Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Nice job by Felix

Lots of talk today about Felix's pitching last night. It was obvious he was a different pitcher than the one we say against the Yankees, where he was trying to strike everyone out. This time he didn't overthrow and got good location from his fastball. Let's see what he does in his next start.

Baseball, like all sports, is so crazy to predict. The Mariners lost 11 games to the AL West, then proceed to take 2 of three from the hottest team in baseball (Yankees) and sweep the Red Sox. If they win tonight, they'll have won 3 series in a row, all against quality opponents.

I have already predicted the Mariners will lose 90 games this year. The schedule is brutal the rest of the year, and with Hargrove playing with the lineup like he does, it just doesn't seem possible for them to finish strong.

But after taking 5 of 6 from the two biggest spending teams in baseball, it sure feels good. And winning last night against the Angels felt pretty good too.

More reasons to watch-
1) Snelling
2) Ichiro in center
3) Who will Hargrove bring in to replace Mateo? He's got lots of options, but most are young, and Hargrove likes his veterans. Will be interesting to see what he does here.
4) Hargrove's lineups. They are sort of like the Hydro races on the big screen. Stupid, fascinating to some, and utterly impossible to predict.

Let's hope Weaver picks up his second loss tonight, as he slowly returns to earth after his amazing start.