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April 5, 2008 5:56 PM

Mariners at Baltimore Orioles: 4/5 game thread

Posted by Geoff Baker

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7:17 p.m.: George Sherrill gets the side 1-2-3 in the ninth and Seattle loses 6-4. I'm off to the clubhouse and will be back later.

Down below, take a walk to Camden Yards with me in our latest video. Tour the pressbox, where we work and then come down on the field during batting practice.

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6:45 p.m.: Got tripped up with the score a little earlier, sorry. That seventh inning felt like a back-breaker for the Mariners after Sean Green walked the first three batters he faced. Roy Corcoran did an excellent job of relief from there, notching three straight flyball outs. But the second of those was a shot to the warning track in left by Adam Jones that brought the runner in from third for a 6-4 lead by Baltimore. Not looking good for Seattle. Poor pitching by Miguel Batista and Green.

6:03 p.m.: It's only the sixth inning, but that might have been the ballgame in the top of the frame. The M's put two on with none out, then saw Jose Vidro hit a lazy fly ball to center that failed to advance the runners. Kenji Johjima came up next and hit into a 5-4-3 double-play. In a 5-4 game, the O's leading, that was huge. Sean Green has replaced Miguel Batista to start the bottom of the sixth.

5:56 p.m.: Miguel Batista just coughed up one big hairball -- not to mention a lead -- in the fifth inning, issuing three straight walks at one point to force home a tying run, then yielding a Luke Scott single to center and a sacrifice fly to deep center by Ramon Hernandez that's put the Orioles in front 5-4. A dramatic change of events here. Shades of last summer in Toronto when Batista walked the bases loaded with none out but managed to escpae with only one run allowed and an eventual victory. No such magic tonight. Now, the big question is, who comes back out for the sixth? Once again, that 11-man pitching staff is looking mighty shaky.

5:12 p.m.: Seattle booted the ball around in the bottom of the fourth, allowing the Orioles to tie the game 2-2. But Jose Lopez just put the M's in front in the fifth, with a one-out, two-run homer to left field. Adam Loewen got one more out in the inning, then was lifted for reliever Matt Albers. The bottom of the fourth turned ugly for Seattle after a one-out double by Kevin Millar. With two out, Luke Scott doubled to right center to bring one run home. After that, Yuniesky Betancourt allowed a Ramon Hernandez grounder to short-hop him and go into left field. Raul Ibanez picked the ball up and heaved a throw home -- way, way home as it sailed over catcher Kenji Johjima's head, allowing Scott to score the tying run.

5:02 p.m.: Still a 2-0 game, Seattle in the lead, as we enter the fourth inning. Miguel Batista got in a bit of a jam in the third, walking Brian Roberts with one out. Roberts then stole second and later third, but the umpire at the latter base didn't agree and called him out. I thought he was safe. But the M's caught a break. Melvin Mora flied out to end it. Adam Loewen is missing his control tonight and was up to 54 pitches through three innings. The M's could help themselves by showing some of that patient approach this inning that we've seen all week.

4:43 p.m.: Jose Vidro tagged Adam Loewen for a two-run homer to left field in the second inning that barely managed to stay fair. The second home run in less than a week by Vidro gives Seattle a 2-0 lead heading to the third inning. Miguel Batista gave up a single in the bottom of the frame, but got out of it, largely due to some good hustle by second baseman Jose Lopez on a pop-up to shallow right. Lopez couldn't hold on to the ball as he made a diving, over-the-head attempt for it. But he alertly picked the ball up and threw out the lead runner, who had held up halfway. Adrian Beltre had been standing on second after a walk prior to Vidro's homer in the top of the frame. He seemed unsure of what to do as he watched the ball sail out. Perhaps he was stunned to see two homers by Vidro within a three-game span? Who knows. But Vidro nearly passed him on the bases during his home run trot. To answer a question from Adam in the comments thread, Mark Lowe may have only thrown a handful of pitches this season, but they came on back-to-back days. So, he couldn't be used a third straight day that series finale with Texas. And last night, it was mop-up time after the seventh. Lowe is the de-facto closer right now. You need to save some guys for the eighth and ninth. The M's were trailing 4-2 in the game by the time the seventh began. I could understand the argument for bringing Lowe in to a high-leverage situation in the seventh if his team was ahead. But at the time, his team was trailing. And it wasn't like there was a bases loaded jam. It was a walk and a quick homer that made it 6-2. It doesn't make sense to use him in that situation. Or in the eighth. So, I'm not sure of the problem regarding his use.

