I don’t have a lot of time since I’m at work at the moment, so no links today, but everything I have to say is easily verifiable, and old news by now.
Our middle infield is going to be comprised of Brendan Ryan at short and Jack Wilson at second. Despite the fact that Wilson anywhere but short makes me feel sort of apprehensive because of the newness of it, I think I really like this idea. That gap is going to be impenetrable. There is no way that can fail. The other positive is that over the past 24-plus hours or so that this has been announced, I have yet to hear anyone talking about how Wilson said “Fine” in regards to this change, or exhibited any sort of tantrum-throwing behavior (I think we all know who I’m referring to here). I like it, it makes me feel fuzzy. I don’t know much about Ryan, but have heard him talked about like he was the cat’s meow of shortstops in the NL. I am hoping the combination will be in tonight’s lineup against the Rockies.
Luke French starts the game tonight, and while I have heard a few bits here and there about him taking a shot at the starting rotation, I guess I still haven’t been able to keep up enough to know what’s being said about his chances so far. French has yet to leave much of an impression on me. I’m certainly aware of his presence, but his name does not come easily to me, and even just now I had the “Oh, that guy” moment that comes with realizing that you can’t figure out all the possible members of the starting rotation because you completely forgot that Luke French was even an option. I don’t like being that ignorant, but it is what it is. Fingers crossed for French taking me to school. Guess I’ll see what happens tonight. I’m assuming he’s battling Michael Pineda for the spot, since Felix, Erik Bedard, Doug Fister and Jason Vargas are likely a lock.
In more depressing news, one of my co-workers was bringing on the hard criticism of the team this morning, specifically the pitching and lack of hitting ability. I’ll give him the hitting – it’s not rocket science, everyone knows our hitting is questionable. But the pitching? It was a bit too early for me to coherently form an argument at the time, so I just sat there and took it – I get the distinct impression that my positivity is viewed as me being just a dumb girl about baseball. I may be female, but I know enough to tell my coworker that throwing money at Albert Pujols is not the solution to our particular problem. I tried to ignore it, but only found it annoying. If the main basis of your argument is that our pitching staff “is worse” because we don’t have Cliff Lee (a player that we were only ever going to have for a year total in the first place), your argument is flawed. Lee was never going to stay. His presence here was certainly nice, but I don’t really count him as a Mariner, in the big scheme of things. I know I’m preaching to the choir here. Ugh.
I get to come home to brats, fries, and a bit of Shocktop, courtesy of Tom, who has decided to join ’em rather than fight ’em, and make me a “baseball dinner”. Today is not bad so far.