Game 76, Athletics at Mariners

marc w · June 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jason Vargas vs. Travis Blackley, 7:10pm

Ah, Travis Blackley. It seems like it was only yesterday when the young Aussie left-hander made his debut with the 2004 Mariners. He’d torn up the Texas League in 2003 (at age 20), with a sparkling ERA and impressive strikeout totals for a guy whose fastball was basically 89-90.

He struggled a bit with his command in Tacoma, and his strikeout rate was down, but holy crap the 2004 M’s were terrible. It was one of Jamie Moyer’s worst years in Seattle, the year Joel Pineiro went from “phenom” to “problem.” All told, the M’s, playing in Safeco, gave up 5.1 runs per game. When the M’s traded Fredy Garcia, they brought up Blackley who’d been excellent in his first few months of AAA. We all remember what happened next – 26 terrible innings, followed by a demotion and another month or two of bad AAA performance followed by a shoulder injury that developed into a torn labrum. After rehab, he made a few appearances in the M’s system before being released and picked up by San Francisco. After 2007, he’s pitched almost anywhere people are paid to pitch baseballs, from Australia to Korea to :shudder: Reno. After being out of affiliated ball in 2011, he started off the season pitching like his 21-year old self for Fresno and earned a call-up with the Giants. A few games later, he was cut and then picked up by the A’s, who didn’t necessarily have a place for him, but it had been a few days since they’d made a roster move and Billy Beane needed a fix bad.

Blackley’s still got the same 89-91 mph fastball, though he’s using a two-seamer now to good effect. Always a fly-ball pitcher with the M’s, he’s got a 50% ground ball rate now with the A’s. His slow curve ball’s still there, though it’s never really been a great pitch. His change-up is his best pitch in terms of generating whiffs and grounders, so that’s something the M’s right-handers should look for (he’s thrown zero to lefties). The two-seamer’s helped his HR problems, and he’s also greatly improved his command somehow. He’s coming off of his best performance as a major leaguer, an 8IP no decision in which he essentially matched Clayton Kershaw pitch for pitch (OK, it’s more like he functioned as a slow-motion replay of each Clayton Kershaw pitch), finishing with 3 hits allowed, 1 run, 6 Ks to no walks. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care, as an old Travis Blackley signed baseball sits on my desk. *

Jason Vargas gets to pitch at home and not Arizona, which is a positive, but I’d love to see some sign that he’s tweaked his delivery or is able to pitch down in the zone again. I’ve been worried with Vargas’ slide these past few months, and tonight would be a nice night to stop it.

1: Ichiro (DH)
2: Gutierrez (CF)
3: Seager (3B)
4: Montero (C)
5: Smoak (1B)
6: Saunders (LF)
7: Wells (RF)
8: Ackley (2B)
9: Ryan (SS)
SP: Jason Vargas

* It sits next to Bobby Madritsch and Chris Snelling signed baseballs. It is officially the saddest of all possible desks.

Comments

165 Responses to “Game 76, Athletics at Mariners”

  1. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 7:05 pm

    Saunders should hit 5th, Wells 6th, and Smoak 7th. Or does Wedge make these things out in advance every two weeks at a time?

  2. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Nice start for Vargas. Let’s see if the bats can do something tonight.

  3. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 7:14 pm

    Swap Ichiro for Montero as DH, and add Z at catcher, find a replacement for Smoak at first, and you have a decent defensive line up! I say swap Ichiro, cause he’s probably gone next year.

  4. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:16 pm

    ^ Maybe Wedge simply got confused. He heard that Smoak is the anchor OF the offense instead of Smoak being an anchor TO the offense.

  5. dogkahuna on June 26th, 2012 7:18 pm

    I tip my cap to you Marc. Your choice of those autographs you display say a lot of good things about where you are coming from. Your desk doesn’t reflect sadness, it reflects possibilities. Cheers, man.

