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2011 Seattle Mariners Regular Season Thread

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#1 Freddy Linn

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:14 PM

God, what a horrible hitting team.

Six regulars with an OPS+ 75 and under - Figgins (49), Cust (56), Olivo (62), Ryan (65), Wilson (66), and Saunders (75).

Smoak is raking, at .302/.408/.571 for an OPS+ of 183, including .292/.379/.625 in the horrible confines of Safeco (park factor of 90). The Lee trade is paying off at least in the short-term, and the potential alternative of Montero looks less compelling in hindsight, again in the short-term.

21 year-old Michael Pineda has an ERA+ of 214 and a WHIP of 1.066. King Felix has been just slightly above average with an ERA+ of 114, trailing Fister (114). Bedard and Vargas are struggling mightily with ERA+ of 64 and 69, respectively.

#2 SoxScout

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 02:29 PM

The M’s made it official this morning, designating Ryan Langerhans for assignment to make room for Mike Wilson on the roster.

Turns out Milton Bradley’s pardon only lasted a few hours, as he’s now been DFA’d with Carlos Peguero taking his spot on the roster.


Also, probably about 25 days away from seeing Ackley get the call.

#3 Compass Rosy

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:50 PM

I’m thinking if there was any inkling of trading Felix, it’s diminishing with every Michael Pineda start – they appear to be a serviceable duo to build around.

Actually, all the starters have been stellar of late. They are going deep into games (8 straight where the starters have gone at least 7 innings) and they have only given up 29 hits and 5 runs in 62 innings. If it weren’t for interim closer Brandon League’s little hiccup of a loss and 3 blow saves in-a-row, the M's would be at the seemingly ever elusive .500 mark right now. League seems to have bounced back decently (hey, even Mo blows them on occasion) and the defense has been playing well.

Now, if they could just hit, we might have something.

#4 Compass Rosy

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:55 PM

Nice little synopsis on the rotation no one saw coming...

SweetSpot | Steve Berthiaume

The weekend series should be a good test for the kingdom of pitching at The Safe ...
  • the most prolific home run hitters in baseball go against the staff that has given up the fewest long balls in the AL (currently tied for the fewest w/the A's staff)
  • the lineup that has racked up the most run in the majors faces the rotation that has given up the second fewest earned runs in the AL
boppers vs. the stoppers ~ something's gotta give

#5 Compass Rosy

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 03:18 AM

We knew Michael would face adversity at some point and, certainly no shame in it coming vs. the most potent offense in the AL.
Nice to see the scrap and scrape when the main strength is weakened...

on > over > IN

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#6 jon abbey

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 11:51 PM

Ichiro looks as bad as Jeter, with an OPS to match. At least he's only got one more year on his deal.

#7 CaptainLaddie

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:28 AM

Jesus, small sample size and all, but his UZR/150 right now is -19.1. What the fuck?

#8 jon abbey

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 01:39 AM

Jesus, small sample size and all, but his UZR/150 right now is -19.1. What the fuck?

He totally butchered a ball in Saturday's game. It wasn't an easy play, Granderson hit it to the wall in the gap, but Ichiro got there in plenty of time, looked for the wall, then somehow mistimed his jump and missed the ball entirely, which went for an RBI triple to tie the game and cost King Felix a chance at the win.

Not that I see him play more than 12-15 games a year, but based on this weekend, he looks like he aged about 5 years in the offseason, kind of sad.

#9 Compass Rosy

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 08:55 PM

Recent article in the Seattle Times....
Ichiro needs to show leadership with more hustle | Steve Kelley

Can't say that I disagree with any of the points the author makes.

Apparently, Wedge had a sit down prior to today's game. Ichiro went 2 for 4, scored 2 runs and stole a base ... off a catcher who throws out 45% of would-be base-stealers (not Ichiro's normal MO)
On the other hand, Figgy was finally moved down (to 8th) and was even more abysmal than ever - struck out on three pitches with the bases loaded, was charged with one error (some say it should have been three)

But hey, how about that Mr. Fister?!?
110 pitches in 7.1 innings (78 for strikes) and a career high 9 strikeouts

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 01:17 AM

tonight was effed

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#11 Sampo Gida

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Posted 03 June 2011 - 02:45 AM

Don't know much about Carlos Peguero, but he can crush the ball. Hit a couple of 415 ft'ers off Shields. Reminds me a bit of a LH- WMP, or Izzy Alcantera.

He totally butchered a ball in Saturday's game. It wasn't an easy play, Granderson hit it to the wall in the gap, but Ichiro got there in plenty of time, looked for the wall, then somehow mistimed his jump and missed the ball entirely, which went for an RBI triple to tie the game and cost King Felix a chance at the win.

Not that I see him play more than 12-15 games a year, but based on this weekend, he looks like he aged about 5 years in the offseason, kind of sad.

Ichiro also muffed a Lowrie FB that gifted us a game. Still racking up the IF hits and SB, so his legs seem fine.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 02:14 AM

Not saying they'll win 116 but, taking the 4-game series over the Rays gives the M's six straight series wins - most consecutive series wins since 2001.
Reason to at least be encouraged, if not outright optimistic.

Oh yeah ...
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 05:44 PM

Miggy, aka: Tiger killer
and, oh yeah, that Felix kid is pretty good too.
the "battery" that takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'...

#14 Compass Rosy

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:30 PM

I'm not sure it means anything of true significance for the immediate or distant future (as it probably won't last like it did in 2003) but, the fact that the M's are the only team at this point in the season to still be cycling through the same five starters is, at least, kinda cool.

M's Fab Five staying on turn...

