I feel like, when a few Mariners get traded, Mariners fans still have an interest in how those players perform. At least, I know I do. If I hated the guys, I’m hoping they go on to fail miserably (Carlos Silva). If I don’t necessarily agree wholeheartedly with the trade, then I hope they fall apart so we don’t look like dopes for trading a sure thing (Brandon Morrow). And, if I like the guys, I kinda hope they do well (though, if they get traded to Boston or the Yankees, I hope they do well while their teams go downhill … Erik Bedard).
Even though there’s all this interest among Mariners fans, it’s pretty obvious that the local media does a pisspoor job of giving us occasional updates. I get it, they have a lot on their plates as it is. Following a Major League team full time comes with a lot of responsibility; they don’t have time to be pouring over all the box scores of every team the Mariners have ever dealt with. In that sense, maybe someone should start a blog devoted to following only the ex-Mariners (or, only the ex-Seattle players). Not the worst idea in the world. If you decide to run with it, give some credit where credit is due, huh?
In the meantime, here’s a quick and mostly uninformed look at the three guys the Mariners traded at the deadline last month.
Doug Fister – My boy went out in his very first Tigers start and did what he does best: limit teams to two earned runs or less while going seven innings or more. Specifically, vs. Texas, he went 7 and gave up 2 earned runs. AND, he got the win for only the fourth time this year (against 12 losses in spite of a sub-4 ERA). His next start was in Cleveland and involved a massive rain delay that kept him to 2 innings pitched (with 2 runs scored) in a game they would go on to lose (more on that in Pauley’s paragraph). Fister came back in Baltimore and got messed up to the tune of 5.2 innings, 8 runs (6 earned) on 12 hits. He took the loss and the Tigers are currently 1-2 in his starts.
David Pauley – So far he’s pitched five times. He pitched in the 7th inning of a win against the Rangers (getting 2 outs while giving up 0 runs and getting a Hold). He pitched in the 7th inning again three days later, getting a bogus blown save because he gave up the tying run the starting pitcher put on (in spite of the fact there was a pitcher between him and the starter who gave up a hit while getting nobody out). Four days after that, in extras in that Doug Fister rain delay game, Pauley got the loss in the bottom of the 14th by hitting a batter with the bases loaded (loaded because he gave up a hit and two walks beforehand). He came in the next day, in a rout of a losing effort, and ate up some innings ineffectively. Finally, in Fister’s latest defeat, Pauley came in right after, going 1.1 innings of shutout ball. Have they lost confidence in Pauley already? Well, he was never really a true 8th inning guy in the first place, but I still hope he turns it around.
Erik Bedard – So far the Red Sox are 1-2 in Bedard’s starts, though he’s only 0-1. His first game was a no-decision defeat where he went 5 and gave up 3 (while still working to increase his pitch count). He still got 5 K’s and 0 walks, so that’s not bad. The next game, he went 5 and gave up 2 (increasing his pitch count by 20) in a no-decision victory. Finally, in his latest game, he went 6 and gave up 1 earned run (with 2 unearned runs). That was a loss, as it appears the Sox aren’t producing with their bullpen for our boy. In 16 innings, he’s got 17 K’s and only 4 walks. Bedard is looking a lot like the kind of guy the Yankees should have overpaid for.