Friday, June 30, 2006

Sweep!

I'm still positively giddy over another exciting finish in Phoenix yesterday evening. Rather than me carrying on about how awesome the Mariners are right now, let me refer you over to the inimitable Jeff Sullivan at Lookout Landing.


Edit: On the subject of the Cabrera for Perez deal - Good move. It shows the team is making an effort to win the division. The impact of this move will not be lost on the players. For so many years now the Mariners have not been able to do any deals around the deadline. In turn, the players have lost faith that the organization was committed to winning. Picking up Perez will show the players that the FO recognizes the team's shortcomings and is taking steps to correct them. Awesome. The preceding is my opinion - YMMV.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

High Water Mark

Since the team is currently playing winning baseball, it's probably time to think about what comes next. Dave over at USS Mariner has done just that - it's a long article but definitely worth a read. My impressions:

  • Bringing up Doyle and letting him and Ibanez play LF/DH is an awesome idea. It makes the club better. Dave didn't mention this, but if Everett is going to slide to the bench, it's buh-bye to Petagine.
  • Getting a solid middle reliever is a must! I can't stand to watch Mateo any more - he just doesn't inspire my confidence - so you know Grover is not impressed.
  • Getting rid of Pineiro would be another move that makes the team better - as long as it can be accomplished at little or no cost. Got to agree that the fifth starter is not that important - the LF/DH situation and a solid middle reliever should be the top priorities.

Watching Mariner baseball is fun again. Bill Bavasi better make sure he does what is required to keep this team rolling - the division is theirs for the taking!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Pinch Me!

Just want to make sure I'm really awake - the Mariners have arrived at the .500 mark! And they have done it in a methodical, explosive and exciting fashion. Don't want to get too effusive here, but this club is on a roll. Some bullets would seem to be in order:

  • It would appear that Kenji Johjima can be as streaky as any hitter in baseball. No worries - I really like what he's doing right now.
  • Dr. Detecto has an interesting piece on some possible acquisitions. The Doc also sings the praises of Raul Ibanez - count me as a believer.
  • Mike Hargrove tried really hard to lose the game in Phoenix last night. Thanks goodness the hitters stepped up and didn't let him. Sheesh.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Maybe It's Paul Nauert

So in addition to being at the center of the controversy in San Diego last Sunday, Umpire Paul Nauert was also the culprit when Raul Ibanez lost his mind and got tossed for the first time in his pro career not long ago at Safeco Field. I'm just saying.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Rollercoaster

Watching a Mariners game these days is just like riding a rollercoaster. The game in San Diego Saturday evening was no exception. A few quick impressions:

  • Moyer can probably keep pitching until he's 50 if he feels like it.
  • Where would this team be without Raul Ibanez?
  • Eddie Guardado is not only done, he's really done.
  • J.J. managed to overcome a lot of adversity to strike out the side and end the Padre rally.
  • Nobody makes that barehand play better than Adrian Beltre.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Do I Hear Six?

The coolest thing about baseball is that it's so unpredictable. Just when you are sure that you know exactly what's going on, something happens that invariably surprises you. Such was the case down in Chavez Ravine last night. What appeared to be another game that the Mariners had in the bag and squandered turned out to be a win. And the 5th win in a row (how about them apples Corey?)! Although it's still a bit premature to say that this team has turned the corner, I am certainly feeling a lot better about their chances now than I was 2 weeks ago. But that's the coolest thing about baseball - it's so unpredictable!

Edit: For two opposing views of the state of the ballclub, I give you Dave over at USS Mariner, and Jason over at Prospect Insider.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Death To NL Clubs

One thing is for certain. The Mariners know how to win interleague games played at Safeco Field! Nice finish to a good weekend series with the Giants taking a drubbing from the hometown nine.

