Friday, May 28, 2004

Unbelievably, maybe it is better this way.... 

4 runs off Pedro! Aurilia homered! Talking about out of the ordinary. Though maybe even occurances like these still won't be enough to overcome the doom and gloom, as Joel suddenly lost his control and now it's 6-4 Boston. It's really too bad for him, but perhaps this is better for the team in the long run. If we're going to get a win against Pedro, we might as well do it in a season which the game would actually make a difference. Winning today would've meant nothing but let the M's management feel good about their moves in constructing the roster.... Because it's probably not beyond Bavasi to say something like "we've done a good job on the team's offense this year as they've achieved something that the teams in the past few years couldn't. All it takes for things to come together and turn around this season is to have our veterans start hitting again like they did today." etc, etc.

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Something good happened! (for the time being) 

The M's leading the Red Sox 2-1, top of the 3rd, with Pedro pitching? Unbelievable... I mean, on average the M's only score one earned run per 9 innings off Pedro. Oh well, at least we can say that we had a lead against him this time.
In other news, the M's finally starting to make a move. It looks like Nageotte does end up in the bullpen afterall, at least for now. Unless he takes Meche's spot later on?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

One more on the road; is it in the numbers? 

Quite possibly coming as somewhat of a shock to some of us, the Mariners knocked around C.C. Sabathia some and now are on a winning streak of 3. With that result, Freddy Garcia is now the ERA leader in the AL! That should help some with a possible trade involving the Chief. (Does anyone still call him that, btw?) A couple of question marks for Melvin on today's game though. Why would he rest Bret Boone with a lefty on the mound while Olerud starts? And in the 9th, when Guardado was warming up for the save situation, why was Hasegawa also up and throwing?
Another thing that I just noticed (it took me two months to see that). Could Aurilia also be "responsible" for the bullpen's collapse this year on top of being an offensive/defensive black hole? Pitching coach Bryan Price always did a pretty good job on the pitching staff ever since he came in, but this year is a bit different. Granted, the arms in the pen are comparatively worse (Myers, Villone, Hasegawa back to earth...), but the number on Price's back also has changed. He now wears a #27 jersey and left #35 for Rich. It's probably a coincidence, but it's interesting how some things come together.

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Yay, M's win. Bring on the NBA draft lottery! 

Even though the game was basically granted by the opposing pitcher's misplays, it's nice to see the M's not bunt themselves out of a game and won. (Yes I know Melvin still had Spiezio bunt, but Scott did a "great" job in fouling off bunts so he could swing away, and "positive" news of the M's come by only so often... let's enjoy the moment for now.)
With that, I'll now gladly turn my attention to the Sonics in the draft lottery. I realize this is my first post concerning the Sonics. It's late, but I suppose now is as good a time to start as any! Generally I just hope the Sonics would be able to pick a decent center prospect in the draft, and there might be a few available from overseas... Pavel Podkolzine or Kosta Perovic perhaps? Come draft day I'll also be keeping a close eye on fellow NW stars Blake Stepp and Luke Jackson as well.

Lastly, another result of a personality test thing for me. It sounds quite accurate. It is also an interesting result though, in that I once played the role of one of the gypsies hunted down by Frollo in a choir performance.

I took the most accurate villain personality test

created by:
The Arch Villainess Gracie

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Sunday, May 23, 2004

When hope is gone, we should all sing a song! 

After a nice blowout win, the M's came right back down to earth with another series loss. It's such a trying time that even the optimist among us goes on strike. Though we shouldn't forget what the life of Brian taught us -- even when facing crucifixion, one should always look on the bright side of life!
Ok, ok, maybe it's just me being cynical, but it's a really funny movie. Go watch it if you haven't already!

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Friday, May 21, 2004

The streak is snapped!! 

Finally the Mariners won a game that I tuned in to watch! 11 runs... I wonder how many games' offense quota they've used up in just this one game already.

And now, here's a showing of my ridiculous habit/interest/obssession: picking on technicalities of wordings of what people say to "interpret" hidden meanings that might not even be there!

The last-place Mariners are 14-26 and 11 1/2 games behind Anaheim in the AL West.

Suzuki is leading the Mariners with a .324 batting average. Speaking through a translator, Suzuki said he wasn't overly concerned about his team's slow start.

``We have a lot of games left,'' said the three-time All-Star, who has raised his average 66 points by hitting in 17 of the last 18 games since April 29. ``If there were two games left in the season, it might be a little different.''

With two games left and being 11 1/2 games behind the division leader, it's impossible to overtake them. As for the situation right now, Ichiro thinks that it's only maybe a little different from absolutely impossible to catch the leaders, and the small difference might as well be the number of games left! So there you have it, folks! It's "official" that even Ichiro thinks the M's season is already over!! (Ok, this is really extreme, but then again, is there anyone of us who actually doesn't think the season is pretty much done for?)

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

And again.... 

For the 7th straight time I tuned in to a game and the M's lost. Though it's the first time that the moment I started watching wasn't a significant turning point. Instead, it was when Tejada let the ball go through under his glove for an error. Maybe my luck is finally changing for the better, if only for a little bit.

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"Now he's the Perfect Unit." 

