Mariners Analysis

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Anticipation for Weaver builds

This start sets up pretty well for Weaver.

NL team.
Pitcher friendly park.
On the road (no booing from locals).
Low expectations.
Hitting-challenged team (Padres).

He should go five innings pretty easily. Given our bullpen, he would seem to have not only a good chance of success, but also a pretty good chance for picking up the win.

But will he last 5 innings?

My prediction- 4 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs.

Privately, Hargrove might actually hope the guy gets shelled. Being an old school guy, he's got to be pissed Weaver refused a rehab assignment and is basically forcing the issue. Hence the reason he gets pulled before an opportunity to pickup a win (if the Mariners are lucky enough to be in that situation).

So let's see what happens. Should be one of the more interesting starts all year.