Doug Fister got pounded early this evening, giving up four runs in the first inning and going through the entire Angels batting order. Fister wasn’t entirely to blame, however, as he had his defense “helping” him out. I tuned in a little late so missed the actual play, but I figured out via Twitter that Chone Figgins was up to his usual tricks, cutting off a ball that should have gone to Miguel Olivo at the plate. Something needs to be done here. I’m not the master of batting or fielding lineups, but I’m sort of missing the point of Chone Figgins. And I’m saying this with the authority of someone who knows nothing, but Jose Lopez was a better third baseman than Chone Figgins. Why are we still letting this happen? I’m not even mad, I’m just asking what I feel is a legitimate question. We have a third baseman who can neither field nor hit, and he’s being paid quite a bit of money to work against the team’s best interest – what is the point of that? I’ve gotten to a place where I would gladly have Matt Tuiasosopo there -at least I have no expectations from Tui that haven’t already been met. Figgins has yet to dazzle (or even reach mediocrity), and we’ve given him a year and a half to do it. I’m growing weary of seeing him out there every day. I still haven’t given up on him, but I can feel my attitude slipping with every botched catch, every swinging strikeout, every boo at SafeCo.
Facing Jered Weaver did not help our case, though there was a lot of marvel and surprise from broadcasters and journalists alike when Mike Carp managed to snatch a single from Weaver in the bottom of the 3rd. Ichiro then hit another single, and Carp motored it to third base. After getting a bit better look at him, I would tend to agree with whomever it was that mentioned that he had lost weight. It seems to have had an effect on his speed, for sure. With men on the corners and two out, Brendan Ryan made Weaver work a little, but struck out swinging on the 7th pitch.
Fister settled down by the second inning and was throwing beautifully, but his men were not giving him any runs. It’s games like this that make me wonder if the Mariners are a major league ball club in anything other than name. It’s also games like these that make me glad that I don’t really play the numbers game, because I think seeing the numbers from this game would literally drive me insane. And we never recovered from that 4-run first inning. We got shut out by Jered Weaver, who CG’d us, even. We’re back to a nice level .500. The Texas Rangers got dealt to by the Yankees, though, so we’re still only 2 games out of first place – if nothing else, we can take that away. Bright side, anyone?
Tomorrow, maybe Erik Bedard can bring us back a bit of dignity against Ervin Santana. Meanwhile, I’m going to go to bed and try and get this stupid Century Link commercial jingle out of my head…