Watching the Bottom Line on ESPN today, I see that Miguel Olivo is 4 for 5 with 3 HRs in his career against Ted Lily, tonight's starting pitcher for the Blue Jays. So, naturally, Pat Borders got the start.
This game was definitely about offesne. It was an entertaing loss. Beltre and Sexson both homered, which is sweet. But for the Mariners this game was really about three bad pitchers. One who needs to go, one who needs to pitch once in a while, and one who will continue to receive venemous words from Mariner Magic.
The first is Aaron Sele. He's had a couple of nice outings, including a shutout against the Padres on May 22. But he was 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA over his last 4 starts going into tonight's game. Tonight he lasted 3 innings, gave up 6 runs on 6 hits. He also walked three guys. It's time to try something else with that spot in the rotation. A trade may happen, but for now I think it makes sense to bring up someone from Tacoma. Cha Seung Baek isn't exactly lighting up the minors, but he does have some major league experience, including a dominant performace last September 26th against the Rangers in which he went 8 shutout innings. Sele is old and isn't worth keeping on. It's too early to bring up Felix Hernandez. I say go with Baek.
After Sele was lifted, Shigetoshi "I pitch once every two weeks" Hasegawa came in. At one point Niehaus said, "that's five consecutive laser beams hit off Shiggy." Wow. Hopefully for Shiggy, he'll get traded to a team that will use him once in a while. I like him a lot, and still think he could be valuable to a contender that could use some bullpen help (can you say Boston?).
The third is Matt Thornton. He is garbage. I leave Matt Thornton out in the alley for pickup on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Two relievers have been DFA'd over the past couple of days. The first is Shingo Takatsu. He started the year as the White Sox closer, but hasn't panned out. I thought he may be worth considering for the M's, but then I looked him up and saw that he's OLD. The other was Alan Embree, the lefty setup man from the WORLD CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX (that one was for neddy ballgame). Again, Embree's not young, so not worth going after. But those are two Sox teams that could very well be looking for bullpen help. I've proposed Shiggy, but Villone could be enticing to either of those teams as well.
Scott Spiezio has one hit on the year. Even the kid in little league with coke bottle glasses whose dad made him play and sat on the bench reading got more than one hit during the year.