M’s bats come alive

The Seattle Mariners were going into sunday with an eight game loosing streak, and in jeapordy of getting swept for the second time this homestand. Trying to end the homestand on a winning note, they turned to the pink bats for mothers day! and oh man did it work. Again, Pitching proved itself, and the bats produced 8 runs on 12 hits to avoid the series sweep. This comes on the day the Mariners fire their hitting coach.

Next: The Seattle Mariners travel to Camden Yards to take on the Baltimore Orioles who are still looking for their 10th win of the season. This could prove to be a key series as the Mariners hope to claim back some of those losses.

Biggest contributer: J. Vargas, M. Saunders, Jo.Wilson

Needs Help: C. Figgins, K. Griffey Jr,

Neutral feeling: Adam Moore

Texas Rangers 3 Seattle Mariners 1

Another dominate performance by Mr. Fister! yet another game where the Mariners cant produce runs. Not only that, but the D.A. blew a save in the ninth. come on guys… when your starting pitcher is throwing a perfect game into the 6th.. can you find it in you to score a few runs? We are being spoiled with some of the best pitching in the american league! and here we are 11-14. Seattle has a day off tommorow… maybe they should go take a few hacks in the cage? R.Johnson cant even catch a low fastball. overall with Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, and Doug Fister in the same series.. you should not be swept.

Biggest contributor: D. Fister

Biggest flop: Eric Bynes/Rob Johnson

Next: Tues, May 3rd Vs Rays @ Safeco Field

Ill be there. Check me out at mygameballs.com username:schulstad20

Tricks for Safeco Field, Seattle Wa

Its a beautiful night for baseball, the roof is open, the anticipation is building. You want to get to the park early and try to snag a few Batting Practice balls. If you dont know the tricks, then you might leave disapointed. Find out the tricks, and you might just leave a winner. Being a “Ballhawk” is serious to those Men, Women, teens, and children of all ages. And in order to make the most of your time at the ballpark, here are some ideas.

1. Get to the park 2 hours prior to gametime, this is when the gates at Safeco open, if you make it in time, you will see the last 20 mins of Mariners BP. This is key, because it is the best chance you have of getting a toss up; from a mariners player. Just hang in the right field seats, (best chance is over the Boeing sign on the wall about 5 or 6 rows back) and be ready for those floundering adults that have it bounce in and out of their hands… right into yours.

2. Use the Glovetrick in between the right field wall and the stands where there in the space between. Beware! its a race between you and the usher.. he threatens to take your glove. (http://snaggingbaseballs.mlblogs.com/archives/2006/03/the_glove_trick.html)

3. Go to the bullpen while a pitcher is warming up. After they are done, John Wetteland (bullpen coach) will toss up the ball to someone. be ready… there are a lot of kids around that might be more likely to get the ball here. try the Visitors pen??

4. Casey Kotchman always tosses up the last out of the Inning, if it is a ground ball out. so try and get down to the 1st base dugout! and snag a ball. Ichiro does the same thing with flyball outs.

5. After the game, stand in front of the dugout! YES! your allowed down there once the games over. Race down there as fast as you can and get a good spot by the dugout opening closest to Home Plate. Wait for about 5-10 mins, and eather John, Kyle, or Andre will toss up 6-8 baseballs after every game. (this is where I get the majority of my collection. I average 1-4 every time he does this.. but I am 6 foot 2 so i have a slight advantage.) After he’s done.. get out of there to avoid getting little kids asking for the ball you just worked for.

6. stand outside the players entrance for autographs. the players leave anywhere from 20 mins to 2 hours after the game.. so you have a great chance of getting an autograph here! they will drive by. How do you know its a player driving by?? they all have nice cars with tinted windows! day games are the best.

Seattle Mariners month of April review

Opening day 2010: Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics – April 30th Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners

Hopes were very high for Mariner fans, after being the busiest team in all of baseball for most of the off season, there were many expectations for this season. the Mariners aquired big name players like second baseman Chone Figgins, (formerly troubled Outfielder Milton Bradley), 1st baseman Casey Kotchman, 2008 Cy Young award winner Cliff Lee, and former Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brandon League. Naturally, there was much uncertainity, but also much hope, and now looking back on april… I, as well as most Mariners fans am worried about one thing. Hitting. Posting a 3.33 ERA (2nd best in the American League) the first month of the season, the Mariners are sitting at 11-13, and in 4th place in the AL West, yet they cant seem to hit their way out of a wet paper bag. The good news is they are just 1.5 games out of 1st place going into Sundays matchup with the Rangers. What does this say about the AL West? two things: 1. We are still in it, The West is up for grabs this year. 2. How weak is the West? no wonder we havent had a team go deep into the playoffs for so long. So Mariner fans, keep your head up, and your eyes open, because if the Mariners start hitting… Watch out. Meanwhile, please enjoy the 2-1 games, it could be worse… we could be the Orioles.