so at least it’s not cold, most of the time.

    Actually I can’t complain. We had several nice weekends in a row, and yesterday was nice (albeit on the cool side, in the mid 60s).

  22. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:48 pm

    Ah, Wells making an appearance.

  23. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:51 pm

    HAHAHAAH! Liddi triple!

  24. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 2:52 pm

    Big Dude moves pretty well.

  25. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 2:52 pm

    That’ll teach that outfielder not to dog it. Heads up play by Liddi, noticing the guy was taking it easy.

  26. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 2:54 pm

    Hey, 70’s socks!

  27. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 3:00 pm

    Good thing they spotted us 4 runs…

  28. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 3:04 pm

    That wasn’t a bad pitch, but Giambi managed to hit it.

  29. pgreyy on May 20th, 2012 3:05 pm

    We should have sold high on League.

  30. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 3:05 pm

    That’s the problem with the “always establish the fastball first” philosophy…

  31. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 3:06 pm

    Hey League … Eat a big bag of crap.

  32. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 3:10 pm

    Thank goodness.

  33. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 3:12 pm

    Hey Mike – we indeed will have to call it a draw. πŸ˜€

  34. msfanmike on May 20th, 2012 3:26 pm

    Yes, a draw it is. Good sweep! How often might we be able to say that.

  35. Paul B on May 20th, 2012 3:28 pm

    League makes things way too interesting.

  36. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 4:41 pm

    I didn’t actually expect you to look that up Westy, but thanks! Why didn’t I think to check Fangraphs?! I missed the end of the game, but I’m glad I didn’t have to sweat League’s performance!

  37. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 4:48 pm

    Yeah, “sweat” was the right word. It dredeged up memories of watching Jose Mesa close for the M’s (back before he completely imploded).

  38. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 4:51 pm

    BTW how about those Angels? They’re still slumming around in the AL West basement with all the other non-Arlington-based teams…

  39. stevemotivateir on May 20th, 2012 5:08 pm

    Funny thing about Mesa, is that he had a couple of decent seasons with the Phillies, after leaving Seattle. But if you’re comparing League to him, I’m REALLY glad I missed the end!

  40. Westside guy on May 20th, 2012 9:39 pm

    Well it was a similar feeling from what I remember with Mesa. I started out thinking “I think he’ll probably get it done, no problem” and then got to “Okay, he gave up a run but should still be okay” and finally hit “how close is this going to get before he makes the final out?”

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