  6. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:18 pm

    Doubtful we see Zunino this year, probably wont next year either. It took Ackley more than a year and he was a more advanced hitter.

  7. texasmarinerfan on June 26th, 2012 7:20 pm

    MOVE THE FENCES IN!

  8. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 7:22 pm

    Curious to see how they pitch Ackley. I predict down and away….all night long.

  9. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:22 pm

    And let the hitters stand on 2B when they hit

  10. californiamariner on June 26th, 2012 7:27 pm

    Stupid MLB blackouts. If I pay for MLB TV I should get to watch!

  11. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 7:27 pm

    They could put up a celebrity softball fence for the M’s innings?

  12. kuptain on June 26th, 2012 7:28 pm

    Good streak here for Vargas, but he still looks like he can’t locate his fastball in the lower half of the strike zone…

  13. Kazinski on June 26th, 2012 7:31 pm

    Vargas is on a pace to get 22 strikeouts.

  14. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:31 pm

    That was an odd broken-bat hit, but I’ll take it.

  15. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:34 pm

    .200 or bust for Smoak

    Or would that be .200 and “bust”?

  16. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:35 pm

    How about .200 for bust? Kinda like something you’d see on a sign held by a hitch-hiker.

  17. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:36 pm

    Wait, I screwed that up. You had it the first time, Mike

  18. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:38 pm

    What about nick-names? ‘Smoak-dud’

  19. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:39 pm

    I kinda thought you might have been trolling for chicks, Steve.

  20. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:41 pm

    Well, in honor of the 4th of July, Smoak-bomb would be the easier cliched selection. It could have a double meaning, after all.

  21. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:42 pm

    Haha, not that way. Got lucky traveling though. That’s how I met my fiance.

  22. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:43 pm

    Smoak-bombed?

  23. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Did you sell your house yet, Steve? I know you are headed to Brasil soonish.

  24. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Big game time, Dustin.

  25. Dennisss on June 26th, 2012 7:47 pm

    I like “Smoakless in Seattle.”

    Hmm, bet I’m the only one.

  26. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:48 pm

    That was a tough pitch to hit. Nicely done!

  27. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 7:48 pm

    I wish I could post a picture of the pitch selection to Ackley. Seems that he made an adjustment, and got that last pitch though! Good sign.

  28. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:48 pm

    House is sold, sold the couch, a rug, and lawn mower today. Packed a lot today. We’ll likely leave on the 22nd of July. Had to get the cats a rabies shot, which requires a 30 day wait before the flight. It’s a set-back, but that’s ok.

  29. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:50 pm

    Ackley’s looked a little better at the plate lately.

  30. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:51 pm

    Ichiro! Nice to see him with a hot bat.

  31. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Dennisss, Smoakless in Seattle is great! I hated that damn movie.

  32. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Guti!

  33. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Still “crushing it”.

    Guti looks good

  34. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 7:55 pm

    Guti! If he stays healthy, we’re set in CF!

  35. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 7:56 pm

    GUTI. >:-(

    What’s with the epidemic of crappy baserunning?

  36. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 7:57 pm

    Fucking giving away outs again. WTF

    No offense to you personally, WTF

  37. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 7:57 pm

    hahahaha Mike

  38. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 7:57 pm

    Bad base-running seems to be a team epidemic.

  39. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:00 pm

    Yep, cats. I understand. My wife is a crazy cat lady, too. Our Beagle loves ours, but they are not too fond of her.

  40. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 8:00 pm

    None taken Mike! I really need a better nickname, but can’t find one. BTW, good pay Saunders!

  41. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 8:00 pm

    Ackley looked Boggs-esque, Gutierrez punished a fast ball (big mistake, Blackley), and Seager did what he should. But the base running has been a joke. The guy in the 3B box should be doing something. Guti was looking right at him. Nice to score, FGS.

  42. crazyray7391 on June 26th, 2012 8:01 pm

    When watching the M’s games with my buddies, we always get a good laugh out of saying that it’s time for another Smoak-out when Justin is up. Simple, but still funny

  43. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:01 pm

    I like that fence right where it is. Move it nowhere.

