Sunday, May 29, 2005

Games 48 and 49 - Cognitive Dissonance

So my team just won 2 games - why am I not feeling good? Of course there were lots of good things that happened in these 2 games, yet I don't feel like the team is any better off today than they were 2 weeks ago.

Props to Aaron Sele for another great outing. Props to Jeremy Reed for beginning to play like the player that we all hoped he would be.

I'm trying to stay positive - but I think it's going to take a lot more than 2 wins.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Game 47 - Where Do We Go From Here?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to write anything about the Mariners this year without using the words "suck" and "I give up". They are just a bad baseball team right now.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Games 44, 45, and 46 - Going Nowhere Fast

Not much needs to be said about the last 3 games that the Mariners have played. I can sum it up quite nicely - they are not playing good baseball right now.

Nice to hear John Marzano on the broadcast team. I remember Marzano quite fondly - he always managed to get into the camera shot each time Junior hit a HR and returned to the dugout. I believe that his nickname at the time was "Airtime".

How about that Carrie Underwood?

Edit: How could I forget to give props to Jeremy Reed on his first Major League dinger? Congrats Jeremy!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Games 42 and 43 - Another Series Win

Another series win. It's early, but perhaps my profound pessimism has gone a bit too far. Perhaps. But there are plenty of things going pretty well for the hometown nine right now. Consider the following:

  • Sele's line from Sunday's game - 0 runs on 4 hits, 3 K, 1 BB (CG)
  • Jeremy Reed on Sunday - 3 for 4, 2 RBI
  • HR by Beltre and Sexson on Saturday - both very long balls
  • Meche won ugly - but a W is a W
On to Baltimore.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Game 41 - It's Jake

The Mariners got rolled by Jake Peavy this evening. With the exception of the longball from Miguel Olivo, the Mariner hitters were ineffective. Poor Ryan "I won't ever get any run support" Franklin lost again. Too many bases on balls.

On a more positive note, how about that Ichiro!?

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Welcome Back Pat

It's official - Pat Borders is back. I'm okay with this move - no real downside. Rivera can go back to playing everyday. And he is a World Series MVP. :D

Game 40 - It's Not Over...

Excellent comeback win last night for the Mariners. Jeremy Reed takes a big chance and comes up smelling like a rose. Then Olivo drives him in. Nelson and Villone hang on to close it out in the 9th.

Does anybody else find it irritating to watch A-Rod these days? Can't quite put my finger on it - but he is beginning to remind me of one my least favorite whiners who used to wear a Yankees uniform. That's right - Paul O'Neill.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Game 39 - Do Not Go Gently

Please check out the fine writing by Jeff over at Lookout Landing today. My sentiments exactly.

"Do not go gently into that good night... Rage, rage against the dying of the light." With all apologies to Mr. Thomas, I really wish the Mariners would start to show a little fire, rather than going gently into another lost season.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Game 38 - Almost A Win

2 catches. Sexson and Reed. That's all that separated the Mariners from a W last night against the Evil Empire. Not a bad performance from Aaron Sele last night (it sure looked ugly, but he left with a 1 run lead). J.J. really needs a good offspeed pitch. And why is Jeff Nelson still hanging around?

Have I mentioned lately how much I despise the Yankees?

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Games 36 and 37 - A Series Win

I'll take a series win anytime. The offense continues to produce runs. The bullpen has been solid (notwithstanding that one pitch to Nixon). The starting rotation is still a question mark. Not sure what sending Pineiro to Tacoma will accomplish - hopefully the same type of resurgence that Gil Meche had last year.

Now if they only pitch carefully to Tino over the next three days, perhaps another series win is possible.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Game 35 - Slugfest!

If nothing else, the Mariners are showing that they are almost completely unpredicatable this season. After an awful road trip, they come home and literally explode in the first game of the series with the Bostons last night. They definitely played ball according to the Texas Rangers model last night - score a bunch of runs (and hopefully one more than your opponent because your pitching staff is not getting the job done). At least the starters aren't contributing - the bullpen continues to do good work. Julio Mateo had a great outing last night. Too bad he can't go 3+ innings every day.

