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    I have been very impressed with Ackley so far. I know it has only been a handful of games (12) but he has shown some amazing plate presence.

    So far he is hitting: .300/378/.575 with 1 double, 2 triples, 2 HR, 7 Runs, 6 RBI, 1 SB, 5 BB's and only 5 SO.

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    so you want to be a catcher ?

    1. catcher chris Gimenez went on the DL (to have MRI on strained oblique)

    2.lefty starter erik bedard went on the DL (strained left knee, will miss two starts)

    3. catcher Josh Bard called up from AAA tacoma (smashed toe)

    4. catcher Jose Yepez: called up from AAA Tacoma

    5. Edward Paredes: designated for assignment to clear room on the 40 man (m's have ten days to trade, release or outright (6'-0" 180 LB, lefty, 24 years old, in system since 2006, started out as a starter but the past few years mostly in the pen. 3-1, 7.71 in split time at Jackson and Tacoma.)

    6. Chaz Roe: designated for assignment to clear room on the 40 man (m's have ten days to trade, release or outright (6'-5", 190 LB right hander, rockies 1st rounder in 2005, 0-5, 6.41 at tacoma in 2011. mostly a starter in the minors.

    ~ catcher miggy olivo (day to day, cramps in left leg)
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    Padres

    friday: vargas vs moseley
    saturday: fister vs luebke
    sunday: unknown (bedard's spot) vs latos

    they are trying to keep pineda's innings down but with the day off today, they could throw him on sunday and he'll be in his regular five day spot. other choices could come from the bullpen, that is underworked from what the starters have been doing.
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  4. #144
    Quote Originally Posted by Edgartohof View Post
    I have been very impressed with Ackley so far. I know it has only been a handful of games (12) but he has shown some amazing plate presence.

    So far he is hitting: .300/378/.575 with 1 double, 2 triples, 2 HR, 7 Runs, 6 RBI, 1 SB, 5 BB's and only 5 SO.
    I love the way he goes foul line to foul line. good eye.

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    M's now have won 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5 games to get back to .500 (43-43 record).

    Pineda pitched masterfully a couple nights ago and Felix goes 8 innings of 1 run ball. League blew the save last night but we came back and scored 2 in the top of the 10th inning to take the lead and Wright got the save (his 1st of the season)!

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    Ackley is still impressing. He went 2-3 last night with a BB, a SB and a HR (3rd of the season).

    His hitting has been phenomenal and it doesn't look like a fluke, this seems to be the real him at the plate. He has a great eye, shows decent power, definitely a kid of the future, a possible MVP candidate some day, mark my word! And his defense, I don't know what they were thinking when they said he wasn't fully there. He may still have a few things to learn but his D has been just fine from what I have seen. He has made both some impressive plays but more importantly, he his mostly making the routine plays and making them look easy. He usually puts himself in decent position though that is an area that he can still grow in but will take time. As he learns hitters and the pitchers and such, he will just become a better and better defensive player.

    I am also going to go on a limb and say this his upside sits somewhere near a Gold Glove version of Chase Utley! What do you think?

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    Seems like we're either too depressed to comment or it's just not worth stating... but the Mariners have now lost 12 games in a row!

    On a positive note, Ichiro went 3-for-4 with a walk in the Mariners loss, and Olivo smacked the first Grand Slam of the season for the M's.
    Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!

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    Do any of you feel like you should've been born in a different part of the country? I'm starting to wish I was.
    I remember in '04 when I saw a baseball program where someone said it was child abuse raising your kid to be a Cubs fan.
    For the Mariners, it hasn't been any different. In this day of age, it seems like the only teams with destiny on their side are (mostly) teams who get the best TV ratings.

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    Losing streak is up to 16 games with the loss to the Yankees.

    The M's haven't been struggling *too* much with the hitting the past week, cranking out 5, 6, 5, 4, 1, 8, and 3 runs over their past 7 games (a total of 32 runs, just over 4 per game).

    Instead, their pitching has been the victims as of late, giving up 6, 11, 7, 7, 3, 12, and 10 runs over those same games - a total of 56 runs for an average of 8 runs per game.
    Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!

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    I have never been this sad about the Mariners and I have been a fan for a really long time.

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    wow a win. Ichiro went 4-5 today.
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    Let's take a look at how bad our 2011 Seattle Mariners really are this season:

    The Mariners rank 30th in each of the following: Runs (374), Hits (858), Total Bases (1259), RBI (364), Average (.228), On-Base Percentage (.290), Slugging Percentage (.335), and naturally, OPS (.625).

    Mariners record for fewest runs scored by team: 426 (1981 Seattle Mariners)
    ---- The Mariners are on pace for 536 runs scored, which would be 3rd worst in franchise history, thanks to the 2nd Worst finish of last season (513 runs).

