OK, now I’m bummed out about Josh Wilson’s release. That poor guy thought he was going to make the team. He had teammates congratulating him and everything. Pulled out of the middle of a drill? Harsh, Mariners. Really harsh. I’m sure this is a kick to the gut regardless of how it happens, but that seems like a particularly rude awakening. After doing a little tiny bit of research on his competition, Luis Rodriguez, I can maybe see why they made this decision, but still, what a shock! I think the decision was made out of potentials. Rodriguez is a switch hitter, and was once apparently the darling of the Padres organization. Josh Wilson is the darling of several women in attendance at any given game. They’re the same age, and Rodriguez has a better history, so far as I can tell. Guessing why other people do stuff that is likely to be undone (especially if Jon’s right about the waivers) gives me a headache.
The Mariners announced their starting rotation yesterday, and I fully 100% approve. Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Doug Fister, Erik Bedard, and Michael Pineda. If Bedard is really as healthy as they keep telling us, his position at 4th is a bit of a curiosity, but not pushing him is probably a good idea. A really good idea. Can we get through major league batting with this rotation? If injuries are kept away (I’m looking at you, Bedard) and Vargas and Fister remain at least linear in their performances from last year, then yes. Yes, we can. I’m hoping that Pineda is ready for the pressure, and am greatly looking forward to his first MLB start in Texas. Trial by fire! I’m not saying anything new by putting it out there that our own batting needs to improve, but for a third year, the organization seems determined to build a team on pitching and defense. At this rate, I’ll just be happy with another 2009. A winning season would be stellar, and I don’t think I’m asking for too much.
And this post ends abruptly. I thought I had more to say, but I guess not. I’m going to spend the week looking forward to Friday. Three more days. We can hold on for three more days, right?