Well before I get to introductions and actually explain who the **** I am; I think it is necessary to get some first series reflections out of the way.
– A 2-1 start is our best work out of the gates in about 10 years and few things can temper the optimism that comes with a great start unless….
– It is an 8 run performance from one of your “big off-season acquisitions.” Alright Miguel [Batista] to show that I am a caring soul I will give you three strikes to prove yourself. A new team, a new league and a new park does have the ability to shift one’s mojo for an evening so I understand that. However, if your next two turns in the rotation look like the cluster witnessed on Wednesday night I will release the hounds.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about the jaw-dropping and downright amazing season opening performance by Felix Hernandez? Homeboy can really sling and he brought it in ways that haven’t seen since the Unit was traded back in ’97. He had everything working from the crisp fastball to the location on his off-speed stuff, truly an impressive performance. Check out his line from Monday:
Pretty sweet right? And just to be mean here is Miguel’s line from Wednesday:
Good pitching, crappy pitching, how obvious they can be. And yes I will issue a big fat praise-fest if Miguel can win his next start.
Offensively we are still pretty offensive as a club. Much props to the clutch hitting on Tuesday and despite only having two hits for the season, both of Richie’s hits were crucial homeruns. However we only have two members of the starting lineup batting over .250 and I expect this to change as games go by but if not we are in some serious trouble, especially when your DH is only bringing .091 to the table; bad times. But again it’s early so I will keep my happy hat on for as long as I can and hope that his is just early season stuttering.
So for the weekend the kids head up to the frozen tundra of Jacob’s Field to face the pre-crowned AL central champion Cleveland Indians where we will see the Mariner debut of 8 million dollar man Jeff Weaver on Saturday (ill be at work for Today’s game so don’t give me any guff about overlooking Ramirez, if he brings it Ill write it). Not to freak anyone out but the last time Weaver pitched in the AL west (for the Angels last season) his numbers were not pretty, I’m talking 3-10, 6.29 ERA with 18 HR allowed in 88 innings bad, for the record he only allowed 19 dingers in 220 innings for the Dodgers in ’04 (mlb.com, let’s just assume that I don’t know anything and get my stats from mlb.com). Let’s hope that a return to the Midwest where he had his late season Renaissance with the Cardinals last season helps Weaver be the slinger he was then and not the pitcher he was last time he was in the division. Cross your fingers it’s going to be a crazy ride.