    Mariners record for fewest HRs by a team leader: Tom Paciorek in 1980 and Russell Branyan in 2010 (15)*
    ---- Miguel Olivo is on pace for 20 homeruns
    *Branyan hit 15 HRs in 57 games for the M's after being acquired from Cleveland where he hit 10 HRs, giving him a season total of 25 HRs. However, had he not been acquired, the M's top finisher would have been Franklin Gutierrez with 12 HRs.

    Mariners record for fewest RBI by a team leader: Franklin Gutierrez (64) in 2010
    ---- Miguel Olivo is on pace for 69 RBI.

    Mariners record for fewest Runs by a team leader: Julio Cruz (57) in 1981
    ---- Ichiro Suzuki is on pace for 82 runs scored

    On the upside, our pitching staff is historically great.
    ---- Runs Allowed franchise low (162 game season): 627 in 2001
    ---- Current Mariners pitching pace: 616.4 runs allowed
    Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!

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    M's take two of three from the Red Sox.

    Game One - Mariners 4, Red Sox 6
    Smoak finally returns to the line-up... the is promptly placed on the 15-day DL. This time it's a broken nose, thanks to a bad hop when fielding a ground ball off the bat of Jarrod Saltalamacchia. M's get up early, 2-0, on a 2-RBI single from Mike Carp, but Blake Beaven ultimately gets the loss, giving up three homeruns (Ortiz, Reddick, Lowrie) to the Sox over 6.1 innings. The M's knock 11 hits in the loss.


    Game Two - Mariners 5, Red Sox 4
    Mariners get all of their scoring out of the way in the bottom of the first. Ichiro homers on the first pitch from Beckett, Guti singles, Ackley doubles, Carp singles them in, Wells homers to left center (Carp scores). Felix goes 7 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on two 2-run homers (Pedroia and Ellsbury). Ichiro makes a nice play from RF on a Pedroia pop-out to double up Ellsbury at home - the real hero on that play is Bard who got destroyed by a sliding knee-to-the-face from Ellsbury and still hung on to the ball.

    Game Three - Mariners 5, Red Sox 3
    Charlie Furbush goes 7 innings allowing 1 earned run on four hits with a career-high 6 k's. Willy Mo Pena gets his first hit as a Mariner (a double; line drive short-hop off the left field fence). Wells homers again (7; 3 as a Mariner) and Carp extends his hitting streak to 14 games.
    Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!

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    Game 1 - Mariners 6, Blue Jays 5
    Pindeda was clearly not at his best, giving up 5 runs over 5 innings. But luckily he was backed by Wells who homered for the 3rd game in a row (his 4th as a Mariner and 8th on the season). And Carp continued to tear it up, hitting 2 HR, his first multi-HR game of his career! He, in doing so extended his Major League leading hitting streak to 15 games! Carp is now hitting .326/.382/.538/.920 on the season! The team put up a total of 11 hits in the game, including 2 hits by Jack Wilson and 3 more by Trayvon Robinson, including a double and an RBI!
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    Game 2 - Mariners 7, Blue Jays 13
    An unfortunate loss as the M's offense continues to pick it up. Unfortunately this was not Vargas' night (nor Wilhelmsen's or Laffey's for that matter) Vargas gave up 8 ER on 7 hits through 4+ innings. The other 5 runs came over the next couple innings by the 2 previously mentioned pitchers. Lueke was brought in and gave 3 scoreless innings to finish the game.

    At the top of our order, Ichiro and Guttierrez combined to go 0-10 Ackley was still solid, going 1-3 with 2 walks. Carp continued his hitting tear, going 2-4 with a walk, now with a 16 game hitting streak and is hitting .331 in 40 games this year, including .420 over the past 12 games! Wells was hot again, with a 2-run HR on the night, the 4th night in a row with a HR! He has a 5 game hitting streak and has hit: .341/.420/.682 since coming over the the M's from Detroit. And the other big on worth noting was Trayvon Robinson who went 2-5 and hit a double and a bases loaded, 2 run single to boot! This was Robinson's 2nd multi-hit game of his short (10 game) career. Also, Olivo did go back-to-back with Wells - this was hit 15th HR of the season.

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    So, clearly this season is shot (has been for a while), so wondering if anyone else here is already thinking of next year (or the year after)?

    We still have Felix, Pineda and Vargas as a solid core of pitchers. I am happy so far with what I see from Blake Beavan and we can figure out a 5th starter at spring training, maybe pick up someone in a trade.

    And we have some young hitters who have a bit of potential. We still have some questions to deal with, like what about Ichiro? Is he done? Does he want to stay? Do we still want him? What about Guttierrez? Guti is still good defensively and as of late has been hitting well. In fact, before his 0-5 showing last night, had been hitting .348 for the month of August, so that gives me some hope at least. Because we really do need a great CF at Safeco. Will Smoak turn it around next year? He still has the potential and is certainly young enough. Ackley looks to be holding the 2B position for the near future (I hope).

