Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Frustration

I think it's finally hitting home that the Mariners are really sucking right now. We know it, the players know it.....Does the Front Office or Grover know it?

Raul gets thrown out of the game for one of two reasons He was cussing out the Umpire from the dugout, or it was because he was arguing balls and strikes. I'd like to think it was a combination of the two.

His ejection did fire the team up.......for two innings. After that it was back on the train to Sucktown.

I was lurking in Lookout Landing's game comments and saw that several people were actually excited that we might lose yet again....just so Mike Hargrove would get fired. I'm all for releasing Grover......but I don't WANT my team to lose to justify that end.

The bad news is we still have a game left with the Rangers. The good news is we have a series with the Royals coming up. Now if we can't win a series against the Royals then someone had better lose a job.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Gameday Audio

I broke down and purchased the game audio from MLB.com this past weekend......and I had the pleasure of actually hearing the M's lose instead of just 'watching' it on the gameday feature.

It's so much nicer to hear how bad your offense is instead of just trying to visualize it through the gameday graphics.

Hey Grover, would suggesting extra batting practice against left handers be out of order?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Rally Killers

No, I don't mean the game was an upset, I mean I'm upset because of the game.

What is it with this team? Are you guys frightened that you may actually be good enough to be over .500?

Is it just easier to be mediocre so that we, as fans, don't expect too much out of you?

It took Felix the better part of three innings to settle down enough to start pitching like we expect him to do.

Our bats are so cold that the air temperature in the Metrodome actually dropped two degrees during the course of the game.

If changes don't start happening I'm going to start refering to the team as the Rally Killers.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

We came out of today's game with a tie for the series with Baltimore. Not what I was expecting/hoping for, but it's better than getting swept by them, right?

We have some good news for todays game. We only stranded three runners, the bad news that goes with that statement is, we only had three guys make it on base.

I know plenty of people get onto Gil for his pitching, all-in-all I would say he did a pretty good job. He held Baltimore to two runs, and the bullpen came in and held them down also.

Our batters for some reason don't have Lopez figured out. The guy came into tonight's game with an outrageous ERA, which is why I pointed out in my last post that we could take them.

Why is it that a man with an ERA of over seven, hell at the start of the game I think it was over eight, can blow our guys away at the plate?

Where is the consistancy guys?

I'm not complaining, I do understand, good days and bad days. I also realize we cannot win every game, it would be nice, and looks good in writing, but it isn't reality.

We come against the Twins for our next series. Let's see if the M's can accept no less than 50% in that series.

I've noticed that the folks at ESPN have pretty much ignored the Mariners for the past week or so. Even during the sweep of San Diego, and the big wins we had against Baltimore. There was nary a word, let alone a highlight.

I guess KC's losses are better for ratings.

Redemption

JJ redeemed himself tonight. After he and Jake Woods gave away the game last night, it was only fair that he (JJ) come in and show the team and the fans that he is the man, and that he deserves the closer's spot.

You can't win them all, and it would be nice if you could, but that isn't how life works.

Our offense was finally able to give Washburn some breathing room, by providing a good run cushion in the first two innings. It's too bad that Baltimore caught on, and brought in another pitcher, because I had a feeling we could have scored all night long.

It's a good thing the bats were warm tonight, because Washburn allowed four runs, and if we stuck with our normal scoring rate with Baltimore, this could have easily turned into a 4-3 win in favor of those yard birds.

I see that Mike Morse has come back to the bench for awhile, I hope he gets SOME time out on the field of play. I liked what I saw in him last year. I will admit his numbers at Tacoma aren't really all that hot, but it's not like Beltre and Sexson are batting .300 here, are they?

Boy, take a few days off and the team goes on a tear.....we are now within two games of Texas, and one game behind Oakland. That also goes without saying that we are only four games from going .500 for the season thus far. Given the past couple of years of crappy baseball from the M's this IS something to crow about.

I don't know how long this will last, but it's going to be an exciting ride to say the least.

I think we can take Lopez early too.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

M's Roast Friars

Ok, it wasn't really a roast as much as it was a good sizzle.

You know what really sucks about this team? The fact that when you just about had enough, when your just ready to stop following them all together, they pull of a really nice win.

My hope, wish, prayer, whatever you want to call it is that the team can get consistant with these wins. We are only five games behind Oakland. Three of those games are our own fault.