  44. Jordan on June 26th, 2012 8:05 pm

    Smoak under water?

  45. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:05 pm

    What do you need the cats for, Steve? I thought you said it was going to be a vegan place. ;-)

  46. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:08 pm

    Safeco took a run away (Guti non homer) and it prevented a run by Oakland – in the same inning

    Fair enough.

    If Guti had not boned the baserunning, he might have scored last inning. Less boning (on the bases, do what you want on your own personal time) and less moaning about the fences, would be fine by me.

  47. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:10 pm

    The cats will make nice throw-rugs, to go over the tile floors.

  48. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:10 pm

    ” Smoak under water … And fire in the sky … And a bad career gone by…

    Duh duh duh dudududu

  49. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:11 pm

    “Smoak out … Le freak say sheik”

  50. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 8:13 pm

    Let’s not get fire science into this…. ;)

  51. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:14 pm

    No strikes to Cespedes! He will chase!!

  52. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:15 pm

    Perfect!

  53. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:17 pm

    Vargas should beg the FO to not be traded. Unless it is to San Diego who will not pay him, he should beg to stay in Seattle.

  54. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Mike just reminded me…

    When I was a teenager, one year for my birthday I got a new clock radio with a built-in electrical outlet. The idea was probably to use it for coffee, but being a teen I figured I’d use it to wake up to some music I liked by plugging in a cassette tape player (giving away my age here, you notice). So I queued up Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”, and set what seemed to be a moderate volume on the tape player.

    In the morning I discovered that “moderate volume” is a relative thing – it scared the bejeebers out of me! It seemed like it was about 150 decibels…

  55. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:20 pm

    And he should beg them to only have to pitch against the A’s. It’s still hard to believe they have a better record

  56. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:20 pm

    So, being at a M’s game, and hearing Smoak’s theme music, must be a reoccurring nightmare!

  57. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:21 pm

    Even without the music, the M’s games are sometimes recurring nightmares…

  58. crazyray7391 on June 26th, 2012 8:22 pm

    Mike, it’s not so hard to believe the A’s have a better record. THEY don’t have to deal with outfield walls that “are just to far away”.

  59. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:22 pm

    Gee Westy, I figured you were going to mention the 16 track player – in deference to your advanced years.

  60. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:24 pm

    Always nice to see a lead-off walk.

  61. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Well I couldn’t fit the player piano into my bedroom, Mike.

  62. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:26 pm

    The walls are fine. Home plate is the obvious problem. Move up home plate.

    And give them all aluminum bats.

  63. crazyray7391 on June 26th, 2012 8:27 pm

    And let them put the ball on a tee maybe?

  64. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:28 pm

    Give them shock-collars, too, so they can be zapped for stupid errors, like the one Wells just made.

  65. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:29 pm

    Player piano … Nicely done, pard.

  66. mwb on June 26th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Regarding Wells’ pick off – doesn’t the pitcher have to step off the rubber before throwing to first?

  67. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:31 pm

    Or a smoak-collar…. er, choke collar. Easy to mix those two up.

  68. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:32 pm

    I can now literally see Smoak swinging through a ball on a tee. And then complaining about the height of it.

  69. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 8:34 pm

    Lol Mike! I was picturing him looking like an 8 year old swinging and missing the tee too!

  70. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:37 pm

    Honestly, I don’t it’s worth stressing much about Smoak. Much easier to replace a first baseman. Maybe Carp gets healthy and finds his swing? Either way, we might as well give them this season to try to figure things out.

  71. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:38 pm

    The balk rule is too complicated to explain over this thread, but the only thing a left hander has to do is to “commit” to home or first. If his front leg crosses his back leg he has to go home. If he lifts his front leg and does not go behind his back leg, there is an imaginary 45 degree line that the umpire is supposed to gauge (without one actually being drawn on the ground). If the LHP crosses it, he must throw home.

