Crushed Optimists

We are twin brothers who grew up in Central Washington. This blog is devoted to the life of Seattle sports fans, as well as various other topics that we will espouse for your enjoyment. We could be called another OFFICIAL SEATTLE SEAHAWKS site, but we'll take our uneducated crack at the Mariners, Sonics, and Huskies as well. A Seattle Sports Blog? Must be the land... of crushed optimism!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Mariners Report: 20 games in

As I am wont to do, I have decided to do a mini-report every ten games on how the Mariners are playing....

Record: 10-10
Standings: 2nd place in AL West, 1 game back

Offense:

- Ichiro is continuing to be, well, Ichiro. I still would like to see him try to achieve somewhat of an actual power stroke. I know he's capable of it, and it would be a boost to our lineup.

- Jeremy Reed, slowly but surely, is making that batting average rise. It now stands at around .270, and figures to continue to rise as his AB's are consistently quality.

- As I blogged about earlier, Beltre and Sexson will come around, and their strong presence in our lineup is incredible. A huge boost.

- Boone is having an average season. Nothing special, but that grand slam against Zito was huge.

- Don't look now, but Ibanez is starting to heat up. This will be huge, and will include some home runs, and soon.

- Randy Winn is still in the lineup.

- Miguel Olivo had huge hits the last couple of games. Let us all hope that will continue.

- Come to us, Pokey Reese!

Pitching:

- A tip of the cap to the ageless wonder. Jamie Moyer is pitching the best I have seen him since 2001. Amazing.

- Joel Piniero still looks like a good #2 starter. He is not, yet, taking the "ace leap" that was bandied about this winter.

- Who is Gil Meche? Why is Gil Meche? Can anyone explain Gil Meche to me?

- Aaron Sele is still pitching for us. Explain.

- Ryan Franklin is learning, once again, why it sucks to be him and get no run support. Of course, it's his luck that he is up against Buerhle and Harden.

- And a big congrats to our bullpen, who have become stronger and stronger as time has gone by. Excellent work down there, and I hope it continues.

Overall I am impressed. I did not think we would still be at the .500 mark 20 games into the season. Let us hope this continues through the next ten...

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