Game 26, Angels at Mariners

marc w · April 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix Hernandez vs. Joe Cupcakes Blanton, 6:10pm

Note the early start time for the game today – one hour early.

The M’s try to take a 2-1 series lead today in what looks like their most favorable pitching match-up since…well, since Felix’s last start. Joe Blanton signed a two-year $14m deal with a $1m option for 2015 before this year started, and he’s started off his Angels career with four atrocious starts. He’s given up 8 runs per 9 innings so far, with a FIP of nearly seven. As you might imagine with rate stats like that, every peripheral looks awful. His K%, which had edged up to about 20% in the NL, is safely under 10% so far. His HR rate, which was always a problem, is now Anthony Vasquez-ish, and when those two things happen, no one cares that his walk rate’s essentially unchanged.

Blanton relies heavily on a change-up, which is a big reason for his even-to-reverse career platoon splits. He also throws a sinker, a four-seamer and a slider, but lefties especially can count on seeing quite a few cambios. The M’s have about as left-handed a line-up as they can muster, so they obviously don’t put too much stock in Blanton’s career splits. Normally, that’s the kind of thing that I’d find annoying, but it’s defensible given the paucity of really good alternatives. Start Jason Bay over Raul Ibanez? Well, yeah, OK, I would, but that’s got less to do with Blanton than it does with Raul. Blanton’s got a better career K:BB against righties, but the FIP difference swings because righties have hit more homers off of him. That’s more volatile, obviously, but we are looking at a pretty long career. Still, if you’re regressing properly, I think you can make the case that lefties are the better bet, particularly at Safeco Field. Keeping Raul out of the outfield is a good step, but putting him at DH means you’re not choosing Raul over Bay, you’re choosing Raul over Kendrys Morales against a righty, and that’s even tougher to justify. Hit a dinger or something, Raul.

Line-up:
1: Chavez, CF
2: Ackley, 2B
3: Seager, 3B
4: Morse, LF
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Ibanez, DH
7: Montero, C
8: Peguero, RF
9: Ryan, SS
SP: King Felix

Last night’s big *positive* story in the minors was Tacoma’s Andrew Carraway flirting with a no-hitter in the hitter’s paradise of Las Vegas’ Cashman Field. He made it through 6 yielding only one walk (thanks in part to a brilliant bare-handed play by Alex Liddi on a grounder Carraway deflected), but finally gave up a clean ground ball single into the hole in the 7th to Mets’ prospect Josh Satin. The Rainiers pounded Vegas for 10 runs in a 10-1 win.

Arguably the bigger story was that LHP Danny Hultzen went on the disabled list with discomfort in his left shoulder (specifically the rotator cuff area). At this point, the club thinks it’s nothing serious, and that the rest is essentially preventative, but obviously shoulder injuries are terrifying. Hultzen’s velocity seemed to be slightly lower this year than in 2012, but it’s essentially impossible to definitively link the drop and his injury. For one, he didn’t pitch in the PCL in April last year, so I have no idea what he was throwing 12 months ago. Comparing April velo readings to July-August ones is problematic on its face. That said, velo drops are often a precursor to injury, but there’s no way to know for sure if Hultzen’s problems began before he tried warming up the other day in Las Vegas. Get well soon, Danny. Screw you, Glenoid, God of Labrums.

In today’s minor league games, Clinton scored 13 in a slugfest victory over Lake County with young 2B Timmy Lopes getting four hits. Jackson’s currently facing Chattanooga behind lefty Roenis Elias; they’re currently leading 2-1 on a pair of solo shots by Brad Miller and Abe Almonte. Tacoma faces the Las Vegas 51s tonight at 7 with Jeremy Bonderman starting.

Comments

162 Responses to “Game 26, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 5:21 pm

    Cupcake likes to throw change-ups to lefties… means we might get to see another Peggy blast.

    And with Monty catching Felix, I’m betting we also get see a few “wild pitches” tonight.

