Friday Is Coming
For those of you who are tired of watching this offense flail away, you might only have to wait a few more days.
The next two nights, the Orioles throw right-handers at the M’s. Tonight, it’s a guy who struggles to throw strikes, and tomorrow, it’s a sinkerball guy. Don’t expect any big offensive surges in either game, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team drop either or both of these games, even with Bedard going tonight. Thursday brings an off day before the Twins come into town for the weekend.
Usually, when teams make significant shifts in how they’re approaching a given season, it happens after a day off at home. These breaks in the schedule give the front office and the coaching staff a chance to sit down together and come up with a revised plan without worrying about that night’s game. They don’t get that many opportunities to have these kinds of organizational meetings, especially during the part of the season where buy-or-sell decisions are needing to be made sooner than later.
To top it off, the Rainiers return home for a four game homestand today, and will be in Tacoma through Friday. They go to Vegas on Saturday, and are then traveling through the middle of the month. When the big league club has an off day and Tacoma is at home, you’ll often see quite a few of the upper management guys at Cheney Stadium.
It’s a perfect storm for making some changes. The M’s rank second to last in baseball in production from their designated hitters, while Jeff Clement and Chris Shelton are destroying the PCL. Michael Saunders continues to impress with his offensive improvement, while Endy Chavez and Wladimir Balentien aren’t providing much of an obstacle at the moment.
Even if Zduriencik doesn’t want to pull the plug on 2009 yet, the team has options in Tacoma. Unless the M’s go nuts against Baltimore the next couple of days, I’d expect to see some changes made on Friday.