Well, I’ll say this about the weekend series: the Dodgers might have won the series 2-1, they might have out-scored us 16-6 and out-hit us 25-17, but it still feels like the Mariners won this series, just by generating that no-hitter on Friday.
That probably won’t make Blake Beavan feel any better, though, because he’s just about finished with this team.
- Today: 2 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 6 earned runs
- June 5th: 5 IP, 10 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 6 earned runs
- May 30th: 6 IP, 8 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 5 earned runs
Now, I don’t want to say a guy is going to be demoted for three consecutive bad starts, but Blake Beavan is turning into a guy who can’t be trusted to keep your team in a ballgame. After what was a nice, if not all that great month of April (where he had a 3.60 ERA and the team was 2-2 in his starts), he has fallen off the map in May and now June. His ERA has ballooned to 5.92, the team is 3-5 in his last eight starts (one of those being the 21-run explosion in Texas), and frankly, his strikeout numbers leave a LOT to be desired.
The guy doesn’t do anything well, except I guess throw strikes (avoiding walks in the process), but he doesn’t miss any bats, so you’re talking about a guy who needs precision location to keep his mediocre fastball from being served to the outfield ticket-holders. MAYBE, if he had even a semi-decent out-pitch (like Vargas’ change-up, Millwood’s slider, or Felix’s anything) you could have confidence in his ability to bounce back from a poor stretch like this. But, Beavan doesn’t have much of anything.
Too good for AAA, not good enough for the Major Leagues. My solution: trade him to a Japanese team for cash considerations. And bring back Erasmo Ramirez and make him a starter already!