felixhighfive.jpg
High-fives for everyone!
For at least one night, the M's looked like a juggernaut. Despite a sprained ankle, slimmed-down Felix Hernandez pitched like a mature,

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Mariners on Pace for 162 Wins, 162 Homers Apiece From Griffey, Gutierrez

felixhighfive.jpg
High-fives for everyone!
For at least one night, the M's looked like a juggernaut. Despite a sprained ankle, slimmed-down Felix Hernandez pitched like a mature, efficient ace, needing only 97 pitches to cover 8 innings; Ken Griffey Jr. picked up where he left off (at least at the plate) with a home run (against a lefty!); and the absence of Ichiro wasn't too harshly felt, as the M's won 6-1.

Sure, they were playing a light-hitting Twins team (which was missing AL batting champ Joe Mauer), and also managed to score 6 of their 8 base runners, an unsustainable ratio. And sure, Griffey looked glorious in slow-motion until you realized it wasn't slow motion. But the team is still undefeated, and suffice it to say, if speedster Franklin Gutierrez can continue to crank out a home run a game, Jack Z. will have scored an All-Star center fielder on the cheap.

Lookout Landing has a good set of game notes, as does Geoff Baker.

Finally, as my friend Scott pointed out, is there a worse place for opening day than the the Metrodome (or Tropicana Field)? I suppose it beats being snowed out, but, man, indoor baseball is depressing.

 
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