I believe it's time for Bavassi to start looking into a trade for a dominant pitcher. The problem there is, who do we trade? Who do we have that someone else would be interested in.

Ichiro? No way, there would be a Lynch mob waiting for Bavassi outside Safeco Field if that happened.

Lopez? Hell no...........

Sexson? I'm not sure we would get a whole lot for him, what with the way he's hitting these days.

Johjima? I like him, he's a good bat, and really tries behind the plate. He has to stay, I didn't like the revolving door policy we had last year with the backstops.

Everett? Yes....he can go.

Bloomquist? He's a good utility player, and might get a shot at everyday somewhere else.

Ibanez? He's here and needs to stay.

Reed? I'm not sure

All I know is that we have an opportunity to have a winning season, IF the FO would like to have one. Or we can shoot for mediocre and try to attain .500. If it were me, I would always go for the top.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Ty Taubenheim

A local guy from Lynden, Washington is getting his first MLB start with the Toronto Blue Jays against the Colorado Rockies.

I realize this has nothing to do with the Mariners, but I'm a little excited that a guy that is from the same County as me, and that I watched play for the Brevard Manatees made it to the show.

If you remember from last year, I suggested that the M's pick him up, because he has some fantastic stuff.

Good Luck Ty!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Swept

I'm not upset by the fact that we were swept, it's the team that swept us that gets me.

The A's are not all that much better than us. I mean sure they have some good pitching, but their bats are not really any better than ours are supposed to be.

Ichiro and Lopez have popped up on the .300 plus radar screen. It won't be very long until Ibanez and I believe even Johjima has it in him to break into .300 territory.

So, it looks like to me is that our new batting coach is doing a good job........with most of the players.

We still have two very well compensated players, that just can't seem to make good contact on a consistant basis. Are we really getting our money's worth?

Is Doyle ready to come up yet?

3/17/06

Absolutely CRAPTACULAR..........'nuff said.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

My Son

My oldest has come out of the closet.

Not THAT closet, he has been a closeted Red Sox fan. I guess he was worried that I would be mad at him, or that it would hurt my feelings.

I wasn't really all that surprised, his Grandparents moved to New Hampshire about three or four years ago, and they have adopted the Sox as their own. I don't really blame him, they are a GOOD team, and they have a long history.

In fact I told him I didn't really care if he was a Red Sox fan, anything but a Yankee, that's all I care about.

He then assured me that he still 'likes' the following teams in this order.

Red Sox

Mariners

Nationals

I'm so proud of him, that I think I'll buy him his first Red Sox 59fifty cap.

Suckfest 2006

That was the worst display of baseball that I have ever 'seen'.
I cannot for the life of me understand why Hargrove left Felix in for as long as he did. Every inning I expected to see someone else's name come up.

How many runs does it take before Hargrove pulls a pitcher? Apparently it takes ten.

Was he scared that his long relievers would screw it away?
How could they eff it up any worse?

Was he trying to let Felix know that he still had confidence in Felix's abilities?
Dude, Felix looked like he just saw his puppy get run over by a school bus. His confidence was shot around the fifth or sixth run.

I brought up that maybe Felix should be sent back down for a little bit, that maybe he was brought up too fast, and he has all that pressure on him........but Jeff from Lookout Landing said it wasn't as much Felix as it was the pitch calls.

Don't get me wrong, I do believe that Felix is the Second Coming, as far as pitching goes. I just think the guy has alot of weight thrown on his shoulders. I know he has 'Badass' etched onto his glove, but tonight he was anything but.

Hargrove needs to go, it's just that simple.

-Going to pinch hit Ichiro with Reeed, but keep Lawton? What, were you hoping for a nine run rally? Ichiro was 2-3, and Lawton was a spectacular 0-4 for the whole game. How much thought was put into that?

What the hell is going on with Beltre and Sexson?

Last year the big excuse was that it was a hard switch from the NL to the AL. Ummm Johjima came over from a whole different culture and country, and can still manage to hit the ball enough to have a respectable batting average.

So what is the excuse this year?

Why in THE fuck aren't those two in there every day wit the batting Coach with Lopez? Are they too good? Or, are they in there with him, but just not listening to the advice?

Yes, I'm pissed off, this kind of crap needs to stop.

Game balls go to Ichiro, Ibanez, Lopez, Joh, and anyone else that got a hit.

