Jason’s Quick Take on the 2005 Season
People seem upset about the pitching staff. Well, duh. You could have seen this coming all winter, and now it’s gotten worse with the injury to Madritsch. It’s also amusing to me how people (I’m talking fans, here) were picking the M’s to win 90+ games before the year started and after the first game, but suddenly they lose two straight and they’re worse than last year.
So here goes — they’re not going to contend this season, but that’s Ok. You don’t magically go from 99 losses to division champs without something dramatic happening (and you certainly don’t do it with this pitching staff). If they can get back to around .500, we should be thrilled.
This winter they addressed the anemic offense by signing Beltre and Sexson, but ignored the pitching staff. Next winter, they’ll do the opposite and sign a starting pitcher. Put that starter in with a healthy Piniero, a healthy Madritsch, and King Felix and presto, you’ve got a pretty good rotation. And then we can talk about contending. But that’s next season, not this season.