A Paragraph With The Mariners – 21

All right, so I’ll go ahead and take the blame for putting the HUGE whammy on Gutierrez, thanks to my comments last Friday. After dabbling with words like “Most”, “Valuable”, and “Player”, Guti went out and posted an 0-5 with 3 strikeouts that night. Then he went 1-5 with 2 strikeouts on Saturday, and followed that up with his best game of the series by far on Sunday: 1-3 with 2 walks, the only RBI of the game for the Mariners, and only 1 strikeout. Since apparently my praise is kryptonite to these guys, I’ll refrain from mentioning Mr. Douglas Fister and the fact that he’s been far and away the best starter we’ve employed this season. I’ll REFRAIN from that, because he’s been Mr. Douglas “Hard Luck” Fister the last couple times out, with pair of 8-inning gems blown by an underachieving bullpen. I don’t expect that to last (the bullpen troubles), but I also don’t expect the other to last (Fister’s 1.29 ERA) either. It’s too bad though. He really should be 4-1 right now. It seems like pitchers go through Calendar Streaks. Every once in a while, they have a month that’s just tremendous; followed by maybe a month down the line that’s Carlos Silva-esque. Since Fister’s last start was in the month of May, I’ll assume he won’t be falling apart any time soon. Still, know that I’m rooting for the guy; I’ll just reserve any overly kind words, lest I want my Greg Maddux comparisons to appear foolish in retrospect.

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