News and Notes
Larry Stone has the story of the Mariners getting a beatdown yesterday, as well as a notebook where Johjima compared the gyroball to a cut fastball or a slider. Also in the Times, Jay Buhner and Dino Rossi are now minority owners of the Everett Aquasox.
Over in the P-I, Art Thiel asks why the M’s didn’t go after Daisuke Matsuzaka, but he never really answers the question. In fairness to the M’s, no one expected a $52 million posting fee, so even if they had attempted to get in the running, it’s unlikely they would have won. Also, John Hickey talks about tonight’s Game Of The Year candidate. Felix vs Matsuzaka – it doesn’t get much better than this.
Which reminds me: Happy Felix Day. Every day should be Felix day.
In other random tidbits from around the majors, USSM-endorsed offseason pitching acquisition #1 Rodrigo Lopez made his second start of the year last night, going 7 innings and allowing 1 run, bringing his ERA all the way up to 1.38. He’s given up 11 hits, walked 2, and struck out 7 in 13 innings. The Rockies are paying him $4 million this season, or half what the Mariners are paying Jeff Weaver.
USSM-endorsed offseason pitching acquisition #2 Claudio Vargas made his first start of the year last night, going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 ER, 0 BB, and 9 K.
Alex Rodriguez has had 28 at-bats through the first 7 games. The Mariners have 120 at-bats through their first four games. Alex Rodriguez has twice as many homers (6 to 3), more extra base hits (9 to 8), the same amount of walks (5), and the same amount of RBIs (15) as the M’s entire team. By himself.
But that’s okay, because we still have Felix.
Late Edit: Michael Garciaparra claimed by Phillies off waivers. Now he can hang out with Greg Dobbs. When Gillick gets a mancrush on a bad player, he doesn’t let go.