  2. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 5:45 pm

    Go ‘Ners!

  3. djw on April 27th, 2013 5:55 pm

    Hurry up and come back Saunders.

  4. djw on April 27th, 2013 6:12 pm

    Since Extra Innings is screwing me again on the M’s (on Felix day! Bastards!) am watching Brewers/LAD, mostly to listen to Vin Scully. Observation: Yuniesky Freaking Betancourt is batting cleanup. So I guess it could be worse?

  5. Slats on April 27th, 2013 6:15 pm

    Nice defense Peggy.

  6. djw on April 27th, 2013 6:19 pm

    I’m not watching this, so I’m trying to guess whether this is sarcastic or not. I’m saying 70% chance it’s sarcastic.

  7. djw on April 27th, 2013 6:21 pm

    Looks like it was probably sarcastic. Good; I don’t want anything to happen to increase Peguero’s chances of remaining on the roster any longer than necessary, unless it wins the game.

    Betancourt looks a lot more physically fit than he did when left the Mariners.

  8. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:25 pm

    Yes it was muy sarcastic. Typical Peggy misplay, coming in on a ball that went over his head.

  9. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:28 pm

    I’m not sure what to root for, though, when Saunders comes back. I want Bay gone but he probably has more value than Peggy.

    That’s a very low bar, though. Sad the level of “value” we Mariners fans have to consider.

  10. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 6:34 pm

    I prefer the comedy of Peggy to the overall boring, suckiness of Bay.

  11. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:37 pm

    BEAUTIFUL double play!

  12. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 6:43 pm

    I’d rather have Peguero than Jason Bay. Peguero gets out all the time and sometimes will hit a random gigantic home run. Jason Bay gets out a little bit less often but doesn’t.

    Of course, I’d much rather not have either one of them.

  13. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Peguero K!

  14. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Montero/Bay/Peggy package deal?? For who though???

  15. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 6:48 pm

    Ugh, all the way around.

  16. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 6:48 pm

    Peggy reminds me of Wily Mo Pena. Can’t really hit, can’t really play, but when on that rare occasion he does get the bat on the ball; there’s so mich power there the the ball goes far.

    “Ball go far” is monosyllabic to impress Wedge, but it still doesn’t explain why we sat Morales to play Raul. Good God this is difficult to fathom sometimes.

  17. bookbook on April 27th, 2013 6:49 pm

    I’d rather have Thames, or after mid-June, Franklin in the outfield.

    Meanwhile, Jackson’s leading by something like 13-1. Elias is supposedly pretty polished. Use him in place of Harang?

  18. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Nice reverse curse, Sims!

    “Cupcakes does really well here at Safeco…” and Ackley gets a hit!

  19. groundzero55 on April 27th, 2013 6:53 pm

    Where do the Mariners stand with team batting RISP? “Two on, so what” seems to be a recurring theme. Notwithstanding the “bases loaded, so what” of last night.

  20. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:55 pm

    “Peguero with a good throw… Or it would’ve been if it’d been on line” hahaha true, Blowers, true

  21. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 6:56 pm

    Does anyone run quickly on this team? Seager was out by 70 feet there at first.

  22. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 6:57 pm

    Ohhh Morse so close.

  23. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:57 pm

    Mariners are hitting .218 with RISP, .237 overall.

  24. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 6:59 pm

    Seager must’ve dogged it on that one.

  25. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 7:00 pm

    The overall “feel” I get from watching, is that morale is pretty low. From body language, and “dogging” it on the jog to first. It seems they have given up a bit.

  26. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:03 pm

    Seager just wanted to try something different and have a runner on second with two outs instead of runners on first and second and one out. We all know how well they do with runners on first and second with less than two outs.

  27. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:05 pm

    Westy
    Is it “mow the lawn” or “NOT mow the lawn” that gets us runs? Felix needs your help here.

  28. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 7:06 pm

    Great play by Montero. Wow.

