Game 10, Astros at Mariners

marc w · April 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Blake Beavan vs. Brad Peacock, 7:10pm

Well, it’s almost certainly going to be better than last night’s game. Blake Beavan is going to try and spare the bullpen, and newly minted Mariner Bobby LaFromboise is on hand if he can’t.

Brad Peacock was traded from Oakland in the Jed Lowrie deal, a year after being acquired from Washington in the Gio Gonzalez trade. He’d posted great results in AA with the Nats organization, but hit a wall in the hitter-friendly PCL last year, posting a full-season ERA over 6. He’s an over-the-top right-hander with an extremely straight fastball – it’s almost a cutter. He throws that four-seamer around 93, and mixes in a curveball and a change-up. Thanks to his delivery and arsenal, he never showed much in the way of platoon splits, so if Mike Morse would like to continue hitting homers, he should go right ahead and feel free..wait, he’s not in the line-up?

Blake Beavan’s transformation into a ground-ball pitcher didn’t really work in his first start. Second time’s the charm?

Line-up:
1: Saunders, RF
2: Gutierrez, CF
3: Morales, DH
4: Ibanez, LF
5: Seager, 3B
6: Smoak, 1B
7: Ackley, 2B
8: Shoppach, C
9: Ryan, SS
SP: Beavan

Nick Franklin’s in the line-up today for Tacoma. He’d been out the first week with the flu or something.
Taijuan Walker’s pitching right now for AA Jackson, and Andrew Carraway goes tonight for Tacoma in Sacramento.

Comments

170 Responses to “Game 10, Astros at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 6:25 pm

    It’d sure be nice if one or two of our can’t miss young guys would start hitting…

    I’m not worried about Seager, but we keep hearing how Ackley should be seeing better results – okay, when? :-D Smoak… well, we do have Kendrys now if Smoak does his usual non-September thing.

    I am enjoying the top of the order so far this year, though.

  2. casey on April 10th, 2013 6:28 pm

    yikes Mariner twilight zone continues tonight in Jackson – the Generals have made 6 errors in 4 innings behind Walker. Proscia playing 3rd has made 3.

  3. casey on April 10th, 2013 6:32 pm

    for what it is worth … I think Ackley looks pretty comfortable at the plate and has hit numerous balls real hard and is unlucky to not have 3-5 more hits. And he doesn’t seem to be swinging and missing like last year.

    On the other hand Seager has looked real lost like he is trying to hit every pitch out of the park – would like to see the line drive machine we had last year come back.

    maybe both turn it around tonight – great thing about being a fan!

  4. jordan on April 10th, 2013 6:34 pm

    So our hottest hitter sits today huh? Makes sense.

  5. terryoftacoma on April 10th, 2013 6:40 pm

    I’m with you there Westy. Our four young foundation players are all batting below the Mendoza line. when will they hit?

  6. californiamariner on April 10th, 2013 6:52 pm

    I’m glad Saunders and Guti are both in the game for 3 straight days.

  7. Slats on April 10th, 2013 6:58 pm

    Game 10 and Wedge has his tenth different lineup in place.

  8. Liam on April 10th, 2013 7:13 pm

    Call up Casper, nevermind.

  9. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:14 pm

    Oh crap. Just got home in time to see Condor hurt himself.

  10. shamus on April 10th, 2013 7:15 pm

    And we just lost Wells and Saunders. The mariners are cursed. Who is next in the OF queue for centre field – Chavez??

  11. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 7:16 pm

    Cacawwwwww…crap.

  12. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:16 pm

    CALL UP PEGUERO!

  13. djw on April 10th, 2013 7:17 pm

    You know who we could use now?

  14. taylor.mariner on April 10th, 2013 7:18 pm

    IT’S THE CURSE OF CASPER!

  15. Coolalvin206 on April 10th, 2013 7:18 pm

    And the year gets better and better . You can just tell this wont be our year..again .

  16. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 7:18 pm

    Yeah. Couldn’t more effectively demonstrate why dumping Casper Wells for part time veteran grit wasn’t the brightest plan.

  17. stevemotivateir on April 10th, 2013 7:18 pm

    No return for Wells. Cash for Carp, a AA guy with a little potential for Kelley, but nothing for Wells. Not even bag of balls?! I wont get into some of the other questionable moves.

    Really, I don’t think I’d lose much sleep if both Z and Wedge lost their jobs.

