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Morse AGAIN !!!

I was thinking this was a bit of a ho hum signing, but man this guy is a stud !

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Remember when everybody freaked out about us trading a backup catcher to get that guy?


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I think Mike Morse is going to be fun to watch this year! If he keeps this up, I have no problem with him sharing the nickname of "Beast mode."


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How "beast mode" could a baseball player be? Maybe we can call him baby beast mode. But hitting 4 times a game and standing around the outfield doesn't constitute sharing a nickname with a guy who runs into, through and over 250-300 lb men 25-30 times a game.


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Beast mode has been Mike Morse's nickname for a while now.


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Maybe the A's will move to Sacramento. They have only had like 15k attendance on their 2nd and 3rd games.

Oaklands attendance on a weeknight isn't any worse than the mariners... And the athletics have been one of the few franchises over the last decade that have been as futile as the mariners. It'll pick up if the wins keep coming.


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It would not be out of the question to suggest "here we go again".... the hitting has been sparse after.a torrid spring and the back end of the rotation struggled. But let's remember... baseball is 162 games and there will be many stretches we go 2-2 on the road and are happy with it. And the As are a good club

Still.... aside from Morse the plate appearances have been less than encouraging. Hopefully a change in location will inspire


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It would not be out of the question to suggest "here we go again".... the hitting has been sparse after.a torrid spring and the back end of the rotation struggled. But let's remember... baseball is 162 games and there will be many stretches we go 2-2 on the road and are happy with it. And the As are a good club

Still.... aside from Morse the plate appearances have been less than encouraging. Hopefully a change in location will inspire


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I really hope Beavan does well and the M's win tonight!


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Man, gotta love that run support for Beavan who is pitching a great game so far.


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Gotta admit, last night's game was a nail biter. I tuned in during the 5th inning just as Beavan was starting to shit the bed. Watched all the way through the 10th and came away with the following impressions.

- Hitting is better this year, and could even be a strength of this team.
- Our starting pitching staff is not that great. Hultzen's and Walker's development cannot go fast enough.
- We try to get cute with using specialist pitchers for certain situations and it results in base hits and runs scored when we put a cold relief pitcher on the mound.
- Brendan Ryan is a pretty damn good shortstop
- Michael Saunders is a pretty damn good center fielder
- We are probably going to lose close games with Tom Wilhelmsen as our closer.

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Last nights game was awesome. I just don't like them so close.


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So how excited should we be about Zunino? This guy looks like a superstar in the making.


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Whoever this Loe relief pitcher is......he has got to go.

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Haven't they already won their 3 games for April?

I see Felix got beat last night. They've been so miserable so long I find it very hard to get excited about them anymore.

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Haven't they already won their 3 games for April?

I see Felix got beat last night. They've been so miserable so long I find it very hard to get excited about them anymore.

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Every year there is always a gaping hole in the squad. In previous years, our bats couldn't hit a damn thing, but pitching was aces with at least two premier starters, capable relievers, and an ace closer with a red hot fastball. Fielding was also top notch, and had to be because nobody could bat in runs to save their lives.

This year it is the exact opposite. The bats are really whacking the ball around but pitching is a real weakness, especially with such awful, awful relievers. The entire bullpen sucks, top to bottom, except for Carter Capps.

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Haven't they already won their 3 games for April?

I see Felix got beat last night. They've been so miserable so long I find it very hard to get excited about them anymore.

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Every year there is always a gaping hole in the squad. In previous years, our bats couldn't hit a damn thing, but pitching was aces with at least two premier starters, capable relievers, and an ace closer with a red hot fastball. Fielding was also top notch, and had to be because nobody could bat in runs to save their lives.

This year it is the exact opposite. The bats are really whacking the ball around but pitching is a real weakness, especially with such awful, awful relievers. The entire bullpen sucks, top to bottom, except for Carter Capps.


Well, that's what happens when the front office trades away our good players rather than spends more money... we traded away our 2nd or 3rd best starter for some increased offense and I have a feeling it's definitely going to have an effect on our ERA this year. The pitcher we picked up to replace Vargas (Saunders) sure didn't impress in his first start, but we'll see how he does tomorrow.


