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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

“At the end of the season, if a team can only win when they play their best games, they’re not going to win very much.”

posted by on April 1 at 9:49 AM

So said Ichiro after yesterday’s opening day win over Texas. Bedard struggled to find the strike zone (106 pitches in five innings), but outside of coughing up a first-inning homer there was little damage. Even some boneheaded plays (might want to scale back on that aggressive base-running, McLaren) weren’t enough to sabotage the W. Beltre hustled to kill a double play, Lopez nailed a perfect hit-and-run, and in a truly weird sight (outside of snow falling), Sexson battled back from an 0-2 count to earn a walk.

Tonight it’s Felix on the mound. Hopefully the M’s bats will shake off the chill and give him some help.

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SEXSON drew a walk?!?! I guess that's why they play the game...

Posted by Mike in MO | April 1, 2008 10:46 AM

Who are the Mariners?

Now that I got that out of the way, when are they going to start showing games on UPN? I don't get FSN, and I've got nothing but times on my hands.

Posted by gillsans | April 1, 2008 10:48 AM

Sorry gillsans, but I think all the games are on FSN this year.

Posted by Bradley Steinbacher | April 1, 2008 10:54 AM

Sexson is in classic late-career mode, where he starts drawing lots more walks because his inability to drive anything makes him patient, or timid, depending on your point of view. He could end up with an OBP higher than his SLG, which is doomsday stuff. Worst 1B in baseball, too. He's done.

Posted by Fnarf | April 1, 2008 11:24 AM

Ichiro is a quote machine. It's nice that he doesn't just cough up platitudes. ...

"Bedard struggled to find the strike zone"

Sorry, this is not true. The strike zone was the size of a postage stamp. Jim Joyce had an off night behind the plate.

Posted by robbbbbb | April 1, 2008 11:43 AM

"Not being completely incompetent" is a huge step up from the last couple of seasons.

Posted by laterite | April 1, 2008 11:56 AM

I agree the strike zone was small, robbbbbb, but Bedard had trouble even reaching the plate a number of times. Maybe it was the weather, or maybe it was opening day jitters, but it wasn't a great outing for him -- he's sure to be much, much sharper as the season goes on.

Posted by Bradley Steinbacher | April 1, 2008 12:00 PM

According to ol' squinty himself, Jose Lopez was not advised to steal 3rd. He did that on his own.

Posted by Gomez | April 1, 2008 12:29 PM

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