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!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Series Preview: M's vs. A's

I know, it has been a long time since I have done one of these, but with the renewed optimism and excellent play of late, it seemed time to dust off this series and get another one out.

Monday: Sele (6-5, 3.79 ERA) vs. Haren (4-7, 4.14 ERA)

Don't let Haren's record fool you. The man is pitching great baseball right now, and his confidence is growing by leaps and bounds. He might be the toughest individual the Mariner's face this series, at least on paper. The Mariner's offense might be in for a tough night after the pounding they enacted on Tom Glavine yesterday. As for Sele? Well, we might actually be seeing what we'll be getting the rest of the season. The defense needs to step up whenever he is out there, because the ball will be put into play. However, he has cut down the walks, and that has improved the number of innings that he is in danger of giving up a massive amount of runs. A winnable game, but it will take a good performance by Sele and some clutch hits by the M's. Keep the ball down, Sele. Keep the ball down. (Thank you for living, Ron Fairly)

Tuesday: Piniero (2-3, 5.69 ERA) vs. Glynn (0-3, 6.60 ERA)

I'll be honest with you. I have no idea who this Glynn kid is. I have never seen him pitch, and I have no idea how good he is. This I do know. The Mariners have the ungodly gift of making young pitchers seem like Cy Young ever time they face one. Piniero..... is done. Watching him pitch troubles me in ways that I can't explain. Let me put it this way. A kid who had a great fastball and devastating curve now has an average fastball and an average curve with poor control. Awesome.

Wednesday: Moyer (6-2, 4.42 ERA) vs Zito (3-8, 4.66 ERA)

Which Barry Zito will we see? The strike-throwing, tremendous control pitcher who leaves hitters vainly hacking at changeups in the dirt? Of the slightly off pitcher who walks people and grooves fastballs that end up in the cheap seats? Only Barry knows. I know who I hope we see, but he is coming off his best outing of the season (until the 6th inning) so, once again, who knows. Bret Boone can sit on the bench and think about that one brief shining moment this season when he hit the grand slam back in April. Which Jamie Moyer will we see? The Pat Borders creation that doesn't JUST pitch the changeup low and away? Here's hoping, because the A's LIT HIM UP last time out, costing us an easy win. Jamie, step it up, man, step it up.

Thursday: Franklin (3-8, 4.46 ERA) vs. Saarloos (3-4, 4.34 ERA)

Saarloos is a name that deserves to be on Tatooine, definitely in Mos Eisley. Can you imagine Han Solo coming over to talk to the bounty hunter Saarloos? I can, and that is why I am a nerd. Do I need to talk about this game? The Mariners will have a problem scoring runs because Franklin and his godawful beard is pitching. Franklin will get annoyed and groove a couple of balls for Chavez (guaranteed to have at least one home-run this series) and, I don't know, Bobby Kielty. Still, props for beating Pedro. Gotta give him props for that. But the magic for Franklin ends here.

And there you go. An actual preview. I have no idea how it will go. We could, and probably should, win 3 of 4. What will actually happen? Watch and see!

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