Game 133, Angels at Mariners

Dave · August 31, 2012 at 6:11 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Haren vs Millwood, 7:10 pm.

The Mariners aren’t going to the playoffs this year, but they just might be able to ensure that the Angels aren’t either. Anaheim is currently 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild card spot, and their September schedule is brutal – after they leave Seattle, they get three against Detroit and four against Oakland. They finish up the season with three against KC (okay, so it’s not all hard work) six against Texas, three against Chicago, and six more against the Mariners. Odds are good they’re not going to be able to make up a lot of ground playing teams like the Rangers, A’s, White Sox, and Tigers, so they need to play really well against Seattle and KC. If the M’s win a bunch of these games against the Angels, there’s a good chance they can play spoilers, and ensure that year one of the Albert Pujols Era ends in disappointment.

In terms of the line-up, Saunders is back in the line-up, and has moved to RF to accommodate Guti’s return to CF, which leaves LF for just one of Thames and Robinson. For at least night one, Wedge went with Robinson. Here’s hoping that’s not a sign of things to come, because Thames is a useful player against right-handers, and Robinson is a fifth outfielder if we’re lucky.

Ackely, 2B
Gutierrez, CF
Seager, 3B
Jaso, DH
Montero, C
Saunders, RF
Smoak, 1B
Robinson, LF
Ryan, SS

Comments

47 Responses to “Game 133, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 6:25 pm

    I was thinking about Wedge’s outfield choices tonight. I’m guessing Robinson is in left because of his Damon-esque arm. Saunders certainly has a better arm than Robinson; but, while he’s strong, he seems to occasionally have problems throwing the ball in the direction he actually intends.

    In any case it’s an odd choice to run Robinson out there against a rightie when they’ve got Thames available.

  2. bavasiisgarbage on August 31st, 2012 6:31 pm

    maybe im just ignorant or something, but why are you so incredibly low on robinson…

  3. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 6:32 pm

    Robinson over Thames kind of sucks. But, I really like this lineup. Guti and Sanders both in the OF, Jaso and Montero both playing!

    Oh, and I would LOVE to just put it on the Angels over this last month.

  4. Paul B on August 31st, 2012 6:49 pm

    Trayvon appears to have improved a lot, but no power and no arm. He is exciting to watch, though.

  5. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 7:17 pm

    One of these days Millwood is going to have an easy inning and we’re all gonna double-check the name on the back of the pitcher’s uniform to make sure it’s really him.

  6. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 7:18 pm

    Ugh.

  7. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 7:21 pm

    Morales … No surprise, there.

  8. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 7:22 pm

    ugh. this looks like it could be a long game.

  9. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 7:27 pm

    Does anyone know why we always hear that a player has to “clear waivers” to be traded in August, when there is a 2 day window to work out a trade with the first team to claim a player? Is it just a misnomer?

  10. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 7:30 pm

    I think it’s just sloppy terminology, Mike. If he clears August revokable waivers, the team can trade him to anyone. But if a waiver claim is made, they can still trade him to the team making the claim (as you stated).

  11. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 7:42 pm

    Roger, thank you.

    Sloppy terminology that confuses the masses … And you cleared it up in two short sentences.

    Well done.

    I wish I knew what the waiver wire looked like within any front office. I am picturing the ticker tape used in “The Sting” but I am sure the technology has advanced past that point.

    So, do the Mariners have until 9:00 pm to trade Millwood and Vargas?

  12. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 7:47 pm

    Seager had a bit more time to make that play than he thought he did.

  13. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 7:47 pm

    Holy shit flanks.

  14. bavasiisgarbage on August 31st, 2012 7:52 pm

    did ryan forget there were 2 outs…..throw it to first….

  15. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:07 pm

    Apparently the Mariners actually did run Felix through waivers.

    No word on claims though (that I know of).

  16. stevemotivateir on August 31st, 2012 8:07 pm

    Felix and Vargas were reported to have been claimed by rivals. Doubt either goes anywhere.

  17. groundzero55 on August 31st, 2012 8:08 pm

    Man, Millwood is not on tonight.

  18. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 8:17 pm

    Wow, nice play by Callaspo.

  19. stevemotivateir on August 31st, 2012 8:31 pm

    Well, this should be Millwood’s last inning.

  20. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:31 pm

    Mike Trout is sick.

