The fuck? Bartolo Colon??? Really???
That game was going swimmingly until the bottom of the seventh inning. Mariners had a 1-0 lead, both offenses were being shut down so the game was going by super-quick. Had I been so inclined, I could’ve taken a 90-minute nap after this thing ended!
Then the bullpen rode in on its shit-colored horse and ruined the hell out of my morning.
I can’t argue with the logic. Eric Wedge got 6.1 solid innings out of Jason Vargas (2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts), there were a couple of right-handed bats coming up, why wouldn’t you bring in Shawn Kelley right there? He gets a fielder’s choice, then serves up a slider down the middle of the plate for the go-ahead 2-run homer and that was that.
It made just as much sense to bring in George Sherrill after that. A couple of left-handed bats, why wouldn’t you bring in your lefty specialist? 0 outs and 3 hits later (including a solo homer), Sherrill is out of the game and it’s Chinatown after that.
Using the bullpen was the smart move. They just didn’t get it done, plain & simple.
Of course, maybe if this offense actually came to play, we would’ve had a different ballgame. Justin Smoak had a solo homer to left and that was IT. Montero & Olivo got their first hits of the season (both singles) and Saunders worked a walk. That was the offense, those four guys. Pathetic, that’s all I can say about that. They made Bartolo Colon look like Felix Hernandez out there!
So, we’re 1-1. In two games, during the regulation-portion of those games (i.e. the first 9 innings) the Mariners have scored a total of 2 runs, both on solo homers. Suffice it to say, I’m SUPER excited about this team’s chances this year!
I can’t believe I woke up at 2am for this …