Mariners Insider

Updated: A few notes, official game notes, links and a Mariners-Padres lineups

Post by Ryan Divish on June 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm with 7 Comments »
June 22, 2012 5:53 pm

Mariners (30-41)

  • 51  Ichiro Suzuki (L)     RF
  • 21  Franklin Gutierrez    CF
  • 15  Kyle Seager (L)       3B
  • 17  Justin Smoak (S)      1B
  • 33  Casper Wells          LF
  • 30  Miguel Olivo          C
  • 13  Dustin Ackley (L)     2B
  • 26  Brendan Ryan          SS
  • 25  Kevin Millwood        RHP

Padres (24-46)

  • 25  Will Venable (L)      RF
  • 24  Cameron Maybin        CF
  • 7  Chase Headley (S)     3B
  • 18  Carlos Quentin        LF
  • 23  Yonder Alonso (L)     1B
  • 11  Logan Forsythe        2B
  • 2  Everth Cabrera (S)    SS
  • 4  Nick Hundley          C
  • 33  Clayton Richard (L)   P

Jesus Montero gets another day off – that would be three  in a row for him. It’s a little surprising with a little a left-hander on the mound.  Also no Michael Saunders, despite the fact that he hits lefties so well. But this is the world the Mariners live in, I guess. They aren’t ready certainly not ready to sit Ichiro more than once in a great while and platooning seems to be out of the question.

In the video above … Mariners manager Eric Wedge talks a little about the lineup decisions, and mentioning the problems that not having the designated hitter has caused. He did say that Saunders, Wells and Gutierrez will start two games each in this series.

As for Montero, Wedge said he just wanted to give him another day to rest up.

A few pregame notes …

Felix Hernadez was all smiles with the Miami Heat winning the title last night. He watched the game at Brandon League’s house here in San Diego along with Jason Vargas, Justin Smoak and Shawn Kelley … here’s a picture.

“I started yelling at everybody,” he said. “They were making me fun of me.”

Felix is well aware that people in Seattle didn’t want to see Oklahoma City win.

“All of the people in Seattle were cheering for the Heat as well, so we are good,” Hernandez said. “They can have a parade in Miami and a parade in Seattle.”

Some may ask how Hernandez actually became a Heat fan. Well it’s simple, Dwyane Wade is his favorite player. He’s actually never met any Heat players but does have a Wade autographed jersey.

Talked with Justin Smoak. The knee is still a little swollen and sore but he will play. It might affect him from getting the green light for stealing bases tonight.

Let’s get a few links …

Here’s my story on Oliver Perez making it back to the big leagues after falling apart with the Mets

Nick Franklin made his debut last night for the Rainiers as did our intern T.J. Cotterill, who had nice game story talking about Franklin’s first hit .. which might have been a double or a homer.

Franklin  talked with 710-AM this morning

More audio at

Meanwhile, Danny Hultzen who will start tomorrow in The Springs as Mike Curto calls them … He will likely start June 28th in Tacoma.He was on 710-AM yesterday

More audio at

Ken Rosenthal wrote about the Mariners and possibly trading Felix. Look, this isn’t my beat anymore. So I’m not going to sit and analyze this. Trading Felix could be made logical in a baseball sense if the right players were given up. But from a PR standpoint, it would be disastrous for the team. The fans of the team could and would not be convinced that the move was anything but awful. Trading the face of the franchise (it’s not Ichiro) is something that doesn’t endear an organization to its fans.

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    The “trade Felix” folks always assume that team X is going to just empty their farm system, dig up Babe Ruth, and throw in 3 islands in the Bahamas. I don’t know what planet they live on, but it’s not the one with Earth people. I agree with Jason Churchill, the M’s just wouldn’t get enough in return to make it worthwhile.

  2. VNHLNFAN says:

    Go ahead and trade him..the FO can always bring him back when he is 40. Imagine the bobblehead and t-shirt sales then.

  3. wabubba67 says:

    Texas’ farm system is loaded with exceptional hitting prospects that have power. Felix as a Ranger would almost ensure a World Series championship for a team that has come up JUST short two years in a row. To put it bluntly, the Rangers are desperate….make the deal.

  4. wabubba67 says:

    Chiang back with the organization after clearing waivers….good news.

  5. Speaking of trades………….. can you all hear the sound of Millwood’s trading deadline value flying away………………?

    Re Felix: unless the team has reason to believe their is a permanent (or at minimum long term) injury issue (which wouldn’t surprise me) DON’T DO IT!

  6. VNHLNFAN says:

    Should have made the deal last year..

  7. SandlotSam says:

    Tonight’s game was a mess, but it’s great to have Gutierrez back.

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