If Sexson and Beltre can repeat on a fairly regular basis, it won't be so difficult to watch the Mariners play this summer. If they don't - well I don't really want to think about it right now.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Game 34 - I'm So Tired

In addition to being one of my favorite Beatles tunes, the title describes my state of mind quite well. I'm not even waiting until this game is over to make this post. I think there are certain players that a team should not pitch to. Over the years, there are certain guys that have given the Mariners nothing but grief - guys like Jim Leyritz, Rafael Palmeiro, Omar Vizquel - and now Tino. Put the guy on first - at least you know where he is.

I suppose it really doesn't matter anyway - this club is going nowhere this year. I admit that I got pretty enthusiastic after visiting Peoria and seeing the club. They looked good - too bad it didn't translate into anything once the season started.

Game 33 - More Questions

Why is Aaron Sele still in the starting rotation?

Why are the Mariners still pitching to Tino?

Why does our ballclub continue to make guys like Wang look like legitimate Cy Young candidates?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Game 32 - Questions

Can somebody please remind me why Jeff Nelson is on this team?

Why did Grover send Dobbs to the plate in the 9th while Dave Hansen was sitting on the bench?

Does Tino have to hit a home run every time he faces the Mariners?

Isn't it a beautiful thing when Beltre hits the ball with authority?

Monday, May 09, 2005

Games 30 and 31 - On To The Big Apple

The one bright spot in an otherwise dismal picture is that the Mariners are on the way to New York to square off with the Yankees. If you've been off the planet lately, the Yankees have turned in a perhaps worse performance than our own beloved Hometown Nine so far.

I was at the Clearwater Casino yesterday afternoon when Richie Sexson delivered the game winning bomb. About half a dozen people all said "about time" at the same time. So I guess I'm not the only frustrated fan in Mariner Nation. The one thing that is clear to me now is that I let my expectations get out of whack with reality. As Trent pointed out over at Lookout Landing today, patience is the name of the game with this club (hmmmm - seems like I said something about that a few posts ago).

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Game 29 - What Year Is It?

I kept getting the feeling that it was 2004 all over again last night. It's becoming more difficult to watch the Mariners struggle at the plate. Hopefully the return of Richie Sexson today will signal a revival of the offense.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Games 27 and 28 - Patience Is A Virtue

So the Angels owned the Mariners this week. It was very frustrating to watch - yet I know that this club will be better. They have a rough stretch ahead in Boston and New York - but perhaps this will be the turning point for the offense.

Edit: So Dan Wilson is quite probably done for the season (and perhaps for good). I've got to say that of all the guys that stood outside the practice field signing autographs the day we visited Peoria, Dan was the most gracious. It was clear that he was tired, yet he very patiently worked his way down the line, signing everything that people stuck in his hand. Nice guy - sorry to see that he may end up on such a sour note. Get well soon Dan.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Game 26 - Franklin Falters

Personally, it's becoming pretty frustrating watching the Mariners play baseball these days. I know it's only May, but the trends that began to manifest in April are continuing unabated. The hitters continue to be absent. Ryan Franklin got hammered - no excuses about lack of run support - giving up 5 walks and the long balls is not the way to win a game.

The only bright spots last night were Ichiro! (wow) and a couple of good throws from LF by none other than Randy Winn in the 5th. And I certainly don't want to forget Julio Mateo - he came in throwing strikes and appeared to be in complete command. Of course it was too late by then, but it was nice to see another strong performance from Julio.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Games 23, 24, and 25 - May Flowers

I don't have much to say about the weekend series in Oakland. A good game Friday - a game that should have gone the other way on Saturday - and an excellent performance by Joel Pineiro on Sunday that went for nought.

I'm still very concerned about the lack of offense. Aside from Jeremy Reed, the hitters have been absent for the most part in April. Let's hope the arrival of May signals a rejuvenated hitting attack.