g54-56 | swept outta Arlington

that certainly didn’t go as planned or desired . . .

nobodys perfect

the first TWO games they were just out pitched (Karns and Walker w/season-worst starts) and out hit . . .

g54 Mariners 3 | Rangers 7

g55 Mariners 4 | Rangers 10

but, the third game was clearly a case of “where’s the DEE?” . . .

g56 Mariners 2 | Rangers 3

Kuma allowed a single to the first batter of the game and then proceeded to retire TWELVE straight. Unfortunately, he had to throw many extra pitches in the Rangers 5th where TWO of their THREE runs were UNearned (Sardinas and Romero each recorded key errors as well as UNrecorded faux paux that very likely made the difference between Kuma going NINE and getting a win and only going SEVEN and being tagged with the loss (Luis should have turned a DP to end the inning and later booted a ball, Romero also committed an error AND didn’t come up firing after fielding a fly ball, allowing the runner on 3B to score). Hurry back Ketel and Leonys!

tweets of the series . . . 

 

deadline | sellers . . .

Yesterday . . . 

Goodbye, good luck, Dustin!

Today . . .

So long, JA!

See ya later (hopefully!) Mark!

from the grief of the grid iron to the dream of the diamond . . .

Being SO close to feeling, for a second time, the euphoria still simmering from the first championship only to have it abruptly snatched away in the final seconds was pretty brutal (to put it mildly). It’s going to take some time.

Luckily, there’s a cure . . .

the delicious distraction that is BASEBALL 🙂 – some catchin’ up to do . . .

The CY Award that wasn’t

Felix Facts | From the Corner of Edgar and Dave

Why Felix Hernandez (unexpectedly) lost the Cy Young Award | Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times

Mariners Ace Felix Hernandez not winning Cy Young Award is a Stunner | Larry Stone, The Seattle Times

 “Yeah, I did,” he said. “It was a great year. I think I pitched way better than 2010.”

Goodbye to some old friends, hello to the new

  • 1B Justin Smoak claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays
  • RF Michael Sauders traded to the Blue Jays for LHP J.A. Happ
  • Signed free agent LF Nelson Cruz
  • RHP Matt Brazis traded to the Cubs for RF Justin Ruggiano
  • RHP Brandon Maurer traded to the Padres for LF Seth Smith
  • Signed Guti and Endy to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training
  • Signed free agaFA 2B Rickie Weeks

A message from Michael Saunders to Mariners fams | Ryan Divish, Mariners Blog

Mariners sign Nelson Cruz to 4-year deal | ESPN.com

nelson

Gar continues to garner high profile support

Randy Johnson endorses Edgar for HoF | ESPN.com

tweets of the off-season

PLAY BALL!!!!

Eric Wedge ~ apparently not “all in”

Well, didn’t exactly see that one coming.

Obviously, there’s been a lot of murmurings in recent weeks regarding the future (or lack thereof) for both Jack and Eric. Half of that wonderment was answered recently, at least in the short term, when it was reported that Jack’s contract had been extended (prior to the season) for another year.

Eric made it pretty clear in a pre-game interview a couple nights ago that he was not at all pleased with the way his situation was being handled. But, in the end, he said he really wanted to stay here and see through. So, when the news started trickling out that he had essentially turned in his resignation (though he would be in the dugout for the last three games) it came as a bit of a shock. Shades of Hargrove riding off in his red truck . . . although, Eric is a much younger man and will likely get another shot somewhere (despite his recent serious health issues, he swears that he is feeling great and has made significant changes to ensure that continues).

I have a pretty simplistic (likely naive) view of a baseball manager’s impact to overall team success. I think they get blamed WAY too much when things go wrong and, probably get a little too much credit when they are going good. That being said, it seems that when a team is as young as the Mariners have been over Eric’s tenure here,  there is a MUCH greater chance for the manager to make a difference. He has the opportunity not only to shape baseball players, but men. He teaches them how to grind through the ups and downs of a season and life. He has the opportunity to set the tone of a winning attitude to help them bond as a unit with one common goal while also working on individual progress, no matter the circumstances of the club at the time. I have no idea (having not been a fly on the clubhouse wall) how the individual players think Eric did in this regard – how / if he was able to recognize their individual strengths and short-comings and help them head in the right direction as much psychologically as athletically. I guess we may never know.

