Well, the tarp is on the field here at Yankee Stadium as you can see and a steady and heavy rain is falling. It’s the kind of rain that we get in November in the Puget Sound. The only difference being it’s about 75 degrees here.The forecast says its supposed to let up around 6 p.m. here, but it’s pretty gray out.
The Mariners losing streak has made them nationally relevant – obviously not in a good way. But they led SportsCenter a few different times and were in the A block of the show in others. Now obviously, ESPN doesn’t completely measure the sports pulse of the world, it just thinks it does.
But people are noticing the run of futility.
From the excellent Yahoo blog, the Big League Stew ...
1. Ned? Ned Ryerson?! Bing!: The Seattle Mariners got punched in the face like the guy in “Groundhog Day” for the 15th straight time (a team record), falling 12-8 to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Two-thousand year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield(notes) picked up his 2,000th career strikeout, and the bottom of Boston’s batting order dominated Michael Pineda(notes) and others.
Manager Eric Wedge shaving his biker mustache the day before was meant to help, but it only hurts more now that it’s gone. Shortstop Brendan Ryan(notes) hit a grand slam for the M’s, who were 2 1/2 games out of first place July 5 — the date of their most recent victory. So, why can’t you guys stop this nonsense?
“It seems like once again it’s Groundhog Day,” Ryan said. “This is definitely frustrating. There aren’t too many laughs now. There shouldn’t be.”
It wasn’t long ago — July 5, to be exact — that Seattle was a .500 ballclub within striking distance of a clumped-together AL West. In third place but just 2 ½ games out, the Mariners were about to play one more game in a series with last-place Oakland before starting a pair of four-game series against the Angels and Rangers, the two teams they were chasing in the division. So began the losing streak.
A few quick things …
Justin Smoak was wearing a huge ice pack on his hand right hand last night. It’s the second or third time I’ ve seen him ice his hand like that postgame. Look there is something wrong with the thumb on that hand. He tapes it up heavily for games. He told me once it was precautionary to protect it. But I think there’s something more. I plan on asking him and Wedge. If you notice, Wedge has him batting sixth today behind Adam Kennedy and Mike Carp.
Not sure if Chone Figgins is back yet with the team or what the emergency was about. I have some ideas why he left, but nothing I could share here.
We should know by today what Shawn Kelley and Erik Bedard will be doing in the near future. Kelley was out doing some running before the rain started falling. Expect Kelley to go on rehab stint in the coming days, and it could be a lengthy one since there really isn’t any open spots in the bullpen. Though that could change as the trade deadline approaches.
Speaking of the trade deadline, we are in New York, so somebody will pester Felix Hernandez about being traded to the Yankees. It’s okay. I know some people find it annoying. But it’s going to be that way until the Mariners start becoming a viable, competitive franchise. But really anyone not named Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley or Justin Smoak is a possible trade candidate. That being said, I don’t think the Mariners need to sell just for the sake of selling. It has to be a deal that makes them better, deeper or more talented. All three would be ideal.
Here’s the lineup …
- 51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
- 26 Brendan Ryan SS
- 13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
- 30 Miguel Olivo C
- 4 Adam Kennedy (L) 3B
- 20 Mike Carp (L) DH
- 17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
- 21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
- 56 Greg Halman LF
38 Jason Vargas LHP
- 2 Derek Jeter SS
- 14 Curtis Granderson (L) CF
- 25 Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
- 24 Robinson Cano (L) 2B
- 33 Nick Swisher (S) DH
- 55 Russell Martin C
- 18 Andruw Jones RF
- 26 Eduardo Nunez 3B
- 11 Brett Gardner (L) LF
36 Freddy Garcia RHP