Where do we go from here?

July 1, 2010 at 5:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

At this point, the Mariners are 13.5 games behind the Texas Rangers. During their 6-game winning streak, they managed to lose half a game in the standings. If that isn’t a sign that this team isn’t going to the playoffs, I don’t quite know what is.

Eventually, Cliff Lee will be traded. It’s going to be sad, because we’re going to lose one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. I’m not going to speculate the haul that we’re going to get for him. People say he’s going to the Twins. Others say he’s going to the Yankees. Some say he might go back to the Phillies (lol). I only hope that they’re prospects that are almost Major League ready, and will be an impact within a year or two.

So what do we have left for this season? Once the shock of Cliff Lee being gone, we can only go up. Felix is looking to be back to his normal, dominating self. Russell Branyan is back hitting dingers harder than he hits his wife. Michael Saunders is slowly coming around to being some pretty good talent. Erik Bedard is almost back. Michael Pineda is in Tacoma and has already done really well in his first two starts. Jose Lopez will soon not be wearing a Mariner uniform. Dustin Ackley has a really good OBP in AA. There’s a lot to look forward to.

It’s always possible for the Mariners to compete next year. The Rangers will probably be just as strong next year, but there’s no telling what will happen. Right now, our biggest weakness remains catcher and shortstop. Rob Johnson will always be terrible, there’s no way in hell Josh Wilson continues this success next year, and Jack Wilson  is made of Styrofoam. We’ve solved first base for next year, with Branyan having a mutual option. Left field could be Saunders’ domain next year if he continues to improve at this rate. Milton Bradley is still signed on for an additional year, and despite missing some pitches, he still has his bat speed and his power.

I honestly haven’t gotten a clue what the hell the Mariners are going to do for their offseason. I hope the Cliff Lee trade yields a proficient catcher, an up and coming starting pitcher, or maybe a power bat. Either way, Pineda should be ready for next season, which gives us a Felix-Pineda-Fister-Vargas-Mystery 5th pitcher rotation, which makes up for the fact that we’re losing Cliff Lee 😦

I just hope we start winning a few more games and this unlucky team just becomes watchable again.

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