Week One in review
Seven games, and the Mariners are 3-4.
We’ve seen the first of the team, and it’s a mixed bag. They took 2/3 from the Angels on the strength of strong pitching and good hitting, and then the Athletics beat them up to take 3/4, almost entirely disarming the offense. Faced with Blanton, Zito, and Harden, the Mariners looked hopeless. You want to hope that’s just three guys in a row who had great performances, but the worry is that even if they manage to scrape their way into the playoffs, they’re going to go down quietly against the first team they hit with a quality rotation. Seven games in, yeah, it’s too early to say that. But that’s what I thought.
Johjima looks like total stud. I love him. Reed and Lopez have both been hitting. Rafael Soriano has looked like he’s well on his way to dominant form. Even bad King Felix is good. Jarrod Washburn, the much-derided free agent signing, looked great.
Carl “Waste of Carbon” Everett’s not hitting, but he’s still hitting more than Beltre, who was flatlined offensively until today. Putz looks horrible.
This next week we get to see the Mariners play against the Indians, a franchise I think we’re all huge fans of. They’ve got a great core of talent, having torn down completely and gone to a long-term rebuilding plan. Then Boston, which requires little introduction.
Both are contrasts to the Mariners: if they had realized their position and retreated from trying to compete earlier, and rebuilt on the cheap, they’d be the Indians of a year or two ago, preparing for an extended run at competition and if they’d been Boston, willing to wisely spend their massive revenues on the field, they might never have dropped as low. This next week will be an interesting measure in the neither-nor approach the team’s taken these last years, and should at least provide us with some good games.