Plunking punks, perpetual potential, prompt performance pivotal
I recommend Greg Bishop’s entry in the Times blog, which offers Washburn discussing hitting batters.
Also in the Times: Bishop on Meche and his potential.
“He’s full of talent,” Washburn says, “and everybody knows what kind of pitcher he can become. Everybody knows he has a golden arm and electric stuff.”
Can != will. I’ll stop there. The Times carries the same essential story in their Notebook and adds the unwelcome news that they took an MRI of Cesar Jimenez’s elbow yesterday, after he came out of Wednesday’s game with pain.
PEORIA, Ariz. — If you stopped paying attention to the Mariners before the All-Star break last year, you probably did so after reaching two conclusions: 1) The Mariners are infuriating to watch because they can’t win close games; and, 2) Adrian Beltre and Richie Sexson are $23 million worth of a whole lot of nothing.
Wow. Then he quotes a lot of stats that are… selectively picked? For instance, your opinion of Beltre might depend a little on where you stopped watching. Beltre blistered the ball in June. But generally, sure.
But here’s what happens if the Mariners are, say, 20-30 after their first 50 games: 1) The core of the team, topped by Ichiro Suzuki, becomes trade bait; 2) An over-under gets set on how much longer manager Mike Hargrove and GM Bill Bavasi retain their jobs; 3) Speculation concerning Nos. 1 and 2 becomes a massive distraction within a clubhouse already lacking grounding leadership.
The core of the team becomes trade bait? Felix?
Also, Bavasi won’t get fired before year’s end. Won’t happen. GMs almost never leave or lose their jobs mid-season. Hargrove’s over/under’s already been set. So… anyway, Miller also manages to use OPS, talk about sabermetric projections for Beltre and Sexson, and then assert “When high-profile players struggle, the emotional strain affects the entire team.”
I, uh… I don’t know what to make of these columns.
Update: Jimenez decided for immediate surgery. Out a long time.