So I reported yesterday that Ichiro was supposed to be out of the series opener against Baltimore due to the injury he sustained during Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Imagine my amazement at 7:10 yesterday evening when ole number 51 strolls into the batters box and leads the game off with a double and later steals thir dto give the Mariners an early 1 nothing lead. It’s true I was amazed. Shows a lot of heart (or foolhardiness if this turns out to be an issue exacerbated by playing) to bounce back and go 2 for 3 when you are supposed to be out. Good on ya!
Horatio Ramirez also made his return to the M’s last night pitching a gem in what the local sports radio guys call making good use of location and opponent. Ramirez is lights out at home (undefeated with a sub 3 ERA) but Weaver-esque on the road (ERA over 13). So facing a punchless Oriole offense (no Tejada, no Melvin Mora) at Safeco is a good formula for success if you happen to be good at home against AAA hitting. I think we need to initiate a rotation within the rotation for that 5th spot. Let Ramirez pitch at home but have someone more effective pitch his road starts, don’t know who that would be quite yet but that’s why I’m not on the Mariner payroll.
I’m finally getting my wish. On the 29th the M’s are having a Turn Back the Clock Night with the team fielding the Trident uniforms from the inagural 1977 season. I know it’s not my multi-game all uniform showcase featuring era-relevant former players but I am glad that the team is doing something to acknowledge that the franchise did in fact exist before 1995 (though it would be hard to find many other fans that would).
Jose Guillen is having an outstanding month of July. Crazy is hitting over .440 for the month and is hitting over .400 against left handed pitching coming into last nights game. I made a prediciton early on that if he could stay healthy and get over his offseason surgery that he could be a factor and I am very glad that it was able to come to fruition. His throwing arm also looks to be back and healthy. If we are to make a real push for the postseason we need his bat (since Sexson is apparently carrying his for decoration).
It looks like it will be time for me to issue some more Trident awards soon. With The work of the aforementioned Crazy Jose, others (J.J., Ichiro, "34") are in need of the props that only a ninja like myself could provide. No that the weather is cooling down I may be able to get some extra writing done. We’ll see.
Tonight is game 2 vs the Orioles, it’ll be Felix "34" Hernandez vs. Jeremy Guthrie
Standings: AL West, 2.5 GB Californiheim. Wild Card, 1 GB Cleveland.
For those out of the loop recently re-signed center fielder Ichiro was hit by a Justin Verlander fastball during the 5th inning of yesterday’s 11-7 loss to Detroit. Per the ESPN.com he is going to be day-to-day and miss at least today’s game against the Orioles. This is what I call bad times.
Jeff Weaver failed to make it out of the fifth for the first time since his return from the "DL". Must’ve know I was posting again and want me to get bored with all of this consistency and victory. Nothing lulls a fan to sleep like a pennant chase. I think it may be time to send Brandon Morrow back to the minors to polish up his skills. He’s given up runs in less than 3 innings per appearance in 3 of his 4 July appearances and gave up multiple runs twice in June. Worse off he’s starting walk guys (4 BB in 2 IP on 6/11 and he had 15 walks to only 9 k’s in June). It’s getting pretty obvious that he can’t locate his offspeed pitches with regularity so he tries to muscle the fastball over to get outs. Problem is when the hitters know you can’t locate a certain pitch they will sit on the fastball and either take the walk from 4 missed curveballs or launch the fastball into the stratosphere. I think dude needs to to Double AA for a while and get his offspeed pitches tight so he can ge tback to being an effective major league pitcher.
Horatio Ramirez comes off of the DL tonight to start against the Orioles. It is usually better to start a comeback against one of the less successful clubs and he has been lights out at Safeco. I expect a halfway decent start from him (for once). Pennant Fever people, catch it!
Standings: AL West, 3 GB Californiheim. Wild Card, 2 GB Cleveland.
If I have the energy I will finish yesterday’s post and get it up later this evening.
********* did I pick the wrong month to be sidelined with bad health huh? I went from some of the worst allergy attacks of my life to a respiratory infection that left me bedridden and popping all kids of cillin and finally a heat wave that made it impossible to stay indoors and write.