  29. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:09 pm

    Hey all,
    What exactly happened on the Montero play? I’m on Gameday, and it’s just a ho-hum “Fielders choice, pitcher Felix H to catcher Jesus M.”

  30. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:11 pm

    Do the M’s have any minor league options to replace Smoak at first base?

  31. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:11 pm

    Saunders just hit a triple. Call him up and send Peggy down, or Smoak or release Raul or Bay. So many choices.

  32. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:12 pm

    They could use one of their 3 DH types at first.

  33. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:13 pm

    @MrZDevotee

    The Angels hitter bunted the ball and Felix glove flipped the ball to Montero and Montero tagged out Trumbo at the plate.

  34. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:13 pm

    Peggy: Fastball and bat very afraid.

  35. PackBob on April 27th, 2013 7:17 pm

    The Mariners should charge a fee to opposing pitchers that are struggling.

  36. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:19 pm

    Over half of the Astros wins are against the Mariners.

  37. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:27 pm

    That was awful. Give away an out and a man on third.

  38. Milendriel on April 27th, 2013 7:27 pm

    What a horrific bunt–both the idea and execution.

  39. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 7:29 pm

    Ackley’s been hitting pretty well the last week or so, so why not have him waste his at-bat entirely? Good work, boys.

  40. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:30 pm

    DP or SO?? Choices, choices…

  41. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:32 pm

    Strike out it is, and now it’s Smoak’s turn to strike or ground out.

  42. Longgeorge1 on April 27th, 2013 7:35 pm

    1st and 2nd and noooooobody out! Nice bunt! Baseslooooooaded One out! Cleanup at bat! K Ok still got a shot! Smoak! Just SMOKE!

  43. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 7:35 pm

    To be fair he could also pop out, now that there’s 2 down.

  44. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:36 pm

    Ha! Soooo funny!

  45. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:36 pm

    So… (sigh)

    Bases loaded, 1 out… And BOTH our guys go to 0-2 counts.

    That means they BOTH saw some pitches they should have hit hard. And then ended up in counts that suck.

    Nothing positive to say about that.

  46. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:36 pm

    I hate being right.

  47. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 7:36 pm

    I think they could strand a few more runners of they’d try a little harder

  48. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 7:37 pm

    2 for 22 in his career with the bases loaded. That sounds surprisingly good for him, actually.

    A true stud.

  49. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:38 pm

    I propose we change the meaning of “he Smoaked that one”!

    Because frankly I think Justin just Smoaked that one.

  50. mrakbaseball on April 27th, 2013 7:39 pm

    Is there a possibility the Justin Smoak era will mercifully come to an end when Saunders is activated?

  51. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:40 pm

    I wonder if my TV has an milb.tv app? I think I’d rather watch Tacoma, even with Felix pitching.

  52. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 7:40 pm

    LOL Westy! I like it. “Smoaked” = runners on, 2 outs, pop out or weak ground out.

    The runners can be in scoring position.

  53. wilchiro on April 27th, 2013 7:40 pm

    The Mariners aren’t good enough to be bunting, because they can’t hit with RISP. Plus, Ackley’s been on a hot streak lately. Wedge makes me want to scream.

  54. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:42 pm

    I thought they said that Ackley made the choice to bunt himself Er…

  55. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Westside, you’re on to something. Justin just smoaked that catch.

  56. Paul B on April 27th, 2013 7:42 pm

    Maybe Wedge will go shopping for a red pickup soon.

  57. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:43 pm

    But wilchiro – if Wedge doesn’t ask Ackley to bunt, how will Dustin ever learn to go about his business and play the game the right way?

  58. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:44 pm

    Hehehe, killeverything. PLUS we’d actually get to use the phrase!

    It’s certainly more representative of his body of work…

  59. djw on April 27th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Hey, Montero still has some power. Nice.

  60. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Holy shit Montero!

  61. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 7:46 pm

    Atta boy Montero!

