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September 10, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Radio spot coming up

Don’t miss my Talkin’ Baseball segment this morning on KJR AM 950’s Mitch in the Morning show, coming up today at some time starting around 8:25-8:40 a.m.. If you hear commercials, just keep on listening. They’ll put me on eventually. I’ll mention the blog a lot so host Mitch Levy can ring his bell and wake me up in time for this afternoon’s game. Last night’s affair put me to sleep. It was so bad, I went home and played part of my MLB2K season on X-Box to get it out of my mind. It was a Christmas gift from girlfriend Amy. I play as the Mariners. My version, anyway, with a team I drafted some 125 games ago. Felix Hernandez pitched a one-hit shutout of the Angels, with 14 strikeouts. His fastball was exploding in the catcher’s (A.J. Pierzynski’s) mitt, hitting 100 mph with regularity. Nothing like the version we all saw in real life last night. My Mariners are tied for first place with Texas, just two days before the end of August. Having trouble getting crowds to Safeco Field, though, because I’ve raised ticket prices to pay for my “scouting reports” (i.e. cheat sheets). That doesn’t happen with the real team. Computers are funny that way. More logical, it seems.
As I’ve said, this computer team was chosen by me in a general, baseball-wide draft. It doesn’t look at all like the real life M’s, which could be why it’s tied for first.
My starting five pitchers are the only real-life M’s flavor:
Felix Hernandez
Josh Beckett
Erik Bedard
Carlos Silva
Paul Byrd
My closer:
Jose Valverde
Relievers:
Juan Cruz
Scott Schoeneweis
Brett Tomko
Dennys Reyes
Gary Majewski
Sidney Ponson
Lineup:
CF Coco Crisp
SS Hanley Ramirez
LF Garret Anderson
RF J.D. Drew
1B Connor Jackson
3B Edwin Encarnacion
2B Robinson Cano
DH Wes Helms
C A.J. Pierzynski
Bench:
C Gregg Zaun
OF Bobby Kielty
OF Adam Jones
INF Jamey Carroll
We hit a lot of home runs. Drew has 68 and is riding a 33-game hitting streak. And it’s still August. See ya, Barry Bonds. The pitching comes and goes, but Schoeneweis has been a valuable bullpen addition for multiple innings from the left side. I got to cover him in real life and liked his approach and demeanor, so I took a flyer. We just took three of four in a crucial series in Texas to stay in the race and have taken two of the first three from the last-place Angels at home. But the crowds have been below 20,000 each time, so I just knocked $5 off the average ticket cost. We’ll see what happens from here. Byrd is on the mound against the Angels in the series finale. I backed him off because Hernandez just came off the DL. Bedard is coming off it as well the next turn through the rotation. Thank God, because I didn’t want to start Tomko or Ponson again.

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