Third-Place Mariners Pick Fight with Tied-for-Third-Place Yankees

MARINERS (15-18) Δ Ms YANKEES (17-14) EDGE
HITTING (wOBA) -24.4 (28th) -8.3 21.7 (4th) New York
FIELDING 18.2 (4th) 0.7 -16.8 (28th) Seattle
ROTATION (tRA) 11.3 (9th) 0.4 0.3 (16th) Seattle
BULLPEN (tRA) -8.4 (28th) 2.0 9.4 (3rd) New York
OVERALL(RAA) -3.2 (18th) -5.2 14.6 (6th) NEW YORK
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I was right. The Mariners did not sweep the Tigers again. However, they came close while simultaneously coming close to being swept. That was a remarkably even-fought three game set where each team plated nine runs. The Tigers scored nine runs in their first series against the Mariners as well, but that time the Mariners went all Blitzkrieg on Detroit and scored 21 times in a sweep. Overall, the Mariners went 5-1 against the Tigers and are now finished with playing them for the 2012 regular season. Too bad because despite the obvious pull of recent success, the Tigers are sort of a fun team to watch the M's play against.

On the topic of fun watching, I mentioned last night and Jeff mentioned my mention later that the Mariners are a dramatically more entertaining team to watch without Miguel Olivo playing. His approach is so anathema to what I think is conducive to successful hitting and his favorable treatment leaves such a bitter taste in my mouth that his mere presence in the lineup outweighs his 1-in-9 weight of contribution. The phrase "more than the sum of their parts" is a well-known one. Miguel Olivo is like that to the Mariners except in a bad way.

Brett Gardner remains out for the Yankees as his arm injury lingers. It has not been a banner year for the Yankees' medical staff so far. Gardner's absence means potentially some Raul Ibanez in the outfield for New York. That made me notice how many Mariner castoffs the Yankees employ. Aside from Ibanez, Freddy Garcia, Rafael Soriano and Alex Rodrgiuez have all made appearances this season. Garcia and Soriano have performed below expectations. A-Rod is actually off to a good start, but have you noticed how he's declined down to a steady 4-WAR performance level for the past three years? Did you notice that he's still under contract for six more seasons (2012-7) and owed at least $148 million still? For their sake, the Yankee's did front-load Rodriguez's contract. Heh, Angels.

Fri 11 May 16:05

FELIX HERNANDEZ HIROKI KURODA

It's always an event when Felix Hernandez pitches in New York. Since the Yankees moved into their new digs, Felix has started three games and won each with the lopsided scores of 7-0, 6-0 and 9-2. And that was done with the crappy 2010 and 2011 Mariners at his back. Haha, Yankees. Felix Hernandez is ours and you can't have him.

Sat 12 May 13:05

HECTOR NOESI PHIL HUGHES

I wonder if Phil Hughes is what Hector Noesi will become. Although Noesi is only six months younger, we have a far broader record of Major League experience for Hughes and he's shown flashes of immense talent but never a consistent handle on it. It would not surprise me to see Noesi similarly waffle a bit between being a not-as-good-as-he-should-be starter and capable-of-being-dominant reliever. More would be better obviously.

Sun 13 May 10:05

BLAKE BEAVAN ANDY PETTITTE*

Andy Pettitte will make his first Major League start since the 2010 playoffs on Sunday. Blake Beavan will make his first Major League start since Monday. Or not, since he took a ball off his elbow and reports make it seem unlikely that he'll make this start. With the off day that happened yesterday it seems most likely that the rotation will simply be turned over a day early. That means Kevin Millwood makes this start. hoooooooray.

Series Beer: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Summer's here! Summer's here! Not really, but it's sunny again and whatever, shut up, I'll take it. A long time favorite beer, the AV summer ale is a session-able amber-style with one of the more unique and pleasing palates. I'm not sure what they add to give it the mouth feel it has, but it's smooth and creamy all on its own. I wonder what this beer would be like through nitro. Which they could sort of do since it's already in cans. Hooray cans! Come on, nitro can.

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