As for Ryan Rowland-Smith, how was he to be used? The team positioned itself to win all three games against the Rangers. J.J. Putz blew the save and they lost. Not sure where Rowland-Smith fits into all that. I know the team didn't want him going a week withoiut pitching, but I just don't see too many opportunities that presented themselves. Not buying the argument.

4:25 p.m.: Miguel Batista looked sharp in the bottom of the first, notching a groundout back to the mound and another to third base to start the inning. Nick Markakis then rolled a grounder up the middle for a single and later stole second base. But Batista struck out Kevin Millar on a full-count offering to end the frame. Scoreless after one.

4:17 p.m.: The M's squandered a scoring chance in the first inning as Raul Ibanez drew a two-out walk, then advanced to second on a wild-pitch. But Richie Sexson took a called third strike to end the inning. No comments, please. Well, actually, OK, you can comment if you'd like.

4:11 p.m.: A breezy night here at Camden Yards as Miguel Batista takes the mound for Seattle, against Adam Loewen. See Loewen throwing the game's first pitch to Ichiro on the previous page. Was a beautiful, sunny day here, but some clouds have eased in over the ballpark within the past hour. Doesn't look like rain, but it's gotten somewhat cooler than before. Cooler than last night, anyway. They announced the gametime temperature as 63 degrees, but there is no way. Feels like 50 or lower. The kind of weather that makes you blow on your hands.

We met with manager John McLaren in the dugout a short time ago. I asked him whether he'd given any more thought to going to a 12-man pitching staff and he said that several options had been discussed. But he doesn't anticipate anything happening before this series is over.

"Again, things can change game to game,'' he said. "But again, we don't plan on changes overnight.''

To answer a question one of you asked me earlier today, yes, R.A. Dickey still has minor league options left -- two years worth. So, this year and one more after that. Will Dickey be part of a revamped bullpen? Possibly. Though right now, McLaren is also eyeing Arthur Rhodes and Brandon Morrow just as intently, if not more so.

I spoke to Cha Seung Baek earlier and he told me he was missing his spots a lot over the middle of the plate. His English is getting much better and he told me he didn't want to make excuses for giving up the home runs. But, he added, sitting out eight days between mound outings didn't help his control. He's also working to adjust to the differences between starting and being a long reliever. Starters obviously know they are going to pitch and can go through all of their stretching and pre-game routine. With long relievers, it's a guess. Baek knows he has to get used to warming up on-the-fly and being ready to go in after sitting for a long time.

McLaren said "maybe'' when asked whether the layoff had impacted Baek's control. He noted that the two other pitchers used in the middle innings, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Roy Corcoran, were also plagued by inactivity.

The lineups:


51 Ichiro (L) CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
28 Raul Ibanez (L) LF
44 Richie Sexson 1B
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
12 Mike Morse RF
3 Jose Vidro (S) DH
2 Kenji Johjima C
5 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

43 Miguel Batista RHP


1 Brian Roberts (S) 2B
6 Melvin Mora 3B
21 Nick Markakis (L) RF
15 Kevin Millar 1B
17 Aubrey Huff (L) DH
9 Scott Moore (L) LF
55 Ramon Hernandez C
10 Adam Jones CF
12 Brandon Fahey (L) SS

29 Adam Loewen LHP

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Posted by Adam

4:14 PM, Apr 05, 2008

To echo USSM, why in the world is McLaren refusing to use Lowe and RRS? He's complaining about a 6-man pen; perhaps he should amend that and call it what it is: a 4-man pen!!

John McLaren is the worst manager in the game. His bullpen "management" and refusal to trust his young players is proof of that.

Posted by M's Fan

4:20 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Nice to see Morse finally in the line up. I for one hope Sexon continues hitting the way he did last night, so he can get the boo birds off his back by the time they return home. Go M's!!!

Posted by KingCorran

4:29 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"John McLaren is the worst manager in the game. His bullpen 'management' and refusal to trust his young players is proof of that."

Wow. That's quite a statement. Nowhere near accurate in the general sense, and very poor reasons for making such a comprehensive claim in the first place. Not to mention that 4 games is a very small sample size for making a claim that he 'refuses' to use certain players.

