Well I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve seen something like this. An offensively potent baseball team winning strings of games; I think it’s been about what, 10 years? The 97 AL West division winning squad that led the majors in homers and boasted the worst bullpen in the game was the last to do it quite like this. I can’t use the 01 team as an example for anything, they were just too perfect during the regular season (and I was stewing in a North Carolina sh*thole with no access to west coast games that year).
As of this morning the fellas are 5 games over .500 and having won 4 of 5 on this recent homestand. Last night’s victory over the Orioles was fueled by another big time late inning performance by Ichiro and J.J. Putz. It takes some serious sack to be able to come back from 3 run deficits in consecutive games to win.
Our bullpen has been outstanding this season and it needed too with all of the highly published shortcomings of the starting 5. However they are not going to be able to do this all year if the starters can’t start giving us 6 to 7 innings a night consistently. The damage Jeff Weaver can do to this team right now can be potentially season ending.
I know I know I keep complaining about the same thing but you guys (with exception of Tiger, Yankee, Dodger and Cardinal fans) don’t know how much this man su*ks. They are going to plop him on the mound in the middle of this winning streak and it could end the year. Think about it, he goes 3 innings, gives up 7 runs, burns out the bullpen even further, demoralizes the offense so they go into another funk and the result could be a 2 and 10 stretch where we end up 10 and a half behind the Angels and Ichiro is wearing a Red Sox uniform by September. The only positive to this would be the much awaited dismissal of pariah-esque GM Bill Bavasi for signing Weaver in the first place. I’d rather see Chewbacca pitch than Weaver.
Back to positive news. The draft is coming up this week and unfortunately I’ll be at the office working instead of at home with a chest of Red Stripe and my poncho bloggin up the action. We have the 11th overall pick and the front office has been completely mum on who we are going to take with it. Recent drafts have done much for the foundation of a future title run (Morrow 06, Clement 05 if he can get healthy and junior Tui 04) so I’m excited for what we may get.
As we speak the Mariners are leading the Orioles 4 nothing in the bottom of the 4th. Washburn is back and he is looking much better after that 3 inning 9 hit debacle against the Rangers. Now if only the Angels would lose a game or two so we can get back in this.