Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Texas has our number this year

Quick thoughts:

I thought Safeco was a pitchers park. Don't the Rangers know you aren't supposed to hit home runs there?

Lousy pitching by Franklin, and more good hitting by the Rangers. Anything left over the plate and they jump all over it. Pretty much the exact opposite of the Mariners right now.

When Boone hit that 3-run home run, he didn't flip the bat- I think it has been so long he forgot how to do it. Good game for him to flash some power if the Phillies really are interested in possibly trading for him, as it has been reported they were at the game. If the M's are willing to pay some salary, any player is movable.(We all agree, if Jeff Cirillo can be traded, ANYONE on this roster can go.)

Still, there doesn't appear to be anyone on the M's horizon that would seem ready to take over second next year. I'll believe Boone gets traded when I see it, but I'm sure the M's don't want to be shelling out $9 million next season either. This will be interesting to watch.

Regarding bunting Bob? Yet another reason he should not be managing this club.

Finally, I'm surprised at the attendance for recent games. The fans must really love these guys, because lost in all the excitement of trading Freddy was one of the worst games you'll see all year in the 5-1 loss to the Padres. The M's collect 3 hits all game, and get to watch Jeff Cirillo hit a 3-run bomb.

And yet 39,000 fans can say they were there to see it.