Mariners Analysis

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A few good things out of a loss

At least last nights loss to Texas was entertaining; something we couldn't say about many previous games.

Many have written up some of the good- Joh, Morrow etc...

I'll throw in one more.

Bedard's supporters finally get to shut the hell up.

Ever since the "trade" we have heard all the great things about aces. They stop losing streaks. They protect the bullpen. They keep winning streaks. They shorten the game. Blah, blah, blah. All true, if you have a decent team that hits a little and plays some D.

But there has been another little subplot that some of the trade supporters like Baker like to throw out there. Basically they like to stereotype Felix as the young, hot head who can't handle the title of "ace" and Bedard as the exact opposite. Cold killer. Veteran. True ace.

We've seen Felix struggle his last few starts. Bedard has been good when he's healthy and actually on the field. So more than a few fans were rubbing their hands with glee last night when Bedard was given a 5 run lead before he even stepped on the field.

And then Bedard threw up all over his supporters and couldn't make it out of the 3rd inning.

Everything the trade supporters promised last night didn't happen. Bedard taxed the bullpen, cost them the game and should be causing general anxiety to every Mariner fan out there. He wasn't just bad. He looked terrible.

This from a guy who has historically been injured year after year and finally had one great season. The guy we gave up half our system for, who will be a free agent after next year and has the personality of a shoe. This is the guy we are supposed to tell Felix he should emulate.

Not good for Mariner fans, but at least this should quiet down the stuff about Felix and Bedard and slow down the stereotyping many fans like to make about the two "aces."