I am disappointed that Eric decided not to stick it out but, he has his reasons (and they apparently have more to do with a difference of opinion on how to rebuild effectively than with contract length). This young core now has had some significant major league experience to build upon and, what if Jack is able to make some key acquisitions in the off season (with all that $$$ coming off the books and the RSN looming) . . .  you just never know . . .

But, I do wish Eric the best where ever he lands, though there’s part of me that hopes he ends up regretting his decision – not to be vindictive, just that it would mean this team stayed the course and eventually found their direction.

In the meantime, somewhat lame duck GM Jack is left to search for a manager of a team in seemingly perpetual rebuilding mode. Never a dull moment. Onward and upward (we hope!)

 

 

 

Welcome to THE SHOW, Taijuan!

 

 

 

 

 

Good-bye and good luck, Michael ~ Welcome to the M’s org, Xavier . . . 

 

Mariners Milestones, Movement and M*A*S*H on a Monday

Some interesting milestones, in no particular order, are starting to stack up (courtesy M’s twitter unless otherwise noted) . . .

milestones

  • Mariners pitching staff tied a club record by recording TEN shutouts prior to the All Star Break (also done in 2002 and 2003)
  • First season since 1999 FIVE or more Mariners have at least TEN homers before the All Star Break (Raul-24, Kyle-15, Kendrys-14, Michael M-11, Jason-11)
  • Mariners are on pace to hit 197 homers ~ their record at Safeco Field is 198 in 2000, first full season there (via Larry Stone tweet)
  • Brad Miller’s SIX extra base hits in his first ELEVEN games ties him for 2nd all time in M’s history (Alvin Davis has NINE in his first ELEVEN in 1984)
  • Mike Zunino is the 3rd-youngest player in M’s history with a walk-off RBI (June 28th v Cubs)
  • Kyle Seager became the 12th player in M’s history to record 100 or more hits before the All Star Game
  • Kyle currently has a FOURTEEN game hitting streak going . . . one of THREE players in MLB that have had  separate hitting streaks of TEN or more games this season
  • Raul Ibanez became the 5th player in Mariners history to collect 200 or more doubles and 150 or more homers (joining Jr, Jay and Alvin)

 

up, down

July 8th
~ DFA’d Jeremy Bonderman (eventually signed a minor league deal w/the Tigers)
~ recalled Lucas Luetge from AAA Tacoma

July 11th
~ recalled Erasmo Ramirez from AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~optioned Carter Capps to AAA Tacoma Rainiers
July 12th
~ recalled Bobby LaFromboise from AAA Tacoma
~ recalled Hector Noesi from AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~ optioned Blake Beavan to AAA Tacoma Rainiers
~ optioned Erasmo Ramirez to A Everett (to ensure he stays “on turn” during the break)
July 15th
in an interesting move announced this afternoon, the M’s are swapping their AAA Tacoma (Clark) and AA Jackson (Bernard) pitching coaches (apparently to maintain continuity with all the promotions of late)

 

MASH

 15-day DL
* Franklin Gutierrez (hamstring) will work out over the break then start a(nother) rehab assignment in Tacoma
* Michael Morse (quad) not yet ready for rehab
* Jesus Sucre (hand) way past his eligible return but, haven’t seen any updates

60-day DL
* Stephen Pryor (lat) pitched in a simulated game last week and will pitch one game for Everett this week and then complete his rehab in Tacoma (hopefully, all goes well as he will be a HUGE boost to the bullpen when ready)

 

 

g89 | Whoa! O

Mariners 11 | Red Sox 4

Talk about a COMPLETE win!
Felix wasn’t perfect (it happens 😉 ) but he was certainly good enough and the bats really came through for him. There was only ONE Mariner without a hit, only TWO that didn’t score at least one run and only THREE w/o at least one RBI . . . Seattle, we have “O”! As mentioned more than once on the recent road trip, it’s SO good to see the kids coming through (I mean we all love Raul but, he is not the future of this franchise though, his worth to the kids in work ethic and mentorship is truly invaluable).