  21. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 8:35 pm

    … And getting more sickly each day

  22. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 8:38 pm

    Saunders – out of the game. He looked like he was in some pain after having caught that fly ball to his left, last inning.

    Crap

  23. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:38 pm

    Good grief, the Angels could use 6 infielders and just let Trout cover the outfield all by himself.

  24. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:38 pm

    Crap on a crap cracker, Mike.

  25. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 8:39 pm

    I was reading some 2009 Draft stuff the other day. It is quite funny how matter of fact certain people were about how good Ackley would be and how the same people never talked much about Trout. And when they did talk about Trout it was with a lot of questions. Its pretty crazy how so many teams passed on Trout. I would imagine he had to look pretty darn good at 18, if he is this phenomenal at 21. Just another example of how inexact the science of the MLB Draft is! Which is why it drives me crazy when people overreact to a certain team’s draft before the players take the field.

  26. stevemotivateir on August 31st, 2012 8:44 pm

    How the hell did he hit that?

  27. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 8:47 pm

    Milwood is just not on tonight. I’d like to see Capps get in though.

  28. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:50 pm

    Gutierrez was smart to yield to Thames on that catch – we’ve seen what happens when Thames runs into a center fielder. :-D

  29. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 8:53 pm

    Yeah I’d rather watch Capps possibly struggle than Millwood.

    At least Capps struggles at 100mph.

  30. stevemotivateir on August 31st, 2012 8:55 pm

    boa noite

  31. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 8:58 pm

    Is it just me or are the Angels playing some excellent defense tonight? UGH!

  32. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 9:02 pm

    The Angels are definitely throwing the leather around.

    if this game has got you down, do not (I repeat – do not) look at Hultzens AAA stats.

    DO NOT!

    And don’t look at the almost streaker, Ethel!

  33. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 9:04 pm

    But seriously, what the heck happened to Hultzen when he got moved up?!?!

  34. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:04 pm

    Tightie Whities, eh? Except they were red.

  35. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:07 pm

    If Trout doesn’t get the MVP, it’ll be a crime. Dude is just sick.

  36. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 9:09 pm

    Westside guy, you are starting to sound like an Angels fan haha. I’m getting sick of Trout after a handful of games. The next decade of facing him should be just lovely.

  37. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 9:12 pm

    Capps can look absolutely filthy for a couple pitches, then make a couple mistakes and he’ll give up some hits/runs. I still think he’ll be a very good reliever. That command has to improve.

  38. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 9:12 pm

    Hultzen is facing older, more experienced hitters. His command still isn’t great and the more advanced hitters have been abusing him by getting into good hitters counts. Plus, it’s a real long season and this is his first year as a pro.

    But, yeah … It’s still a bit unsettling.

    Better now than a year or two down the road, though.

    Walker has been struggling since late June.

  39. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:12 pm

    Hehehe.

    I know, I know he’s going to drive the Mariners’ crazy for years. But he’s just so ridiculously good, I can’t hate him for it.

  40. californiamariner on August 31st, 2012 9:22 pm

    Are you worried about Hultzen? Honestly, I’m not all that worried, he has still been missing a lot of bats from what I’ve seen. I can’t imagine him having control issues his entire career. Plus, like you said long season, etc.

  41. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 9:23 pm

    I sure hope we see Carp and Wells back with the team, tomorrow. The other callups would be after 9/3, correct?

  42. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 9:29 pm

    No, I am not really worried about Hultzen, but neither his “command” or his control came much different than advertised. He throws across his body which makes the need for precise mechanics even more pronounced. He has much better stuff than Vargas, so when he figures it out in a year or two or ??? He should be quite good.

  43. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:32 pm

    Hey it’s that guy again.

    But Capps got him!

    (Sorry, seem to be lagging by a minute or two)

  44. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:36 pm

    Montero just legged out an infield single?!

  45. msfanmike on August 31st, 2012 9:38 pm

    Wtf did I write?

    Judas priest.

    I meant to say, “neither his command or his control came as advertised.”

    I think it’s time for a movie.

  46. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:39 pm

    My main thought about Hultzen is I’m a little disappointed. When he was drafted, guys like Keith Law talked about his polish and how he could possibly be in the majors by mid-2012.

    I realize I’m not really being fair to Hultzen, though. Pitchers almost never move through the system that fast. But I had high hopes…

  47. Westside guy on August 31st, 2012 9:59 pm

    This has gotten ugly.

    And even uglier. A movie sounds like a good idea…

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