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To be fair, the club has amazing pitching talent like 4 months away from the big league squad. Atleast three maybe four very good pitchers. They traded from a position of strength to add offense, something every Ms fan has been begging for since the ill adviosed Bedard trade.


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Uncle Si wrote:
To be fair, the club has amazing pitching talent like 4 months away from the big league squad. Atleast three maybe four very good pitchers. They traded from a position of strength to add offense, something every Ms fan has been begging for since the ill adviosed Bedard trade.


That's true... I just hope they don't trade them all away for more garbage.


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The Outfield wrote:
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To be fair, the club has amazing pitching talent like 4 months away from the big league squad. Atleast three maybe four very good pitchers. They traded from a position of strength to add offense, something every Ms fan has been begging for since the ill adviosed Bedard trade.


That's true... I just hope they don't trade them all away for more garbage.



Nah, these kids are really good. Looking at filling in the bullpen with pryor, capps and wilhemson for the year and id say atleast two are rotation guys next year.

On Zunino.. yes he may be excellent. But Smoak and Montero were supposed to be as well. Man I hope those twp (and ackely) start hitting


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Can I also just say that I think Ackley is gonna prove to disappoint again this year. His new batting form has seemed to make him worse.

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Can I also just say that I think Ackley is gonna prove to disappoint again this year. His new batting form has seemed to make him worse.



been a rough start for 4 players that need to be better for us to win games (Ackely, Montero, Smoak, Seeger). Maybe Safeco and Astros pitching (although I believe we draw Humber... of the perfect game against the Mariners Humber... tonight)


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The Mariners last year did a great job of rejuvenating crappy pitchers' careers by providing them with their best games of their careers.


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Cannot believe I am about to speak up for Smoak, but at least he is hitting the ball hard. That will eventually lead to more base hits as long as he keeps it up. I am not as worried about Seeger (for some reason) as much as I am worried about Montero and Ackley. Morse and Morales are doing their job, and at least Michael Saunders is doing his part so far. I will be more worried if these guys fail to perform against the Astros.


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Smoak has been making some solid contact, which is all you can ask for. It's extremely early in the season, and even after the Astros series it's not enough time to make a judgment about how these guys are doing. Give it a couple of months and see where they're at in early June.


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Smoak has been making some solid contact, which is all you can ask for. It's extremely early in the season, and even after the Astros series it's not enough time to make a judgment about how these guys are doing. Give it a couple of months and see where they're at in early June.


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Good night for Saunders! Granted, it was the Astros, but still impressive.


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Normally I would say give it a couple months, but these guys have had long enough. Put up or shut up. One month max and if they are still hitting .200 or worse than I think it is okay to worry. Smoak and Ackley especially.


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Good win in the home opener, but the preseason bats seem to have suddenly dried up somewhat. That's disturbing, considering their track record over the past few years.

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Normally I would say give it a couple months, but these guys have had long enough. Put up or shut up. One month max and if they are still hitting .200 or worse than I think it is okay to worry. Smoak and Ackley especially.


If you like, but it's probably wasted effort. A month in baseball is, what, 24 games? About an 8th of the season? That's like 2 games in football. Impatience has led to a lot of catastrophic moves in Mariners history, and while I'm certainly nearing my threshold with Smoak, Ackley is only in his 2nd full year in the majors. Same with Montero, if I'm not mistaken. These guys have all the talent in the world, and Michael Saunders is a great example of a talented player taking a few years to figure it out. They're not players you want to give up on unless you're pretty damn sure it's not going to work out with them, and no matter what happens with Ackley this year, I don't think we can say that.

At any rate, the failure of highly touted young prospects like Smoak is catastrophic to the franchise's development, so I don't blame them for giving him a pretty long leash before calling it good.


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Am I the only one that has noticed the Michael Morse fails in the clutch? Last night, bases loaded and grounded into a double play. Sunday in Shitcago he came up with guys in scoring position twice and struck out both times after a solo homer in the first. I see why he only has 8 RBI to go with those 5 HRs. It's pissing me off already.

