The Pitching Has Been Fantastic
My latest post for 710sports.com is now up, where I look at how it’s not really a big mystery why the Mariners are better this year. Short answer – it’s the pitching.
Earlier this week, Jayson Stark of ESPN came on this radio station and talked about how it’s hard to find many improvements on the roster beyond the addition of Michael Pineda. He finished by saying, “I don’t know how you explain what’s going on in Seattle beyond what the manager has done.”
I like Jayson Stark quite a bit, and think he’s fantastic at his job. But, in this instance, I have to disagree with him. Explaining the improvement over last year is actually pretty easy, and doesn’t require believing in any kind of unmeasurable magic brought by the mustached manager.
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