Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Mariners win in marathon

It's hard to know how long last nights 14 inning marathon would have gone on if a Mariner hit with RISP was required. After all, it's not often you see two teams strand 33 runners in a 2-1 game, and have it end on a balk!! I had to leave in the 10th as the kids had school the next morning, but it will be a game I remember for some time.

But that's what makes baseball fun- some games you see something you'd never imagine possible.

Some highlights include outstanding pitching by Garcia. He didn't have his best stuff, but he battled and really mixed up his pitches. His pitch count was really high early in the game, and I thought he'd be done after 5, but he settled down later and seem to get stronger as the game went on. Big kudos to Wilson who I thought called a great game.

With the offense struggling all night, it's easy to be overly critical, but I'll just say it was impossible to watch last nights game and not be reminded of last year- good pitching, lousy hitting, no power.

Now standing at 5-8, the M's can start to see a little light at the end of the tunnel. As I have mentioned before, the number of improved teams this year make it hard for a team to run away early. Even the mighty Yanks and Red Sox are hovering around the .500 mark.

Harden has struggled early, while Franklin has shown signs of taking his game to the next level. The key will be the bullpen, as both were decimated last night. Let's hope Franklin can eat up some innings, and Melvin tells the hitters to take pitches and work the count against Harden.

Looking forward to it already.