Can the real Kevin Millwood please stand up
Okay, I know that the headline is a little used up, but seriously, who in their right mind would think that Kevin Millwood would ever flirt with a no-no again in his career?
I sure as hell didn’t, and I’m probably not the only Mariners fan thinking on that same wavelength. But here it was, Friday night in Colorado, Millwood took a no hitter into the 6th. He didn’t get the no-no of course, but did have an excellent performance in a two-hit shutout as the Mariners took the first game of three by a score of 4-0.
This was not the only highlight of the week, but it did merit headline status.
And with that said, I give you my top 10!
10: Interleague play is back
After the way we played in Colorado this weekend, it’s almost a shame that the Houston Astros are coming to the AL, instead of us going to the NL.
9: Ackley swipes home
For more on this story, check out my My oh My! column this week here.
8: Olivo back in action?
Miguel Olivo told the Mariners mid-week that he was ready to start his rehab stint to prep for his return to the lineup. He finally did get that rehab start on Monday night, going 1-3 with AAA Tacoma Rainiers.
7: Bullpen back to their old antics
What can I really say about the M’s bullpen that hasn’t already been said. Whatever the problem seems to be, it needs to be more than just addressed, it needs to be fixed!
6: Tough road trip
If it hadn’t been for the stop in Colorado, the M’s would’ve come back home on a bit of a sour note. But thanks in part to a team effort in the Mile High city, we finished a very tough road trip with a 4-6 record.
5: Kyle Seager making it hard to keep him out of the three spot
4: Liddi playing anywhere he can
Another up and coming youngster, Alex Liddi, who has been kept out of the starting lineup due to veteran players, keeps finding his way into the lineup, plugging holes wherever Wedge needs him to.
Liddi made his first start in left field this past week.
Don’t expect him to find a permanent home there though.
3: Ackley leading spark
One of the reasons for the recent influx in run production is Dustin Ackley leading off. A spot that once belonged to Chone Figgins, who couldn’t get a hit if he were paid for it, is now getting production.
Lead off men set the table, giving a chance finally for the big bats behind them to drive them over, and then in.
It’s a simple equation, but for some reason, we have had a terrible time figuring it out.
2: Millwoods gem
At the age when most people are now becoming grandparents, Kevin Millwood decided to finally show his new club the reason why they gave him that shot at prolonging his career.
Taking his no-hitter into the sixth inning was probably something that took the whole stadium by surprise, Millwood included.
1: Sweeping the Rockies under the carpet
The sweep. One of the most exciting occurrences in baseball. And one that the M’s seem to pull these out of their you know whats right about the time everybody writes them off.
It doesn’t mean anything if we can’t continue this hot streak in the up-coming week against AL West foes Texas, and L.A. though.
These are the teams we need to sweep.
But a sweep is a sweep, and a win is a win.