The rest of you guys SUCKED.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

M's kill the Rally Monkey!

Can you imagine where this team would be right now if we could play every game like that?

(Listen to me say we, like I'm out on the field or something.)

Emiliano Fruto made his first MLB debut today, he pitched 3.2 innings, came up with the save for Meche, was and allowed only one hit, and one walk. That's a pretty respectable debut, welcome to the show Emiliano! You did spectacular for a guy that showed up for the game twenty minutes before the first pitch, and only a few hours of sleep.

I'm going to initiate a new rule for the M's offense. All batters will now wear pink wristbands from here on out.

Ibanez, Lopez, and Betancourt all had two-run homers. Everatt went yard in a solo shot, not to mention the other extra base hits the team had today. It's the power of the pink baby....I'm convinced.

On a lower note, Richie Sexson has dropped to .196. I realize he's a slugger, and he did have the winning run last night. But, I really think he needs some extra time with the batting coach, and watch some film on himself, to see where his mechanics are wrong.

Don't be too sad though, Ichiro is approaching a .300 BA again, currently he's sitting at .293. Whatever happened at the WBC that changed his approach at the plate has faded away, and the Ichiro of old is making a comeback.

I'm so glad we killed that damn monkey, even if we had to use a pink bat.

Lucky 13

I had this whole tirade for Richie Sexson all ready to go. Wouldn't you know it the guy knocks in the winning dinger before I could let loose on him. I would like to point out to everyone, that with that home run Richie brings his BA above .200. Which means that nobody in the starting line-up is batting in the .100's. That's good news y'all (to use the local vernacular) .

It may have taken thirteen innings to get that win, but our pitching held the scoring by the Angels to only the first three innings. This means our bullpen actually did it's job well. Now if this 'trend' can stick....who knows what could happen.

Tomorrow as you watch the games, don't be alarmed if you see players swinging pink bats. It's all planned, in fact these bats will be signed by the players that own them, then after the games the bats will be placed on MLB.com's auction block. The proceeds of the auction will go to the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

So wish your Mom a Happy Mother's day, and buy a bat!

On a couple of side notes:
Happy Mother's Day Mom! I love you!
Happy Mother's Day Missie, You're spectacular Mother to our kids, I love you!.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Train Whistles

I heard the BN trains as they passed Safeco Field tonight. I was able to hear the game called through the Devil Rays network. Unfortunately the game was NOT broadcast on my local PAX TV station, so radio was the best I could get. One item that was particularly annoying was the Play-By-Play guy for Tampa kept referring to Ichiro by his last name. I don't know of many people in the world of baseball that refer to Ichiro by anything but his first name.

The Mariners pretty much dominated game 2 with the Devil Rays tonight. Waechter's hold over the M's has been vanquished.

Our bats were hot, and Felix quite possibly found his stride on the mound.

That all being said, it was almost as if the Mariners were playing in a mirror. What I mean is the teams have similar records. Though the Devil Rays problem is in the Bullpen exclusively, and ours seems to have more to do with a lack of run production, with a minor in pitching, the teams are a very close representation of one another.

Getting a series win tomorrow could do alot for the team's morale, and the morale of the fans.

Let's Win!!!!!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Good Game, Great Rally

I have to admit when I saw Eddie come into the game in the eighth I was to say the least nervous. After all we had just taken the lead in the bottom of the seventh. I saw Eddie and I said 'Aw crap, here we go again.' Fortunately Eddie did his job, and did it well. This may be just what he needs to get his and our confidence back.

JJ Putz, did a fantastic job as the closer tonight. Two strikeouts and fielded out for the game with the Devil Rays.

Jo-El as you all know was named A.L. Player of the week, an honor not given to a Seattle starting pitcher since Randy Johnson, in the late nineties.

Richie Sexson seems to have found the monkey that was on Beltre's back. I hope he finds his groove again, he is one of my favorite Mariners.

I found my next Mariner gear purchase. I'm going to save up and buy one of the new Mariner away game jerseys. I like the way they put the Compass Rose on the S in the Seattle name. It's only $99 on MLB.com shopping, maybe I'll have it in time for the Mariners trip to Tampa Bay in September.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Run Support

Poor Washburn, what is it about the M's?

I believe just last year we had another Pitcher that we just couldn't provide offensive support for.