All due respect... the man's had about half a season managing in the big-leagues, and only 4 games managing a team with any modicum of input into what coaches and players he works with. I submit respectfully to you that no one yet has any idea how bad... or good... a manager John McLaren will be.

Give a guy a break.

Posted by oregongal

4:30 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Nice AB by AB.

Posted by oregongal

4:31 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Made better by a nicer AB by JV.

Posted by Bobby Ayala

4:32 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Ok. I know I talked shit about Vidro's swing in the last thread... but gotta love the two home runs this season. That was a nice shot.

Posted by good guy fan

4:59 PM, Apr 05, 2008

on the radio - i thought they said that Morse threw out the runner after Lopez (almost) made that exciting catch?

Bleah.. Sexson struck out again.

Posted by Buschleaguer

5:05 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I know I sound like a broken record but, thanks for the interesting "insider's look" at the life of a beat writer. I look forward to your videos every day and feel i'm living vicariously through you. BTW, as a recently retired Navy guy with a lot of time on his hands, if you ever need someone to carry your bags on and off the plane for road trips (at the paper's expense of course) I volunteer my services! ;-)

Keep up the great work brother!


Posted by Faceplant

5:09 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Wow, Beltre was not out.

Posted by Bobb Ayala

5:13 PM, Apr 05, 2008

^^ Neither was Brian Roberts. What goes around, comes around...

So is that technically a single for Morse since he was out AFTER being safe, as opposed to a fielder's choice?

Posted by Faceplant

5:24 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"Neither was Brian Roberts. What goes around, comes around..."

Not in my negativity filled world!

Posted by Seth Cotner

5:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Dude... Geoff... whatever you get paid, its not enough... great job on the video tour.

Glad to see Morse in there today...

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

5:33 PM, Apr 05, 2008

There's your new Jose Lopez for '08!

Posted by Matt

5:39 PM, Apr 05, 2008

it's luke scott in left not Scott Moore.

Posted by griz

5:40 PM, Apr 05, 2008

3 strikeouts from Richie so far. There is NO justification for having this guy hitting cleanup (or being in the lineup at all).

Posted by Faceplant

5:42 PM, Apr 05, 2008

What we are seeing from Lopez is indeed encouraging! Now just keep it up Lope!

Posted by ethan

5:47 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Gen. Petreaus is going to testify that Sexson should remain in the clean-up spot until October.

what i wanna know is...who's the idiot 20 years ago that steered Richie away from Basketball and into baseball??

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

5:52 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I submit respectfully to you that no one yet has any idea how bad... or good... a manager John McLaren will be.

Give a guy a break.

John McLaren has no clue how to properly manage a bullpen. He implements terrible game strategy. He ignores split stats completely, and goes with lefty/lefty , righty-righty match-ups. He wastes outs by bunting, and pinch hits superior hitters out for inferior hitters like Bloomquist. Mac warms up relievers too late and subsequently replaces a struggling pitcher (Batista) after the damage has been done.

Posted by Anna11

5:52 PM, Apr 05, 2008

What's up with Batista? He's just lost all his control.

Glad the staff has two aces now. Sheesh.

And the ballgame is now tied. McLaren needs to pull Batista now.

Is this related to how he was used as a closer on Wednesday?

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

5:54 PM, Apr 05, 2008

The solution to the Sexson problem is obvious: have him close until Putz returns. Lets face it, the guy has an almost supernatural ability to strike out. He UNDERSTANDS striking out. Sexson IS striking out. Maybe he can use his power for good?

Posted by i heart Morse

5:55 PM, Apr 05, 2008

pitchers going deeper in the ballgame....self-fulfilling prophecy the last two nights?

Posted by Faceplant

5:56 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"John McLaren has no clue how to properly manage a bullpen. He implements terrible game strategy. He ignores split stats completely, and goes with lefty/lefty , righty-righty match-ups. He wastes outs by bunting, and pinch hits superior hitters out for inferior hitters like Bloomquist. Mac warms up relievers too late and subsequently replaces a struggling pitcher (Batista) after the damage has been done."

Oh my God!

I actually agree with Resin about something? Pigs are definately flying!

And he's warming up Corcoran? Excuse me while I vomit.

Posted by i heart Morse

5:58 PM, Apr 05, 2008

McLaren looks as passive as my old casual-fan uncle when he watches the game...

Posted by ethan

6:01 PM, Apr 05, 2008

fortune cookie that miguel opened today.."YOU WILL TOTALLY SUCK TONIGHT. YOU'LL BE HELPING NO ONE."