  18. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:19 pm

    Tomorrow the Mariners will announce they’ve traded Seager to Toronto for Casper Wells…

  19. shamus on April 10th, 2013 7:20 pm

    This is depressing. So, so mariners.

  20. r-gordon-7 on April 10th, 2013 7:21 pm

    So, what SEATTLE bar refused service to a goat…?

  21. taylor.mariner on April 10th, 2013 7:21 pm

    AHHHHHHH HAHAHAHAHA^^^^^^ Westy that was awesome and wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  22. stevemotivateir on April 10th, 2013 7:21 pm

    You’re all dumb dumbs. Didn’t you learn anything from spring? Bay can play center.

  23. taylor.mariner on April 10th, 2013 7:22 pm

    And I even forgot he can lead off! What were we worried about?

  24. jordan on April 10th, 2013 7:23 pm

    What happened to Saunders?

  25. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:23 pm

    Cursed. Fucking unquantifiable curse born from a dumb ass organization and on the very day that Wells is claimed off of waivers. I would laugh if not for crying.

    Thames, Peguero, Almonte – oh my! They are sure loaded with options. All bad.

  26. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Saunders crashed into the wall shoulder first and before the ball arrived – but caught it anyway. Hell of a catch. He hasn’t really moved his arm since. The way he was holding his shoulder and arm as he walked off – suggests dislocation, but we don’t know yet. Pretty sure he will be out for a while, though.

    For Phooking out loud. Absolutely amazing.

  27. stevemotivateir on April 10th, 2013 7:27 pm

    Uh, those options are bad. But I’ll take Chavez over any of them. I’d take him over Bay and Ibanez as well. Problem is, I’d rather have Saunders, and I’d rather have Wells.

    Chavez would require a roster move, though. Hopefully Saunders isn’t too bad.

  28. Slats on April 10th, 2013 7:28 pm

    At least Bay/Ibanez can fill in for Saunders and bring plenty of veteran grit.

  29. jordan on April 10th, 2013 7:30 pm

    Great.. fantastic. Is it too late to call up the Jays and ask for a re-do?

  30. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:30 pm

    Can anyone name one legitimate GOOD thing GM Jack Z has done for the Mariners?

  31. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 7:31 pm

    I’m back…
    And my wife is heartbroken…she LOVES Michael Saunders.

  32. Jake on April 10th, 2013 7:32 pm

    I shudder to think of Guti getting hurt, and running out a defensive outfield of Morse, Ibanez, Bay.

  33. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:32 pm

    I forgot about Endy – and he is still a quality OF’er, but not much of a hitter. Maybe he will be the guy they bring up and maybe he will find some of the same offensive magic he displayed when Ichiro was out with the ulcer problem a few years ago.

    I could give two shits less about the team having to make a roster move. There are plenty of moves they can consider making without losing anything.

  34. Jake on April 10th, 2013 7:33 pm

    Hammy: The videoboard.

  35. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:33 pm

    There isn’t a single guy that Jack Z has drafted that has done ANYTHING in the major leagues so far (aside from Seagar…who isn’t doing well at all this year).

  36. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 7:34 pm

    Any guess on what the attendance at Safeco today is? Yesterday was 10,700+…what’s the record low?

  37. jordan on April 10th, 2013 7:35 pm

    Things could always be worse…. you could be Brett Wallace

  38. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:36 pm

    He picked up Gutierrez… And that half year of Cliff Lee was awesome.

  39. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:36 pm

    SO far in their careers: Smoak=Bust. Ackley=Bust. Montero=Bust. Seager=Good last year, not good so far this year. What has Jack Z done RIGHT?

  40. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:37 pm

    Guti has been a bust so far. Can’t stay healthy. Plus, this is the last year of his contract.

  41. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:38 pm

    Guti, Morales and Morse are in the last years of their deals. Can you imagine our lineup without them?

  42. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:38 pm

    It’s probably a good thing that was Saunders and not Guti – Guti would probably be dead.

  43. Longgeorge1 on April 10th, 2013 7:39 pm

    I think that Endy is the best option. His career numbers are pretty good although last year was a little tough. Hope the Condor is OK but we are cursed. The curse of Little O

  44. djw on April 10th, 2013 7:40 pm

    Seager=Good last year, not good so far this year.

    There is absolutely no reason any sane person who understands baseball would have a different opinion of Seager than they had thirty four freaking plate appearances ago.

