Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Mid-Season Review

A few impressions of the first half from a fan's perspective:

  • Ichiro! continues to impress. Although he cooled off a bit in the last week, he's still ahead of the 2004 pace when he broke the single season hit record.
  • Where would this team be without Raul Ibanez? He has continued to improve since coming back to Seattle.
  • Sexson and Beltre. I have mixed feelings about these guys. They both have shown signs of life in the past few weeks - but they definitely aren't the impact players that we had hoped for.
  • Why is Carl Everett still on the team?
  • The pitching staff has, for the most part, been pretty good. Now that Eddie is gone, Pineiro and Mateo should be on Bavasi's list.
  • Betancourt and Lopez. Wow!
  • Hope to see some new faces in town over the next couple of weeks. The AL West is there for the taking.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's been a roller coaster ride thus far, but an interesting one at that. The M's middle infield, whats not to like? The corners in the outfield also look good though I would prefer to see Raul take over DH and have Doyle called up to take Left. CF could be a problem though, and your comments re: Sexson and Beltre are echo'd here. Mateo has been yoyoing but I think he still has some good stuff, and if nothing else would be valuable in a trade. Joel though is a horse of a different color though I wouldn't take Chacon for any player on the M's. That in my opinion is plain stupid. All of Meche's bad press and he continues to impress this year. What does Baek look like at Tacoma? I know he's 8-4 with a 2.96 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. I know he's not on the 40 man right now, but with those stats maybe he's worth a look. Maybe even a trade of Joel for prospects would free up a spot. Your thoughts?

Larry

Iron Tech said...

I'm not real keen on Baek. Cruceta, on the other hand, does interest me. And Mark Lowe. We shall see. The latest buzz is that Adam Jones has been called up. I like that move - Bavasi has been pretty serious about moving his top prospects up to the bigs to find out if they can hack it.