Mariners Analysis

Monday, July 30, 2007

What we learned over the weekend

It was nice to see the team win the series, as a loss yesterday would have put a bit of a damper on the upcoming Angels trip. Now they can say they took 3 of 4 from a division rival, and don't have to think about the 7 game slide as much.

The best news of all is that Bavasi hasn't made a trade that breaks everyone's hearts. This morning on KJR Mitch had a local writer from Florida on to talk about Willis. Basically his response was only an idiot would trade Adam Jones for Willis, as he simply isn't that good of a pitcher right now. It was interesting as Mitch appeared surprised by his answer. Perhaps he will use this information the next time a fellow staff member or caller proposes some of these wild trades.

But anyway, the bigger story is John McLaren and what he might have learned over the weekend. Like:
- Chris Reitsma is not very good. The injured pitcher who wasn't very good last year and was injured again this year is not the guy you want protecting a lead. I know this comes as a shock to some of you (ha-ha).
- Broussard should play more. Would we have won the game if Sexson didn't get thrown out? At the very least Broussard continues to show why Bavasi traded for him last year, and why he is better today than Sexson.
- Our outfield defense is bad. I think McLaren knows this, but hasn't wanted to rock the boat with his veterans so soon after taking the job. But there is no way you watched this series and came to any other conclusion. Trust me, Ibanez's days in LF is numbered.

I also found a little line in one of the papers interesting. It was a rumor mentioning that any of the Seattle veterans was moveable in the right deal. It wasn't implying we were ready to trade Beltre tomorrow or anything, but Raul's name was on the list and that is surprising. Perhaps he isn't as untouchable as we thought. Just the fact a local writer even threw the name out means the FO might be floating the idea we don't have to watch Raul patrol LF for the next several years after all.

So basically everything we learned this weekend we actually already knew. What we don't know is if McLaren learned anything this weekend.

Meanwhile, 10 minutes has passed and Bavasi still hasn't made a trade.