  45. jordan on April 10th, 2013 7:41 pm

    A little “what have you done for me lately” Hammy? Were 9 games in.. it’s sort of pre-mature to be jumping on all the young guys..

    Except for Montero. He’s just bad.

  46. Jake on April 10th, 2013 7:41 pm

    Current weaknesses on the team:
    The #4 starter
    The #5 starter
    No long man in the bullpen.
    Lack of outfield depth
    Slow starts from the “kids”.

    It’s over Johnny.

  47. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Blake Beavan = Juggs machine, not even turned at an angle.

  48. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    That Ankiel HR will make Dave Cameron giddy.

  49. jordan on April 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  50. Longgeorge1 on April 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    John Garland

  51. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Mwahaha!! Behold the new, hitter friendly Safeco Field!!!

  52. djw on April 10th, 2013 7:43 pm

    Guti has been a bust so far. Can’t stay healthy. Plus, this is the last year of his contract.

    Process, not results, please. You can’t make the case that what has happened to Gutierrez in the last three years was knowable when the Mariners traded for him. Z found an undervalued asset. Then, bad luck.

  53. californiamariner on April 10th, 2013 7:43 pm

    Alright I’ve seen enough Beavan. He’s not any different

  54. texasmarinerfan on April 10th, 2013 7:44 pm

    Well, at least Gutierrez is still healthy?

  55. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:45 pm

    If Guti gets hurt, we ban texasmarinerfan.

  56. Longgeorge1 on April 10th, 2013 7:45 pm

    I used to hope we would not finish 4th. Now I hope we do

  57. stevemotivateir on April 10th, 2013 7:45 pm

    Mike, I could care less about a roster move as well. I just wonder if Jack does.

  58. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:46 pm

    When the team is 5-17, will it be the right time to hire Lenny Wilkins? (It’s been a long time, but that is the stat/team record I remember – as a kid – when the Sonics turned things around).

    Feel free to correct me on the team record at the time .. As if I need to invite that to occur.

  59. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Altuve is good.

  60. PackBob on April 10th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Bonus weakness:

    Manager

  61. stevemotivateir on April 10th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Crap, I hope this isn’t going to be a repeat of last night.

  62. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:48 pm

    When do we start hearing about “the process” again? If it has been mentioned lately, I must have tuned it out.

  63. Swungonandbelted on April 10th, 2013 7:49 pm

    Is it time to rebrand the Mariners and start calling them the Seattle Slumpbusters?

  64. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 7:49 pm

    This is really depressing. All we have to hope for at this point is that Zunino and the Big 3 Pitchers in the minors amount to something, because we have nothing at the big league level. Nothing.

  65. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:49 pm

    Hire Wilkins and bring on board veteran power forward Spencer Haywood. I’m sure he could play outfield.

  66. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:50 pm

    Yo Spatch – I just noticed you checked in!

  67. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 7:52 pm

    Step 1: Add dingers
    Step 2: ????
    Step 3: Profit!

  68. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:56 pm

    How could Ichiro be the leader in RBIs hit at Safeco? He only got hits when it didn’t matter.

    Selfish Ichiro, hogging RBI records…

  69. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 7:56 pm

    Westy, I already knew you were old enough to remember. Does anybody else remember what the Sonics record was when they hired Lenny?

    I think it was 5-17.

    Side note: my dad was recently diagnosed with dementia, but every day he tells me how the Mariners won, how good they will be and that they have a player that I have not yet seen who hit two home runs (one from each side of the plate). In that regard, he is in a pretty good place. In all other aspects … Enjoy your time while you can. And, make sure your affairs are in order while you are capable.

  70. Coolalvin206 on April 10th, 2013 7:56 pm

    This team sucks. No other way to put it. Another year of this crap.

    Too bad we didn’t hold on to Vargas and Fister to anchor our rotation .

  71. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Spencer Haywood was my all time favorite Sonic… Until Downtown Freddy Brown showed up.

  72. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 7:58 pm

    Sleepy Sam.

  73. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 7:59 pm

    I’d like to see your dad’s Mariners, Mike! I’m not enjoying the current crop so much…

  74. Jake on April 10th, 2013 8:00 pm

    There should be a sitcom called “Leave it to Beavan.”

    He can constantly get into crazy hijinx on the baseball diamond and say “Ah shucks”, then blame Wally and Eddie for everything bad that happened.

