Thank God for the All-Star break
With the final week of the first half of the season done, the Seattle Mariners look to head home with their tails between their legs and hopefully rest their weary heads just a bit.
Since we are only sending one player to the annual All-Star game, this means a time for reflexion for some of our under performing players.
Well they are, but they just tend to go in the wrong direction after the All-Star break.
Let’s hope it’s the former, and not the latter that will be changing uniforms come the end of the month.
With that, I give you my top 10!
#10: Retro look is back
For the series finale matinee game in Oakland, the M’s and A’s donned their throw back unis once again.
The M’s in the now familiar red Rainiers garb, and the A’s sporting blue and red Oaks jerseys.
I’m beginning to like those old Rainiers uniforms, they have a nice subtlety to them that reminds me of a time when baseball was life in America.
#9: The injury bug hits Montero
Jesus Montero continued to miss time this past week with his concussion symptoms. It has been said that he will not need to be placed on the DL, but he did miss three straight games.
Thank goodness that the M’s have a plethora of catchers at their disposal at the major league level, so no roster moves were needed to be made with Montero’s set back.
#8: Ichiro on the move again
Eric Wedge is running out of spots to put his $18 million dollar man.
With the leadoff spot not working, after the three hole experiment, Wedge has now placed Ichiro into the two spot to try to generate some sort of offense with his club.
Dustin Ackley has been the one taking over the lead off duties now that Ichiro is hitting second.
At least Wedge is trying new stuff, you got to give him credit for that.
#7: Finally Noesi is sent down!
Maybe Jack Z has gotten sick of all the hate tweets that I have been posting about starter Hector Noesi, or, probably he’s just sick of him too.
Peguero is another piece of the puzzle that is supposed to help us get back into the AL West championship spot in the future. Hopefully this works out and Carlos stays up for the remainder of the season.
#6: Golden Spikes for Zunino
Okay, this isn’t officially Mariners news, but first round draft pick Mike Zunino was named the recipient of the Golden Spikes award for his final year at the University of Florida.
Another piece of the future to look forward to Mariners fans.
#5: Representing the future:
With all of this talent in the minor leagues, it really does make this season that much more frustrating for us fans knowing that the future of this team is so close, but yet so far away at the very same time.
#4: The departure of Noesi brings Iwukuma to the rotation
As always in baseball, bad news for one player equals good news for another.
In this case that good news goes to Hisashi Iwukuma, who will take over for Hector Noesi in the rotation once game play resumes after the break.
#3: Perfection ruined
On Tuesday night, the M’s were looking like the usual terrible team, being not only no hit, but also the victim of a perfect game by Baltimore Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen.
But, out of nowhere, luck looked like it was on our side for once.
My boy Casper Wells broke up the no-no, and the M’s actually came from behind to tie the ball game in the 8th inning.
But, as usual, our luck ran out when it mattered most.
#2: King Felix pitches gem before saying goodbye for a few days
What a way to be sent off to the All-Star game, too bad we couldn’t get the win for him though.
Felix Hernandez finished off one of the best month’s of his career in Oakland Sunday afternoon, on his way to Kaufmann Stadium for the All-Star game.
But in typical Mariners fashion, we could only muster one run for him, before we finally succumbed to the A’s in extra innings.
#1: Vargas looks great
A year and a day later, and Vargas still has it at the Colosseum.
A complete game by Jason Vargas, and the bats were awoken for the first time in days, as the M’s beat the A’s 7-1.
Vargas went the distance for the first time since he had done it 366 days ago in Oakland. He gave up one run on seven hits en route to the M’s second victory of the week.
Well there you have it kids, another week in the books, and another week most people would like to forget about.
But as the Futures Games shows, as well as the award to Mike Zunino, help is most definitely on its way, just when or how it will get here is yet to be determined.