Posted by Troy

6:09 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Why wasn't Vidro bunting in that situation?!?!?! McLaren just wasted a 2-on, noone out situation. Is it August already?

Posted by i heart Morse

6:10 PM, Apr 05, 2008

5-4, Geoff...we're not that hopeless

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

6:14 PM, Apr 05, 2008

can we please stop hearing about Morse's alleged defensive ineptness now?

Posted by Faceplant

6:15 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Good throw by Morse. If there is one thing Mike Morse does possess it is a plus arm.

Posted by Faceplant

6:16 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"can we please stop hearing about Morse's alleged defensive ineptness now?"

Nope. Possessing a good arm does not make you a good defensive player.

Posted by good guy fan

6:16 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I'd second what Seth said- the blog has turned me from a fan to a fanatic- never paid attention to spring training until this year.

maybe Sexson and Geoff should trade salaries.

Posted by TimsHead

6:18 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I know Geoff is working hard, but ...

1) Lopez hit a two-run, not solo, homer.
2) It's 5-4 O's, not 5-3.

As Joseph Pulitzer allegedly said: "Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy." But then Pulitzer's yellow journalism did everything he could to get us into the Spanish-American War, so go figure.

C'mon Seattle ... let's put up some runs!

Posted by Faceplant

6:20 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"maybe Sexson and Geoff should trade salaries."

And jobs.

Don't get me wrong. I Geoff is a fantastic writing, and does a fantastic job on this blog.

...But I'm sure he still has a quicker bat then Sexson!

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

6:23 PM, Apr 05, 2008

That was a poor at bat by Lopez.

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

6:27 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I wonder if McLaren will substitute players out now since it's the 8th inning.

Posted by Faceplant

6:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Okay, that was creepy. I swear to god the Oriole mascot was grabbing that girls boob.

Posted by i heart Morse

6:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008

here's a more feasible solution: Morse trade jobs with Sexson, and Geoff can continue to spoil all of us

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

6:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008

"going to be the 8th inning when we come to the plate"

Posted by downinthegroove

6:30 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I hate to do this as the old man is at the plate but tough....

What if Ibanez and Sexson do not come back to form. Ibanez was terrible most of the first half of the season. He was a slightly above avg. player for a very short period of time.

He is a lot like Edgar and a lot unlike Edgar. Edgar has HOF talk and was greater towards the end of his career than earlier. Raul was a bench player who was solid for a few years in the middle but nowhere near is as good late.

And when the wheels fell off of both of them goodness...

And Vidro along with Wilkerson are shadows of their former Expo days....

Sexson is just Sexson. He may give ya 20-25 hopefully but I think thats about it....And swallow this pill...That's about as much power as anyone on this team can give.

I am killed by comparison to other team's early struggles...We are not as good as those other teams and Geoff constantly reminded us how weak the M's schedule is and how deficiencies could be offset by these early games.

The time to panic is when Bavasi was not fired. Now I understand how those firemen felt when Deadwood burned to ground. They had the best equipment money could buy....They just forgot to bring the water.

Posted by i heart Morse

6:35 PM, Apr 05, 2008

so many ways to lose games...and once again McLaren looks so clueless out there...did he really have to have the umpire explain to him why that was a balk? Dave Sims knew for crying out loud

Posted by Troy

6:35 PM, Apr 05, 2008

It's early in the season, yes, but it's seriously disconcerting to watch what most experts assume to be probably the worst team in the American League pound on our supposedly good pitching while we dink and flail at their scrubs. Truly disappointing. At least I'm not a Tigers fan....but somehow I think their fans have more cause to be optimistic despite their poor showing so far. Even IF (and that "IF" is looming rather large at present) Bedard and Felix win the next two for us, it's still a major disappointment splitting with a team as horrible as Baltimore. I live here in Baltimore. I KNOW how bad they suck. We better get it together and soon!!

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

6:38 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Corcoran in with bases loaded. Excuse me while I vomit in the same bucket Facey did.

Posted by IHateMcLaren

6:39 PM, Apr 05, 2008

This team was mediocre at best with Putz, but is complete garbage now. As long as McLaren is in charge and Sexson is on the field, this team wil be sub .500 and not anywhere near a playoff spot.

