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Player of the Game: Miguel Tejada (2.706 NRuns: 1.495 hitting, 1.764 fielding, -0.553 running)
Pretty close: Adam Jones (2.296 NRuns: 1.508 hitting, 0.788 fielding)
Top Mariner: Ryan Langerhans (1.225 NRuns: 1.119 hitting, -0.007 fielding, 0.113 running)
Goat: Josh Wilson (-2.959 NRuns: -3.124 hitting, 0.718 fielding, -0.553 running)
Mariners hitting: -3.547 NRuns
Ryan Rowland-Smith and Ian Snell weren't horrible today. Granted, they weren't by any means good, but at worst RRS was a bit below average before Wak decided the home run to Luke Scott was enough and abruptly pulled him. Snell once again did not pitch well in relief, and if I have to pick a winner in this tandem of mediocrity I'd give the duke to RRS. The bullpen after Snell, however, did a fine job (1.186 pitching NRuns), though granted in a 5-1 hole they were basically mopping up.
Wak's sudden pull of RRS is eerily similar to a moment during 2007 when Mike Hargrove yanked Jeff Weaver after three innings despite not being especially bad and having a low pitch count. When queried about the decision after the game, Hargrove said with some exasperation, "I just didn't see him getting any better." While RRS had thrown under 60 pitches and to that point hadn't looked especially awful, Wak seemed similarly like he had seen enough after Luke Scott took him deep to lead off the 4th, immediately yanking him.
In 2007, Weaver ran out of rope quickly after that game. Following an embarrassing six run, one out meltdown against the Royals at home, he was DL'd, sent off to work on his pitching, and stayed on the DL until he regained some semblance of form, returning a better pitcher. RRS could head to the same fate if his stuff and his performance don't quickly improve. Let's hope, if he does have to disappear for a while, that he doesn't have to give up six runs in the 1st inning to a bad team at home first.
Typically a strong suit, the Mariners defense was merely around average, which doesn't seem bad except average defense and average pitching should allow about 5.5 runs per game in Camden Yards. Add in mediocre front end pitching by RRS and Snell, plus some weak hitting punctuated by an abysmal day at the plate by Josh Wilson, and the Mariners just had no chance with an average performance.
Granted, they ran the B team out there today (Moore, Tui, Langerhans, Josh Wilson, Saunders) and while they were hot for a bit they decidedly cooled off today against a motivated Brad Bergesen, who wasn't spectacular but solid. But without a particularly strong team performance in any of the three major facets of the game (hitting, pitching, defense), and when players on the other team step up like Miguel Tejada and Adam Jones did, the M's just aren't going to have a chance no matter who the opponent is.