Game 121, Twins at Mariners

marc w · August 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Jason Vargas vs. Scott Diamond, 6:10pm

Franklin Gutierrez starts for Tacoma tonight on a rehab assignment; sounds like he may rejoin the M’s when rosters expand.

Scott Diamond’s a Twins pitcher, which means he’s a command/control lefty.

The line-up:
1: Ackley
2: Robinson
3: Montero (C)
4: Olivo (DH)
5: Seager
6: Smoak
7: Wells
8: Saunders
9: Ryan
SP: Vargas

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62 Responses to “Game 121, Twins at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:09 pm

    Casper Wells sighting!

  2. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:12 pm

    If Olivo and Montero are going to be in the lineup together anyway – wouldn’t it make more sense to let Olivo catch?

    That was a good example of why “wild pitches” need to be considered when rating a catcher.

  3. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:22 pm

    Vargas is not having a particularly good first inning…

  4. djw on August 18th, 2012 6:23 pm

    Nice play be Seager there.

  5. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:24 pm

    Yeah, Vargas was lucky to get off with just one run.

  6. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:27 pm

    It is irritating how often the current team goes through an inning having seen 10 or fewer pitches…

  7. VettedViewer on August 18th, 2012 6:32 pm

    Hopefully this will be like the game against the Orioles where Vargas had one bad inning and then did well from then on out.

  8. spuuky on August 18th, 2012 6:32 pm

    Other than their 8/9 hitters (7 total at bats for the season), the Twins have 7 players with a higher OBP than the highest OBP in the Seattle lineup.

    Sigh.

  9. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:39 pm

    Good contact by Seager… just not quite enough.

  10. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:40 pm

    Smoak popup to an infielder… never seen that before.

    I shouldn’t be so mean – it’s not his fault the team brought him back up so quickly after Carp’s injury.

  11. djw on August 18th, 2012 6:47 pm

    Yankees released Russ Branyan last month. If his back will let him, I’d sure prefer watching him and letting Smoak continue to try and figure this out without embarrassing an ostensibly major league team.

  12. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:50 pm

    Nice to see Saunders get another hit.

    I’d be down with the Branyan idea, djw. What do we have to lose?

  13. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:51 pm

    Nice hit by Brendan!

    Wow, Branyan had some impressive numbers in the Yankees AAA system.

  14. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 6:53 pm

    Ackley!

  15. georgmi on August 18th, 2012 7:00 pm

    And now we know why Bob Wolvott is in the machinist business, and not the baseball commentary business. Xb

  16. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:01 pm

    Hehehe, yeah, that was an awkward interview.

  17. msfanmike on August 18th, 2012 7:03 pm

    I liked Branyan – probably more than the Manufacturers daily allowance would otherwise allow – but the “Branyan experience” should not re-appear in a Seattle uniform. There is nothing substantial to be gained by doing it – IMO

  18. msfanmike on August 18th, 2012 7:07 pm

    … And that is great news in regard to Guti. I am very happy to learn that he feels good enough to start playing again. A trend that hopefully continues.

  19. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:09 pm

    SEVEN PITCHES AGAIN…. ARGH!!!

  20. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:12 pm

    “Holds Carson to a base hit”.

    Uh, what Sims??

  21. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:27 pm

    Come on, Smoak actually got a hit – let’s not waste it!

  22. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:32 pm

    Well, on the bright side (I guess) – at least they took more than seven pitches that time…

  23. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:38 pm

    Huh – didn’t we see Vargas do almost exactly the same thing, not very long ago?

  24. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:46 pm

    Sweet! Ackley beat it out!!

  25. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:47 pm

    PLEASE no bunting…

    Yeah, good predictable call there Wedge.

  26. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:52 pm

    Olivo actually showed some patience there – good job!

  27. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:54 pm

    Seager has been making more outs lately when he comes up in a 2-out position – but confirmation bias is still doing its thing.

  28. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 7:59 pm

    Nice play by Vargas!

  29. msfanmike on August 18th, 2012 8:09 pm

    This matchup could end up deciding the game.

    Come on Kinney!

  30. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 8:16 pm

    Smoak!!

  31. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 8:34 pm

    COME ON JESUS! crap.

