Where exactly do you start with this game. Perhaps, it's instructive to go with what everybody's talking about and going to be talking about - Gutierrez and the scare he gave everybody.
Here's another reason why you should love Gutierrez. He was asked postgame if he knew he was going to hit the wall, his response:
"I knew it. I had to take a chance to get that fly ball," he said. "When you are in the moment you only think of catching the ball and that's it."
Unfortunately, that collision was into a part of the fence where there is no padding, only some metal and plastic.
"I don't know what it is," Gutierrez said of the composition of the fence. "I hit so hard, it felt like I hit rock."
You know what I first was reminded of? This ....
I wasn't the only one.
"I thought he might have caught his wrist there and broke his hand," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Even when we went out there, he was a little bit dazed just from the collision. I was hoping he didn't have a concussion. He was a little disoriented out there, but nothing serious. We're awfully thankful for that."
M's trainer Rick Griffin was also worried.
"We thought it might be broken collarbone or even dislocated shoulder," Griffin said.
Instead, it's contusions on his left knee and elbow and some bruised ribs, a few scrapes and that's it.
"Other than that, he's very lucky, very fortunate," Griffin said "It could have been worse."
The Mariners are also very lucky. A broken bone would have ended their chances. As it is, they aren't outstanding with the Angels sweeping a double header from the Royals today. But if Gutierrez were out for a month or so, the Ms would be done. Instead, Gutierrez was walking around the clubhouse without a limp and seemed to moving decently.
"I'm fine," he said.
Wakamatsu even mentioned that Gutierrez might be ready to go by Thursday.
"Wishful thinking he would be in there day after tomorrow," Wak said.
Wishful, optimistic perhaps, Griffin is being a little cautious.
"We'll have to see, the big thing is how he feels tomorrow," Griffin said. "If he comes in here tomorrow and he's obviously in a lot of discomfort and banged up, it will give us an idea how many days it will be. We'll have to see tomorrow."
As for Olson, the odds of him making another start - at least for a while - seem slim.
"Olson, it's what we talked about before, similar to his last start, a lot of it is not so much the stuff, but not being aggressive and attacking the hitters, and trying to be too perfect," Wakamatsu said. "I thought the walks, falling behind and having to give in, cost him.
It's unfortunate, he's a good kid, he's worked his tail off. We're hoping to get him back out there at some point."
When will that point be? Wakamatsu wasn't certain, but I asked if it meant he would not make another start and Wak was blunt.
"Yeah, we're at a point right now, this start we were looking for some improvement, and it went the other way," Wakamatsu said. "He's proved to us he's effective out of the bullpen, so we'll look at that and make some adjustments as we go forward."
How those adjustments go, remains to be seen. Obviously, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jason Vargas are candidates, and Wakamatsu said Jakubauskas is a candidate as well. I think we'll have a better idea tomorrow. Olson's next schedule start is on Sunday, which would be best suited for Vargas.