ON THE MOUND
Happy, Happy Felix Day!
Felix had to work a bit in this one, with runners on base in each of the first FIVE innings. The only one that was really trouble was the 5th when the RS scored their first TWO runs via a lead off HBP, a couple of singles and a strikeout on a WP that got away from Mike Z. He finished strong though, retiring the Sox in order in the 6th and 7th so he could sit an await his 9th win to be bestowed.

} Ollie was a little uncharacteristically sloppy, allowing THREE hits and TWO runs in his single inning – guess he’s not used to pitching with such a big lead 😉
} Yoervis faired a bit better but, did allow a hit and hit a batter before retiring the Sox for good

AT THE PLATE
Alrighty then!
We’ll take FIFTEEN hits (‘specially when nearly half are for extra bases) and ELEVEN runs every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

M’s batters made Lester throw 39 pitches in the 4th when they scored their first two runs . . .
Justin with an RBI double and Michael S with a bases-loaded walk and the M’s were up 2-0

But, THAT was just the beginning of the Red Sox “double trouble” ~ in total, the M’s recorded SIX doubles . . .
~ Michael S 2 doubles (3RBI), Justin 2 doubles (2RBI), Nick 1 double (1RBI), Kendrys 1 double

Justin - doubles crazy | Ted S. Warren, AP

Justin – doubles crazy | Ted S. Warren, AP

~Rauuuuuuul hit his 22nd homer in the 5th (solo shot) and added another RBI (his 51st) on a 6th inning single
~ Brad’s FIRST major league RBI via a hit on his 7th inning single
~ Mike Z had TWO hits, and a FC for an RBI in the 8th

IN THE FIELD
* Mike with a passed ball with a man on at 3B = bad news
* Brad with a couple of web gems (both to get Pedroia)
* only ONE DP (Brad-Nick-Justin) in the 1st inning

 

quote of the game . . . 

“Whenever we get on the board for FiFi, good things are going to happen for us.”
—Justin Smoak

 

tweets of the game . . . 

 

NOTE:
Prior to the game it was announced that the Mariners have DFA’d Jeremy Bonderman and recalled Lucas Luetge from AAA Tacoma. Good luck where ever you land, Jeremy – it’s a pretty gutsy adventure you are on – I hope it ends well for you. (speculation is that Erasmo will be called up prior to Thursday, which would have been Jeremy’s turn)
On a lighter note, here’s Lucas’s fortune from the other night . . .

 

AND, good things down I-5 tonight . . .

 

AND a bit  f u r t h e r  south on the farm . . .

 

Ups, Downs, all-arounds . . .

Just catching up on some of the movement of late.

Brad Miller’s call up set off some dominoes . . .
Reporting to AAA Tacoma were IF Carlos Triufel (optioned to make room on the 25-man roster) and RP Josh Kinney (out-righted, to make room on the 40-man roster) and 3B Ty Kelly (received in a trade from Baltimore for OF Eric Thames) and 1B Alex Liddi was designated for assignment.

Minor League Recognition . . .

M*A*S*H
* Guti back to the 15-day DL (hamstring) after only playing 1.5 games back from his last stint
* Michael M (strained quad) is getting close to being sent to Tacoma for a rehab assignment
* Jesus Montero scheduled to DH tomorrow in AZ (will be limited to DH/1B for the remainder of the year)
* Danny Hultzen was scratched a couple of nights ago from only his second start in Tacoma since coming off the DL – tests revealed no structural damage but, he’ll have 10-14 days before throwing again.

International Free Agents . . .
M’s sign 16-yr old Venezuelan OF, Greifer Andrade
Top-30 and where they’ve signed

 

 

g80 | of veteran triples, rookie game-winning hits, and things that sparkle and boom after victory

Mariners 5 | Cubs 4

All early signs pointed to a pretty special night at the ball park – the best of which was the fact that I would be enjoying it with a dear friend who (much to our mutual astonishment) I had never attended a game with! Anyhoo, here are the rest of those harbingers of fun, in no particular order . . .

o 88 degrees of wonderful warmth at the first pitch
o Mike McReady playing the National Anthem and tossing the first pitch
o rare meeting with the Cubbies (with many fans who either travel well or live in Seattle)
o happenstance meeting ~at Edgar’s~ of the lovely, esteemed author and photog of Section331
o big league debut of the M’s newest rookie ~ SS Brad Miller
o Dustin’s debut in CF
o anticipation of the first ever fireworks show at Safeco Field to immediately follow the game

Mike McReady

Mike McReady

All that, and we not only ended up seeing a great baseball game but, a Mariners extra-inning, walk-off win AND a fantabulous fireworks show (set to music and everything)!!!

