There were some major things about yesterday’s game that need to be addressed. I am officially opening a venting post. This is not so much a game recap post as it is a way for me to just rid myself of pure anger. Lets take a look at some numbers shall we………… Kirk "Freakin" Saarloos over his last 6 starts has gone roughly 5 innings a start, and has struck out a combined total of 2 people. This season in 75 innings pitched Mr. Saarloos has struck out 21 people. Yesterday afternoon not only did Saarloos break his average innings pitched by throwing a complete game, but he struck out a 1/3 of his total strikeouts for the year. He struck out 7 Mariners. That is so unacceptable. This is a number 5 starter. He brings nothing mysterious to the mound. He doesn’t have anything dazzling. His game is to let his defense play behind him and let the bitters hit. Some would say he pitched a beautiful game, however I will not concede that. I feel it was more of what the Mariners didn’t do than anything else.
Richie, I love you man, but your performance yesterday was flat out embarrassing. You struck out 4 times man. That’s is totally unacceptable. You make it very hard for me to defend you to my friends and colleagues when you have performances like yesterday.
This type of thing happens to the Mariners more than any other team. How often do we see an upcoming match-up against a pitcher generally unheard of and then go on to see that Pitcher go 7+ innings of dominating baseball. Then follow that pitcher in his next few starts and watch him get lit up repeatedly.
Talking with Pete yesterday he brought up a good point. Perhaps it is our advanced scouting. I mean this happens all the time. Are our scouts just sloshed when they look at the opposing pitchers. I mean for 8 bucks a beer and the reports the Mariners are getting from their scouts we are way overpaying them!!!! Am I wrong here, am I the only one who thinks this happens to the Mariners an awful lot. And am I the only one who is sick of it?!?!?!?!?!
A second note concerns our pitcher Ryan Franklin. I know he is not a stud pitcher. But lets face it he is a number 5 and more often than not he pitches well enough to win. I am also getting tired of this guy getting ripped and beating in the press and in social mariner groups. Franky gets no run support and hasn’t for 2 ½ years. Franklin has been good about his comments about how bad the offense has been for his starts, yesterday I think he vented a bit. "I could've gone nine innings and given up one run -- doesn't matter, We'd still lose." Franky said. And you know what? Is that untrue? I don’t think so they guy gets a horrendous 2.36 run support per 9 innings. Don’t hate on Franky for his comments, He is a number 5 pitcher and a good one at that. He has every right to be frustrated with the lack of support he receives. He has kept his frustration in check for 2 years now let him vent a bit.
I want to hear what the Mariner Magic faithful have to say on both the Franky front, and the abysmal performance that was yesterdays game. It seems like every time they start to put things together they go and do this……………