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2012 Mariners Season Thread

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  • #16
    Felix is awesome.

    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


    • #17
      How did Montero look as a catcher guys?


      • #18
        Mariners lose a tough one to the Indians. League blows the save after Felix pitches a 12K gem.
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


        • #19
          And then we have a perfect game thrown against us....


          • #20
            Again I ask, how long do we keep Figgins? Not only should he be removed from the leadoff spot but from the team as a whole.

            G        BA/ OBP/ SLG/ OPS
            161	.259/.340/.306/.646
            81	.188/.241/.243/.484	
            16	.226/.279/.339/.618
            He is hitting .235/.307/.289 since coming to the Mariners. That is over 250+ games... We cannot win with that production in the lineup, anywhere, especially not leading off. Trade him, drop him, whatever, just do something. 3 years and he cannot get it right, the time has come to get rid of him.
            Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-22-2012, 04:47 PM.


            • #21
              Did you see that last night everybody? A wonderful performance all around. That is what we should be seeing more often!

              A very good performance from Felix (a wierd aberation with on 2 K's on the night though) and a breakout game from the offense, headed up by the fact that one Chone Figgins was not in the leadoff role, not even in the lineup at all (thank goodness).

              The offense was sparked by Dustin Ackley who was 3-6 with 1 run and 3 RBI. Ichiro and Montero each had 3 hits apiece as well and 2 hits apiece for Liddi and Saunders. Alex Liddi who started at 3B hit his 2nd HR of the season!

              See what happens when Figgins is not there to provide a near automatic out... we win!


              • #22
                In other news, it just came out that one Michael Pineda will be out for the rest of the season due to a torn labrum (I believe).

                Considering Montero seems to be heating up with the bat, this trade really could work out in our favor.

                I am sorry to hear about Pineda though as I really liked him and have high hopes for him, even not as a Mariner. Hopefully he will come back after surgery and rehab just as strong as before.


                • #23
                  After losing 4 in a row, including having a perfect game against them, the Mariner's have now won 3 straight to bring us back to .500 (10-10), tied with Oakland for 2nd in the division. Over the past 3 games, the M's have outscore their opponent (Detroit) 21-9.

                  Texas (who also happens to have the best record in the league) is on top of the division with a 15-4 record.
                  Last edited by Edgartohof; 04-27-2012, 07:02 AM.


                  • #24
                    The M's win it in extra innings last night thanks to Michael Saunders. Saunders had 2 HR in the game, including a 10th inning Grand Slam!

                    With Oakland winning as well yesterday, the M's are still tied with them for 2nd in the division (11-10). But hey, at least we are over .500! And only 4.5 games behind Texas.

                    And my personal favorite is that Pujols and the Angels are last in the division with the 2nd worst record in the AL!


                    • #25
                      The M's are sliding again... 4 losses in a row.


                      • #26
                        Add another couple losses for the M's as they drop a couple to the Rays.

                        And again, I will mention Figgins and his work at the top of the order. He was 0-4 today lowering his BA down to .189.

                        The only thing I can say for him is that he has more than half the RBI that he had last season (8 this year compared to 15 last year), so woohoo for him!

                        He is hitting .190/.246/.261 since last year... please just let him go. Or at least send him down to the Minors for a bit, maybe he can find himself there...
                        Last edited by Edgartohof; 05-03-2012, 03:48 PM.


                        • #27
                          Anyone else think Tom Wilhelmsen should be released after that unspeakable play that cost us our 7th straight game?
                          He's lucky that our owner's last name isn't Steinbrenner.


                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Paladin Cecil View Post
                            Anyone else think Tom Wilhelmsen should be released after that unspeakable play that cost us our 7th straight game?
                            Do you want to trade him to the Mets? The Mets bullpen can't hold onto leads either.
                            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


                            • #29
                              Murphy's four hits
                              5/5/12: Daniel Murphy goes 4-for-4 with a run scored against the D-backs

                              The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.


                              • #30
                                Okay, so the M's did win tonight, but seriously, tell my why Felix was not at least given a shot at finishing that game?

                                8 innings, 1 hit, 2 BB, 9 SO! At least let him start the 9th and allow him the opportunity to finish it out!

                                He was on fire tonight, one of his best games ever, but no, we callled in Delabar in to finish it off. Yes, he got them out 1-2-3 but that is not the issue, it is that Felix as the Superstar Veteran should be allowed to get a CG every once in a while, he is not a 19 year old pitcher any more, or a 23 year old pitcher. He has been in the league 8 years already (at 26 years old!), he is in his prime, his arm is young, he had only thrown 107 pitches. I know it is early in the season but 120 pitches tonight was not going to derail his season. Heck, he threw 126 pitches just 3 starts ago, let him at least go that far. Do not baby him or when you need him to finish out a big game, he will not be ready to because he won't have the experience closing them out...

                                I am not saying make him the next Halladay and have him throw double digit CG's every year (though I do not personally have a problem with that, let them finish what they start), but when the opportunity arises where one can cap off an amazing performance like he had, you owe him that chance.

                                In case I did not already mention, the M's beat the Twins tonight 7-0!

                                Ackley and Ichiro were both 1-2 with 2 BB's and 2 Runs. Ichiro also had 2 RBI on a late innings triple. Seager hit his 4th HR of the season.

                                Felix has lowered his seasons ERA to 1.89, one of the top in the league in the early goings of this season. He is also at or near the top in IP and SO.