Thursday, October 01, 2009

.500

Whew!  And, in large part, thanks to Brandon Morrow.  He pitched 8 strong innings for the best outing of his professional career.  This is exactly what Morrow skeptics needed to see.  He was also able to get a little boost from Junior as he hit HR number 629 of his career. 

The latest talk on the airwaves has been about what a waste it would be to bring back Griffey.  As I have stated before, his stats are no better than our DH’s in recent seasons.  It is his clubhouse and bench vibe that will help mentor the younger talent that owns a majority of the Mariner population.  I also hope that Griffey aids in talking to Felix and providing him with the guidance to stay with the M’s for as long as possible.

Felix is having a Cy Young year, and would win it if it was not for Greinke.  The ERA that Greinke is producing (2.06) we have not seen since Pedro Martinez in 2000.  On that note, Felix’s ERA (2.48) is lower than the past 8 Cy Young winners in the AL:

2008

Cliff Lee

2.54

2007

CC Sabathia

3.21

2006

Santana

2.77

2005

Colon

3.48

2004

Santana

2.61

2003

Halladay

3.25

2002

Zito

2.75

2001

Clemens

3.51

2000

P. Martinez

1.74

What I find most interesting about this list.  With all the dominance that Halladay shows us year after year, he only has 1 award. 

The Mariners need to start positive communication with Felix between now and the winter meetings/next season.  I think he is eligible for free agency after 2010.  It would be a shame to have him up and leave Seattle, especially if we receive nothing in return.  I am for signing him, and doing so post haste.  Drop/trade Bedard, Silva and Batista.  The amount money tied up in these 3 individuals is astounding.

 

Games

ERA

Salary

Batista

53

4.19

9.5 Mil

Bedard

15

2.82

13.4 Mil

Silva

8

8.6

12.25 Mil

Felix

33

2.48

3.8 Mil

Pretty sad.  Our “ace” is the lowest paid player of the group.  I realize there are better stats to look at then just ERA.  Both Bedard and Silva have spent well over half of the year on the DL.  I realize the talent of Bedard, but his talent has a direct correlation to how often he is on the field.  I could tell everyone how great my fastball is, but if no one is going to see it what’s the point. 

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