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Francisco Liriano IcyHot Award: Tom “The Bartender” Wilhelmsen

We hope The Bartender has not forgotten any martini recipes.

Taylor is in a much more exciting place then the rest of us this week (India), so I’m taking over the IcyHot award and keeping it alive in his absence.

It’s only fitting that a guy in his city of residence take home the hardware for this week. Everybody, put your hands together for Seattle’s very own Tom Wilhelmsen. Last season, he was the best closer you had never heard of. If you’re like me, you went into this season not even knowing the origin of ‘The Bartender’ and wondering who the hell the guy was.

Wilhelmsen was barely good long enough for fans of the game to get to enjoy the best nickname in baseball. And HOLY SHIT look at the June the Bartender has strung together. My goodness, that’s ugly. The guy probably wishes he was pouring drinks for someone right now, it’s a good part of the year for bartender’s if they’re in the right establishment. Lately, he’s been serving up nothing but Jack and his only customers are big league hitters.

Ok, excuse my horrible joke. I can  with Wilhelmsen a little bit. Not because I know what it’s like to have my act figured out in only being able to throw a straight fastball and curve, but because recently I moonlighted as a bartender. My wife caters weddings and the bartender was a no-show. I was asked to be the fill in. I decided it wasn’t such a bad gig at all. If interest rates keep rising, I might have to vacate my day job and try my hand at getting people drunk. Just don’t ask me to be the guy who is going to cut people off for being too drunk; because I’m not willing to be that guy.

Back to Wilhelmsen, his ERA has climbed from 1.85 at the start of this month to the present 4.22, somehow managing four saves in that time. In the week that was, Bartender served up batting practice to Oakland twice and Anaheim once. He only allowed three earned runs in 3 and 1/3 innings but none of the appearances were save situations. Because things are going a certain way recently for good old Tom; he still managed to blow a save in the 8th inning of a game.

It might be the least amount of innings an IcyHot Award Winner ever throws in a week, but Tom Wilhelmsen definitely deserves this one on the house!

Rank Relief: Seattle gives a double dip

A three run walk off home run is a thing of beauty...for the Indians
A three run walk off home run is a thing of beauty…for the Indians

Seattle came into Monday trying to avoid a sweep at the hands of red hot Cleveland.  They nearly did…twice.  First Tom Wilhelmson came in to the bottom of 9th with only a one run lead to protect.  He did not – though he did not allow an earned run.  The game tied, it went into extra innings.  Seattle soldiered on and scored another run in the 10th.  Then Charlie Furbush came in to get some kind of save.  Let’s sort out the gory details below:

RR 5.20 - 2

Note the two errors basically directly led to the run being scored.  Use two hands kids!  at least Wilhelmson can’t be too angry since one was his own.  Onto the 10th.

RR 5.20 - 3

Another error – although this one didn’t end up mattering except the the Indians won by 2 instead of.  Relievers are supposed to forget easily…and they should.  But blown saves in consecutive innings to get swept isn’t going to be an easy one to push out of their mind.

2013 Seattle Mariners Team Preview

Our team previews start in the northwest of the US where the weather says baseball is still months away, but I believe the calendar.  The Seattle Mariners represent a bit of what I love about baseball.  Perpetual hope.  They might not be the best now, but they have plenty of young talent that make the future look brighter.

Let’s do a run down of the Mariners.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Acquired Kendrys Morales to bolster beleaguered lineup.
  • Acquired Michael Morse for the same reason.
  • Inked their ace, Felix Hernandez, to a 7 year $175m deal.
  • Moved the outfield walls in at SafeCo field.








Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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