Time to meet at “the T” . . .

Hello, T-Mobile Park!

OK – I’ll be honest, I’m not feeling the magenta.

I’m glad to know that T-Mobile is a northwest born company (didn’t realize that till now) but, the pink seems a bit out of place with all our blue, green and teal. I guess we’ll get use to it. The pink clouds on Opening Night, however, were lovely . . .

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pink clouds preferred to magenta signs

Well, the M’s are certainly off to a great start!

After having won both games vs. the Athletics in Japan, neither of which I watched, (I get up at 4am normally, just can’t make those 2:30am first pitches) they managed to take three of four from the world champs at home!

Scoring Early

One thing I noticed in the Red Sox series (besides the fact that I recognize less than one third of the team 😉 is that, except for the first game where they scored in all but three innings, they scored a LOT early but, nothing after the 4th inning in both the second and fourth games and nothing after the 5th in the third game.

Who IS this offense?!?

  • Averaging EIGHT runs per game
  • Total of FOURTEEN DOUBLES
  • batting .310 w/RISP
  • Then there’s the  l o n g  balls . . .jiminey christmas! At least one in every game so far! FIFTEEN total: four Japan vs the A’s and eleven in the Red Sox series

Pen Probs

As a whole, the pen’s not doing two bad: a handful of guys are yet to post an ERA, gone through several long stretches in game w/o giving up runs. But, our new closer, Hunter Strickland, gave up a 3-run homer to Mitch Moreland in game two – which proved to be the winning run in the only Red Sox win. After the game, Bill Kruger mentioned he thought Hunter was making some suspicious movements, like he may be hurt – turns out he was right 😦 as Hunter has landed on the DL with a lat strain – out for “a couple of months” according to the Skipper.

3B woes

Gotta feel for Dylan Moore – rookie who got his first start at 3B on Saturday night and proceeded to commit THREE ERRORS in-a-row in the top of the 9th inning. Thankfully, the M’s were able to hang on to the ONE-run victory. Hopefully, he’ll get back out there soon – really the only way to push through the yips – #JustAskBlowers

Next up, the Halos for TWO – Felix’s first start of the season tomorrow . . . 

 

Now, some of the special moments of Opening Night . . .

Awesome to see the ovation for Edgar throwing out the first pitch and the unveiling of the countdown to the Hall of Fame . . .

 A moment of silence for those lost . . .

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Awesome sunset from the third level concourse . . .

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Black and White is better . . .

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and then the garish from the outside . . .

 

hs1 | short but sweet homestand = series win!

Yes, we will take TWO out of THREE every time! (and all ONE-RUN games, at that!)

2 out of 3

 

Mariners 2 | Indians 1

Mariners 5 | Indians 6

Mariners 5 | Indians 4

 

 

 

(covered Opening Day in  previous post )

Each of the second and third game saw the M’s earn FIVE runs (one short of a win in one game and just enough to win the other). So, in the two games combined, they had EIGHTEEN hits, FIVE doubles, THREE homers and FIVE walks . . . very decent production.

Mitch is on F I R E !!!

I know, it’s only three games but, still . . . fun to see him leading the majors in BA/OBP/OPS/SLG  🙂 especially since I picked him to be the best “new-comer” last season and he was off to a great start but, then got hurt (a couple times 😦 )

Speaking of injuries . . .

oh, Nellie! a homer in each of the first TWO games and then some freak accident, turning his ankle stepping into the dugout 😦

I-chi-ro!

spectacular wall-climbing catch on Saturday: Ichiro’s robbery

On the MOUND

  • James had a bit of a blip on Saturday (OK – giving up a grand slam in the first inning is not how anyone draws it out) but, he’s allowed a mulligan or two if he can just stay HEALTHY this season (please! please! please!).
  • Mike Leake had a nice > quality start in Sunday’s game: SEVEN innings – FIVE hits – TWO earned runs – THREE walks – FOUR strikeouts
  • Overall, the BULLY was pretty great. As mentioned, Eddie’s save on Thursday was a bit of an adventure but, Sunday’s was a gem: 1-2-3 SIT!!! The pen followed up James’ short and not so sweet outing with FOUR.ONE innings of HITLESS, SCORELESS ball!

So, really seems that it all comes down to health . . .

  • Seems like the new guys (Gordon, Healy, Marjama) really have a chance to contribute.
  • Kyle off to a slow start (but, then, you can pretty much draw up his season in PEN – slow start but great defense and in the end .260 w/25 homers.
  • As mention, Mitch is hot and Robbie’s not far behind, Segura should be steady.
  • Get well soon, Nellie and Zu!
  • And, of course the arms . . . please protect the arms!

Next up – short 2-game series w/the Giants in SanFran and then the Twins home-opener (another Thursday/Saturday/Sunday series) then off to Kansas City for three).

Go M’s!

 

#24EVER ~ the ceremony to celebrate an unbelievable career

What a night, what a career, what a celebration!

