Game 121, Mariners at Tigers

marc w · August 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

King Felix vs. David Price, 4:08pm

I’m not going to say this is the biggest game of Felix’s career. That it might be is actually a bit depressing, so forget I mentioned it.

This game features two recent Cy Young winners, and the winner will take the lead in the wild card chase. What more do you need? This *feels* like the biggest game the M’s have played since…what, 2003?
The Tigers are reeling and now they deal with Felix. Go Mariners.

1: Jackson, CF
2: Ackley, LF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Morales, DH
5: Denorfia, RF
6: Seager, 3B
7: Zunino, C
8: Morrison, 1B
9: Taylor, SS

Comments

50 Responses to “Game 121, Mariners at Tigers”

  1. The Ancient Mariner on August 16th, 2014 2:30 pm

    Actually, if we win, we won’t take the lead in the wild-card chase, we’ll extend our lead in the wild-card chase.

  2. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 2:55 pm

    Seager hitting 6th, and LoMo 8th?

    Whatever works.

  3. Sportszilla on August 16th, 2014 3:06 pm

    Paul B, I actually like that Lloyd has been willing to shuffle the lineup based on match-ups. Not sure I’d really agree with moving Seager down, but I don’t think it’s a terrible decision. Just wish we had a better lefty-masher than Denorfia.

  4. smb on August 16th, 2014 4:23 pm

    Happy Felix Day, fellow long-suffering M’s fans. Enjoy this reminder of what Mariner baseball is supposed to be (contextually speaking, anyway).

    I hope Austin Jackson lights them up. Casper Wells isn’t around to do it, unfortunately.

  5. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 4:23 pm

    I wonder how long they’re going to keep Condor down? His AAA numbers have been ridiculous.

    The org can’t possibly think Denorfia/Chavez is a better option in RF than Saunders, can they? That would be rather silly…

  6. smb on August 16th, 2014 4:27 pm

    I think the previous biggest start of his career, hype-wise, was probably that early ’07 win against Dice-K at peak hype in Fenway. I felt like most of the baseball world was watching that night. So in that sense this being the new biggest game of his career would be a step in the right direction. Yep, you were right, depressing line of reasoning.

  7. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 4:46 pm

    That 1-2 pitch to Avila was a strike.

  8. Sowulo on August 16th, 2014 4:52 pm

    Felix is totally being squeezed.

  9. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 4:52 pm

    This ump sucks.

  10. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 4:55 pm

    Missed it, what happened with Lloyd? Seems like the ump is pinching Felix a bit… I heard him yell “Oh come on!” at the ump. Wow.

  11. Section329 on August 16th, 2014 4:57 pm

    Lloyd objected to Felix getting squeezed by this lousy ump.

  12. Sowulo on August 16th, 2014 5:01 pm

    That, and a very late time out call in the 1st when Felix had already started his delivery.

  13. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 5:02 pm

    Unfortunately umpires are human and don’t like to be shown up. It probably would’ve been better to let Zunino quietly make the case.

    Is anyone watching Price’s zone to see if he’s getting squeezed too?

  14. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 5:02 pm

    There was at least 1 ball that was right down the middle.

  15. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:06 pm

    Tigers fans boo as Felix hits Cabrera. Because he obviously was intentionally hitting him with a 2 strike change up.

  16. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 5:07 pm

    Ouch.

  17. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:07 pm

    Thanks. I guessed that was it. Judging by Felix’s exclamation.

    Felix just hit Cabrera with a screwball… I know it was really a changeup, but in slo mo that thing broke a foot towards the batter… Crazy…

  18. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 5:08 pm

    Mariners fans would boo under similar circumstances, CM. ;-)

  19. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:08 pm

    Heck, I boo when our best hitter gets beaned, too, whether it was intentional or not. Bean Cano and I’ll boo, and tear up a little (especially if Hart or LoMo are up after him)…

  20. Sowulo on August 16th, 2014 5:09 pm

    Price has benefited from several generously wide strike calls.

  21. Sowulo on August 16th, 2014 5:10 pm

    I hope it was intentional.

  22. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:11 pm

    Ump is hilarious… Just gave Felix a pitch 5 inches inside… And then down low… 2nd inning REAL strikes weren’t getting called.

    Consistency is a mysterious lass…

  23. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:14 pm

    Oh, I know fans of any team would boo when their player gets hit. It’s just one of those things I guess. Reminds me of when fans boo every pick off move. I understand it I guess, but don’t feel the need to do it myself.