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 01:17 AM

Well, thank heavens for the Yanks beating up on the Rangers, as the M's could do SQUAT vs. Mr. Weaver tonight (128-pitch complete game shutout). But, I do believe that Mr. Fister deserves a round of applause despite giving up FOUR runs in the FIRST inning (and 44 pitches). He went on to pitch a full SEVEN innings, at one point retiring 18 of 20 batters and allowing no more runs.

Talk about a hard luck pitcher...
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:38 AM

FINALLY... Dustin Ackley coming up!

He was hitting .300/.418 /.487/.905 at AAA Tacoma - time to see if he can play with/against the big boys.

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 03:01 PM

No question there was an extra buzz in the ballpark prior to, during and after the game. Dustin Ackley's debut was like the crescendo of a beautiful melody that is "let the kids play".

There were long and loud cheers when he was announced in the line-up, when he stepped to the plate and especially when he connected on his first hit - in that first at bat. After watching the first two fast balls from Roy Oswalt go by (which he would later admit to "being memorized" by) and fouling the third pitch off, he ripped a solid single up-the-middle right between Oswalt's legs.

It was really cool that timing worked out for Dustin's call up to occur on a day off so that his family had time to fly to Seattle to be in attendance for his debut. And, no soft-landings for Dustin, as he faced one of the best pitchers in the NL in front of a crowd of more than 34k.

Dustin didn't disappoint in the field either, making a total of five put-outs: three grounders, a pop-up and was the middle piece of a very nice double-play in which he showed he can pivot, throw and avoid the on-coming runner just fine.

Michael was pretty swell too facing the minimum through three innings with the highlight being his THREE-pitch strikeout to Ryan Howard. The Phils only base-runners through FIVE innings were aboard via a walk and a HBP. After two quick outs in the 6th, Michael gave up a walk, two singles and another walk before striking out Polanco (for the SECOND time) to end the inning (supposedly one of the hardest batters in all of MLB to K).

Awesome to see Brandon toss his FOURTEENTH consecutive scoreless inning since his not-so-little bump in the road, to notch his major league tying TWENTIETH save.

Speaking of bumps in the road, Ichiro is now 13-25 since the day off during his epic struggles with 6 multi-hit games in-a-row (3 for 4 w/ a double and 3 runs scored last night).

Guti looks as good as ever in the field - gliding effortlessly under balls that seem sure to drop but, is struggling mightily at the plate. Hopefully, with Greg to spell him, he'll get back into the swing of things (literally) sometime soon.

And then there's the unfortunate Figgy factor. Really hope he sits for a couple of days, as much as I understand the emotion and frustration behind the boos and cat-calls he's receiving - I don't want to hear it. It seems counter-productive to all the good things that are happening with this team right now (and seems like bad ju-ju for the young ones). Figgy's confidence is obviously shot and the boos are not helping matters - it's not like he doesn't know he's sucking right now.

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Posted 19 June 2011 - 08:31 PM

Whodathunk Jason Vargas would out-pitch BOTH Felix and Pineda?
Today, vs. the Phillies, he recorded a complete game shutout (his second this season) holding the Phils to just 3 hits ( all singles) and struck out six.

Dustin Ackley posted a nice start to his big league career during this series...
~single in his first game, first AB (off Oswalt)
~homer in his second game (off Worley)
~triple in his third game (off Hamels)
He also made some nice plays at 2B as well (which, considering the position switch is HUGE)

#19 Compass Rosy

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 01:09 AM

Well, there was...
-Mr. Fister's awesome performance (99P - 8IP - 3H - 1ER - 1BB - 3K)
-Dustin's hit and his 2 RBi and his part in 3 double plays
-Guti's 3 hits, a run scored
-Ichiro, Brendan, Adam and Justin combining to go 9 for 18 w/4 runs, 4 RBI and 1 walk

And, the FIVE total runs (which must have seemed like FIFTEEN to Doug)

Unfortunately, there had to be a 9th inning...
-Two runners get aboard via an error and a walk
-Then a pair of singles - one knocks IN a run and one knocks Brandon OUT of the game (hit off his leg)
-David enters, throws 3 pitches and 4 runs score

Poor Mr. Fister - gotta be the hardest luck pitcher in baseball.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 12:31 PM

Just adding to the ever growing legend that is 'Hard Luck Doug"...

He was already the AL starter with the lowest run support but, after last night's game he's gotta be thinking, "What the ...?!"
He pitched NINE innings, allowed ONE run and was tagged with the loss.

The lone run of the game was scored in the 5th inning because of the lone walk of the game that wasn't really a walk. The scoreboard apparently added an extra ball to the count in Maybin's at bat and it wasn't caught by the ump, the pitcher, the catcher, the manager or any of the players in the dugout so, off to 1B he went on three balls. After two groundouts, a single brought him home and that would be that.

Oh, and the only two M's hits were a single and a double - both by rookie Greg Halman.

Poor Mr. Fister

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 12:29 AM

The M's were the last team in the majors to require a sixth starter and that happened today. Thanks to Erik Bedard's recent DL placement, rookie Blake Beavan (one of the pieces of the Cliff Lee deal) was called into service and made a fairly impressive major league debut that resulted in his first major league victory...

90 pitches | 7 innings | 3 hits | 1 earned run | 2 walks | 4 strikeouts

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 12:56 AM

Well, that's a baker's dozen (and I ain't talkin' maple bars)

The M's bats have shown a wee spark, scoring 20 runs in their last 4 games...
Unfortunately, in those same 4 games they have given up 31 runs and, consequently, extended their losing streak to 13.

If Felix couldn't stop the streak vs. Lackey, I'm somewhat less than confident in Blake's chances vs Beckett.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 03:51 PM

Good luck in Boston, Erik!

May you finally stay healthy, pitch more than five innings per start, smile at the media occasionally ... AND, most importantly, enjoy and contribute in your first career post-season.

Edited by Rosy, 31 July 2011 - 03:52 PM.