  62. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:46 pm

    killeverything-
    YOU’RE onto something, with that moniker of your’s…

    I’m getting close.
    (…doesn’t help that I’m watching a documentary with Metallica being interviewed, circa “Kill ‘em All”)…

  63. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:47 pm

    Thank the gods!

    Wow though, at the babysteps, Monty. And not in a Babe Ruth babysteps way, but in a ‘my feet are hot crossing the beach’ prance way.

  64. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:47 pm

    OMG!OMG!OMG! Montero hit a home run and Peguero hit it to the base of the wall. I don’t know what to do.

  65. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Hey, Monty!

  66. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:48 pm

    Hey-
    It worked… Our guys just need to be threatened with harm! (Or maybe the FANS and the team should have a closed door meeting?)

  67. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 7:48 pm

    This sad sack should bunt.

  68. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:49 pm

    GIDP coming up…

    It’s a sick game I play…

  69. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:49 pm

    5-4-3 or 6-4-3?

  70. djw on April 27th, 2013 7:51 pm

    “His ability to cover the outfield”

    with shame?

  71. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Seriously, does Brendan Ryan even know how to put the ball in play?

  72. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:51 pm

    Need that like button for your comment, djw.

  73. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:52 pm

    Best part of this, don’t you LOVE how pumped up you know Felix is gonna be coming out next inning…?!?

    He loves when he gets a couple runs and gets back in a game… Might be when pitches best. His focus goes nutso…

    Go M’s.

  74. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:52 pm

    It’s funny how teams see Peguero and apparently think the way to pitch him is to throw off speed stuff (like it would be with most AAAA hitters), when we now know he can’t really hit a fastball well at all.

  75. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:54 pm

    Westy!
    (smack upside the head)
    Shhhhhhhhhhh.. About Pegeuro…

    Jeesh.

    (soft smack… barely touched you… sorry.)

  76. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:55 pm

    And then after that crappy at-bat, Peggy just ‘steals’. (I call it a steal, but it’s more like he’s going to run right at the in-fielder and dare the fool to try and block the bag.)

  77. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 7:56 pm

    They’ll figure it out soon enough, MrZ. Peggy always looks decent for a game or two right after he comes up.

  78. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:56 pm

    Gonna bunt now, Ack?

  79. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Juneau-
    I’m with you, I’m listening to the radio feed and I pictured Peguero sliding THROUGH 2nd base, clear into shallow left field, tearing up the grass, leaving a little crater, but he held onto the base and dragged it with him… So he was “technically” safe…

    (laugh)

  80. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 7:59 pm

    Westy-
    It definitely IS his best offensive threat though… Everyone automatically assumes “OMG don’t through the huge guy a fastball…”

    And it’s exactly the wrong move.

    (Ackley has had the WORSE luck this year… Seriously. He’s been robbed on at least 4 amazing catches of foul balls alone…)

  81. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 7:59 pm

    Close, Mr. Z! He got sort of stuck on the base and rolled around for a while and the fielder just stayed the hell out of the way, waving his glove ineffectually in his direction. On speed, Peggy was out by 10 steps, but there was no way that guy was going to try and block the bag.

  82. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:01 pm

    Juneau-
    That’s pretty funny, and yet, I don’t blame him (getting out of the way).

  83. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:02 pm

    Raise your hand if you had Endy Chavez as the BEST Mariner in the field AND at the plate, on a starting basis, on April 1st? (Looks around) Anyone?

  84. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:05 pm

    Well F— me… Now I feel like crap… I just read that Jeff Datz has cancer? Have they mentioned that during the game? (True story, on the PI website…)

    I can’t rag on him now. Send whoever you want, Datz. You go on with your bad self…

  85. Ralph Malph on April 27th, 2013 8:05 pm

    Felix only 80 pitches through 7. Get him a run and he’ll finish this off.

  86. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Are you suggesting they should have just signed him instead of Bay – from the outset?

    He was a nice “get”. He would have been a nice “get” in 2011, too.

