Is it Friday? Oh thank goodness
(having a bad week)
Also, Dave’s got a Mariners Preview up over at the Hardball Times. It includes this fun little segment:
It isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t rare at all to see a team Ã¢â‚¬Å“come from nowhereÃ¢â‚¬Â to make a strong push for the playoffs. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually so common, you have to expect it. Teams who underperformed the previous year, have significant young talent, and got career years from a key player or two entering their prime often blow the common wisdom out of the water and remind everyone that improvement does not have to come in small, incremental steps.
There isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a team in baseball better poised to make that leap this year than the Mariners. They have young players with solid track records or established stars at every position on the diamond besides left field and a pitching staff that will be anchored by the best young arm to enter the major leagues in a couple of decades.
Hooray for Friday optimism.