Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Always fun when Yankees come to town

Even though the M's are playing through the motions right now, with a soon-to-be-fired Manager running the ship, it's still fun to watch the boys in pinstripes. The M's couldn't be bigger underdogs right now, and the thought of Meche facing the on-base machine that is the current Yankees lineup would be like watching a train wreck- you need to look away, but you can't.

Apparently Bavasi can't stand to see that either, as Meche has been mysteriously pushed back. No matter, the games will be worth watching, regardless if Meche makes an appearance. After thoroughly humiliating the Red Sox over the weekend, we haven't seen a team roll into town like this in a while. They are clearly the best team in baseball right now, the team you really don't want to play if you are trying to stop a losing streak.

Perhaps Bavasi will notice the Yankee batters actually taking pitches, forcing the pitcher to throw strikes. Forcing the pitcher to throw a pitch everyone knows is coming- a fastball down the middle of the plate, and watching the Yankees tear up your starting pitching, middle relief and bullpen in the process. If the Mariners had to play the Yankees in a 5 game series right now, Bobby Ayala would probably see action. The Yankees just wear you out.

When I see Snelling up at the plate, he sort of reminds me of a young Jason Giambi. (Lefty, stocky, pulls at his gloves between every pitch, takes borderline pitches with complete confidence.) He is the single best reason to watch this series, and will get my full attention during each at-bat.

Let's cheer on our young pitchers, hope Snelling continues to hit well and stay healthy, and have a good time while the Yankees $200+ million juggernaught comes to town...