Congratulations to Randy Johnson on his perfect game! At this rate he probably would still be pitching for the Diamondbacks after the last of the 3 players the M's got from his trade leaves, as the possibility of Freddy Garcia being traded increases each time the team loses, and they're losing a lot this year. Now the trade that was supposed to secure the Mariners' future doesn't look as good anymore. I still remember a radio ad from years ago that mentioned "the Chief would collect victories well into the 21st century," and from the looks of things now he might as well fulfill that prediction -- on another team, much like the Big Unit did.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

The one that we gave up on 

Seems like Carlos Guillen is having a good time in Detroit. Even though he has a reputation of being prone to injuries, strangely it's not all that difficult for me to imagine that he could stay healthy for most of the season and not miss considerable playing time this year. No I have no data or logic to back myself up, but maybe, just maybe, the less than satisfactory medical staff of the Mariners, as pointed out by Steve of the Mariners Wheelhouse could have had something to do with it? In that case, the Guillen trade would be a good move -- for the player himself.

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I did it again.... 

I caught the conclusion of the Yankee game on Sunday. Though this time it might not have been a pivotal moment... or was it? With a runner on first with no outs against a closer who'd always been dominant, once again Bob employed the bunt tactic. Therefore instead of having 3 outs to try for hits there were only 2 chances. Did we need to give up an out while the pitcher has been making them easily already? I wonder. (Though of course there was always a possibility of Aurilia to GIDP.)

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Sunday, May 16, 2004

If someone else were the GM of the M's.... 

The USS Mariner has a wonderful piece that should statisfy any M's fan who dares to dream. The joy of it! If only it could become reality.... (Yeah I know that things as good as this simply won't happen in real life, but one can only hope.)

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Just as I thought.... 

The day that I don't watch/listen to/check out an M's game, they actually managed to win! Perhaps I really should just check boxscores after the games from now on? :-p

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Friday, May 14, 2004

The fateful 5th (and counting) 

I've done it again! It was 5-5, bottom of the 5th. Tuned in just in time to see Villone throwing away a pick off move and moved the runner into scoring position, who promptly scored on a single. 5 times/games in a row! This is starting to get scary.... (But then again I suppose this was bound to happen when the M's keep their losing streak alive like this.)

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

My "luck" continues... 

Given that there's no TV broadcast of the M's game today, I tuned into "game day", a real-time java applet available during the game at the Mariners' homepage. It was the top of the 8th, the Twins leading 1-0, the M's had the bases loaded with one out, Raul Ibanez at bat....

Top 8th B:2 S: 2 O: 2
Raul Ibanez grounds into a force out, third baseman Michael Cuddyer to catcher Henry Blanco. Ramon Santiago out at home. Ichiro Suzuki to 3rd. Edgar Martinez to 2nd. Raul Ibanez to 1st.

Top 8th B:2 S: 3 O: 3
Scott Spiezio strikes out swinging.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Recently I only caught the later parts of Mariners games on TV. For three consecutive games I suppose I tuned in at the exact wrong moments. (Saturday: Meche giving up the first run of the game. Sunday: Right after Wilson's HR, witnessing the start of the M's bats going to sleep and eventually losing the game. Tuesday: Right after Myers beaned Jacque Jones and J.J. Putz giving up game-tying hits for a blown save [or does the blown save belong to Hasegawa instead?].) How Tuesday's game winning run scored reminded me of a certain play at the Metrodome 2 years ago, when defensive sub Charles Gipson gunned down the would be tying run at the plate on a single to center, throwing a one-hopper to Tom Lampkin, as the M's held on to the lead and won the game. It seemed a lot different when the throw came in from Randy Winn, even though his throw seemed to have beaten the runner but Wilson couldn't hang on to the ball. Anyway, many may disagree with me here on the latter, but it's obvious that the M's defense is bad when I'm starting to miss "Sir Charles" in the outfield.
Congrats to Edgar on his 300th career home run, the only bright spot of today's game.

Update: J.J. Putz did get the blown save.

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

When you become my memory.... 

The Memories Off game I talked about (which is also on the top of my games list) has finally arrived! The M's struggles seemed like distant memories now that I'm indulging in playing this game. (i.e. sorry for not posting regularly in the near future.)
I really feel for the game's player character, in how he had a significant someone suddenly left his life without a trace, for I've been through some of the same. How I wish to see you again! Anyway, the game has very deep storylines and I've only finished 1 out of 18 possible endings. It does seem a lot more attractive for my attention than how the M's are doing right now. On a side note, I'm glad to see J.J. Putz still with the big league team though.

say CHEESE, everyone!

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Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Willie to the DL 

Wow. When I wrote my last post mentioning about Bloomquist, I didn't really expect it to happen. Though I was only half right, on Willie's placement on the DL, while the M's called up a pitcher instead. (I forgot it was about time that Soriano would return.) Still, it feels pretty good to have "predicted" a move. Hehe.

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

May the cellar party continue 

So the second month of the season didn't start out all that well after a month that's easily (un?)forgettable. Strangely, once the "toughest to double up" player, Ichiro had GIDP 3 times in April, matching his total of last year for the entire season. He then started off May with another one, to exceed his last year's total. It doesn't seem like he got to steal many bases this year either. Bloomquist with an injury and listed as day-to-day? I wonder if it's workable to just place him on the 15-day DL and let someone else from AAA (e.g. Justin Leone) try his luck. (Wishful thinking again here, I know.)
Anyway, as much as we know the M's weren't going to do well, did anyone expect the Rangers to lead the AL West come May 1st?

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