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 04, 2006

M's vs Angels: Opening Day Notes

So... does it appear that the 2006 version of the Seattle Mariners will be better then the 2005 version?

Yes and No.

Yes:
-- We still have Jamie Moyer, who proved once again that he can pitch at Safeco.

-- We have some new people, who went, respectively:
Johjima - 1/3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, .500 OBP
Petagine - 1/1, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Everett - 1/4
Lopez - 2/5, 1 RBI

-- We have SOME people in the bullpen who can pitch (not looking at you, Putz):
Soriano - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
Sherrill (L, 0-1) - .2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB (really cheap one)

-- We have the talent to score runs, though it remains to be seen if we choose to do so

-- We have some pretty good defense (Beltre spearing a ball in the 2nd, etc.)

-- We were able to get to Bartolo Colon, who happens to be the reigning FATTEST Cy Young Award winner.

No:
-- We still don't understand how to pitch to Guerrero (You basically intentionally walk the guy. Who's going to hurt you, Juan Rivera?).

-- We still have innings like we had in the 6th, with the bases loaded, nobody out, and we can't score. That's horrible. Reed, Betancourt, and Ichiro (can't be whining to the skip about this one, now, can you?) have to be ashamed of themselves. Of course, it was the same three people who started the rally in the 5th...

-- We still have some unclutch superstars with Sexson (when he's cold) and Beltre, going a combined 0-8 with several runners on the basepaths.

-- We still have Raul Ibanez batting 3rd, which boggles the mind.

-- We still have a tendency to NOT get the big hit and yet let the other team GET the big hit, resulting in a 1 run loss.

Sure, this was just one game. But it encapsulated some of the problems you could see with this team..... the youth leading to inconsistency, the starting pitching is good but not great, Beltre still being depended on to be a superstar.....

Are we a better team than last year? Small, small sample size, but I think we are, yes. Just not by a lot.

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