  87. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:06 pm

    People with cancer can still make mistakes.

  88. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:07 pm

    Woodcutta-
    Uh, yeah, Datz is kinda living proof of that. Stating the obvious, really.

    (Crap, I said I wouldn’t rag on him…)

  89. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 8:08 pm

    That baby looks like we feel–totally unimpressed by the hitters.

    I thought the same thing when I just say that on Yahoo Sports, Mr. Z. Sort of shitty for ragging on him…Or has his replacement been in? I never notice who the base coaches are unless it’s some famous out manager down on their luck.

  90. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:08 pm

    Come on Morse. Get it going!

  91. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:09 pm

    MrZ, they talked about it in the lead-in to the game.

    Apparently he just told the team today, and we don’t know anything other than he thinks they caught it (whatever it is) early.

  92. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:10 pm

    Come on whomever should be pinch hitting for Smoak!

    Hint, Wedgie … Make it Morales

  93. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Please God, let Felix have a run. He’s been a good boy this year, and last year, and the year before… Pretty much the past 7-8 years. Why you gotta hate on him like you have, God?

    Give the kid a run, so he can win this!

  94. djw on April 27th, 2013 8:11 pm

    Should be a bunting situation for Smoak. Of course, since Wedge thinks he’s going to turn into Teixiera any minute now, we’re probably going to get a DP groundout or a K.

  95. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:12 pm

    MrZ-

    I just meant you don’t need to feel bad for getting on him for any mistakes he has made. In fact he would probably not want to change your opinion of him or what he has done based on him having cancer. I do wish him a quick recovery but will still yell at the TV if he sends Smoak when he has no chance, again.

  96. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:12 pm

    Westy, you just made me bust out laughing…

    If you stop reading your comment at the moment below, it kinda explains our season:

    “Apparently he just told the team today, and we don’t know anything other than he thinks they caught it…”

  97. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 8:13 pm

    At least a DP will get a runner to third and still one out to go.

  98. tmesis on April 27th, 2013 8:13 pm

    I don’t think that the fact that Mr Blanton has been chaste is anything for Mr Simms to gloat about.

  99. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:13 pm

    Woodcutta-
    Sorry, I was just being silly, I knew what you meant– it just gave me an excuse to throw out my “I won’t rag on him” right away!

    (laugh)

  100. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Mr. Z is the doc about Motorhead?

  101. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:14 pm

    (AHHHHHHHhhhhhhh…)
    Radio announcers going nuts when Smoak hit that… Thought he had a double…

  102. djw on April 27th, 2013 8:14 pm

    Yep.

  103. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:15 pm

    It’s just a little too easy and too obvious at this point.

  104. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 8:15 pm

    Now they pinch hit. ARGH!!

  105. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:16 pm

    Smoak needs to go down – I think this is getting inside his head.

  106. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:16 pm

    Atta baby Kendrys!

  107. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:16 pm

    KillEverything
    I’m in Canada this weekend and it’s some Canadian Documentary about the end of Heavy Metal and how Grunge killed the “thrash” bands… And how Metallica were “traitors” for going soft, and helped kill the genre by going MTV/Top 40 with “Enter Sandman” (in the eyes of Slayer and Megadeth, etc.)

  108. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:17 pm

    YEAH!

  109. djw on April 27th, 2013 8:17 pm

    Would’ve been nice to get two there, Wedge.

  110. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 8:17 pm

    Morales!! Yeah!!

  111. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Well Westy, there is probably a lot more room in his head for …. Ah, fuck it – I just hate Smoak. He stinks.

  112. djw on April 27th, 2013 8:18 pm

    how Grunge killed the “thrash” bands… And how Metallica were “traitors” for going soft

    This is bringing back some bad memories of long, boring rants from my HS metalhead friends…

  113. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:18 pm

    Dear Eric Wedge,

    That guy who just hit – Kendrys Morales – can also play first base adequately.

