Mariners Analysis

Monday, May 07, 2007

Disaster weekend

I thought it might be a tough weekend for the Mariners in NY, and I think we can all agree it has been in ways we couldn't have imagined.

First, the Mateo situation. Obviously everything else is secondary when you start talking about domestic violence. We would normally assume Mateo would never pitch for the Mariners again. However, let's wait for more information before we start making assumptions or jumping to wild conclusions.

Second, the Weaver situation. The worst start in major league history continues, and we actually have the ballclub deem his outing a success. I guess they can only mean they figured he would get clobbered even more then he did, so therefore they see improvement.

Jeff Weaver did not make any magic improvements. He did not add a new pitch, develop a new throwing motion or get bit by a radioactive spider. He is the same starter who continues to cost his team any chance of victory, and the fact he will continue to be thrown into a situation where he has no chance to succeed says more about this organization... if this was a normal work environment Jeff Weaver would have been fired long ago. Let's just leave it at that.

Finally, the offense was simply pathetic. Sunday's game was particularly inexcusable. No more words are necessary.

The good news in all this is todays game. If they win, they leave the Bronx with a split and reason for optimism heading to Detroit.

A team with heart will feed off the emotions of yesterdays hit and respond. Let's see what this team has in that department.