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May 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Tampa Bay Rays are in town. Statistically, except for defense (though not behind by very much, if at all), the Rays are better in every aspect at this point. If we looked at stats alone, you could say that the Mariners are going to be screwed this series. You could probably be right.

However, one of the great things about baseball is that an awful team can beat and sometimes sweep a team. This was proven by Red Sox getting swept by the Orioles this season. The Red Sox are having a little early-season blues, and that sucks for them (not that I really care), but for all intents and purposes, have a pretty well built team.

This brings me to my next point: the Mariners have a chance to come out with one, maybe two, and possibly three wins out of this series. The possibility they win all three is highly unlikely. Chone Figgin’s BABIP is under his career average. Milton Bradley has slowly started get warm and after his cold start. Adam Moore has been getting hits. Jose Lopez usually sucks in the first few months of the season (or at Safeco in general). In the flip side, Gutierrez’s bat is regressing, Jack Wilson will probably never be a good hitter, and the DH position hasn’t produced a home run yet. This offense won’t score a lot of runs, but it’s the best we have until Jack mades a trade or something.

The Mariners are still in this. They can still win the division, even after getting swept by the Rangers. Don’t panic. April is a bad predicament for what will happen during the rest of the season. Unless you’re the Cleveland Indians, in which case, you’re screwed for quite some time.

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