The Unexpected Stars

 
surprised_baby_2.jpgI have to admit, I was more than surprised with last night’s win against the Toronto Blue Jays for three reasons: 
 
1. Rowland-Smith. Whaaaaaaat? Didn’t give up a hit till the 7th inning? We haven’t seen him in so long we thought he’d be all rusty and definitely no match for the Roy Halladay but he came through for us! Rowland-Smith gave up 3 hits and 2 ERs before handing the ball over to Lowe, then Aardsma.  
 
 
rowlandsmith.jpg 
2. Griffey! He went 2 for 4 and his double in the bottom 7th won the game for us. Mariners fans are torn (at least the realistic ones) because we’re so glad he’s back in Seattle but we’re also a little bummed that his batting average is .215. I know, I know, it doesn’t look right when he’s batting anywhere else on the lineup but the cleanup position but we can’t afford to have a .215 batter there. Actually, I’m going to shut up because I’m talking about last night, and last night Griffey was the star. Despite my negative ramblings about him, a part of me adores him and is so glad to see him back. ♥
 
3. Lopez. He’s been laying low lately…(maybe he’s sad his partner in crime Yuni [Betancourt] s gone?) but he went 3 for 4 with one of them a solo homer.
 
 
Now for what wasn’t surprising: 
 
1. Doc, aka Roy Halladay was that good. Honestly, it was just an honor to even watch him pitch what could have been his last start as a Blue Jay (hopefully not but who knows?). The Mariners had 11 hits but ended up with only 3. That’s good stuff right there. Besides, Halladay just had two bad pitches which most of the time you can get away with, and it’s rarely costly. Unfortunately this time around, it was the latter for Halladay and the M’s definitely got lucky. 
 
halladay.jpg          “He’s good. They don’t call him Doc Halladay for nothing”- Ken Griffey Jr.  
 
2. Ichiro went 2 for 4 with 1 run raising his average to an amazing .368. Will he ever stop? I’ve seen Sports Center, FSN and ESPN talk about how “old” he is and how he’ll be slowing down but I don’t see that happening anytime soon, do you?
 
3. Aardsma. Our closer is having to work a lot lately but he definitely doesn’t show it. He picked up his 25th save out of 27 opportunities. Nice.
 
All in all, this series against the Blue Jays was one of those series you can be proud of winning. Yes, they’re 4th place in the AL East but that doesn’t translate over to how great their team is. Lots of talented players and such a great skipper. We’ll be looking forward to seeing them again at the end of September!
 
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Trade Talk:
 
ronny.jpgJust a personal opinion, but I will miss Ronny Cedeno. As far as I know, he was an extremely amiable guy and reading about how he was in tears in the clubhouse after the news came in, makes me want to cry too :[ Sure, he was in a 0-26 slump and this is the baseball business, but his hard-working, positive attitude and huge smile really came across to us M’s fans. Good luck in Pittsburgh Ronny, we’ll miss you!
 
With all that said, welcome Snell and Wilson! It’s definitely good news that we’ve finally acquired a solid short stop!
 
                               ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 
                                                                Toodles,
 
                                                                  xoxo
 
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13 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    Congrats on your trade acquisitions and your win against the Jays and Halladay. I have to believe he’s been feeling the pressure and distraction of all the trade rumors, so I hope for his sake the situation is resolved today. But good job by the M’s!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. domenic_vadala

    I liked the Mariner’s a lot when Griffey was there the first time; I’m glad he’s home to finish his career.

  3. mattpeas

    hey there, enjoy jack and ian. 2 of my favorite players of all time.

    i will miss jack for his superb defense and great attitude. he was everyones favorite here in the burgh.

    and ian, not many people liked him, but i sure did. in fact my only authentic pirates jersey is a snell. so i just wasted a bunch of money 2 years ago.

    but yeah hopefully cedeno will enjoy pittsburgh and turn it aroudn for us.

    http://pittpeas.mlblogs.com

  4. welikeroywelikeroy

    Ahhh man! I was saving my victory dance too, but unfortunately I didn’t get to ‘busta move.’ Some close games, the better team won. I wouldn’t both King Felix, and Halladay to lose their games in these series, but what can I say?. That is baseball.

    Snell is a good arm. I like that acquisition for the M’s.

    http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

  5. welikeroywelikeroy

    Ahhh man! I was saving my victory dance too, but unfortunately I didn’t get to ‘busta move.’ Some close games, the better team won. I wouldn’t both King Felix, and Halladay to lose their games in these series, but what can I say?. That is baseball.

    Snell is a good arm. I like that acquisition for the M’s.

    http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

  6. welikeroywelikeroy

    Ahhh man! I was saving my victory dance too, but unfortunately I didn’t get to ‘busta move.’ Some close games, the better team won. I wouldn’t both King Felix, and Halladay to lose their games in these series, but what can I say?. That is baseball.

    Snell is a good arm. I like that acquisition for the M’s.

    http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

  7. crazy19canuck

    Congrats! Woo Hoo! That was great! Ichiro is so not done yet…he’s one of the best outfielders around. Nice to see Aardsma doing well. It’s about time you guys started to make your mark in the West. Good Luck…keep it up!
    Ginny
    http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

  8. Jonestein

    Wow, looks like Washburn just got traded to your doorstep! Guess your front office is looking to next year…too bad, I think you guys had a shot THIS year. Now if your M’s would be so kind as to lay down in the upcoming games against my Rangers so we can take it to Los Anaheim, we would be very appreciative.
    :^)
    –Jonestein

  9. raysfanboy

    I was sorry to see Ronny go too when the Cubs shipped him off to Seattle. But the fact is that he was hitting .196 for you guys. That ain’t too good. So the move makes sense. I don’t understand moving Washburn that much, but it should help out in the future. Washburn wasn’t going to stick around long.
    http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

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