Linking to Lookout Landing because that’s the first place I went to read anything about this, but yes indeedy it looks like the Mariners starting rotation has been settled upon. Conspicuously absent; Erasmo Ramirez. Snuggled in the number four spot, where by some miracle I guessed he would be during a conversation with a co-worker via IM the other day; Blake Beavan. In the five; Kevin Millwood, who I still have a nagging feeling would be better in long relief. But it’s this way for now. It might be another way for later, like Jeff says, and our 1-2 is still strong, even without Michael Pineda. If you had told me two years ago that I’d really start to embrace Jason Vargas, I might have looked at you a little strangely. As it is, I still don’t believe it myself, yet here we are. USS Mariner seems to feel indifferent about it as well. Outside of Felix and Vargas, this is not a freak-out-inducing lineup. But it’s our lineup, it’s how Eric Wedge has determined things are going to go, and that’s good enough for me. I have no opinion on the Beavan vs Iwakuma argument. Iwakuma gets a shot in the bullpen, and we already know that Beavan can pitch decently in relief, so it’s a win-win for everyone. Or a lose-lose. The thing is, we don’t know, and won’t know until we know. Now you know!
We also got rid of Shawn Camp (“get rid of” sounds a little harsh, but I’m running out of synonyms for “release”), but I have no feelings on that, either. Here I thought I was all revved up for Spring Training, but it turns out I’m really just kind of apathetic until the regular season starts.
In blog-related news, I am looking at bringing back Fridays at Safeco, but it might not happen until the home season starts. There will also be a new approach taken with this feature this time. I have been having a lot of fun with the Instagram application on my iPhone. It has helped me look at things differently while taking photos, and that is what I’ll be experimenting with here. I don’t want to start up any sort of discussion that sounds like I’m talking about an artistic process (mainly because I don’t really have one), but suffice to say I’m going to attempt to make looking at Safeco Field and the contents therein a little different this year, so we’ll see where that goes. Fair warning, it might get a little ArtWalk here.