A Paragraph With The Mariners – 11

7-2 on the homestand. 4-0 in Felix Hernandez starts. 9-7 overall. And a relatively easy 6-game road trip to Chicago and Kansas City just ahead. After that 2-6 start, I couldn’t be more pleased. Yes, the schedule gods have smiled kindly upon us so far – we haven’t been playing many world-beaters in our first 16 games – but we also TCB, especially at home. And that’s what good teams have to do, when they’re dinged up or otherwise. Felix looked particularly nasty last night going all 9 innings in what has quickly become a frothing-at-the-mouth quest for this year’s AL Cy Young Award. By all accounts, if this were any other pitcher on the team, David Aardsma would’ve been in there last night to pick up the cheapie save. But, this is Felix, and that was Baltimore. Ergo, the first of what is hopefully many Complete Games for Felix this year. On the hitting front, wasn’t a lot to get from Kevin Millwood (why do I get the feeling he’s an active leader among pitchers who get 8-inning Complete Game losses?) last night, who has lost considerable MPH from his fastball. Still, he gutted it out, only giving us one real good scoring chance. Fortunately, we made the most of it, getting 4 in the 4th thanks to – of all people – Jack Wilson and his bases-clearing double in the gap in right-center field. Any time we get production at the bottom of the order (4 of our 6 hits came from the bottom three in Tuiasosopo, Rob John-son, and Wilson), you might as well chock this team up for 8 or 9 runs. Of course, the only reason we didn’t last night is because the top of our order – really, our four best hitters – went 0 for 13. By the by, don’t look now, but Casey Kotchman is coming alive. Russell The Muscle WHO, motherfuckers!

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