    Easy, huh?

  72. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:40 pm

    “front foot” actually … Not the entire leg. Front foot. Plane of the back leg.

    Google it

  73. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:43 pm

    RAISE THE TEES UP!

  74. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:43 pm

    Ichiro is hot!

  75. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:51 pm

    High Tee at noon – Low Tee at dusk?

    Booooooooooo, me

    I can do better than that

  76. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:53 pm

    Oh good, League is warming up.

    Don’t throw him strikes, dumbass

  77. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:53 pm

    Vargas – why are you throwing Cespedes strikes, EVER?!

  78. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Nice job by Ryan

  79. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Ryan!

  80. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:55 pm

    Brendan Ryan is amazing.

  81. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 8:56 pm

    Did Ryan snag that grounder between his legs before he spun or was I seeing things?

  82. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:56 pm

    Yeah, Vargas didn’t learn from the first time we faced the A’s… or the second.

  83. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 8:57 pm

    You’re seeing things!

  84. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 8:59 pm

    I just replayed it in slow motion. Ryan started his pirouette before he even had the ball. He basically stepped over the ball before he caught it.

    So not quite between the legs, but darned close to it.

  85. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:00 pm

    In protest of the “move the fences in” mantra, I moved my couch back, so the TV is farther away, now. I would like to see the replay though.

  86. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:00 pm

    I thought he had just gotten ahead of it a little.

  87. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:00 pm

    Damned close to it, huh.

    Good enough at this age

    Yay me!

  88. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:01 pm

    Hey League … Hold ‘this’!!!

  89. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:02 pm

    So, League is the new BP pitcher? He sucks or is injured.

  90. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:03 pm

    The Mets need relievers “bad” … But maybe not this bad.

  91. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:07 pm

    I saw that article, too. I immediately starting looking at what they might have to offer. Then I though, what would we have to give up?! I don’t wanna see Charlie or Tommy go. Doubt League would interest them much.

  92. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:08 pm

    Remember when Bobby Madritsch had to wear long sleeves to cover the tattoos on his arm? Whatever happened to that rule? Was it Overcome by societal happenstance?

  93. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:09 pm

    That was almost an eephus pitch.

  94. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:09 pm

    Darn tee was too LOW!

  95. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:09 pm

    As Dave pointed out, Smoak is a sucker for the low curve down the middle.

  96. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:10 pm

    Some pitcher should get tattoos of baseballs printed up and down his arm – see if the umps make him cover them up.

  97. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:11 pm

    That’s the best looking god awful swing I have ever seen – by Smoak

    You have got to be fucking kidding me

    7th graders get benched for that shit.

    Absolutely without clue and without a plan. Kudos for getting the bat in the ball, though

    .200 or bust!

  98. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:13 pm

    No idea when or how that rule was overcome. The sleeve thing is pretty weird though.

  99. henryv on June 26th, 2012 9:13 pm

    Has anyone considered that there is something in the clubhouse water making the m’s too stupid to play baseball?

    ” I knew we shouldn’t have used lead pipes!”

  100. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:13 pm

    Smoak should have a tattoo of a baseball put on the barrel of his bat so he can see what one looks like.

  101. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 9:14 pm

    So…consecutive quality starts from Noesi, Ramirez, and Vargas wasted.

    When Gutierreze got thrown out at 3rd to end the 3rd, a close game was eminent. We’ve scored in one of the last 27 innings. I could be off by one. Saunders splits vs LHP are starting to take a little beating.

  102. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:14 pm

    The “not just a LOOGY leprechaun?”

    How about it?

  103. crazyray7391 on June 26th, 2012 9:16 pm

    Unfortunately Smoak seems to be a sucker for any pitch that gets thrown in the vicinity of home plate.

  104. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:18 pm

    Yep, one run scoring inning in the last 30 or 31 innings, now

    One

    UNO

    Blah!

