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April 7, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Talk some baseball at noon

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Just a reminder to everyone that Geoff Baker Live! will be on the air at noon today. A great chance to go over some of the plays from last night’s 6-1 victory by the Mariners over the Minnesota Twins. I’m sure there will be lots of great banter going back and forth, as always.
Also, don’t forget, we will be doing a live show from The Showbox Sodo next Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m. and running through until 3 p.m. Some of it will be broadcast live on this blog, but for the full effect, you should actually come down to see it happening. It will be a great addition to your Home Opener festivities, culminating roughly an hour before the Mariners take the field for their first home game. After the show, you’ll be able to walk right on out to Safeco Field for the game.
We’ll take questions from the crowd — and from the online blog — give away prizes and much more. Be sure not to miss it.
Lots of buzz around the blogosphere about last night’s performance by the M’s.
Over at USS Mariner, there appears to be some cautious optimism. After all, it’s only one game out of 162. They do warn that the team is not going to score 75 percent of its baserunners this season. I’d agree to that. But I’ll also point out that the M’s won’t be facing pitchers as good as Francisco Liriano all season either.
Moving on down to Lookout Landing, we get a closer look at some of the pitches thrown by Felix Hernandez, not to mention some pitches taken by Franklin Gutierrez and Endy Chavez.
Over at Bleeding Blue and Teal, we get a predicition of a “breakout season” offensively by Gutierrez (who already broke out defensively last year and has been tabbed as one of the game’s top outfielders by two of the top analysts out there) as well as some criticisms of Yuniesky Betancourt’s at-bats and Ken Griffey Jr.’s defense. Griffey did not look great in the outfield. But as a stop-gap measure, he was fine. I liked the cautious approach he took towards that single to right that loaded up the bases in the fifth. Griffey knew — as did everyone in the building — that the runner would halt at third with nobody out. No sense going all out and risking an over-pursuit of the ball in that case. The runner was giving him the stop at third. But I’ll agree that, under normal circumstances with Ichiro healthy, Griffey is most valuable at the plate (as we saw) and should not be playing the field all that often.
Over at Section 331 we get a television viewer’s take on the game.
In all, I saw and agree with just about all of the observations put forward. The one thing I’d caution everybody on, is getting too worked up one way or the other about the performances seen in this lone game. Hey, we all do it. Some of us wrote about the Mariners doing all the little things right and how they applied the lessons learned in spring training. What I like to do is look for trends in 10-game blocks. You get 16 of those each year — sort of like one game of an NFL season — and I like to think you can measure progress and regression a lot easier that way.
But nothing wrong with stating the obvious. Some Mariners looked great last night. Others not so great. Just take it for what it is — one game. We’ll see more tonight. And, of course, talk about it on the broadcast at noon today. Don’t miss it.



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