Game 49, Rangers at Mariners

marc w · May 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. Derek Holland, 7:10pm

Maybe the M’s will fare better against a lefty; they’re 12-21 against righty starters on the year, as Michael Morse has struggled and Shoppach’s early season success waned.

Maybe Felix can stop the skid with a dominating performance on his bobblehead day. He nuked the Rangers last year at the USSM/LL night, and today’s the Baseball Prospectus event at Safeco (maybe he likes statheads?).

Maybe Brendan Ryan’s hot streak balances the line up and helps them wring more runs from a given number of base runners.

Maybe watching Felix can help make watching the M’s fun again, as we revel in the Royal Changeup and drink up, as life is short and pitching rotations are shorter. In a few days, we’ll deal with Harang and Saunders, so it’s best to consciously take what joy the team allots us.

Maybe the M’s beat up on Holland and score 21 like they did last year. Sure, that was in Arlington, and to date Holland’s been much better in 2013 than he was in 2012, but hey, they scored 21 in a game started by Holland once. He’s probably thinking about that right now.

Maybe Michael Saunders stops guessing/pressing/trying to do too much/still feeling the effects of his injuries/whatever explanation you prefer and starts hitting again.

Maybe the M’s get to the Rangers bullpen and exploit Joe Ortiz and Tanner Scheppers, two pitchers I’ve selected randomly.

Maybe we all remember why we say ‘Happy Felix Day.’

1: Bay, LF
2: Seager, 3B
3: Morse, RF
4: Morales, DH
5: Smoak, 1B
6: Saunders, CF
7: Shoppach, C
8: Triunfel, 2B
9: Ryan, SS
SP: El Cartelua

Maybe Dustin Ackley can remember he’s so much more than a platoon player and…awww crap.


30 Responses to “Game 49, Rangers at Mariners”

  1. MissouriMariner on May 25th, 2013 6:40 pm

    This Bay leading off thing just really kills me…

  2. Slats on May 25th, 2013 6:49 pm

    Who cares if Bay is leading off? Batting order doesn’t matter that much.

  3. Westside guy on May 25th, 2013 6:52 pm

    Hey it’s not Ibañez so I don’t care…

  4. Westside guy on May 25th, 2013 6:56 pm

    On a side note – something’s changed on the USSM site recently, and editing posts (on an iPad, anyway) doesn’t seem to work anymore.

  5. MissouriMariner on May 25th, 2013 6:56 pm

    I kind of thought it is established that your best hitter should lead off….is Bay really our best? If so that is pitiful….

  6. stevemotivateir on May 25th, 2013 7:14 pm

    That’s a whole lotta maybe’s, Marc. That wasn’t suggestive, was it?!

    Regarding Bay leading off….

    He still has more speed than half the lineup (tonight), hit’s lefties good along with a strong OBP.

    I don’t have a problem with it.

  7. Westside guy on May 25th, 2013 7:23 pm

    There you to, Mr. Bay.

  8. SeattleSlew on May 25th, 2013 7:25 pm

    If he gets on base I don’t have any problem with him leading off. I always thought Saunders was better suited for hitting second.

  9. wilchiro on May 25th, 2013 7:31 pm

    That pitch to Morales couldn’t have been much better. Hitters in baseball are becoming way too passive.

  10. wilchiro on May 25th, 2013 7:33 pm


  11. MissouriMariner on May 25th, 2013 7:35 pm

    A seven pitch at bat and only one swing….WOW!

  12. SeattleSlew on May 25th, 2013 7:46 pm

    wow! I’m so not used to seeing somebody that can actually catch.

  13. HighlightsAt11 on May 25th, 2013 7:54 pm

    6 of 8 batters hit Felix in first two innings. That does not occur very often. Is Felix giving up or is something else wrong? Is he pissed Montero is gone?

  14. Woodcutta on May 25th, 2013 8:25 pm

    Looks like the M’s used up their luck for the next month or so after the Andrus error and the combined miscues by Cruz and Profar.

  15. HighlightsAt11 on May 25th, 2013 8:27 pm

    Back to back errors by Andrus. Triunfel is error free!

  16. HighlightsAt11 on May 25th, 2013 8:36 pm

    Scorekeeper changed his mind and charged last error to Profar.

  17. msfanmike on May 25th, 2013 8:49 pm

    Felix is getting pounded. He is fortunate to only have given up 4 runs so far.

    This is quite vexing.

  18. roosevelt on May 25th, 2013 8:50 pm

    This Felix guy is not looking like a 150 million dollar picture…

  19. GLS on May 25th, 2013 9:08 pm

    I had no idea Derek Holland threw in the upper 90s.

  20. Westside guy on May 25th, 2013 9:10 pm

    I’m not as fond of Michael Morse, infield slap hitter…

  21. GLS on May 25th, 2013 9:23 pm

    I’m not fond of Michael Morse.

  22. Sports on a Shtick on May 25th, 2013 9:25 pm

    This team can’t do much right and when Felix is off, it’s just junk. Plus Houston is so bad the M’s can’t even win the Carlos Rodon sweepstakes. This sucks.

  23. Woodcutta on May 25th, 2013 9:54 pm

    Looks like it is back to RTTS on The Show.

  24. Woodcutta on May 25th, 2013 10:09 pm

    Did Morse just give up on that at bat? He swung at the same pitch in the same awful location three times.

  25. WestyHerr on May 25th, 2013 10:23 pm

    Nobody runs through first base anymore.
    And… It must easy to scout us. I mean .. There must be no scouting of our hitters.

  26. juneau_fan on May 25th, 2013 10:33 pm

    So we’re not the only ones mocking Babysteps Monty? Laughter all around in the booth about him hitting a triple.

  27. neo-realist on May 25th, 2013 10:41 pm

    Re: Morse’s at bat

    I guess we know why the Nationals were willing to move him.

  28. SeattleSlew on May 26th, 2013 6:17 am

    Not to mention the Nationals are scoring less runs than we are and they still have a better record.

  29. vj on May 26th, 2013 6:47 am

    The BABIP-spectacle continues: Felix faces 28 Batters, allows 17 Balls in play out of which 10 fall for hits. Ouch!

  30. jak924 on May 26th, 2013 9:06 am

    Whew! What’s that smell? oh, ok.

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