After another hum-drum loss at home to the Twins (on Ichiro Bobblehead Night? The hell you say!), I turn to the least-exciting race in baseball: the race to the Number 1 Pick in next year’s draft. On June 17th, we were the 3rd-worst team in the majors, slightly ahead of Pittsburgh and 7 games ahead of Baltimore. By July 12th, we were 5th-worst ahead of Cleveland, Baltimore, Arizona, and Pittsburgh (in some order). And now, on August 28th, lo and behold we’re back to being 3rd-worst! 4.5 games up on Baltimore and whopping 7 games up on Pittsburgh (Arizona is only a half-game ahead of us, with Joe Saunders in the fold, so we better watch out; they’re comin’ for 3rd-worst!). The best thing we have going for us is Baltimore’s hard-charge out of the cellar thanks to Buck Showalter really lighting a fire under those kids. See, that’s the kind of late-season damage you can do when you field a team of youngsters! Eventually – hopefully – they get it, it clicks, and you start seeing more positive results. Pittsburgh will be a tough nut to crack though. Either way, it’s pretty safe to say the Mariners won’t be signing any Type-A Free Agents this offseason. No, there aren’t any Stephen Strasburgs out there; but then again the Phenom Himself recently acquired a taste for Tommy John and his miracle surgery. So, I guess retroactive thanks are in order for Yuni and the gang beating up on the A’s at the end of 2008? Ackley seems to be coming along nicely.