Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mariner update...ick...15-26

Rule number of 1 of being a sports: There will be good times and there will be rough times.

It has not been a pretty year. We did drop the dead weight of Brad Wilkerson, but made a mistake by dropping Greg Norton. Norton was only batting .500 coming off the bench with 4 K's. Meanwhile, Clement has not showed any signs of his AAA performances. I am happy with the call up of Balentien. He is not hitting all that well, but has showed promise.

Fielding is killing us! We are ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the AL and 26th in all of baseball.

Hitting is killing us! We are 24th overall in batting average, 29th against right-handed pithing (1102 AB's) , and 3rd against left-handed pitching (273 AB's). We are making teams like the White Sox and Rangers appear to have a rotation full of Cy Young winners. We are not getting small ball done, and for sure not hitting many home runs. I think Sexson is on pace for over 30 HR, however, only 90 RBI's to follow those home runs.

What about pitching? We are 25th in overall team ERA, 26th for our starters and 21st for our bullpen. This was a team that was suppose to have one of the best starting rotations in the AL, and perhaps all of baseball. Bedard was rocked in his last start, and King Felix has not found his rhythm since early April. Last year, our pen was fairly solid. That does not appear to be the case this year.

Needless to say, this is currently not a fun team to watch. I hope we get all the "bugs" worked out by Memorial Day before we are put too far out of the race. Otherwise, this might be another one of those years where we call it quits in June and give our youth some time in the majors.

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