  105. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:20 pm

    Saunders needed help, he went to Josh Bard’s guy.

    Smoak needed help, he apparently went to Miguel Olivo’s guy.

  106. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:20 pm

    A LAJiminez prop.

    Our answer to the minor league version of Prince Fielder

    The round mound of Puget Sound.

    The Tacoma Turbulence.

    And easily, much better than Smoak at this point in time.

  107. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:22 pm

    Sweet ass bender!

    SWEET!

  108. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:27 pm

    Nice job Charlie!

  109. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:31 pm

    Put this game into motion. Good speed on bases. An alleged contact hitter.

  110. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:32 pm

    Pitches at chin height: let them go by!!!!

  111. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 9:32 pm

    Not fond of the bunt here.

  112. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:34 pm

    That laughing jack-ass made the game!

  113. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:35 pm

    Well that worked half way!

  114. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:37 pm

    Blown hit and run that worked out due to A’s ineptitude.

  115. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:38 pm

    Ryan!!

  116. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:38 pm

    “Yeah, I’ll have an order of garlic fries, topped with blue-ringers please…. Haaahhhhaaa hhaaahahaa ehhhahhaaheee”.

    Nice job Ryan.

  117. juneau_fan on June 26th, 2012 9:38 pm

    A lead!

    But who’s that person laughing like a maniac witch that the radio feed keeps picking up?

  118. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:38 pm

    A second baseman of average height would have caught that.

  119. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:39 pm

    Ryan!!!

  120. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:39 pm

    Again, Ryan!

  121. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:40 pm

    Make them pay, Guti.

  122. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:40 pm

    My wife just said: Brendan Ryan getting that hit was more miraculous of an event than me cooking dinner.

    Nicely done, dear!

  123. Breadbaker on June 26th, 2012 9:40 pm

    This may be the first time in his career that I don’t mind Ichiro getting an intentional walk.

  124. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:41 pm

    Makem pay Guti!

  125. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:41 pm

    I think the maniac in the stands is probably the advance scout analyzing Smoak’s swing.

  126. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:43 pm

    No, he’s probably the scout that landed us Smoak!

  127. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:45 pm

    I vote for Smoaks agent

  128. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 9:46 pm

    Gutierrez is a totally different hitter. He’s pretty much driven everything he’s hit with authority. Wonder how that happened during his lengthy rehab. He has to have made some adjustment. Squaring up everything. Impressive.

  129. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:47 pm

    Might be Wedge’s supply-guy. That would make a lot of sense.

  130. Jordan on June 26th, 2012 9:48 pm

    I think my TV is broken, the Mariners have three runs?

  131. Jordan on June 26th, 2012 9:49 pm

    I think League should close this out.

  132. Breadbaker on June 26th, 2012 9:49 pm

    Both Guti’s and Seager’s drives were hit well. But how many times during this game have the A’s fielders been positioned exactly with the right jump on the ball?

  133. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:50 pm

    Is Smoaks agent Inspector Clouseau’s boss, by any chance?

  134. marinerbullpen on June 26th, 2012 9:51 pm

    No Props for Wells on this site?

  135. NorahW on June 26th, 2012 9:52 pm

    League already pitched tonight, Jordan.

  136. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:53 pm

    No, we like Wells. Nothing not to like about Wells.

  137. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Sims seems to think Wells is covering both left AND right field.

  138. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:54 pm

    Wilhelmson has been an amazing find so far.

  139. Jordan on June 26th, 2012 9:54 pm

    BP, I think the question is do the Mariners go after another outfield when Ichiro is gone or do they go after another 4th outfield type, since Wells is showing signs of being a real outfielder.

  140. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:54 pm

    Bullpen, yeah, we give him props, but we were busy making fun of the laughing guy.

  141. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:54 pm

    @marinerbullpen

    Read through past game threads and articles, you’ll find lots of support for Wells.

  142. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:54 pm

    I don’t like Wells’ beard.