  24. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 5:15 pm

    Woo! A hit!

  25. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:16 pm

    Cali-
    I remember when Junior made his return to Seattle as a Red… Seattle fans were booing OUR PITCHERS if they threw a ball to Junior… And boo’ed when he got walked once.

  26. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 5:18 pm

    It’s become a tradition to boo A-roid when he returned to Seattle.

    I guess I should say it became.

  27. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:20 pm

    A run! Off Price!

  28. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 5:24 pm

    damnit.

  29. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:25 pm

    Ugh. And the streak for Felix is over :(

  30. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 5:26 pm

    I have a feeling that Felix will get him self tossed once he knows he’s coming out of the game.

  31. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:32 pm

    Damn, tonight’s the night we need Kinsler to not be able to throw to first base… COME ON, Ian…

  32. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 5:32 pm

    Price does this little foot dance right before he throws a pitch.

    I imagine he has always done this, and I just never noticed before.

  33. MrZDevotee on August 16th, 2014 5:34 pm

    SOMEBODY in our dugout needs to be saying “take pitches”… “Take LOTS and LOTS of pitches…” We need to get to their bullpen. We win it in the last 2 innings.

  34. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 5:41 pm

    It does appear as though the umpire’s strike zone changed. Maybe Lloyd got his attention.

  35. Paul B on August 16th, 2014 5:55 pm

    Krueger getting animated about how the AL is harder to pitch in.

  36. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 5:56 pm

    damnit, Tigers getting all the bounces tonight.

  37. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:56 pm

    Taylor seems to make a lot of mistakes for someone that was labeled a “glove guy”. Seems to have a lot of potential out there but he needs to be much more consistent.

  38. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 5:59 pm

    I like Taylor so far, but if he was hitting like Brad Miller he’d be getting ripped for his errors.

  39. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 6:00 pm

    cmon! three misses in a row! by different players, getting really sloppy out there!

  40. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 6:09 pm

    Why is Denorfia hitting ahead of Seager? These are the times when I really Question Lloyds lineups.

  41. Seattleguy527 on August 16th, 2014 6:14 pm

    It’s most likely because Price is a lefty, Grayfox. I think Lloyd, like most managers, puts too much weight on matchups. If you remember earlier this year he always had Hart hit 4th in front of Seager when there a lefty was on the mound. I don’t agree with it, but I think as long as the other team is throwing a lefty Seager won’t hit higher than 5th. Hope I’m wrong though.

  42. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 6:20 pm

    Why skip the cut off man Ackley….. he’s slower than crap.

  43. Section329 on August 16th, 2014 6:47 pm

    Ball game.

  44. californiamariner on August 16th, 2014 6:51 pm

    At least the Royals lost.

  45. msfanmike on August 16th, 2014 6:53 pm

    You are exactly right, Cali.

    Taylor has been surprisingly bad on defense, but he was always a high error guy in the minors, although those numbers seem to be discounted for “field condition” reasons. At least that is what I have heard.

    Gotta make the routine plays at SS. It kills a team when they aren’t made.

    Detroit is a good team and Price would be a tough matchup for the Mariners even on a good night. Nothing about tonight’s game is all that surprising, but Taylor’s consistent mishaps on defense are troubling.

  46. msfanmike on August 16th, 2014 6:54 pm

    Not sure if it’s more troubling than Jackson’s strikeouts – but we already knew that about him.

  47. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 7:08 pm

    BRING BACK THE CONDOR!!

  48. msfanmike on August 16th, 2014 7:19 pm

    I thought he would have come along on the trip to Detroit, but he will be headed to Philadelphia if he has proven to be healthy playing in the outfield/throwing for a few games. Right?

    There is no way the Denorfia/Chavez platoon is beating out that dude. No way. It’s just a matter of health. Right?

  49. Grayfox3d on August 16th, 2014 7:27 pm

    A winnable game slips thru our fingers again, we have to be able to win these types of games and not make these mental errors if we want this wild card spot.

    AJ does strike out alot, and in situations where we need him to at least be a productive out.

  50. Westside guy on August 16th, 2014 8:20 pm

    I think Austin Jackson has just run into a streak of bad luck with the Mariners. His 2014 OBP is .325 overall – not a world beater by any means, but better than league average.

    His plate discipline numbers aren’t bad… just be patient. He’ll regress upwards.

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