  75. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 8:01 pm

    Mike-
    This is the first chance I got to watch the game and access USS Mariner. Work computer blocks this site.
    And sorry to hear about your dad…

  76. Jake on April 10th, 2013 8:02 pm

    Surprised Guti didn’t break his ankle.

  77. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 8:02 pm

    W.T.F was that??!!!

  78. PackBob on April 10th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Which team is the Astros?

  79. Swungonandbelted on April 10th, 2013 8:03 pm

    Desire to buy M’s tickets fading……fading……..

  80. Coolalvin206 on April 10th, 2013 8:07 pm

    If your team wants to “take the next step” , you can’t lose series against a AA team

  81. djw on April 10th, 2013 8:08 pm

    Whoever could have predicted that Maurer was being rushed and Beavan was terrible?

  82. sotteson on April 10th, 2013 8:08 pm

    Blake Beaven, professional batting practice pitcher, immune to any Veteran Grit influences.

  83. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:09 pm

    “@StoneLarry: Right shoulder sprain for Saunders. Will be examined by Dr. Khalfayan, expected to miss “some time”"

  84. IHaveALittleProject on April 10th, 2013 8:10 pm

    And Bay looked thoroughly lost in the OF, as expected.

    This is going to be a long year. Kind of like the last 10 or so.

  85. Swungonandbelted on April 10th, 2013 8:10 pm

    And time to change the channel, later all.

  86. WalterNeff on April 10th, 2013 8:10 pm

    This is funny now.

  87. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Hmmm…I got to be at work at 7:30 in the morning…should I just call it a night? Central Time…

  88. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 8:11 pm

    How many times do we have to see a 6 run lead in the 3rd inning?

    This is the difference between Spring Training and the regular season.

    Wow…I can barely watch this crap anymore.

  89. Coolalvin206 on April 10th, 2013 8:12 pm

    When I turned it on, I seriously thought it was a replay from last night…..

  90. MrZDevotee on April 10th, 2013 8:15 pm

    I like the “Leave it to Beavan” idea…

    Jack Z as Mr. Cleaver – “June I thought I told you to win more games with this lineup.”

    Eric Wedge as June Cleaver – “Well honey, I’m doing the best I can. If I only had the same fridge as the Angels, or even the Rangers.”

    Jason Bay as Eddie Haskill
    “Gosh Mrs. Cleaver, that’s a neat lineup… You sure are a good manager, Mrs. Cleaver. Do you think there’s a place for ME in there?”

  91. TheKidWouldGo on April 10th, 2013 8:17 pm

    @packbob, verry funny.

    New member to ussmariner, long time reader… I might as well enjoy something about these games – hopefully this membership will help.

    Certainly doesn’t seem likely it will be listening to them in “home market” mlb.tv blacked-out HI that will be enjoyable

  92. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Wasn’t Carp initially diagnosed with a shoulder “sprain?” It was his non-throwing shoulder and it cost him the better part of a season. Sprained knee usually = some kind of tear. I assume sprained shoulder probably = something similar.

  93. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:23 pm

    I hope you’re wrong, Mike – Saunders is one of the few bright spots right now.

  94. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 8:24 pm

    The feeble offense has very little chance of constantly coming from 5 or 6 runs down. And also in typical Mariners fashion, making the pitcher look like a Cy Young winner.

    On a side, note, Shoppach is better than Montero. I don’t know why Montero is the “starter”, and the Shop is the back-up.

  95. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:25 pm

    Shoppach!

  96. Sports on a Shtick on April 10th, 2013 8:25 pm

    That swing and approach from Shoppach is something Montero can only dream about.

  97. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:28 pm

    If Saunders goes on the DL, they could bring up Endy without making a roster move right away, couldn’t they?

  98. Jake on April 10th, 2013 8:29 pm

    In “Leave it to Beavan”, Raul Ibanez would play the part of Lumpy. Who would be Ward Cleaver?

  99. djw on April 10th, 2013 8:31 pm

    The feeble offense has very little chance of constantly coming from 5 or 6 runs down.

    In fairness, no offense is good enough to do that constantly. Even great offenses put together comebacks of that sort pretty rarely.

    I don’t know why Montero is the “starter”, and the Shop is the back-up.

    Yes, you do.

  100. djw on April 10th, 2013 8:31 pm

    The feeble offense has very little chance of constantly coming from 5 or 6 runs down.

    In fairness, no offense is good enough to do that constantly. Even great offenses put together comebacks of that sort pretty rarely.

