After tonight”s 3-2 win over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays with our Ace taking the ball tomorrow, the question once again arises as to whether or not the Mariners can manage to finish the 2012 campaign at or above .500? With a record of 69-74 the M”s have already surpassed last year”s win total by two which of course is only a slight improvement but I”ll take it.
This season is winding down rapidly and with Texas and Baltimore up next on the schedule this could be the last time when we get to pat ourselves on the back for improving in 2012 and kick around the finishing at .500 concept, only time will tell. It is apparent that we have good starting pitching, great defense, and a solid bullpen going into 2013 but as usual the big question is the offense. Now don”t get me wrong we have improved slightly in the offensive arena, especially my guy who went 3-5 again tonight and leads the club in both the home run and RBI category with 18 and 81 respectively. In fact Seager played only 8 games to many last year and had 52 to many AB”s or he would be eligible for discussion in the rookie of the year debate though it would be hard to imagine anyone beating out this year who also played last year but did not reach the 45 game or 130 AB”s threshold.
Overall this year has been easier to watch than the last two, though I”m thinking we still need to bring in the infamous “Big Bat” that we routinely howl for here in the Seattle during the winter months but usually end up without this elusive offensive piece we need to compete. I am hopeful that with the 18 million dollar salary of Ichiro”s off the books we may be able afford at least a mid-range veteran that could hit .280 and 25 homers next year to give the ammo he needs to put a winning team on the field for us fans.
I want to mention that I will be in New York this weekend taking a bit of a holiday before heading to Casablanca for a Maritime conference and thus I am heading to Yankee stadium Sunday for the Yankees-Rays game. This should be quite a setting and for me it will be my first time at the new Yankee stadium. I will try to take a couple of photos and post them here or via my twitter account fo those of you who like myself want to experience a pennant race even vicariously!
I”m going to go out on a limb and say we somehow finish right at .500 this season and not making it till the very last game against the Angels on Oct. 3rd which I plan to attend…..What do you think? Go M”s http://jeffsmariners.com