This week we have Taylor and Griffin from the Mariners Blog- SoDo Mojo. Let’s make sure to go over there and give them hell when David Hernandez out-duels Cliff Lee.
1) The M’s swept the O’s a few weeks ago, what has happened to the team since then?
Oh boy, so many things. Felix hasn’t looked good, the offense has completely fallen apart, Mark Lowe has gone to the DL, Milton Bradley has gone to the RL, and Jack Wilson is day-to-day. It’s been an extremely tough week in which seemingly nothing has gone right for this team. The fact that this roster has so many fixable issues hasn’t helped, but man they’ve just looked awful.
2) How well does this team play on long road trips?
It’s a little bit early to say, but they haven’t looked real good on the road as of yet. Having so many games strung together is tough too, as this team is carrying more than it’s share of injury prone players
3) Can anyone not playing the OF hit the ball?
Sure, Kotchman has impressed his critics with some monster home runs, and I have no doubt that Chone Figgins will start to put up his usual numbers (any day now, Chone…). Lopez’s 25 home runs last year was a fluke, but he also shouldn’t be hittingthis poorly. And as to our DH tandem — they couldn’t hit the ball if it was the size of a watermelon.
4) You guys have Cliff Lee and King Felix going against the anemic O’s offense. How does this team not win the series if not sweep it?
I’d be shocked if the Mariners somehow managed to lose this series with both Lee and Felix going, but I’m not so sure about a sweep. Ryan Rowland-Smith has looked really bad thus far, and while I’m not convinced yet that anything’s seriously wrong, the O’s might just have a good shot at taking a game.
5) With Adam Jones hitting .220 and Chris Tillman back in the minors, have the fans forgiven the M’s for the Bedard trade yet?
No. Chris Tillman is a stud, Kam Mickolio could still end up a star reliever, Adam Jones won’t keep hitting .220, and George Sherrill is exactly what the M’s need in their bullpen right now. Bill Bavasi screwed up our organization so badly that even Jack Zduriencik is having a little trouble fixing it.
Extra Credit- A-Rod used to be so cool as a 19 year old playing for the M’s and now he is arguably the biggest douche in baseball. How does this happen?
I don’t know. I like A-Rod. Sure, he cheats on his spouse and whatnot, but a lot of professional athletes do that. He just happens to be a big name and he doesn’t handle the spotlight as maturely as he should.