Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Entertaining loss to Red Sox

The M's split the series anyway (grin).

The big story was 16 men LOB and Joel pitching poorly, but the M's fans got to see an entertaining game. Ichiro had a big day and it will be interesting to see if he can avoid the late season problems he has displayed the last two years. If he can't, then the M's are paying $12.5 million next year to a player who won't contribute after the All Star break.

Is there a chance we'll see Nomar in an M's uniform next year? Seems unlikely, but some big name free agent will take the M's money next season.

Should the M's take a chance on Derek Lowe next year? He should come fairly cheap, and Safeco might be the perfect place for blister boy.