Game 108, Angels at Mariners

marc w · August 5, 2016 at 6:17 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Felix Hernandez vs. Tim Lincecum, 7:10pm

Happy Felix Day! I’m back from Northern California and Central Oregon, and very happy to be home. Road trips are great, but I’m looking forward to not driving long distances for a while.

Tonight’s game pits two former Cy Young winners against each other, and hands down the two best pitchers I’ve ever seen in AAA. Lincecum was unearthly out of college, with high 90s velo, a huge curveball and an insane split change. In 2005, Felix was similarly freakish, with similar velo, a great curve and the rudiments of what would become baseball’s best change. At that point, we all wanted to see the Forbidden Slider- a pitch Felix had, and was supposedly his best, but which the org wouldn’t allow him to throw in games. As it turned out, he didn’t really need it, and the cambio would soon become his best offering. In raw stuff and results, Lincecum was a touch better in the PCL, but then, Felix was a 19 year old kid making MLB vets look silly. Now both of them throw 91, and get by on guile and location. Baseball attrition and decline remind us all we are speeding towards the grave, and yet we don’t mind for some reason.

1: Aoki, LF
2: Smith, RF
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, DH
5: Seager, 3B
6: Lind, 1B
7: Martin, CF
8: Zunino, C
9: O’Malley, SS
SP: King Felix


15 Responses to “Game 108, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 7:14 pm

    Settle down, Felix.

  2. mrakbaseball on August 5th, 2016 7:15 pm

    Trout owns Felix

  3. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 7:16 pm

    Good news – Trout is playing sick!

    Bad news… even sick, he’s better than everyone else.

  4. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 7:28 pm

    Fortunately we’re facing 2016 Tim Lincecum.

  5. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 7:41 pm


    If he can keep up the significantly improved plate discipline, he’s gonna be one scary dude.

  6. WTF_Ms on August 5th, 2016 7:42 pm

    I kind of feel bad for Timmy. Just kind of…,

  7. mksh21 on August 5th, 2016 8:03 pm

    This is depressing watching these both once great pitchers losing it so young 🙁

    On the bright side, Zunino! I’d be happy with HALF the slash line. Hopefully he developed some and this isn’t pitchers forgetting he should never see a fastball near home plate. Would be nice to see SOMEBODY from the first round work out this decade.

  8. mrakbaseball on August 5th, 2016 8:08 pm

    Zunino’s got a great work ethic, huh?

  9. stevemotivateir on August 5th, 2016 8:16 pm

    Stupid-power by Zunino. That last fly out wasn’t supposed to go that far with the way he went down for it.

  10. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 10:01 pm

    Ha! Diaz strikes out Trout.

  11. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 10:02 pm

    Haha, now he makes Pujols look silly.

  12. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 10:02 pm

    Just give up, Andrelton.

  13. JMB on August 5th, 2016 10:03 pm

    Oh Edwin Diaz. You are a joy to watch.

  14. WTF_Ms on August 5th, 2016 10:03 pm

    If he could get 101 on the edge he’d be un-hittable.

  15. Westside guy on August 5th, 2016 10:04 pm

    YES!! WOO HOO!!

    Diaz esta en fuego!

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