Thursday, September 30, 2004

Olivo!

Two doubles today (of course I couldn't watch the game because I'm at work!!). Way to go Miguel!

Indomitable Spirit

Although I'm not a big fan of seeing pitchers left in a game to throw 130+ pitches, I am okay with Melvin's decision to leave Bobby Madritsch in the game in Oakland last night. Bobby displays that "knock me off this hill if you can!" attitude - that Indomitable Spirit. I suspect that the decision to let him go for the CG will pay off next season - Bobby will continue to mow down his opponents (as long as his arm holds together). My .02 - YMMV.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

C’est Si Bon

How about Jeremy Reed? He's beginning to look like the serious real deal to me.

Kudos to Jose Lopez, Raul Ibanez, Randy Winn, and of course Ichiro! for continuing to make it fun to watch M's baseball again.

Another good outing for Gil Meche.

Why is a club that is tied for the division lead only able to put 18,000 butts in the seats? Inquiring minds want to know.

Monday, September 27, 2004

It's Fun!!

Something has been bothering me about watching Mariner baseball for the last few weeks. I finally figured it out yesterday afternoon - it's fun to watch the M's again!

Lots of positive things happening. Baek throws a gem. Reed is hitting (although not much in the way of extra base hits - but hey, it's the Ichrio! model) and fielding (nice to see some direct routes to the ball in center). Winn and Ibanez are producing like mad at the plate. *Edit - I forgot to mention Jose Lopez while talking about folks that are producing like mad at the plate. Mea culpa.

I'm really concerned about Miguel Olivo. Something tells me that he is going to have trouble sticking with the team if he doesn't start swinging the bat more effectively. We definitely don't need another catch and throw guy.

Friday, September 24, 2004

J.D. related article

Nice piece here concerning J.D. Drew on ESPN today. I wouldn't be unhappy if the M's found a way to sign him for next season.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Ichiro related article

Interesting article here - check it out.

And Then There Were Ten...

Ichiro! gets nine hits in the last two games, reducing the number of hits needed to tie George Sisler to 10. Unreal.

Ibanez rolled a 6 for 6 last night - another remarkable feat.

Reed is beginning to look like the best part of the Freddy Garcia deal. I'm not giving up on Olivo, but he has a lot of work to do. Nice to see Rivera get an AB and a little playing time last night.

So put me in the Beltran/Beltre must be obtained at any cost camp. The addition of these two players, along with a SP (I like Milton) should allow the M's to at least be competitive next year.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

A Tale of Two Hitters

Ichiro! and Miguel Olivo.

Ichiro! was in the zone last night - cranking out a 5 for 5 and reviving the fading hopes for breaking Sisler's record.

Olivo didn't play, but has certainly been stinking it up as of late. Although he's still young, I'm concerned about his passed balls (leading the league). As far as hitting goes, the BP crew said it best in Baseball Prospectus 2004: "Particularly troublesome was Olivo's declining plate discipline, hardly the sign of a late-blooming hitter."

Ichiro! is the antithesis of poor plate discipline.

One wonders whether the M's future catcher is still sitting on the bench?

Monday, September 20, 2004

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Fox Broadcasts Stink

There are many things that I do not like about the way Fox broadcasts baseball - but chief among them is Steve Lyons. Lyons was talking about Kida being a rookie (he's not) - and then went on to say that the M's bullpen is currently made up of all rookies (less Hasegawa and Villone). I guess Julio Mateo might be surprised to hear that. Come on dude - if you are going to speak with authority, at least get your facts straight.

M's Shock Halos

I sat down to watch last night's game with that all too familiar feeling that the M's were going to take a beating at the hands of the Anaheim Angels. Instead, I was treated to a Mariner victory, fueled by the two guys that I have been complaining about recently - namely Reed and Dobbs. By the way, Jeff over at Leone for Third has a great analysis of Mr. Reed posted - take a look.

Ichiro! got a couple of hits last night - keeping the quest alive.

