It always amazes me how embroiled I get in each and every game, despite telling myself not to. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch a lot of yesterday’s game, but I know that Mike Carp was on fire, behaving as advertised with a 5th-inning double. Jamey Wright turned in a performance that just backs up my apprehension about his presence in the bullpen, but the offense got the job done, and we skated past the White Sox, disallowing them the sweep. We’re still above .500, and riding the LA Angels’ woes to remain only a couple games out of first place. The Seattle Mariners are in second place in the AL West. It’s liberating to even think it!
Today’s game started out as a nice pitching duel between Justin Verlander and Doug Fister, who did as well as he’s ever done, but our batting lineup was apparently not up to par. Unfortunately, I got called away during the 6th inning, but by that time the Detroit Tigers had already done the damage they were going to do to us, and I didn’t really think we were coming back. I was thinking the other day that the Mariners would make use of the guy they called up as soon as humanly possible, and they did. But maybe for today they shouldn’t have. Sitting Justin Smoak any time is not, in my opinion, the greatest idea. As far as I’m concerned, Smoak is an everyday player, and he needs to stay in the lineup, struggling or not. I hope that I’m wrong, but I am worried that we’re going to see a bunch of lineup changes with whatever roster shifts might occur this year, and while technically I get the usual reasoning surrounding left/right matchups and lineup changes, sometimes things aren’t broken and don’t need fixing. Dave is right, that lineup was not a good idea. Will we learn our lesson tomorrow when Erik Bedard faces Brad Penny? Past experience tells me no, but the tiny optimistic voice in my heads says I sure hope so.
I don’t have much else to say about the game or the way it was played since I couldn’t watch much of it – but I do want to commend the Mariners for their recent involvement in the It Gets Better project. After the San Francisco Giants and Red Sox decided to do one, I was curious as to why, in a city like Seattle, the Mariners had not joined the fray. Well, they have. I don’t get political here because it’s against my general rules, but this is a cause I firmly believe in, and I have no problem stating that here. Good for the Mariners; it just makes me love them more, win or lose.