  143. bradguy on June 26th, 2012 9:55 pm

    If there was ever a game to reinforce the idea of bringing the fences in, this one is it.

  144. Rick L on June 26th, 2012 9:55 pm

    Man, that curve ball is awesome.

  145. vetted_coach on June 26th, 2012 9:55 pm

    Wilhelmina has been money. M’s should rack this one up. I’m guessing that eventually Wells’ numbers vs. RHP will be superior to Saunders’ numbers vs. LHP. Unless for some reason, the “brain trust” goes belly up and doesn’t allow Wells a fair share of reps.

    Hit Smoak 7th or 8th, please!

  146. Jordan on June 26th, 2012 9:55 pm

    He has to appeal to Hargrove somehow right?

  147. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:56 pm

    Willy Willy Willy!!!

  148. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:56 pm

    BEE-A-UTIFUL CURVE!!

  149. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 9:56 pm

    A bender to win it…NICE!

  150. Breadbaker on June 26th, 2012 9:56 pm

    We’ve won the last two games when we’ve scored. That is rather sad to say.

  151. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 9:56 pm

    How’s that, bradguy… we won!

  152. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 9:57 pm

    Hit Smoak 7 or 8 times, please.

  153. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 9:58 pm

    Somebody needs to tell Ryan that “beard” of his is NOT a good thing.

    It’s like one of those “beards” we tried to grow in high school.

  154. Breadbaker on June 26th, 2012 10:00 pm

    Westy, we do not knock Brendan Ryan when he just hit the gamewinner (and had a pretty spectacular play in the field, too).

  155. marinerbullpen on June 26th, 2012 10:00 pm

    Just play the young guys.
    Olivo, Figgins, and Ichiro, Just say No.

    As much as I usually hate Ryans plate awareness, I do feel he is a good teammate (Chemistry, which I know…..) and a great defender. I consider Ryan young.

    Smoak, I’m concerned about, Ackley I’m not.

  156. Westside guy on June 26th, 2012 10:03 pm

    Ryan’s a good guy – hanging out in the dugout, signing autographs.

  157. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 10:04 pm

    In case you didn’t notice, Ichiro has been hitting the ball really well lately.

  158. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 10:07 pm

    I like what Wedge did tonight, having Montero catch, and Ichiro DH, so Wells was in the line-up, rather than Olivo.

  159. marinerbullpen on June 26th, 2012 10:13 pm

    Down on Ichiro. Thanks for the 12 great years.
    Tired of the bat flip when we really need a drive.

    I like Wedge, maybe not a popular choice here, let me know.

  160. msfanmike on June 26th, 2012 10:23 pm

    Yes, Ichiro is clearly still the problem and Wedge is a great purveyor of lineup creation.

    Just out for a late evening trolling session, are we?

  161. stevemotivateir on June 26th, 2012 10:28 pm

    If you’re going to blast Ichiro, it’s probably wise to find another place to do that. Read what’s stated right below the header and it will make sense. I feel like a broken record.

  162. WTF_Ms on June 26th, 2012 10:51 pm

    Agreed. Not god to bust on the best player all-around, hat the M’s have ever had.

    And, he’s picked up the hitting as of late, which gives me hope that e can help this team finish the year with a respectable “rebuilding year” record. Go Ichiro! Go M’s!

  163. marinerbullpen on June 27th, 2012 12:03 am

    WOW, how the masses will stick together.
    you gals are all delusional if you truly believe ichiro is helping us. Really?

    Griffey >>>>>>> ichiro

  164. marinerbullpen on June 27th, 2012 12:07 am

    We are talking about NOW, are we not?

    Ichiro is not the nuts. I love his past performance, but not his current performance.

  165. samregens on June 27th, 2012 3:10 am

    —WOW, how the masses will stick together.
    you gals are all delusional if you truly believe ichiro is helping us. Really?—
    —I love his past performance—

    Sure you do, troll.

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