This team has been maddening this season - in the sense that they always manage to reel off a few wins just about the time that I am getting ready to give up on them. I've still got some serious concerns about Sexson and Beltre. I still have some serious concerns about Everett and Guardado. But even with all that, I have to say that I am starting to feel optimistic again. And why not? At least until the ASB anyway.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

J.J. vs. Barry

It was an excellent game at Safeco Field last night. To me, the most exciting and compelling part of the game came at the very end, when J.J. Putz faced Barry Bonds. J.J. was protecting a 1 run lead - and Barry Bonds is more than capable of tying the game with one swing. It was a classic confrontation - power pitcher vs. power hitter. J.J. prevailed in the end (that splitter was filthy). I also think that this appearance will cement J.J.'s installation as the closer - and also signal the end of the road for the former closer.

For those of you that can follow the Mariners on FSN, can you believe the difference between Matt Morrison and Brad Adam? Morrison did the pregame shows on the last road trip - and he was awful (no surprise there - he stunk last year too). Brad Adam is everything that Matt Morrison is not - smooth, polished, articulate.

Will somebody please explain to Dave Valle the difference between "prostate" and "prostrate". Geez.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

A New Low

Rather than commenting on the last two games in Oakland, I will quote the immortal Homer Simpson: "Yeah Moe, that team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Turning Point?

Bill Bavasi was talking about turning points last Saturday evening. I am beginning to think that this week will contain another turning point - namely how will the Mariners do in Oakland? Will they be able to carry the momentum that they have gathered over the past dozen games? One thing is for certain - the Mariners are fun to watch again.

The King was at his most regal yesterday. His curve and change were absolutely filthy - the Angels looked really bad. That was the kind of outing Felix needed to build his confidence. Long Live The King!

Edit: Saw some discussion over at USS Mariner today concerning Ichiro! and Rickey Henderson. Please click here to see just how awesome Rickey was. No knock on Ichiro! - but Rickey is definitely in a separate league.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Slugfest

The Mariners unloaded the lumber last night in Anaheim. They have certainly owned the Angels for the last two seasons. The hitters definitely picked up the pitching staff last night (Meche and Fruto anyway) and provided another very enjoyable game.

On the pregame show (FSN), Bill Bavasi discussed Jeremy Reed, and actually used the P word (platoon). I'm paraphrasing, but Bavasi basically said that he would like to see Reed succeed with the club, but it's more important right now to win games than to develop Reed. He said that he thought that the platoon was a good idea for now. He also said that he felt that Reed was at a pivotal point in his career. So I think the message in all of that is pretty clear - shape up or prepare to ship out!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

More Random Stuff

Nice finish to a fun game to watch last night. There, I said it, fun. Despite all the bad feelings that I still have about this team, they are playing some pretty good baseball right now. And they are fun to watch.

A bit of sad news - looks like Jeff Nelson may be done.

Speaking of done, will somebody please stick a fork in Eddie Guardado?

Edit: And for another take on last night's game, please check out the awesome Anne Ursu, aka Batgirl.

Edit: Also must make a comment regarding Boof Bonser. We had a miniature Schnauzer named Boofer - he was an awesome dog. When Dave Niehaus called Boof "Boofer" last night, it really reminded me how much I miss my old friend.

Edit: Click here to see how good Ichiro! really is.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

This And That

Congrats to Ichiro! for being named AL Player of the Week.

Nice to see Beltre and Sexson starting to show some signs of life at the plate. It still may not be too late. Ibanez and Lopez continue to amaze.

Awesome pitching matchup tonight - Liriano vs. The King.

Monday, June 05, 2006

A Cautionary Tale

USA Today is running a great article today concerning Ryan Anderson and what he's up to these days. It just goes to show that being a number one pick doesn't always turn out the way that we might expect.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Off Day Ruminations

Follow this link to Larry Stone's article in the Times today. He does an excellent job of summarizing the quandry that the Mariners are currently in.

Sort of an offensive outburst in Texas yesterday (take that any way you wish). 17 singles. Interesting.

King Felix had a good outing for the most part yesterday. He is still getting burned by mistakes, but with run support he can survive those without too much difficulty.