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Rain in a steamy New York, and a lineup

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Aug. 5, 2012 at 9:11 am with 10 Comments »
August 5, 2012 9:11 am

After scoring once in yesterday’s 1-0 victory, the Seattle Mariners showed up for Sunday morning batting practice today – and were promptly rained out.

That’s unusual because it’s about 90 degrees here and the rain dried a moment after landing, but wet is wet and the Mariners retreated. The New York Yankees were relaxing in their clubhouse and weren’t much bothered.

Against grizzled veteran Freddy Garcia – once the Seattle ace – the Mariners will face the Yankees with the chance to take the series today. Hisashi Iwakuma will start for the Mariners, who will sit Mike Carp, Casper Wells and Brendan Ryan.

In their places, Eric Wedge will use Dustin Ackley a first base, Kyle Seager at second base, Chone Figgins at third and Munenori Kawasaki at shortstop, with an outfield of Trayvon Robinson, Michael Saunders and Eric Thames.

Here’s the lineup. Let’s hope the rain bypasses us.

Dustin Ackley   1B
Michael Saunders  CF
Jesus Montero  C
John Jaso  DH
Kyle Seager  2B
Eric Thames  RF
Trayvon Robinson  LF
Munenori Kawasaki  SS
Chone Figgins  3B
Hisashi Iwakuma  RHP

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  1. timeout says:

    Last time Iwakuma pitched, I commented on the big strike zone, and how much Iwakuma benefited from it. Today was the opposite. Squeezed from the first batter, especially at the bottom of the zone, Iwakuma had a very tough time against the Yankee lineup. No surprise. Maybe his slider had a little less bite today, but those Yankee hitters didn’t seem likely to bite on it anyway.

    They missed Carp too, especially against Freddy. Maybe as weak a hitting lineup as the M’s have run out there this year. I expect them to do better on the rest of the trip.

    Congrats to Mike Carp on the new baby. That is what you call a valid excuse.

  2. bbnate420 says:

    This blog is as lifeless as Hugh Hefner.

  3. timeout says:

    Larry’s probably getting a lot more response on his Twitter feed. Twitter is easy–you just spew out whatever comes to mind–and immediately interactive.

    If you ask Larry a question here, he’ll answer sometimes. But there’s not much positive energy around this blog. If this were a bar, would you come here for a drink? I don’t enjoy drinking by myself, or in a place where everyone complains all the time. I’d like to participate in more inside baseball discussion, instead of whacking away at Howard and Chuck. That’s a given.

  4. bbnate420 says:

    And Larry’s coverage, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with the state of the blog? And I didn’t realize he got paid to post on Twitter.

  5. timeout says:

    My point is, bbn, it seems to me that Larry’s off doing something else. And yes, he’s paid to tweet in his professional capacity, I don’t doubt. Divish as well, by the way. I wonder how many people read Larry’s tweets as compared to this blog? (I don’t–I prefer a medium where you can flesh out an argument. but that’s just me.)

    If the editors of the TNT don’t know how many clicks each medium draws, they should. If this blog carried a lot of editorial weight, all the kvetching would have had more results, I’ll bet. As it is, I think this blog is regarded like the old uncle in the corner, mumbling away and spilling coffee drops on his shirt. We don’t get no respect. :)

    I used to read the big three–Arnold, LaRue and Stone. Now it’s down to the two Larry’s for straight sports, and I’ve added Shannon Drayer for the way she handles personalities. Good sportswriting takes effort, and I appreciate it when I see it. Tweets have nothing to do with it; they are to sportswriting as Coors Lite is to Dick’s Pale Ale.

  6. timeout says:

    Further to my point: here’s an example of a thoughtful, thought-provoking blog entry by Larry Stone. (Sorry about the photo of Beelzebub at the top.)

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/marinersblog/2018859699_the_benefits_of_free_talent_as.html

  7. Apparently there were dozens of flights cancelled today in NYC and Larry couldn’t get a flight to make the game. I’m sorry if I haven’t been able to help out much. Husky practice started up, and for the time being, I’m kind of sidetracked into my main beat. I will try and get something up when I get a chance.

  8. Had I known about his predicament earlier, i would have tried to help him out.

  9. bbnate420 says:

    No problem, Divish. You shouldn’t have to cover 10 blogs.

    I agree that Stone writes really good pieces. Much better than LaRue IMO. The Times has Baker to cover the games and Stone to write editorials on more big picture baseball issues. Perhaps LaRue would be better suited for that. I also doubt they are really paid to just tweet. Advertisers here don’t pay for clicks on Twitter. All I know is that this blog is a thousand times better when Divish is running it. There, I’m done complaining.

  10. If I implied that they are paid to “just tweet”, I didn’t state things well. There’s an odt newspaper they write for…

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