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Seattle Mariners Defeated In Baseball Game

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The ball lost
The ball lost

Fifty-five more games to go. That's all this one means. There were 56 baseball games remaining in the season, and now there are 55, because the Mariners lost this afternoon. Rats.

Ordinarily, we care about the baseball games because they're the day's biggest stories. Most of the time, the most important thing the Mariners do on any given day is play against somebody. But the game wasn't the biggest story today. It wasn't even close. Today was all about the deadline, and then the Erik Bedard three-way deal, and the game just didn't matter. I don't want to say that baseball fans only have the capacity to consider a limited number of stories at a time, but on the mental priority list, this game wound up somewhere in between the Brad Ziegler trade and lunch.

The game started at 1:10. It was reported that Erik Bedard had been traded right around 1 o'clock. The next 30-45 minutes or so were spent trying to straighten out who was going where between Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle. Once it was official, if you're a Mariners writer or media member, the next 30-60 minutes were spent learning about the players in the trade and writing about it. And if you're a Mariners fan, the next God knows how many minutes were spent thinking about it and talking about it. So few people were thinking about the game for a good long while, and by the time attention shifted over - if it shifted over - it was several innings deep and the Rays were well ahead. The only thing that was notable was that Jeremy Hellickson was working on a no-hitter, but then that was broken up, and interest waned completely. The Mariners got throttled in a meaningless game a lot of people didn't start watching until they were already on the way to getting throttled.

There were a few little things of note. To review:

  • Jason Vargas got slammed again. He got little help from his defense, and he did finish with a walk and six strikeouts, but ten of the 20 balls in play he allowed were classified as line drives, and he's allowed 24 runs over 18.1 innings in his last four starts. Vargas is obviously better than this, but you can see why trade interest plummeted over time, as teams don't know how well he can hold up over a full season.

  • Casper Wells made his Mariners debut. It was an unspectacular debut, as Wells grounded out, struck out, and dropped a couple bloopers into shallow right, but he moved around well in the outfield and showed off a strong arm, and plus he drove in the team's only run. It was something.

  • Charlie Furbush made his Mariners debut. The first batter he faced lifted a home run to left over Casper Wells' head. In the rest of the inning, though, he showed decent velocity on his fastball, he showed a sharp breaking ball, and he threw more changeups than I expected. It was something.

  • Josh Lueke pitched and pitched well.

  • Dan Cortes pitched and did not pitch well.

But if you didn't bother to watch this game, you didn't miss anything. Nobody did anything amazing. The high points were either Lueke's inning, Franklin Gutierrez's two singles, or Dustin Ackley's two walks. It was bad, and worse, it was dull, and I imagine that as soon as it ended, anyone who had been thinking about it went right back to thinking about the trade instead. The trade is much more interesting, and much more exciting. The game was basically a breather. It was a break in between spells of researching Trayvon Robinson and Chih-Hsien Chiang.

Forget the game. Neat trade, right? Let's think more about the trade.