    Sincerely,

    Westside guy

  114. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Kendrys! Kendrys! Kendrys!

    What’s the Morales of the story? “Pinch-fucking-hit for the shitty guys, Wedge!”

  115. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:19 pm

    Smoak does need to be sent down. The fans are starting to boo and it won’t get better anytime soon. Hopefully the bring up Triunfel as he seems to have figured out how to hit.

  116. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:19 pm

    djw-
    Yeah, it felt like being in the parking lot of the Tacoma Dome about 1989. Total Vertigo…

  117. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:22 pm

    It is sad listening to Sims (who probably has to) say things like “Smoak has really been struggling these last few games”.

    No, he’s been sucking ALL SEASON. He had two decent games against the Astros AAA pitching staff – that’s all. Those games were just a brief interlude in a season of ineptitude.

  118. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:23 pm

    Please make the conversation here (re: Peguero)

    “Whatever you do DO NOT throw this guy a fastball… Something breaking and slow, these big guys can’t hit anything but fastballs!!!!”

    (crosses fingers)

  119. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:24 pm

    Yup, just throw Peggy fastballs, that’s all you need to do unfortunately…

  120. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:25 pm

    (sigh) His glory season is over… That just got faxed to the entire league. 2 seconds after his at bat ended.

  121. andrewjrivers on April 27th, 2013 8:26 pm

    It’s sad watching the announcers tell you how to get the Mariners out.

    During the Montero at bat:
    “Why would you ever throw him a breaking ball over the plate? Just throw him a fastball, he can’t catch up to it.”

    Fastball for a strike out.

  122. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:26 pm

    Hehe sorry MrZ but the other teams are good at quickly figuring out these things.

  123. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:26 pm

    It looks like Peggy just doesn’t start his swing early enough for the fastball. I wonder if shortening his swing to something like what Cano does would help.

  124. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 8:27 pm

    After the “Open Letter to Felix” a few years ago, all the other team read these game posts as part of the advance scouting routine!

  125. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:27 pm

    Westy-
    I’m just surprised he got thrown anything ELSE this year, it’s not like they don’t have the memo from last season… He couldn’t hit fastballs last year either.

  126. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:27 pm

    Felix looks disoriented. I don’t think he knows what to do with three runs…

  127. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:30 pm

    MrZ, after Peguero struck out 52% of the time last year, they probably figured they’d never seem him again – and tossed the reports into the recycle bin.

  128. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:30 pm

    Is “tough kid” a synonym for “crappy catcher”

    (Montero got called a tough kid, ’cause he’s taken some hard shots this season… Via the radio)

  129. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:31 pm

    “MrZ, after Peguero struck out 52% of the time last year, they probably figured they’d never seem him again – and tossed the reports into the recycle bin.”

    True Dat.

    “Wait, seriously? This is the same guy?… (hmm) The guy who couldn’t hit major league pitching last year? They brought him back up… They…”

    (silence)

    “(yells at the pitcher) FASTBALLS! ALL FASTBALLS!!!!”

  130. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:32 pm

    Woodcutta – the story this spring was they were working with Peggy on shortening his swing, with mixed results.

    Thing is, I believe this is the third year I’ve heard something similar. The guy just keeps going back to the same old bad habits.

  131. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:35 pm

    “Tom Wilhelmsen Train Night” – wait, what?

    Shouldn’t he get a shot glass night, or a shaker night, or something like that?

  132. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 8:35 pm

    I don’t think Monty will ever qualify as a tough kid with all that manscaping he has done.

  133. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:35 pm

    Westy-
    Maybe it’s actually a bottle of Night Train?

  134. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Hahaha!

    Actually, how much you bet it was originally going to be a Smoakamotive promo, but they realized what a bad idea that would be right now?

  135. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:38 pm

    Westside – It really should be a caboose but I agree as that was my first thought to.

  136. juneau_fan on April 27th, 2013 8:38 pm

    It’s the bar car, they just said. *head, desk*

    I think this is an on-going promotion. You can have a whole train set of cars. Nice to see all those which have derailed over the years.