  32. WalterNeff on August 18th, 2012 8:43 pm

    OT – Russell Wilson tearing it up in Denver

  33. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 8:54 pm

    Like it when an opposing catcher pulls an Olivo like that…

  34. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 8:56 pm

    When Smoak gets hold of a mistake, he can clobber it. But otherwise, it seems like everything he hits is a pop-up.

  35. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 8:59 pm

    What’s the over-under on innings tonight?

  36. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:13 pm

    Wow, Wedge bringing in Wilhelmsen in a tie game – I’m surprised. Good for Wedge!

  37. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:16 pm

    All right, Wilhelmsen does it! Now COME ON CONDOR!

  38. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:20 pm

    That was a good first-pitch swing! Now let’s keep it going!

    Of course everyone in the park knows Ryan will be bunting.

  39. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:21 pm

    It’s not that I’m always anti-bunting, but Wedge needs to mix it up so it stays effective.

    At least Ryan is a decent bunter.

    Haha, Twins muck up again!

  40. bavasiisgarbage on August 18th, 2012 9:26 pm

    whyyy is ackley bunting!?!

  41. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:29 pm

    Good job by Ackley, letting the pitcher do the work. :-D

    Come on Trayvon – if they’ll give you a walk, let them!

  42. msfanmike on August 18th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Great job working that walk – after not being able to get the bunt down.

    Nicely done, Ackley!

  43. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:30 pm

    Jaso time!!

  44. djw on August 18th, 2012 9:31 pm

    One got the sense that Ackley really wanted to swing at those crappy pitches. Nice work laying off them there.

  45. msfanmike on August 18th, 2012 9:31 pm

    He’s starting to look like Dan Haggerty with that beard.

    Come on Jaso!

  46. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:33 pm

    John “Grizzly” Jaso.

  47. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:34 pm

    YEAH!!!!!

  48. henryv on August 18th, 2012 9:34 pm
  49. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:35 pm

    Hahaha, Thames got him back!

  50. henryv on August 18th, 2012 9:38 pm

    NICE!

    Can’t watch the game. Glad to see the M’s are making a push to .500.

  51. Jordan on August 18th, 2012 9:38 pm

    What would the win probability have been if Ackley had actually gotten the bunt down and given up an out? Stop bunting Wedge! Well at least he mucked it up and worked a good walk. Seriously, though the Mariners don’t get on base enough to give up outs like that.

  52. henryv on August 18th, 2012 9:39 pm

    Holy shit. John Jaso has a .902 OPS.

    A MARINER HAS AN OPS OVER .900!

  53. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:41 pm

    Jaso is looking like a pretty good pickup, eh?

  54. henryv on August 18th, 2012 9:41 pm

    And Wilhelmson gets the win after facing one batter.

    And that is what people want to base the Cy Young award on. Ugh.

  55. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 9:43 pm

    Jeff Sullivan made the case that Jaso hasn’t faced enough lefties for us to write him off as just being a (really good) platoon player. I’d like to see him get a chance to prove that right or wrong.

  56. bigggcattt on August 18th, 2012 9:50 pm

    If we get to a positive run differential just once before the end of the season, can that be considered a win?

  57. leon0112 on August 18th, 2012 10:05 pm

    So now, the Mariners have played .500 ball since May 16. Over three months. Maybe this team is better than the last few years. I am guessing that the Mariners have not strung three months of .500 ball since 2007.

  58. henryv on August 18th, 2012 10:13 pm

    I think they might have in 2009.

  59. justdave on August 18th, 2012 10:21 pm

    21-13 since the all-star break, that’s when it started to turn around, I think.

  60. Westside guy on August 18th, 2012 10:25 pm

    Man, if these guys aren’t careful they’re gonna blow next year’s high draft pick!

  61. Breadbaker on August 19th, 2012 1:13 am

    After all those August collapses (going back to 2002, really), it’s nice to see them play decent ball in the heat of the summer. My expectations are low and they’re exceeding them (of course, Felix’s total awesomeness is a big part of that).

  62. stevemotivateir on August 19th, 2012 6:38 am

    Nice to see Ackley pullin’ himself up. He has thirteen hits and seven RBI’s over the last ten games. Also has a four game hitting streak. Nothing to do flips over, but it’s certainly encouraging!

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