    Ryan looks to be a decent hole plugger at SS and has been a pleasant surprise there. And he seems to be great for the clubhouse. At 3B, there is Seager who is getting a shot . . . nothing great so far but too early to say for sure. Catcher is wide open. And with nothing seeming to be coming up for us there, looks like Olivo will be there next year. We have Carp and Casper Wells and Robinson who could all be looking for an outfield/DH/1B spot . . .

    What do you all think?

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    I think over the next two or three years, we'll see the gradual exclusion of Ichiro from the every day line-up. I think the M's are going to do their best to give him playing time and see to it that he only wears a Mariners jersey in his career. I see him spending 70% of his time in RF next year, then down to 50-60% the following year, with other time spent at DH. I also see him being bumped from lead-off to either 2nd or later in the lineup (8th or 9th) unless he starts hitting more line-drives.

    When Ichiro is removed from that top spot, I'd give it to Ackley. He's got a great eye, a good line-drive swing, and decent speed. I see him as a Sizemore like lead-off, one that will knock out 15-20 HRs.

    Carp is definitely crushing the ball and his bat has earned him an everyday start. Smoak, though, shouldn't be counted out yet. This is his FIRST full season in the bigs. I like them both. Carp can play OF and 1B, Smoak can share time at DH with Ichiro and play 1B. Robinson, Wells, Gutierrez, Carp and Ichiro make a loaded outfield so people will suffer in PT. I don't expect Wells to hit .340 so I can't chalk him into "everyday" just yet. Guti I think has the biggest chance at being removed from his starting job (aside from Ichiro). Unless we can teach Wells or Robinson to field groundballs at the hot corner.

    I like Ryan at shortstop. I like his energy and love the glove. He was the M's hottest hitter for a stretch this year and was one of the few that didn't look like they were giving up (Figgins!). I think he's earned that position.

    Catcher and 3B are my biggest question marks.
    Swing and a drive! This one is deep! This one is... over the fence and into the neighbor's yard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumanji View Post
    I think over the next two or three years, we'll see the gradual exclusion of Ichiro from the every day line-up. I think the M's are going to do their best to give him playing time and see to it that he only wears a Mariners jersey in his career. I see him spending 70% of his time in RF next year, then down to 50-60% the following year, with other time spent at DH. I also see him being bumped from lead-off to either 2nd or later in the lineup (8th or 9th) unless he starts hitting more line-drives.
    When Ichiro is removed from that top spot, I'd give it to Ackley. He's got a great eye, a good line-drive swing, and decent speed. I see him as a Sizemore like lead-off, one that will knock out 15-20 HRs.

    Carp is definitely crushing the ball and his bat has earned him an everyday start. Smoak, though, shouldn't be counted out yet. This is his FIRST full season in the bigs. I like them both. Carp can play OF and 1B, Smoak can share time at DH with Ichiro and play 1B. Robinson, Wells, Gutierrez, Carp and Ichiro make a loaded outfield so people will suffer in PT. I don't expect Wells to hit .340 so I can't chalk him into "everyday" just yet. Guti I think has the biggest chance at being removed from his starting job (aside from Ichiro). Unless we can teach Wells or Robinson to field groundballs at the hot corner.

    I like Ryan at shortstop. I like his energy and love the glove. He was the M's hottest hitter for a stretch this year and was one of the few that didn't look like they were giving up (Figgins!). I think he's earned that position.

    Catcher and 3B are my biggest question marks.
    That's not going to happen. If ichiro is not playing in the field every day he will retire or force a trade. He is a very proud to borderline arrogant guy. He will certainly not settle with being a bench player. he has been treated like a prince all his life and certainly won't accept less.

    I don't think ichiro will play through a long decline. once he realizes that he is no longer a good player (and you really must be a terrible hitter to not play every day in that mariners lineup) he will retire and not hang on too long. He certainly doesn't want "mercy at bats".

    I could even imagine that he won't play much longer. He certainly is deeply dissapointed about himself this season. he will work out like crazy this offseason to at least stabilize himself and if he realizes that he can't make it he will retire. I don't think there is anyone more pissed about such a season than ichiro (who off course will never show that because he is a polite japanese and feelings don't belong into the public in japan). I can't imagine him playing very long as a .260 hitter. maybe he even retires after next season if it doesn't work out better.
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    Yeah, I agree that we won't see Ichiro sticking around as just a part time player. The second that he feels he can't cut it, he will be out of here on his own accord. But I think too that he will do a lot of work this off season to get back to form. And maybe he will be able to do just that! I would certainly like to see that.

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    M's lost last night 5-1 with Morrow overpowering the Mariner's with 12 SO in 6 innings! The only high point being Carp who extended his hitting streak to 17 games!

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