Mariners Analysis

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Surely this was Meche's last start, right?

It was obvious in the second half of last year, and it is even more obvious now- Meche needs to be sent down to work on his command. He is not going to magically figure it out, and the team doesn't even need him. Let's face it, when you are in last place and have one of the worst records in baseball, how important is your 5th starter?

Is it worth destroying the confidence of one of your brightest prospects? Who has an option left. When you have half a dozen prospects you could bring up to take his place. Surely he will be sent down, right? (With a low pitch count, and plenty of rest between starts, I might add.)

I cannot think of any logical reason for the M's to keep Meche on the big league club. The only reason at all would be if you wanted to keep his trade value high, but why would a team watch a night like last night and then want to give you something in return? I would think his trade value would be higher if scouts watched him regain his command in AAA than watch him get roughed up in two innings of work like last night.

If Meche remains on this ballclub after last night, then Bavasi and Melvin are both incompetent.

Edit- I am now being told Meche is out of options. I thought he had one left, but if he is out then I understand how this complicates things. I doubt he would clear waivers, but then again teams might be scared by his record...