Man Ackley looks nothing like the guy we sawe his first year. Smoak is still sucking. His major league career appears to be just about over. Looks like the league has caught up with Seeger. Montero doesn't look like he'll amount to a hill of dog manure. On the positive side, Morales hits, doesn't he? Hope they don't just start pitching around him cuz the rest of the lineup blows. Saunders looks good......so far. Ryan hitting a bit so far and considering his fielding any hitting from him is a bonus. Gutierrez healthy and if he stays that way he will produce.

Agree with jkitsune that you can't give up yet on Ackley, Montero and Seeger but shit they look bad so far after the same last year. Smoak though, as I said above it's very close to time to put a fork in his career.

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Am I the only one that has noticed the Michael Morse fails in the clutch? Last night, bases loaded and grounded into a double play. Sunday in Shitcago he came up with guys in scoring position twice and struck out both times after a solo homer in the first. I see why he only has 8 RBI to go with those 5 HRs. It's pissing me off already.


Still way too early to say that he fails in the clutch. I saw him come through quite a few times for the Nats, and I am sure he will for us too.

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Normally I would say give it a couple months, but these guys have had long enough. Put up or shut up. One month max and if they are still hitting .200 or worse than I think it is okay to worry. Smoak and Ackley especially.


If you like, but it's probably wasted effort. A month in baseball is, what, 24 games? About an 8th of the season? That's like 2 games in football.


Being too patient could kill us too. Comparing it to two games in the NFL is not accurate. In a months time, Ackley and Smoak will see somewhere around 90 - 100 at bats. Maybe a little more. Add that to spring training at bats and cuts taken during the offseason.. well, I don't see any reason why they should need more than a month.

I am not saying that we should dump these guys after a month or anything like that. I am simply saying that being worried about these guys would be justified.

Ackley scares me the most because he came into the big leagues red hot and completely capable of hitting around .300 and there was even talk of him possibly winning some batting awards in the future. Now, he has completed changed his swing and is starting off ice cold. A huge part of the game is self confidence, and I think Ackley lost that sometime last season. I hope he regains it because I like Ackley and I know he is capable! Smoak, on the other hand, is at least ripping the ball and I think his hard work will begin to show.


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Good Lord Dustin Ackley looks terrible at the plate. I saw him when he came up and he looked like a player.

What is with the bat on the shoulder , hands close to his waist , very upright , neutral stance .... When he swings most players turn the lead shoulder away from the pitch a bit and rotate the waist back with the arms whipping through the hitting zone. He has is just throwing his arms at the ball with no body at all.

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Am I the only one that has noticed the Michael Morse fails in the clutch? Last night, bases loaded and grounded into a double play. Sunday in Shitcago he came up with guys in scoring position twice and struck out both times after a solo homer in the first. I see why he only has 8 RBI to go with those 5 HRs. It's pissing me off already.


Still way too early to say that he fails in the clutch. I saw him come through quite a few times for the Nats, and I am sure he will for us too.

Agree, but it's on my radar already. Drive in some damned runs Morse!!

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Good Lord Dustin Ackley looks terrible at the plate. I saw him when he came up and he looked like a player.

What is with the bat on the shoulder , hands close to his waist , very upright , neutral stance .... When he swings most players turn the lead shoulder away from the pitch a bit and rotate the waist back with the arms whipping through the hitting zone. He has is just throwing his arms at the ball with no body at all.

Who screwed this guy up? He really is a mess

It sure looks like he has been screwed up. Maybe he needs to tell everyone to buzz off and just hit like he has his whole life. <shrug>

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Good Lord Dustin Ackley looks terrible at the plate. I saw him when he came up and he looked like a player.

What is with the bat on the shoulder , hands close to his waist , very upright , neutral stance .... When he swings most players turn the lead shoulder away from the pitch a bit and rotate the waist back with the arms whipping through the hitting zone. He has is just throwing his arms at the ball with no body at all.

Who screwed this guy up? He really is a mess

It sure looks like he has been screwed up. Maybe he needs to tell everyone to buzz off and just hit like he has his whole life. <shrug>



Ms have a history of trying to remake players in their own screwed up way.

Remember they spent 2 years trying to make Ichiro change his style cause they wanted more home runs & more conventional hitting. One of the best hitters ever in baseball and they wanted him to change and be a Mariner style hitter. We know how well that worked out.