On a non-Mariner note, congratulations to the incomparable Barry Bonds - 700 and counting.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

2005 Pitching Staff

All of a sudden, there is a resurging sense of hope when one takes a look at the M's probable pitching staff for next season. With Madritsch and Meche mowing down some of the best hitters in the league, it is not hard to imagine next year with those 2 joining a presumed healthy Pineiro, and perhaps a FA pickup like Eric Milton. And if the bullpen is healthy, one does not have to stretch too far to imagine that the M's opponents will have a hard time getting a hit next season.

Now if only the offense is improved over the off season...

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Second thoughts on Meche and other stuff

Perhaps I have been overly critical of Mr. Meche. He certainly spun a gem today -- CG shutout. There may be a future for this young man in a Mariners uniform after all.

I've been generally disappointed with Dobbs, Reed, and Olivo lately. They just don't seem to have a real good feel for what they are doing at the plate.

Ichiro! broke out of his 0-8 (!!) slump today with a couple of hits. The assault on the record continues.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Bobby and bunting

I cannot say enough good things about Bobby Madritsch! He certainly was effective in his start last night - made two of the League's best hitters look bad. What I like most about the kid is his attitude - he positively takes ownership of the mound and dares any hitter to knock him off it. Very cool.

It would be nice if somebody on the M's staff talked to Ichiro! about bunting with runners in scoring position. I'm looking for an RBI there - not a friggin' bunt. Come on.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

A New Hope

Seeing the Cleveland ballclub in town does give me some measure of hope for the future. I remember the powerhouse Indians of the mid-90's well. And as many before me have pointed out, there are many similarities between the Tribe and the M's. Looking at Cleveland's lineup last night, Little O is the only holdover from the "glory days" of that franchise. Lots of new faces. Crisp, Hafner, Blake - you get the idea. So there's hope yet for the M's - assuming Bob will actually let some of the call-ups play. Looking foward to seeing Reed in the outfield - what kind of gas does Big Country have - and if Mickey Lopez belongs on a major league roster.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Unhappy camper

I'm generally unhappy after watching the last several M's games. If anything, the team has been good defensively this year - not great - but good. The last several games have been pathetic. Olivo doesn't realize there's a guy about to score? Outfielders can't hit the cutoff man? Balls thrown into the dugout?

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the amazing Ichiro! Someone else recently said that he is acting like a man on a mission. I think his mission is to provide the one ray of light in this otherwise dismal season. Go Ichiro! - we are all counting on you!

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Brass attending games

I've noticed on the last several televised games that the Mariners FO is well represented. Trader Pat was hanging out with Bavasi and Lincoln in Toronto. Last night in Chicago we are treated to a shot of Chuck Armstrong and Lincoln hanging out. What to make of this - are they just trying to use up their travel money before the end of the season? Are they laying the groundwork for offseason moves? Are they trying to make Bob Melvin uncomfortable?

Friday, September 03, 2004

After loss, Edgar lobbies for M's to pursue pal Delgado

After loss, Edgar lobbies for M's to pursue pal Delgado: "'If they asked me, I'd definitely recommend Carlos,' Martinez said. 'He's the kind of guy who wants to play every day. He's great with younger players. He's great in the clubhouse. He's just a great teammate.
'He'd be a great choice, for sure.'"

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Shooto?

Did I hear Ron Fairly wondering if Kida-san throws the shooto on the broadcast tonight? Speaking of Kida, he didn't look too bad. He should be able to soak up a few innings for the remainder of the season (he will need to if Baek keeps stinking it up like he did tonight).

Ichiro! continues his white-hot hitting pace. Unbelievable.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

MVP

Here's Villone's line from the game in Toronto this evening:

1.0IP 3H 2R 1ER 2BB 1SO 1HR

Yeah Bob, that's your MVP. *sigh*

Bob Melvin on R.V., Part deux

Say what?

Mariners Notebook: "'For my money, Ron Villone is this team's pitching MVP,' Melvin said. 'Whatever we've needed him to do, he's done.'"

Bits and pieces

I normally don't like to gloat, but this couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch.

Ichiro! continues to amaze. It's a pleasure to watch him do his thing.

Aside from Ichiro!, Bucky and Jose Lopez are two of the reasons that I continue to watch Mariner baseball. And I'm not going to say anything about Randy Winn's anemic arm - I'm not!