Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui (3.964 NRuns: 3.238 hitting, 0.726 fielding)
Positive Angels contributions: 9
Negative Angels contributions: 4
Positive Mariners contributions: 4 (2 from the last two relievers once the game was out of reach)
Negative Mariners contributions: 9
Ichiro: 2.754 NRuns (1.629 hitting, 1.018 fielding, 0.107 running)
Rest of Mariners: -6.519 NRuns
Goat: Ian Snell (-2.136 pitching NRuns... 7.55 EXERA)
So with yet another game out of reach, Wak emptied the back of the bullpen to test drive new arrivals Chad Cordero and Garrett Olson, plus see if pet reliever Sean White had shown any progress from his brief time in Tacoma. Sure enough, Sean White is still hittable, Chad Cordero is still a hittable flyballer (and many have no idea how well old RFK Stadium masked that weakness when Cordero closed for the Nats years ago, but that's another story), and Garrett Olson allowed two flyballs and a grounder to three batters. You're never going to learn too much in mop-up time as the other side's typically going through the motions, but there you go. The M's needed extra arms for a rough stretch of games, and discovered that the new arrivals aren't particularly good. Are we sure adding Brian Sweeney from Tacoma isn't on the table?
If Ian Snell is the goat (and way to step up in these gift starts, champ), the runner up for goat status has to go to former Angel Chone Figgins, who continues to find ways to stink it up in games against his old team. Wak might not be too far out of line just to bench Chone in games against the Angels, as it seems like he's charitable with gifts to his old team, whether it's a timely miss on a grounder in the field, an inning killing strikeout or a pitcher-bailing double play ball. I'm not going to say Chone's taking a dive to help his old friends out, but we're rapidly approaching the point where, much like you can expect Jose Lopez not to hit during cold weather months, you can expect bad games from Chone Figgins when his old team comes calling.
The M's probably need to go anywhere from 63-45 to 71-37 the rest of the way to have a decent shot at the playoffs. They need to run off a couple of six game winning streaks just to get themselves back into the picture. I'm not seeing it happen with this group, a group that rolled over and played dead against the hittably awful Joe Saunders once Snell let the Angels build a big lead.