A Paragraph With The Mariners – 92

Boy, this Mariners team looks to be breaking records left and right (though, the ultimate record of Most Losses In A Season seems to be pretty safe). This time? Most runs given up by a Mariners pitcher in a single game (Ryan Rowland-Smith, tied with Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer with 11). Something tells me RRS won’t be joining the ranks of the Big Unit and the Ageless Wonder anytime soon. This looks to be the final straw here for my favorite pitcher, but then again I’ve said that a few other times this year to the same effect. But, let’s face it, after a beating like that, you’ve GOT to send him down, if for nothing else than to preserve whatever microscopic shred of self-confidence the kid has. Let him go down to AAA. Let him regain command of the strike zone. Let him pummel on some hacks for the next month. Then, bring him back in September and give him every opportunity to try to catch fire out of the bullpen. This is going to be interesting to see play out. Likely, this defeat last night was his last start in a Mariner uniform. It might have been his last start in the Major Leagues, though I’d be less inclined to bet on that. Looking back over his starting career, any success he saw in abbreviated seasons the last two years were rife with him getting into and out of jams. This year, he seemingly hasn’t gotten out of ANY jams. So, we’ll see. Going into next year, we have Felix, Vargas, and probably Fister. Michael Pineda will certainly get a shot and if he’s anywhere near as dominating in Spring Training as he’s been in Tacoma, he’ll likely crack the #5 spot in the rotation. I have no doubt that Jackie Z will go out in the offseason and pick up another veteran or semi-veteran starter. Meaning that the only way RRS makes the squad next year – besides showing remarkable improvement over this year’s Nagasaki – is if Fister falls on his face. The odds are long for RRS. It starts now with ass kicking in AAA. (by the way, record for most losses: the Cleveland Spiders in 1899 with a 20-134 record; most losses since the 1960s: the ’62 Mets with a 40-120 record. It’s like Ron Fairly said: “Everybody wins 60 games and everybody loses 60 games; it’s what you do with those other 42 games that determines your season”).

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