Erik Bedard On Display

CAUTION:  Fragile.

I’m not gonna go on and on here, but I would like to mention a couple of things.  First, tonight is Sonics Night at Safeco.  A lot of legends are going to be there.  Unfortunately, I won’t be in attendance (even though I probably should be); but I encourage anyone and everyone who was a fan of the Sonics to go.

Second, Erik Bedard gets the start after a month on the DL thanks to a knee strain.  Coming into this little sabbatical, Erik Bedard was one of the best pitchers in baseball.  That isn’t to say he can’t be that the rest of the way; it’s just that this is the absolute perfect timing.  Only the Mariners could have their prime trade chip get injured in the very month he’s supposed to be at his best.

I’m not expecting a whole lot, and I can’t imagine why others would.  He hasn’t pitched in a month!  He’s going to be rusty!  He’s going to labor through five innings and probably give up 2-3 runs.  He’ll either return to his early-season form over the next couple of weeks (regularly going 7 innings of dominant baseball), or he’s going to revert to his 2008 and 2009 form where he 5 and dives every time out as he struggles to stay healthy enough to take the mound.

Even if you’re a contending team and your mind is a little skewed by the enticing belief that this guy could help you win a championship, can you take the risk?  And at what cost?  Surely, not at the cost we could have commanded before he got injured!

I dunno.  If Bedard doesn’t completely fall apart (and that’s a big IF), Jackie Z’s going to have quite the job on his hands.  You can’t, you just CAN’T screw up another Erik Bedard trade like your predecessor.  For this organization to give up 5 prospects and end up with diddly squat … that’s an embarrassment worse than finding yourself nude in high school on the day of the big test.  Is that how the dream is supposed to go?  I have no idea, I’ve never had that one before.

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