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May 26, 2007 at 9:09 AM

Raining in KC

Been a while since we’ve had any rain on the road. What’s it been, like, one series? Anyhow, just to clear up any confusion, as per a reader question, yes it is Cha Seung Baek pitching tonight and Jarrod Washburn on Sunday. When I finished writing that last blog entry on Friday, it was already past midnight here in Kansas City, so my “tomorrow” thinking was about Washburn’s start Sunday. Meaning, if the Mariners stay focused in their approach and win tonight, they’ll have Washburn on the hill pitching for the sweep Sunday. Still a lot of baseball to go before then.
Around the AL West, another J. Weaver ran his pitch count up to 103 through five innings at Yankee Stadium. No, it wasn’t Jeff. In the end, it didn’t matter. Boy, the last thing Seattle needs is the Angels discovering how to hit.
And on the A’s front, how about that Dan Haren. If Rich Harden could only stay healthy. This could be the team to watch, yet again, in the second half. Seattle really needs to pick up the wins this month and next.
Jose Guillen gets the night off tonight after managing one hit against the Royals. He and Kenji Johjima were the only Mariners without two hits. Guillen is slowing down and should sit. Let’s not forget the pace this team has been on and continues to go at because of all the lost off days. He’s 7 for 29 since his comments about the team needing more fire and intensity last Saturday — which prompted our “manholes” discussion on this blog — and his on-base percentage is well below .300 over the past week. He needs a rest.
Had an interesting conversation with Guillen 90 minutes before Friday night’s game as he emerged from the clubhouse, headed up the dugout steps to the field, then turned around for a chat.
“So, what do you think?” he asked me.
“About what?” I asked.
“About my number.”
Huh?
“What’s my number? My uniform number?”
I’ll admit, I’m a terrible guy with player numbers. I know that Guy Lafleur wore No. 10 for the Montreal Canadiens and that’s about it. I knew Guillen was single digits and took a guess.
“Uh, five?”
“What?” Guillen mocked being offended. Finally, after a heavy sigh, he let’s me in on his little word play.
“It’s six. I’m number six. I’m thinking of changing that number.”
I finally got it. He’d gone 0 for 6 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. I asked if he’d ever done that before. Never.
“But I’ll get past it tonight,” he promised.
I told him a story of having once seen Alex Gonzalez go 0 for 6 with six strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians. The next night, at Yankee Stadium, Gonzo rebounded and drove in a run.
“So, there is hope for me,” Guillen laughed, walking away to take his BP cuts.
Indeed there was. Starting with Friday night’s double.
Gotta run. On the air in a half-hour with John Clayton on KJR.

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