|I share Jeter's excitement for the lack of trade deadline moves by the Mariners. Of course, I think that's a good thing.|
I've waved good-bye to Brandon League and Steve Delabar. League netted a couple of those mid-level prospects from the Dodgers. I'd like to think this is a big deal, but it's not. Neither outfielder Leon Landry or reliever Logan Bawcom are projected to be much. Of course League hasn't been much either. Delabar is a great story for Seattle, with him coming back to pitch after a serious injury, summoned to training camp from his substitute teaching gig. Unfortunately, he's just not a very good pitcher right now. Picking up Eric Thames from the Blue Jays was a good swap. No,Thames isn't a transforming bat, but he's a guy they might platoon with Casper Wells. We'll see.
|Iwakuma's game on Monday night was a legit gem. He set the rookie record for 13 strikeouts in a game.|
Ha! The M's won five straight. At home. In Safeco Field. Yes, I know all about it. They've just played the Royals and Blue Jays, but screw it. Five consecutive wins is more than they've pulled off all year. No question the Royals are coming to define the term suckage and extending it over generations. But they still hit pretty well, and they didn't do much of that until Sunday's game. I'm hoping this will continue. The M's are beginning to show they can hit bad pitching at Safeco. Just ask Ricky Romero. They haven't shown they can do that against good pitching. See Ivan Nova.
Lorri and I attended the Mariners Hall of Fame game on Saturday. It was a classy ceremony for Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson. This is the second such game I've been to. I saw Edgar Martinez inducted in 2007. The M's do these things well. Now if only they could develop a winning baseball team. The game was good too. Tight and hard fought, but the Royals made a few too many mistakes.
|It's great to see Oliver Perez reinvent himself as a lefty reliever.|