    I don’t know why Montero is the “starter”, and the Shop is the back-up.

    Yes, you do.

  101. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:33 pm

    I’d actually vote for Jamie and Karen Moyer as the Cleavers.

    Z could be Mr. Rutherford, with Wedge as his son Lumpy.

  102. Jake on April 10th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Oops we already have the part of Ward

  103. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 8:34 pm

    djw, you caught me…Yes, I know…:(

  104. Jake on April 10th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Hey leaveittobeavan.com is available

  105. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Great release and throw by Shoppach. Good, quick footwork, too. He did everything right in that play.

  106. djw on April 10th, 2013 8:38 pm

    Nice throw there.

  107. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 8:41 pm

    Westy,

    Endy is not on the 40 man roster. To add him to the active roster it would require a roster move. Someone would have to drip off the 40 man roster in order to get Endy onto the active roster.

    Still can’t believe they did not play the hang nail sprain card with Wells at the end of ST. Then again, Mariners.

  108. msfanmike on April 10th, 2013 8:43 pm

    Drop … Although drip also works.

    Laughing at the irony and at myself.

  109. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:43 pm

    But Saunders on the DL would open a roster spot for the duration, wouldn’t it?

    No, looks like I’m wrong. It opens a spot on the 25 man only. That spot has to be filled by someone on the 40 man.

  110. spuuky on April 10th, 2013 8:54 pm

    Sorry guys, this is my fault. I picked up Saunders for my fantasy baseball team just recently, so this was bound to happen.

  111. djw on April 10th, 2013 8:54 pm

    Call up Endy, DFA Peguero. Two birds, one stone.

    (Westy, only if he’s on the 60-day DL. We should all appeal to our diety of choice that won’t be the case)

  112. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 8:56 pm

    Hopefully Wedge isn’t really dumb enough to consider Bay a center fielder… But I have a bad premonition regarding who’ll be coming up I-5 tomorrow.

  113. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:03 pm

    Good thing our youngsters are showing some promise….oh wait….damnit.

  114. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:07 pm

    KELLY SHOPPACH IS THE FUTURE! Oh wait….

  115. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 9:13 pm

    Pretty soon we’ll have to find a short stop that can at least hit a single now and then. Ryan, although very, very good on defense, HAS to hit.

    I’d give up a little defense for some hits…anywhere.

  116. terryoftacoma on April 10th, 2013 9:16 pm

    I’m not going to get out my crying towel after only nine games. Geez

  117. spuuky on April 10th, 2013 9:17 pm

    But Brendan Ryan is hitting .273 with a .346 OBP this year? He’s been one of the most valuable members of the team through these few games. I don’t really know why you’re complaining about his lack of hits.

  118. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:19 pm

    Losing a home series to a AA team doesn’t make you get out your crying towel? It makes me want to get in the fetal position and jump in a hole.

  119. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 9:23 pm

    And….Zunino is tearing it up. The case for keeping Montero gets weaker every Tacoma game where Zunino plays.

  120. eponymous coward on April 10th, 2013 9:24 pm

    The M’s shouldn’t have given away some outfield depth in exchange for veteran grit and are a bit short on back-end rotation depth? WHOOOCOULDANODE?!?!?!

    (sigh)

    Because, well, Mariners.

    It’s not actually this bad because there is minor league depth, and it’s never as bad as you think, but argh.

  121. terryoftacoma on April 10th, 2013 9:24 pm

    Nope. If we were 20-60 I’d be crying but not when we’re 4-5..

  122. WTF_Ms on April 10th, 2013 9:25 pm

    We started real nice with 2 of our best pitchers, and it’s gone downhill since.

    You can’t win the World Series in April, but you can play yourself out of it!

  123. FireBavasi on April 10th, 2013 9:25 pm

    The Astros are making the Mariners look like the Astros. When is the draft?

  124. djw on April 10th, 2013 9:28 pm

    While I’m pretty convinced that Zunino will replace Montero at some point this season, and the results of that move will be positive, it would not be smart for the organization to make such a move now, for three reasons: a) Zunino needlessly hits FA one year sooner, b) sample size too small to learn anything meaningful about where Montero is at, and c) rushing prospects can have actual costs to their development, and while that’s probably not the case with Zunino, it can’t be ruled out.

  125. poordispatcher on April 10th, 2013 9:29 pm

    Guti!!!

  126. djw on April 10th, 2013 9:29 pm

    Beautiful opposite field power there. I remain cautiously optimistic about Guti this year.

