Mariners Analysis

Thursday, June 10, 2004

You have to feel sorry for Jamal Strong

After going 2-4 last night, Jamal is hitting .347 down in Tacoma. He has literally nothing to prove in AAA, and yet he sits.

Lets compare to Randy Winn-

Randy- makes $4 million, no power, bad arm, good speed on the basepaths, makes bad baseball decisions, spits WAY to much
Jamal- MLB minimum, great arm, no power, great speed, will likely make rookie mistakes

Jamal is cheaper, would upgrade the defense, and is already on the 40-man roster. Casual fans don't pay to watch Randy Winn play, so I cannot think of a single reason he doesn't play.

Why do I think he isn't playing? Because we need to justify why we traded a possible All Star shortstop to Detroit, and can't have those ex-Tigers sitting down in Tacoma.

Only thing I can think of. If you have a better idea why, let me know.