Consider this post a place for me to dump a bunch of short blurbs on thoughts that I’ve had over the last few days.
A few weeks ago, we announced a USSM event for the east coast crowd, to be held on May 17th at the Champps Sports in Durham. Due a scheduling conflict, we’ve had to move that back to May 31st. Same location, same deal, just a bit over two weeks from now instead of this coming Sunday. We’ll do another post as we get closer to remind everyone.
Speaking of North Carolina, for those who missed it, Dustin Ackley played a bunch of center field over the weekend for the Tar Heels. The arm looked good enough and the athleticism played in the outfield as most expected. Right now, he’s a pretty easy call for the #2 pick, I think.
While we’re talking about guys I wouldn’t mind having in the organization, can we have Chris Burke back please? Since the Padres re-acquired him from the Mariners, he’s been their semi-regular shortstop, logging 52 innings at the position and totaling 32 plate appearances as a hitter. He’s hitting .259/.375/.409, and he’s drawn four walks and has four extra base hits. In 117 plate appearances, Yuni has two walks and six extra base hits. Oh, and Burke’s been just fine at shortstop defensively as well. There’s nothing that Yuni does better than Chris Burke. We gave away the wrong guy.
Jason Vargas gets his first start for the M’s tonight. I like Vargas, and I think if given a chance, he’ll stick in the rotation all year. I just ask that everyone not judge him on tonight’s performance. The Rangers offense is just ridiculous, and playing them in Texas is as formidable a task as you could face. They’ll probably start seven right-handed bats tonight, and as a team, their RHBs are hitting .342/.384/.564 against southpaws. If Vargas can get through six innings and allow four runs or less, he should be congratulated.
The Mariners outfield has posted a UZR of +15.3 so far this year. The infield has posted a UZR of -6.5. I know the pitching staff will need some attention for 2010, but this really better be the last year I have to watch Lopez and Betancourt. Man, do they suck.