Who Owned Baseball – April 12, 2019

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Let’s see owned baseball on April 12, 2019

Earning Full WOBs:

Willson Contreras hit a pair of homers and added another hit to lead the Cubs past the Angels, 5-1.

Cole Hamels threw 8 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run and no walks while striking out 5 Angels to earn the 5-1 decision for the Cubs.

Brad Keller struck out 10 Cleveland batters in 6 2/3 innings, allowing a single run as Kansas City rolled to an 8-1 final.

Austin Meadows reached base 4 times, including a pair of homers, as the red hot Rays out slugged the Blue Jays, 11-7.

 

Earning 1/2 WOBs:

Elvis Andrus homered, singled and stole a base but the Rangers came up short against the A’s. 8-6.

Patrick Corbin went 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 11 Pirates. The Nationals bullpen would blow the lead in the 8th and the 6-3 game in the 10th.

Sam Gaviglio came out of the bullpen in the 4th and gave the Blue Jays 3 innings where he kept the damage to a minimum, allowing 2 hits and 1 run. The Rays would homer off of the other relievers and pull away for the 11-7 win.

Anthony Rendon homered twice in the Nationals 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

For an explanation of how WOB works, click here.

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Big Wins and Listener Questions – @lockedonmlb for April 12, 2019

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The Red Sox, Mariners and Padres all had dramatic wins. In fact the Padres can think about their magic numbers. Then listener tweets are answered including questions about Chris Davis, Chris Sale and the Twins.

This is the LockedOn MLB Podcast with your host Paul Francis Sullivan. Please call him Sully.
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Seattle Mariners Team Picture 1978 Topps – Sully Baseball Card of the Day for December 16, 2017

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As I began collecting baseball cards in 1978, this one stuck in my head. This interesting sounding team played in a city I had never heard of and I saw their stadium. It was either a UFO or something to squeeze an orange on.

I have no idea why I found the Mariners to be compelling as a kid. They didn’t have superstars like they eventually had with Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Alex Rodriguez or Ichiro Suzuki. Nor did they have the likable bunch of steady veterans that they had in the 1980’s like Alvin Davis, Mark Langston and Phil Bradley who jussssst couldn’t put it all together.

I certainly didn’t know about the turbulent history of baseball in Seattle. I didn’t know about the Pilots fiasco, the near move of the White Sox to Seattle nor the lawsuits that prompted the formation of the Mariners.

My dad DID tell me that the Mariners manager, Darrell Johnson, was the former manager of the Red Sox and was nicknamed Stoneface. It is amazing how he went from being so close to winning the World Series in 1975 to be fired in July 1976. He took over the Mariners and never got close to the playoffs.

And at that point, I was 6 years old living in Massachusetts. I was not yet a proud graduate of Washington State University and I had no knowledge of how beautiful that region of the country was.

Yet I was drawn to them. I loved the Trident hat. In fact I have one that I wear often to this day.

I loved the uniform and yes, I loved the dome. At the time only the Astros and the Mariners had a dome. Stade Olympique in Montreal had a hole in their roof at the time. Things like domes impressed a 6 year old version of myself.

I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Mariners and often fantasize about living in the state of Washington fulltime. Seattle remains the only current major league city to have never hosted a World Series.

I hope that pennant comes to Seattle soon. I’ve been fascinated by them since this team picture, the first one in their history.