Posted by Bill

6:41 PM, Apr 05, 2008

This team is not fun to watch right now. I didn't like MacLaren's style last year but it being his first year I suppose he gets a mulligan as most have encouraged. However he has shown me nothing to prove that he is a quality manager.

It was clear that Sean Green couldn't find the plate, yet he stayed in the game to face 3 batters. All that talk of using the bench more has just been talk.

If this team is serious about contending this season they need to show that they can implement changes to give this team a spark when it's needed, whether it be during a game, a series, or a series of series. I don't see Mac being capable of doing that, based on what I've seen from him.

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

6:41 PM, Apr 05, 2008

tomorrow is an afternoon game, so if the mariner bats are bad enough, the team can probably get to the old country buffet for the 5pm early bird special, which gives them 20% off with their AARP cards.

Posted by IHateMcLaren

6:43 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Good thing that Mac has kept Hargroves theory of keeping pitchers on the hill until after the damage is done.

Posted by i heart Morse

6:45 PM, Apr 05, 2008

back-to-back-to-back for the lead?

Posted by i heart Morse

6:49 PM, Apr 05, 2008

obviously, I love Morse but is there any sense behind Mac's decision to start him because a lefty's starting for the O's and then to not pinch hit when a submarine righty is brought in...sheesh, gonna be a long season

Posted by GW

6:49 PM, Apr 05, 2008


You do an amazing job of keeping of up to date with M's info. The VIDEO's are awesome! Thanks so the behind the scenes views and around the stadiums. Hopefully you can do that on some of the travel games this year. Ive only been to Camden Yards one time....Coors Field and Safeco. So really looknig forward to your insights and videos. Isnt Camden Yards a great place with great history!

Go M's....keep up the great work!

Posted by Troy

6:54 PM, Apr 05, 2008 reality!

Posted by i heart Morse

7:01 PM, Apr 05, 2008

it's amazing how "putting the game in motion" can benefit a team.....when they're actually doing it with fast players. Unlike the M's and their determination to run with Wilkerson/Vidro

Posted by JR

7:13 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Batista walks 3 in a row, no trip to mound by Mel. M's pitchers walk 9. Rictchie ko's 3 times. So, tell me, how is this team any better than last year? Sure glad we're playing thesae bad teams so we can pad our lead in the AL West.

Posted by JR

7:17 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Losers. Getting tired of Mike Blowers too. And it's only the first week of the season.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:17 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Sherrill shuts us down!

We'll be lucky to get out of town with a split.

Don't worry, Be Happy!

Posted by i heart Morse

7:24 PM, Apr 05, 2008


offensive production from the middle infield
Corcoran surprisingly effective
Bedard tomorrow
Felix monday
Morse continues to impress

Posted by kranky

7:25 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Mac nees to break out of his formulas for putting guys in "roles" and just go with the guys who are playing well. O'Flaherty is not succeeding. Get R.A. Dickey up. Corcoran is a keeper. Find someone in the clubhouse who will hit the ball, even if its Willy.

Posted by JR

7:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Hey I love....We lost the damn game! I'm not into positives. These are pros. The M's are paying $14-mil for Big Ritchie to strike out 3 times a night. Pitchers giving up 9 walks. I don't give a Sh** about positives, I want wins!

Posted by Poe

7:29 PM, Apr 05, 2008

GEEEEEEEZ!!! this blog is filled with a bunch of over analyzing WHINERS!! what do the 1st four letters of the word analyze spell? ANAL! It's the 5th game of the year! Get over it!

Posted by helpFelix

7:31 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Just curious Geoff...

So when do you start getting flippin worried????!!!!!!

This is outright appauling! We are suppose to be getting ahead of the Angels in April, and if I were a betting man I'd bet we will be down 2 games tonight to the Angels.

Ironcially the rebuilding A's are even ahead of us, AND THEY are playing TOUGH teams AND producing offense against quality SPing!

We've sat Morse so long, he's NOW forgotten how to hit. After Baek's last outing NO MLB team will take him knowing that he's out of options and needs a spot on their 25-man roster...or else they lose him. We gambled on Baek and have now lost!

Hey at least Sexson didn't go 0-4 again with no SOs...oh wait a minute...that was my dream last night and then I woke up dissappointed. How many SOs today? Last time I checked he had 3 SOs, but if I recall right his last AB was also a SO.

Ibanez SHOULD NOT be batthing against LHP period!!!