  137. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:38 pm

    ” it was originally going to be a Smoakamotive promo…”

    Now THAT’s funny… And absolutely believable… Maybe they “repurposed” the Smoakamotive’s that were left over from a bad night off attendance on Justin’s night…

    A little airbrushing… “Hey Fans! Don’t miss… uh… Wilhelmson Train Night!”

  138. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:39 pm

    But they just showed it – that’s a LOCOMOTIVE.

  139. Bodhizefa on April 27th, 2013 8:39 pm

    Is Ackley a total guess hitter? He lets so many good pitches right down the middle go by him early in counts that I can’t believe he would pass them up if he could actually recognize pitches.

  140. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 8:41 pm

    I’d rather see Felix finish this

  141. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:42 pm

    Well, that shift worked.

  142. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:45 pm

    I love that curve.

  143. californiamariner on April 27th, 2013 8:47 pm

    Woooo!

  144. djw on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    That was lucky. 10 feet either side and it’s a tie game. Ah well, I think we’re due a bit of luck.

  145. msfanmike on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Good win.

  146. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Nice job Tom. Wow…a series win. It’ll be rare this year, so soak up the glory!

  147. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Thanks guys, for somehow actually getting Felix 3 runs, and only costing him 1 with errors today.

  148. spuuky on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    And sorry WTF_Ms, it isn’t a series win until we win tomorrow. It’s a 4-gamer.

  149. killeverything on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    Hells yeah!

  150. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:48 pm

    They might win a series. Does that mean the sky is falling?

  151. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 8:49 pm

    Nice win, kids.

    Tip o’ the cap to Felix.

  152. WTF_Ms on April 27th, 2013 8:49 pm

    I was trying to edit, and you guys beat me to it…

    My bad…don’t bask just yet! On the positive side, it’s not a LOST series! Worse we can do is split!

  153. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:52 pm

    Yeah!! We can’t lose the series!!

  154. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 8:54 pm

    And Kuma is pitching tomorrow – they seriously have a chance.

    Bad news is our hitters are the type of guys Vargas often chews up. If Wedge starts Raul I’m gonna scream.

  155. Woodcutta on April 27th, 2013 8:56 pm

    He won’t start Raul but he’ll have Smoak leadoff.

  156. henryv on April 27th, 2013 8:58 pm

    Kruger just went full-out-stupid there.

  157. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 9:03 pm

    So nothing new, then, Henry? :-D

  158. MrZDevotee on April 27th, 2013 9:05 pm

    How sad is it that Felix was a kitten’s breath away from being 2-3… And he has a 1.9 ERA. He’s 3-2, but you have to be on an awful team to be 3-2 with a 1.9 ERA, and have been consistently good all year.

    Hang in there, kid.

  159. Westside guy on April 27th, 2013 10:30 pm

    Saunders went 2-5 with a double and a triple tonight – but so far they’ve only had him at DH.

    Assuming they’re trying to protect his shoulder… here’s an idea. Sit Smoak, or send him down. Move Kendrys to first – even if he can’t play every day, we’ve still got two other guys for whom 1B is their best position (Morse, Ibañez). But even if they don’t want Condor in the field yet, they could call him up and have him DH until they think he’s ready to take the field again.

    It’s not like they have better options than him anyway…

  160. stevemotivateir on April 28th, 2013 8:47 am

    I was just arguing that same point earlier in the week, Westy. I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually did that for a game or two, though I think we’ll see him in the outfield fairly quick.

  161. Section329 on April 28th, 2013 11:27 am

    Save Casper Wells! Just designated for assignment again to make room for Cespedes.

  162. Westside guy on April 28th, 2013 11:34 am

    To be fair to Oakland, I’d DFA Wells to make room for Cespedes too. ;-)

    Steve, Steve, and here I thought you were Smoak’s biggest fan! :-D

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