  127. eponymous coward on April 10th, 2013 9:30 pm

    The same goes for the pitching prospects in the minors, djw- rushing them would be bad. Which is why it would have been nice to see the org try a little harder on the rotation behind Felix.

  128. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:31 pm

    Even if you remain cautiously optimistic about Guti this year, he is on the last year of his deal. Think he would resign with the M’s?

  129. Ralph_Malph on April 10th, 2013 9:31 pm

    We don’t need a CF…Gutierrez can play CF every day until Saunders comes back, right?

    Well, maybe not.

  130. JasonJ on April 10th, 2013 9:34 pm

    I don’t think we’ll ever fully trust Guti again but I’m going to enjoy it for the time being.

    Now let’s get a few more and put these scrubs in their place….4th place is ours and you can’t have it!

  131. terryoftacoma on April 10th, 2013 9:35 pm

    The A’s are just beating the(tied for last place) Angels up.

  132. djw on April 10th, 2013 9:39 pm

    The same goes for the pitching prospects in the minors, djw- rushing them would be bad. Which is why it would have been nice to see the org try a little harder on the rotation behind Felix.

    Yes! I felt kinda crazy, since no one else seemed troubled by the notion of Maurer skipping AAA. I actually kinda hoped they’d give Garland a chance to eat some innings

  133. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:41 pm

    Seager is 0 for his last 14. Yes!

  134. Swungonandbelted on April 10th, 2013 9:41 pm

    So my brain is having trouble reconciling hearing Dave Simms say “pounded it” and watching the ball go doink doink doink As it barely reaches 3rd base

  135. djw on April 10th, 2013 9:41 pm

    Even if you remain cautiously optimistic about Guti this year, he is on the last year of his deal. Think he would resign with the M’s?

    I have no idea. If I were his agent, and the M’s made a decent offer now, while he’s still healthy, I’d advise him to take it. But I have no insights into how he and his agent are thinking about his future, or how the M’s are thinking about him, or even whether he likes it here, so I wouldn’t dream of speculating.

    As to whether the M’s should extend him–I’m glad it’s not my job to make that decision.

  136. seattlesonsofbaseball on April 10th, 2013 9:42 pm

    90 mph 4 seam fastball middle/middle proves to be just too difficult of a pitch for Smoak to hit. I’M SO $%^#ing tired of this team, the excuses, the lack of doing their job… As a Mariner fan, what left is there to do??? We’re $%^@ing trapped watching this joke fest!

  137. qwerty on April 10th, 2013 9:45 pm

    I’m convinced Jack Z is letting Wedge have too much say in the roster: Bay, no Garland, no Casper, Raul, Smoak at lst….next they’ll put MOrse in the OF.

  138. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:46 pm

    Go Mariners!

  139. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 9:47 pm

    Doesn’t the team have an option on Gutierrez for 2014?

  140. djw on April 10th, 2013 9:48 pm

    Yes, that’s right. Same salary as this year, 7-8 million.

  141. Slats on April 10th, 2013 9:48 pm

    At least Felix is pitching tomorrow!

  142. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:48 pm

    Yes, but it’s rather expensive. Would you pay for him?

  143. terryoftacoma on April 10th, 2013 9:49 pm

    yes, westy. they have a club option on him for 2014.

  144. TheKidWouldGo on April 10th, 2013 9:50 pm

    I pray that the changes to Safeco aren’t going to mean a whole season of these slug-fest nightmares.

  145. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:51 pm

    Remember that the Astros were the laughing stock of the league before this series? What does this now make the Mariners?

  146. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 9:54 pm

    If Guti is healthy all year, yes I would pay him.

    And I think part of the problem early this season is people bought into the spring training hype.

  147. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:56 pm

    The problem is Smoak, Ackley, Montero. Also, Mauer, Beaven and the middle relief.

  148. JasonJ on April 10th, 2013 9:58 pm

    Can we officially start calling a weak 4-hopper to the second baseman an “Ackley”?

  149. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 9:59 pm

    Has Ackley hit a ball out of the infield this year?

  150. Sports on a Shtick on April 10th, 2013 10:00 pm

    Only took ten games to start thinking about the 2014 draft.

  151. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 10:04 pm

    I don’t think I have ever lost interest in the Mariners this early in the season. I love baseball, but a decade of this is hard for even a diehard fan like me to take.

