Salami sandwiches and a moldy BLT
Welcome to the ninth edition of the State of the Seattle Mariners update for the 2012 regular season. In these weekly updates you will find all the information and news regarding the Seattle Mariners Baseball Franchise.
Upcoming Match Ups
The M’s are headed back on the road to take on the Texas Rangers for the second week in a row. After the three game set the team will enjoy a day off after playing in 20 straight games in 5 cities.
Then it will be a weekend series against the White Sox.
The M’s didn’t play terribly on this home stand but due to some unfortunate and highly improbable circumstances they ended this week 3-4 and parked in the basement of the division.
The Mariners are now 21-29 for the season which honestly isn’t that bad considering the expectations for the franchise this year.
The Good News
“Justin is Smoakin.”
Although Justin Smoak only got six hits this week three of those were for home runs and he tallied 8 RBI against some tough teams.
It seems he is finally starting to act like the middle of line up guy they need him to be.
Team work. The past few years of Mariners baseball has been to watch players try to salvage their numbers enough to be used as trade bait while the team continued to suffer.
This year there is a different vibe as everyone seems to be contributing to the objective. It may not look like much now but it is really encouraging to see guys that care about the team and not just their numbers.
The Bad News
Brandon League. After blowing another game and costing Seattle a much needed win, Eric Wedge announced that League has lost his role as the closer for the time being.
This move doesn’t come soon enough in my opinion. Dispite the 9 saves he has notched on his belt he has not shown he deserves this job in the slightest.
Hopefully the competition for his job leads him to get motivated again. They should have dealt him last year.
For a good read on the closer position for the M’s read my colleague Jared’s post here titled The Mariners Brandon League: The good, the bad & the ugly.
Chone Figgins. Choke Figgins is still on the team. That’s all I have to say about that.
Roster Moves / Trades
Catcher Miguel Olivo was activated off of the 15 day disabled list. To make room for the veteran catcher a roster move had to be made and all sites were locked on Chone Figgins who in his bench role over the past month has had 1 hit in 28 at bats leaving him with an average of .036.
I don’t expect this move to last long as Wells is already tearing it up in triple A and is obviously ready for Major League play.
Franklin Gutierrez began running drills this week but is really limping along (pun intended) in his rehabilitation process. Digestive issues, such as Guti was diagnosed with last season means your body isn’t getting properly nurished and joint problems, such as what he is experiencing in his shoulder and heel are indicators of this fact.
Guti is not likely to ever be back as a major contender in the league.
M’s in the Community
The M’s continue to implement their d.r.e.a.m. (drug-free, respect yourself and others, education, attitude and motivation) a presentation offered to local schools.
The decision to keep Chone Figgins may indicate that there is at least some value to another team for the struggling veteran. While any move Figgins is tacked onto would likely see the M’s paying the majority of his over inflated salary the next two years any return in the form a prospect of help with the salary from another team is better than nothing.
Albert Pujols used his time in Seattle to get hot. Lame.
What’s on tap this week?
|5/29/12||@TEX||L 2-4 5/28/12|
|5/30/12||@TEX||L 2-4 5/28/12|
|6/1/12||@CHW||L 4-7 4/22/12|
|6/2/12||@CHW||L 4-7 4/22/12|
|6/3/12||@CHW||L 4-7 4/22/12|