Brief re-hash of JoWil, starting rotation

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?

 

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4 Responses to Brief re-hash of JoWil, starting rotation

  1. Chris from Bothell says:

    Bedard 4th might actually be a sneaky surprise, if he is truly back to form, since he will be matched against the true 4th or 5th starters of other teams regularly. So if the Ms can knock around another team’s lesser pitcher early, and the bullpen sort of hangs on…

    We could even see on occasion Pineda getting skipped early on, so a 1-2 of Erik/Felix. Or with the right quirk of scheduling, an Erik/Michael/Felix matchup for a series. Which if all goes well, could be formidable simply because its not going to match other teams’ 1-2-3.

    Hm. Obvious Chris is Obvious today, apparently.

    • Megan Shear says:

      No, actually, I never thought of a Bedard sneak attack. I do like the concept of a healthy Bedard as a ninja….hmmmm. This could go terribly terribly wrong, or it could be WAY better than anyone initially thought…

  2. Patrick says:

    As much as Paperboy was likable, this really was the right move, JoWil doesn’t really have much that Rodriguez doesn’t, and JoWil has never posted a positive WAR, definition of a below replacement level player. Rodriguez brings a bit of upside too, so theres that. Business of baseball hurts sometimes, and thats coming from someone who is currently wearing a Bloomquist t-shirt.

    • Megan Shear says:

      Willie! Hey, you won’t find any haters of the Bloomquist here in my corner. 😉
      My logical side knows it was right. Rodriguez’s numbers are better, he’s got the switch-hitting thing – they’re both the same age, so the choice is obvious. I’ll just miss the little guy.
      On the up side, however, two pitchers I figured were long shots made the roster, so that’s pretty awesome. 🙂

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