If I'm Mac this is what I would do NOW:

1) Call up Wlad now for RF, and move the Wilkerson/Morse duo over to LF...and send down Jimenez...nobody will claim him anyways.

2) Trade Baek/Morse to Cincy for Griffey

3) Start platooning Ibanez @ 1B w/Sexson (Ibanez getting the all the ABs with RHPs)

We cannot...I repeat CANNOT...chance getting any further down from the Angels from this point on!

Posted by JR

7:32 PM, Apr 05, 2008

yeah anal, that's where Ritchie's bat is right now!

Posted by Maui Mariner

7:36 PM, Apr 05, 2008

open window, set big toe on ledge........

Posted by Resin isn't Cheating

7:37 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Geoff, what's the FSN breaking news regarding Bedard???

Posted by A;

7:41 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Awesome Bedard's got a hip injury.

Posted by Seth Cotner

7:43 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Havent I read this every day for the past two spring / summers?

'Seattle’s Richie Sexson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.'

Posted by oregongal

7:46 PM, Apr 05, 2008

I can take Sexson's SO more than Bedard's hip injury. Any idea how serious it is? I didn't hear the story?

Posted by i heart Morse

7:48 PM, Apr 05, 2008

JR...i appreciate the intensity and believe me nothing ruins my day more than a Mariner's loss. But it's a 162 game season. Every team will have frustrations...I promise you the O's will not be in first in four months. The M's have no closer, which understandably upsets the bullpen. Sexson is an all or nothign hitter...he had a double and HR last's game 5. I would reserve the explicitives for September if I were lose credibility otherwise.

Posted by i heart Morse

7:52 PM, Apr 05, 2008

help felix:

I doubt baek/morse would be sufficient to get Griffey. The SI baseball preview issue suggests trading Kenji for Griffey and calling up clement...if i were Bavasi, I'd be hard selling that everyday

Posted by oregongal

8:08 PM, Apr 05, 2008

What is it with Mariners, Baltimore, and hips? Remember when the false rumor went around that AJ had a hip condition?

Posted by NB

8:14 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Look on the bright side everybody it's Saturday night. Go drink and pour out a 40 for Erik's hip!!

Posted by Seth Cotner

Posted by DH Schmginsky

8:18 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Ichiro CF
Betancourt SS
Griffey RF
Bonds DH
Beltre 3B
Clement 1B
Balentien LF
Johjima C
Lopez 2B

Posted by i heart Morse

8:19 PM, Apr 05, 2008

thanks for the link seth...when it rains it pours

Posted by Swung On And Belted

8:20 PM, Apr 05, 2008

It's a good thing it's Saturday night, cause McLaren's driving me to drink!

Posted by downinthegroove

8:22 PM, Apr 05, 2008

Good thing the M's were so deep they were only a Bedard away!

Posted by Adam

8:28 PM, Apr 05, 2008


Honestly, chill out. We've got 157 to go. This was a horribly played game by the M's, no doubt. But let's wait a bit before we panic.

Geoff - Lowe could have been used last night, since Thursday was an off-day. And he hasn't had that much work, to be honest (9 pitches). RRS could have been used Wednesday, or Tuesday, or Monday.

And why is Corchran seeing more time than Lowe?

I really don't think McLaren has a clue in the world how to set his bullpen. None at all.

And BTW, did anyone notice that Mel Stottlemyre's pitching staff has 25 BBs in five games? Not good.

Posted by shortbus

9:32 PM, Apr 05, 2008

It's not just five games. It's five games against two teams that are likely to finish below .500 for the season. We're just playing even with teams that we should be handling. Do these M's look ready to take on the Angels or Cleveland, let alone the Yankees or Boston?

Also...notice something about these games. Jones and Sherril have played roles in beating us twice and Bedard is nowhere in sight. Every single day Jones helps his team. About two out of three days Sherrill helps his team. Bedard helps us (hopefully a lot) once every five days. We just didn't improve the team enough with that deal...not compared to where we would have been with Jones and Sherrill.

Enough griping. I had a great time watching the M's lose in person last night. AND on the way home I had a special treat. While sitting at BWI none other than Cal Ripken, Jr. walked past on his way to the gate. Sweet!

Posted by Ross

6:03 PM, Apr 06, 2008

Hey Geoff,
enjoyed the video and pics. would love to get video posts from all the diff stadiums you go to over the season so we can "experience" them since every stadium is so unique. Good idea, it really adds to your blog. Go M's!

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