Mariners Keep Winning, Now 2 Games from .500

I don’t want to alarm anybody here, but the Mariners are now 14-16.  To put that in perspective, we’re still in last place, but in the AL West that means we’re 2 games behind both Texas and Anaheim (and 1 game behind Oakland).

I swear to Christ, if the Mariners do one of the following – sweep this series and get to .500, move completely out of last place, or eventually just get to .500 – I am putting a God damned standings widget over there on the right side of the page and keeping it there all year!

This is the type of AL West everyone expected LAST year.  Instead, we got Texas running away with it, only to choke when it mattered most, but I digress.

The star of last night’s game is the rejuvenated Erik Bedard!  After throwing 33 pitches in the first inning, he settled down to go 7 strong (and, oddly enough, not giving up his first hit until the 6th inning).  That’s two games in a row where he’s gone 7; dare I say we’ve got the pitcher we were expecting in 2008?  If so, don’t look now, but that’s three high-quality starting pitchers to throw at the league …

Let’s breeze through the rest of the kudos:

Justin Smoak is a GOD right now.  3 for 4 last night with a double and 2 RBI.  This just continues to shine a light on my man crush that is Cliff Lee.  Without him, none of this would’ve been possible!

Don’t look now, but Jack Cust has his average up to .205 … I’m not saying that’s acceptable, but he’s no longer the worst guy on team.  For the record, it’s your turn to make the leap into the .200’s Brendan Ryan.

Unrelated to yesterday’s game:  Happy Rookie Of The Month, Michael Pineda!  Five more of those and you’ve got yourself a ROY.

Brandon League is 8 for 8 in save opportunities.  I don’t know what’s more surprising through May 3rd:  Brandon League is perfect, or Brandon League has actually had 8 save opportunities.

I haven’t seen Chris Ray in practically forever.  Whenever I’m able to write that sentence, you know it’s been a good day.  In fact, we haven’t seen ANY of the dregs of our bullpen lately!  No Ray, no Lueke (who’s now in Tacoma anyway), no Cortes (who was called up for Lueke), no Wilhelmsen.  Just a steady diet of Jamey Wright, Aaron Laffey, and David Pauley (who got the win last night).  FINALLY, a manager who’s not afraid to sit the struggling pitchers we all hate!  I think I’m falling in love with you, Eric Wedge.

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