The Mariners just finished their second sweep of the Angels this year. No I didn't follow this game, which has become a habit lately for me, but it turns out Yuniesky Betancourt was the hero. Betancourt is like Charles Gipson version 2.0. Actually, he's like a combination of Omar Vizquel's defense, Carl Crawford's speed, and Gipson's bat. I wonder if Ricky grew up hitting balls against a wall and then immediatlely fielding them.
That's win #64 on the season. The M's won 63 all of last year, and there are 17 games left. So say they go 9-8 the rest of the way, that'd be a ten-game improvement from last year. Hmmm....is that worth getting excited about? Doesn't feel like it. But, these games they are playing do have meaning. The Angels are in first place, and taking 2 out of 3 from the A's last week (I think...who the hell knows) is pretty cool too.
There's something to be said for learning how to win. A strong finish could carry into next year. Maybe 81-81 next year and in playoff contention in 2007? Or not. Who knows. What a garbage team.