Let Me Get This Straight
This is the sequence of events the M’s saw happen today.
1. Erik Bedard’s hip continued hurting, so he got scratched and his next start is up in the air.
2. Adrian Beltre’s hamstring kept him out of the line-up, so he was replaced by Miguel Cairo.
3. Mike Morse embarrassed and then injured himself playing right field.
4. Eric O’Flaherty got pounded again, likely purchasing his bus ticket to Tacoma.
5. The Angels beat them.
That’s a bad day right there.
This team essentially has five good baseball players on it – Bedard, Felix, Ichiro, Beltre, and Putz – and three of them are now hurt. If Bedard is out for an extended length of time, this team is done. The entire concept of the 2008 Mariners is that those five guys would carry a substandard supporting cast to a division title. Well, you take Bedard and Putz out of the equation, and this isn’t even a .500 team.
The Mariners cannot make the playoffs without strong seasons from their entire core quintet. Right now, whether they’ll get that or not is up in the air. The first two weeks couldn’t have gone much worse for the M’s.