Saying the Mariners do ceremony well is a serious understatement.
So easy to get engrossed in the moments, the memories and the emotions that you can almost forget that after the celebration, there’s still a baseball game to watch 🙂

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prepping for the ceremony

The M’s pulled out all the stops, deservedly so, for Junior . . .
from the 24 in center field, on either side of home plate and even flying in the sky to baseball 24’s in person (Rickey Henderson and Tony Perez) and other famous 24’s on the video screen (Jeff Gordon and Kobe Bryant)

from fellow Seattle Hall of Famers (Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Spenser Haywood and Gary Payton) to all of the current M’s wearing backwards caps and 24 jerseys during batting practice to video tributes from none other than Hank Aaron and Willie Mays and the announcement that Junior’s sweet swing will be immortalized in the form of a statue outside Safeco Field next season ❤

And, of course, Junior added an impromptu touch of his own with a call to Mr. Mays 😉

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And then, the culmination, Junior’s daughter Taryn helped unveil the ultimate 24

 

I thoroughly enjoyed it and am so thankful I got to see it in person with my Dad!

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tweets of the celebration . . . 

Disappointment and Progress | Home Highlights

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1-3 vs. the Orioles
3-1 vs. the Rangers


Bright Sights…

~ Jarrod! a one-hitter at the O’s and a nice start vs. the Rangers
~ One of the greatest moments so far this season was Franklin’s 8th inning 3-run homer that ended up winning the 1st game against Texas (Felix’s reaction in the dugout was absolutely priceless)
~ Speaking of Felix – super, super performance – becoming and ACE before our eyes
~ Erik seems to be getting better – didn’t quite get through 6, but progress made
~ Jason actually did well vs. the O’s (a point forgotten in the despair of the loss) he was in trouble every inning but battled and battled (and battled himself right down to AAA)
~ Definitely some clutch hits and great defense enjoyed on the home stand

Bleak peeks…

The bullpen virtually imploded in the 2nd and 3rd games against the O’s – here’s hoping it was just one of those “blips” that pens go through (as they did end up rebounding nicely vs. the Rangers) and that with a little rest over the ASB they will come back with a vengeance

And, maybe add to their helmet collection helmet collection…

And the brigade of Spartan helmets above the bullpen bench did their job to perfection.

Spartan helmets?

The Mariners’ often-goofy band of relief pitchers has acquired an assortment of props for the pomp and ceremony that takes place nightly in the bullpen. Among them are three Spartan helmets.

When Johnson’s long fly carried over the fence to break a 1-1 tie, the ball bounced off the roof of the bullpen bench, which in turn caused one of the helmets to fall.

Crisis? Hardly.

“Nothing hurt,” reliever Chris Jakubauskas said. “That’s what it’s there for.”

Come again?

Basically, the helmets are placed in a spot on the roof over the bullpen bench so they overlook the field. In a symbolic way, they attract all that’s good for the Mariners and repel evil.

Fun Group 🙂

One broom, one duster | Home Highlights

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3-3 from the Snakes
2-3 from the Pads


Bright Sights…

~ Junior’s flair for the dramatic
a 3-run shot that tied a game vs. the D-Backs in the 8th inning – a game the M’s would eventually win) and a solo shot (in a losing cause) vs. the Padres that was the 5000th in M’s franchise history
~ Ichiro = hot, hot, hot
he continues to lead the majors in BA on his way to another 200+ hit season. He also recorded the 1900th hit in his major league career
~ Russell continues to muscle
picked up right where he left off after returning from his grandfather’s funeral
~ So far so good, with the bat AND the glove for Wladdy filling in for Endy
~ Starters, for the most part were bright – Jarrod had two QS (and actually got one win!), Felix was Felix, Jason was good again and Brandon’s making baby steps in improvement
~ Bullpen was sure and steady as per usual

And look, ma! An 11+ run differential for the home stand 😉


Bleak peeks…

~ losing Endy (due to the outfield collision) for the season
~ losing Yuni (just when he was improving a few things) for a couple of weeks to hamstring strain


In tune in June | Home Highlights

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Home Sweet Home

2 of 3 from the Orioles
2 of 3 from the Twins

I’m not sure if having the best record in one-run games (15-12) is a GOOD thing or a BAD thing. All I know is that with the amount of Tums I’ve consumed in the late innings recently, I’ve surely compensated for any calcium deficiency I might have had 🙂

When one ponders upon the multitude of times that just a couple more runs would have been the difference between W and L, it is indeed exasperating. But, but this rosy one also sees it as hopeful ~ for as bad as the offense has been, it only needs to be a little bit better to make a HUGE difference. (provided that the pitching can stay the course – and that may be a tall order)


Bright Sights…

  • After losing 6 of 9 series in May, the M’s are off to a winning start in June, having won their first 2 series of the month and posting the 2nd highest BA and SLG so far in June.
  • Overall team ERA of 3.74 is good enough for #1 in the league
  • FEWEST runs ALLOWED in the league
  • 2 pitchers in the top ten in the league in strikeouts (Felix #5, Erik tied at #9)
  • 2 players in the top ten in the league in average (Ichiro at #1, Russell at #9)



Bleak peeks…

  • In April, the M’s had the highest BA w/RISP in the AL – it is now the lowest (.234)
  • FEWEST runs SCORED in the league
  • The ERRORS continue to mount – 45 is the MOST in the AL