Sun shines, Silva throws BP session
The sun is out here at Safeco Field and a few things are happening on the field.
Rookie pitcher Doug Fister is leaning against the dugout protection barrier chatting on his cell phone, perhaps conducting an interview with a central California radio station discussing his impressive debut last night. He held the White Sox to one hit over six scoreless innings. He is from Merced and attended Fresno State — which, by the way, is the choice of hats today.
Shortstop Jack Wilson went into the dugout after being interviewed by FSN’s Brad Adam.
As we speak, right-hander Carlos Silva and head athletic trainer Rick Griffin are walking in from the bullpen in left-center field. Silva, who has been on the disabled list most of the season, just threw a BP session and it will be interesting to get his take on how it went.
Here are some little tidbits for ya: Ichiro comes into the game with 167 hits and 66 runs scored. He is trying to extend two streaks — 200 hits and 100 runs scored in nine consecutive seasons. The former figures to be a cinch, the latter not so much.
Second baseman Jose Lopez is on pace to hit 22 home runs and 40 doubles. If he does both, he would become the 14th second baseman in MLB history to be in the 20-40 club.
Meanwhile, the lineups are in and here they are:
Scott Podsednik, CF
Gordon Beckham, 3B
Alex Rios, RF
Jim Thome, DH
Carlos Quentin, LF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Mark Kotsay, 1B
Jason Nix, 2B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Jose Lopez, 2B
Mike Sweeney, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Russell Branyan, 1B
Jack Wilson, SS
Rob Johnson, C
Ryan Langerhans, LF
— Jim Street
Jim, I just read this (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4395793) article about Bedard. What’s gonna happen with that guy? He’s had a great ERA for us, but only started 30 games in two seasons. Usually players put up huge numbers in their free agency year. Instead, Bedard will end his with another exploratory surgery. Is anyone going to want/be willing to pay him next season?
With regards to Ichiro’s streaks, falling short on the runs this season is not really a problem. Runs is one of the most pointless statistics in baseball as it is either dependent on your teammates, another statistic (such as total bases or stolen bases), or both. It’s an incredible feat for him to get as many hits as he does (albeit singles), so I just don’t want to see his lack of runs eclipse that at all.