It is sure nice to go to the Mariners news page and see this again:
It feels like forever since the pitching matchup banner has been up, even though it has only ever been the same amount of time, every year for the past 6. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. While I am watching Moneyball for what has to be about the fifth time over the past year, I guess I’ll write some stuff about baseball.
I figured I would spend some time today seeing what I know about the Houston Astros. Turns out; very very little. They seem to be, for the most part, a very young team, with a handful of names I recognize, one only because he used to be a major league Mariner. Their 40-man is even more confusing, so here is what we’ll be dealing with next Monday:
Yep. Carlos Pena, Phil Humber, and Ronny Cedeno are all I have here, unfortunately. Almost all of the Astros position players are freshly up from Houston’s AAA team organization, having spent at least part of 2012 there before coming up to the big club at various points in the year. Actually (I’m looking this stuff up as I’m writing this post), it looks like over half of the 25 men on this roster were all at a triple A level at some point in 2012. Edgar Gonzalez played for a Mexican triple A team last year, and has spent most of his time at a triple A level since 2009. This could either be uplifting or devastating for them in 2013. I don’t want or mean to sound overconfident or cocky at all, but compared to the Astros, the Mariners, for all their foibles and what we might think about the roster decisions being made, are fielding a definitive major league team. I was telling Tom yesterday in the car that I had read a headline in the Seattle Times that the Astros might not be much better than they’ve been throughout the last few years; at some point in a game, that becomes depressing. I like winning, but winning without challenge is kind of a downer. I’m not making any predictions, and the Astros may prove me wrong. At a quick glance, though, it looks like it’s going to be a bunch of sugar-hungry Mariners going up against some little kids with candy.
Tonight is the official start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, with the Texas Rangers and the Astros facing off in Houston at Minute Maid Park. I am going to try and catch some of it after we are done enjoying the good sunny weather today, but, in the words of one Justin Platts, it has indeed got to be one of the most mismatched home openers in the history of the game. If the Astros are victorious at home, it will be a great opener to their year, for sure. I am eager to see what the Mariners are up against, so will be balancing that game with tonight’s season finale of The Walking Dead. With either TV event, someone’s going to die in a bad, bad way.