  152. pgreyy on April 10th, 2013 10:09 pm

    But…but…DINGERS?!?! Right?

  153. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 10:11 pm

    Tonight it has looked to me like Guti isn’t really been Death to Flying Things. More like Make Flying Things Somewhat Ill.

  154. MrZDevotee on April 10th, 2013 10:11 pm

    “Remember that the Astros were the laughing stock of the league before this series? What does this now make the Mariners?”

    Uh, the team that STILL has a better record than the Astros? And the Angels? And Toronto… And… (Houston lucked into Beavan and Maurer… AA vs AAA…)

    But here, everyone, borrow my razor blade, hack away at those wrists. *laugh*

  155. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 10:14 pm

    That was still an awesome attempt, even if Ryan’s throw was slightly off line.

  156. WalterNeff on April 10th, 2013 10:25 pm

    Gene Kranz: Let’s look at this thing from a… um, from a standpoint of status. What do we got on the spacecraft that’s good?

  157. jordanwlee on April 10th, 2013 10:29 pm

    I wish Wedge would stick to a consistent lineup for these young guys.

  158. Hammy57 on April 10th, 2013 10:32 pm

    A fan catching the ball in his beer is the most exciting thing that has happened this series!

  159. The_Waco_Kid on April 10th, 2013 10:37 pm

    So I turn on the radio and immediately: “Saunders is down.” Getting blown out by the Lastros once is infuriating. Twice is just…baffling…

  160. djw on April 10th, 2013 10:38 pm

    Yes, but it’s rather expensive. Would you pay for him?

    The nice thing about a club option is you can wait until the end of the season to make the call. If he stays healthy and has a good year, probably.

  161. taylor.mariner on April 10th, 2013 10:44 pm

    That guy dancing sucks as bad as we do.

  162. tmesis on April 10th, 2013 10:47 pm

    Veras v Ackley: the resistible force meets the moveable object.

  163. Westside guy on April 10th, 2013 10:49 pm

    Shoppach, at least, is getting hits…

  164. The_Waco_Kid on April 10th, 2013 10:51 pm

    Good lord, we may be adding “Ackley is a bust” to the list of Mariner Misfortunes Zero People Predicted.

  165. gag harbor on April 10th, 2013 10:57 pm

    I’m resorting to checking minor league stats already.

  166. MrZDevotee on April 10th, 2013 11:08 pm

    Is this a Figgins thing? Was he contagious? Is there a vaccine?

    Or maybe Lopez? Betancourt?

    Somebody infected this team with suck at some point. We need scientists and a lab to get to the bottom of this.

  167. TheKidWouldGo on April 10th, 2013 11:27 pm

    @MrZ: It seems pretty clear Figgins caught the bug in Seattle… not brought it to Seattle.

  168. tmac9311 on April 10th, 2013 11:28 pm

    10 games is too early to quit on any players, but is it too early to quit on this team?

  169. MKT on April 11th, 2013 12:00 am

    “Does anybody else remember what the Sonics record was when they hired Lenny?

    I think it was 5-17.

    Side note: my dad was recently diagnosed with dementia, but every day he tells me how the Mariners won, how good they will be and that they have a player that I have not yet seen who hit two home runs (one from each side of the plate).”

    This is a late reply but yes, 5-17. Lenny Wilkens is made head coach and with the exact same players proceeds to win 70% of the remaining games so the Sonics finished 47-35. Perhaps the most amazing in-season turnaround by any team in any of the major sports. And then they made an incredible Cinderella run through the playoffs, all the way to Game 7 of the finals. To imagine what it was like, imagine if the Mariners in 1995 had managed to make it to Game 7 of the World Series.

    I relate to the father stuff too. My father had a devastating stroke, his memory and cognition were affected but his speech was almost totally destroyed. But whenever somebody mentioned the Mariners, his face would light up and he’d actually be able to say a word: “Ichiro!”.

    But he didn’t have the delusions that your father had. When my mother was watching the news and would say “oh the Mariners lost again” he would grimace and grunt.

  170. groundzero55 on April 11th, 2013 4:22 am

    This Mariners team eerily resembles those teams of the mid-90s. Guys who hit a lot of dingers but little else, fantastic pitching at the top of the rotation but poor pitching at the bottom, bullpen vulnerabilities, a few great defenders covering up mediocre defense by others.

    We need to shore up our rotation, stat. We can almost count on losing 2.5 out of every 5 games.

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