Oh well, bring on the Devil Rays...............at least I'll be able to listen to the game tomorrow on the 'Rays radio network.' :)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Jo-El = Superman?

Have you removed the Kryptonite jewelry? Have you re-discovered your superpowers?

You have twice now saved the fans of the Mariners from having to sit through another late inning loss due to the ineptness of your counterparts in the bullpen.

What I mean is that you saved us from the middle relievers and disastrous set-up men.

JJ You're the MAN, keep that up, because I need the points for my Fantasy Team.

Grover, did you actually come to life? I realize you didn't even make it to the top step of the dugout. But, at least you showed SOME interest in winning. (Even if you had to run the team from around the corner in the tunnel.)

-During the last ten games the M's are at .500, that's the better news.

-The good news and bad news are the same thing, we are 4.5 games behind Texas.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Professor Woods

The following is cut from today's article in the P.I. :
Soriano started the eighth with a walk and gave way to George Sherrill, who issued another. Sean Green completed the base-on-balls trifecta, then gave up three runs on a single, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk. Jake Woods then gave up a two-run double to Michaels.
"Every team is going to have those nights," Woods said. "The teams that minimize them are the ones that win. Right now, the ball is not bouncing our way."


Apparently Jake Woods feels that preparation, skill, attitude, and training have nothing whatsoever to do with winning ball games.

Jake feels that it's all luck. Now I'll admit that baseball players are a superstitious lot, but Jake's statement struck me as stupid.

We've all seen these types of cliches before, hell any postgame interview you watch, or read about, you'll see at least five.

Maybe that is what's wrong with our bullpen, they don't see it as anything other than dumb luck when they pitch a good game.

WAKE THE EFF UP!!!!!!
Are we really THIS crappy?

It's time to call a team meeting, get the boys together Grover tell them you love them, tell them you hate them, just talk to them about your expectations. You do HAVE expectations of winning, right?

I do, I expect the Mariners to win, i expect a bullpen that backs up the Starter. I expect men that get paid way more money than I'll ever see in the course of life , to play to the best of their ability.

I expect the Front Office to field a team that can win. I don't expect that front office to let good quality talent to slip through our grasp, only to come back to Seattle in another uniform to beat us.

I expect a Manager to get his ass on his shoulders once in awhile to get the attention of the troops. (For those not in the South, that means get mean, or mad.)

It worked for Leyland in Detroit....it can work for Hargrove in Seattle.

Five short years ago we had the best record in all of baseball.............get it back!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

New Hat

Missy, my wife, received her new Mariners hat yesterday. It's the pink New Era with the team logo on it.

She wore it all day today, it made me really happy to see her run around in it. She's not the biggest fan of the actual game, to be honest with you she likes to watch the player's asses. That being said, I think if she actually took the time to learn the game she would enjoy it. Everytime we have gone to a game she has enjoyed herself.

I think we're going to try and make it to the Tampa game when the Mariners come to play in September.

It looks like Eddie has finally been taken out of the closer role. Thank goodness for that, I was beginning to wonder if Grover was going to come out of the fog and see that Eddie no longer has the ability to be a dominant closer. I'll say it again Eddie should have been traded off last year for new prospects. Now we're stuck with a payroll drag that doesn't have a job.

I guess we'll have to see who gets the closer job, Soriano or Putz.


Let the competition begin....................my money is Soriano for the long term.

Disney World

We spent a nice long weekend over at Walt Disney World, so I really haven't paid much attention, other than the sport's ticker on ESPN. The wins up in Minnesota really helped the team. Of course the loss to Santana didn't help, but that guy IS their ace pitcher.

Tonight's game against the White Sox, was a case of the Mariner's beating themselves. Several issues need to be addressed, and hopefully soon. We had an excellent opportunity tonight to get out of the cellar.

Grover, please, for cryin' out loud, when Gil starts to stumble in the late innings, remember it's ok to pull him out of the game. It shouldn't hurt his feelings, in fact I'd be willing to bet he would have been a little grateful.

Grover, is it possible to let Beltre hit off a tee during the game? His defense is outstanding, but damn man, go get his eyes checked or something.

Eddie......................WTF???!!!!!! (That's all I need to write about your night.)

Grover.................WTF???!!!!!! Why do you continue to use Mr. 8.38 ERA as the closer, when you have both JJ and George doing a spectacular job? Eddie is as old as me for Christ's sake, let's get some new blood in there.......................