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Carter Capps will be a top teir bullpen/closer role for years to come. I can only hope for our team. I can see him as trade material come around the all star break. With his release point and his arm rotation batters can't pick up the ball as easy it seems. Call me crazy.

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Am I the only one that has noticed the Michael Morse fails in the clutch? Last night, bases loaded and grounded into a double play. Sunday in Shitcago he came up with guys in scoring position twice and struck out both times after a solo homer in the first. I see why he only has 8 RBI to go with those 5 HRs. It's pissing me off already.


Still way too early to say that he fails in the clutch. I saw him come through quite a few times for the Nats, and I am sure he will for us too.

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Normally I would say give it a couple months, but these guys have had long enough. Put up or shut up. One month max and if they are still hitting .200 or worse than I think it is okay to worry. Smoak and Ackley especially.


If you like, but it's probably wasted effort. A month in baseball is, what, 24 games? About an 8th of the season? That's like 2 games in football.


Being too patient could kill us too. Comparing it to two games in the NFL is not accurate. In a months time, Ackley and Smoak will see somewhere around 90 - 100 at bats. Maybe a little more. Add that to spring training at bats and cuts taken during the offseason.. well, I don't see any reason why they should need more than a month.

I am not saying that we should dump these guys after a month or anything like that. I am simply saying that being worried about these guys would be justified.

Ackley scares me the most because he came into the big leagues red hot and completely capable of hitting around .300 and there was even talk of him possibly winning some batting awards in the future. Now, he has completed changed his swing and is starting off ice cold. A huge part of the game is self confidence, and I think Ackley lost that sometime last season. I hope he regains it because I like Ackley and I know he is capable! Smoak, on the other hand, is at least ripping the ball and I think his hard work will begin to show.


Worrying is justified, sure, but my point is mostly that it's very easy to be too reactionary in baseball. That the number of at-bats is 100 doesn't make it a good enough sample size, it's still a tiny fraction of one season and has little predictive value (but not none) of what the remainder of his season will look like. People who have All-Star quality first halves have awful second halves, and vice-versa, and all you can reasonably hope for (IMO) is that a player's process is good. You hope he swings at good pitches, lays off bad pitches, makes solid contact (and hits line drives), etc. Whether or not these things turn into a high batting average or more rbis or 'hitting in the clutch' is more luck and statistical fluctuation than anything.

Far be it from me to tell ANYONE how to watch baseball, or what judgments to make. But deciding that 'the league has caught up to Seager,' 'Smoak's career is over,' 'Ackley is screwed up' based on the current sample is reactionary - just as certain as hypothetical statements (not necessarily made by any posters here) that 'Morales is going to have a career year' are reactionary. Maybe he will, maybe he won't. He's had a good start, but two games ago his stats looked awful. We as fans tend to over-react to the ebbs and flows of player performance, which can make watching sports fun... or torturous.

All of that said, I definitely resonate with the drive to negativity with regards to the Mariners. It has been an awful decade for Mariners baseball, and the struggles of Smoak, Montero, and Ackley have snuffed some of the hope for brighter days which have gotten us through some tough years. So if it feels better to freak out on these players now, by all means, have at. We're all in the same boat here.


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Man....Mauer is struggling tonight!


This is brutal to watch. Fortunately, there's no reason to believe it's predictive of how his career will pan out!


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After putting aside my frustration with how the inning went, I feel bad for the kid. That was just awful.


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Man again......this Loe guy needs to go , he is awful!

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Well, just over an inning through and down 9-0? Yep. That's the Mariners we all know and love.

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Well, just over an inning through and down 9-0? Yep. That's the Mariners we all know and love.


Nothing ever changes with this team.....nothing, I hate being a fan of them sometimes.

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Man none of the hitters are going up to bat with a sense of urgency......they have already given up tonight. Wouldn't be surprised if they got no hit.

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Watch Bedard throw a no no against us, that would really cap the night.


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I could tell this kid might have confidence issues. It's a shame because I think he's a good pitcher otherwise. I hope he can figure it out.

Meanwhile, is Erasmo healthy yet?


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I consider myself to be generally one of the more tolerant M's fans out there. And even I had to turn it off. Do we still not have a hit?


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