Monday, June 28, 2010

The Muscle Is Back!!

I must say that I am happy to see Mr. Branyan back in a Mariner uniform.  I was disappointed that they were not able to get him signed over the Winter.  Of course the major question that seems to be in the air today is "Why now?  Why not 6 weeks ago?".  I don't have an answer, but at least this should make the rest of the season more tolerable.  Having a legitimate MOTO bat will be nice - should take a lot of pressure off some of the guys who are underperforming (trying to do too much).  So welcome back Russell!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Five In A Row

Generally speaking, having your team win five games in a row is a good thing.  And I suppose that on some level, the win streak that the Mariners are currently on is a good thing.  But in other ways, it is not such a good thing at all.  Coming after the team buried itself in the AL West, it's the kind of thing that gets broadcasters and some fans excited about another "miracle" comeback.  The anemic offense guarantees that no miracles are going to happen in Seattle this year - the 2010 Mariners are very well done.  Now it becomes an exercise in figuring out what needs to be done to make sure that the "light bat" syndrome is addressed for next year.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Help On The Hitting Front

As the 2010 season continues to slide into oblivion (or as the great Larry Stone says, the Mariners continue to fade from playoff relevancy), I've been thinking about what the team could do in 2011 to add some offense.  One name that jumps off the free agent list for 2011 is Paul Konerko.  The line for 2010 so far is .294/.398/.588 - do the M's have anybody on the roster with an OPS north of .900?  He can also play a little 1st base.

It's clear that not signing a guy who can hit (Branyan, Vlad, etc.) last year has really hurt the club.  Not much to be done for this year - but the team can certainly start getting ready for next year.  Signing Konerko would be a move in the right direction.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Forget About October

Another game in the L column. It's pretty clear that 2010 is a lost year as far as making the Playoffs are concerned. So rather than bemoan our fate any longer, let's start talking about what can be done, both now and in the future, in order to make the Mariners competitive in 2011.

One of the most immediate improvements that the ballclub can make is getting rid of Ian Snell. After getting torched in Arlington last night, I don't think there's any question that there is no place for him on the club anymore. Let's look at the stats:

G  GS   IP   H    R   E  HR BB SO   W   L    P/GS   WHIP   BAA  ERA
11  8 44.1 57 32  29   9   23   23    0   5   78.5    1.80   .308     5.89

Yep. It's time to end this experiment Jack Z. - this guy is broken and you aren't going to fix him.  Don't give him another start.  The team is immediately improved without Ian Snell.  Granted, there are lots of things wrong with this team - but hey, you have to start somewhere.  And it might as well be Snell - especially after that display of suckitude last night.

Next time - some thoughts on the absent offense.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Please Show Me I'm Wrong

The Mariners are not a good baseball team - certainly not a playoff caliber team. Too many problems with this team - lack of offense - lack of consistency from the bullpen - well, you get the idea. Having said all that, I really want to be wrong about this team. After all, they are the home town nine. I'm pretty sure that I'm not wrong, but nothing would delight me more than for these guys to show me that I am.

Cliff Lee is awesome! Interesting tidbit from Geoff Baker's column today - Lee is only the 3rd M's pitcher to turn in a CG in Arlington (lefties Randy Johnson and John Halama are the other two). I'm really conflicted watching Lee pitch these days. He's so good and it's such fun watching him make Major League hitters look silly. But it's also sad because there's a good chance that he won't be here after the trade deadline.

The good news is that the M's won't be swept this series!

Monday, June 07, 2010

Waiting For 2011

I find it rather ironic that the Mariners completely fell apart in the series with the Angels this past weekend. After acquitting themselves in a very respectable fashion against the Twins, it's not unfair to say that the wheels came off completely at Safeco Field during the last three games. And now the Mariners head off for a 4 game series in Arlington. I've got to tell you that I'm not going to be at all surprised if they get swept by the Rangers.

That's why I'm waiting for 2011. I'm really hoping that next year's campaign will get off to a much better start. Hopefully there will be no distractions like Junior or 6-4-3. And by distractions I mean guys that are DH'ing who can't hit (sorry Junior - you know I hold you in the highest regard - but it really was time for you to hang them up at the end of last season). I hope there's a way to sign Cliff Lee - but as the M's fall further behind in the division I'm not very hopeful. Even so, Fister and Vargas give me hope for the starting rotation next year - along with the King. The bullpen is going to need a little work.

2010 - you can't go away soon enough. 2011 - hurry up!!!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Back to blogging!

After a long hiatus Evening Perambulations is back! I have a renewed sense of optimism. There have been lots of changes in the organization since I last posted here - going to take a while to get caught up. Just wanted to say hello again and that I will be here regularly - regardless of how the 2010 campaign ends up. Go M's!!