ON THE MOUND
Save for an errant triple in the 2nd and a silly top of the 7th where he gave up TWO solo shots, Kuma was Kuma. Especially good to see him come back out for the 8th and retire the side in order. His balls-to-strikes ratio was crazy good (90/69) and he still sits atop the AL in starters WHIP at a minuscule 0.88
EIGHT innings ~ SIX hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ FIVE strikeouts

} Ollie bringing it lately ~ no different tonight, as he struck out the side in the 9th

} Yoervis faces the minimum in the 10th ~ with the help of the pitcher’s best friend

AT THE PLATE
~ several 0’fers but some multi-hit games as well (Mike, Nick and Kendrys)
~ Jason got the M’s on the board with a solo shot in the 5th
~ Brad earned his first major league RBI in the 7th when he hit into a fielder’s choice that scored  Jason
~ In the 8th, Kendrys doubled home Nick and Raul hit an RBI triple to score Michael (pinch running for Kendrys)
~ In the 10th, Mike came through with an RBI single scoring Michael

Brad's first AB

Brad’s first AB

IN THE FIELD
* of course, the first play of the game goes to the “new guy” Brad fielded it cleanly for the 6-3 put out
* Nick with a throwing error in the 2nd in which the first TWO Cubbie runs scored
* Justin right place, right time for a super smash line-out double play
* Brad with his first major league steal in the 7th

tweets of the game . . .

the night the lights went out at Safeco. . .

the night the lights went out at Safeco. . .

I have video of some of the fireworks show but for some reason I can’t seem to get it to post 😦

But, some really good pics here . . .

 

big happenings on an “off-night” . . .

Apparently, Tacoma is where the action is ~ the Rainiers weren’t off tonight, far from it!

They posted a 2-0 victory tonight behind the pitching of Danny Hultzen, fresh off the DL, and pretty darned impressive ~ SIX innings ~ TWO hits ~ ZERO runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts

some other stats re: Danny’s outing . . . 

Way to go, Danny!

Now, there’s another interesting tid-bit from this game . . .

Brad Miller extended his hitting streak to TWENTY-TWO with a home run in the 6th inning to give the Rainiers a 2-0 lead at the time that would be the eventual final score. According to Mike Curto, the Rainiers all-time hit streak is 26 games, set in 1965. Brad, however, won’t be able to continue to seek that streak, as he’s got a much bigger quest calling him up I-5 . . .

He’s been called up to the bigs! 

It just so happens I’ll be at The Safe for the M’s / Cubs game tomorrow night . . .

It would be awesome to see Brad’s big league debut ~ though I’ve read some speculative tweets that it’s not likely due to the fact that there’s a tough lefty starting for the Cubs.

I’ve also seen some analysis that, while Brad’s bat has been shining bright, his defense still needs a little polishing. Here’s hoping that Brendan is willing to be a mentor ~ what a great opportunity this could be for Brad to learn tips and tricks from one of the best defensive shortstops in the game!

Congrats and Good Luck, Brad!

Brad Miller | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Brad Miller | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Ryan Divish | News Tribune

“I didn’t even know what to say, honestly,” he said. “They pulled me in and told me. Still I don’t think it has set in yet. I’m just so thankful and excited.”

Miller will be at Safeco Field and likely in the starting line-up when Seattle opens a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Stearns said. “I got to tell him that he was going to the big leagues for the first time. It brings tears to your eyes, that’s how good it is. He was crying, and it was a sensational moment. You get a few of those moments in your lifetime.  I was able to tell David Wright that he was going to the big leagues for the first time when I was working for New York, and this was every bit as good or better than that: Brad Miller.”