All was good. It really was. A 2-2 won/loss record to start the season against Minnesota, went on the road to Oakland and swept them, only to come home and win 3 out of 4 against the perennial division winner Anaheim. We were rolling, the Detroit Tigers were coming in for some more of our crafty pitching, timely hitting. But on a Thursday night, the Angels stymied the offense for a win with a 5-1 outing. Ryan Rowland-Smith was hurt and Jakubauskas was called into duty. The offense was quite, but the Angels pitching was short of masterful.
Friday brought in the Tigers, and with a win of 6-3 all seemed to have been fixed. Another game with 5+ runs, the pitching holding the Tigers to 3 runs. Just what the doctor ordered. All wasn't perfect, Garcia did not look good, and if you recall Verlander had a no-no going into the 4th. But, as this short season has shown us, the Mariners didn't give up and battled hard. Saturday and Sunday, however, were welcomed with mixed results. Although on Saturday the Mariners lost, Bedard again pitched a brilliant game, commanding his pitches and not really getting into trouble, only to be out done by a rookie Edwin Jackson.
Sunday, my boy Silva was back on the mound. You see, the stock market is more stable than Carlos. Carlos put in a "solid" effort, going 5 innings, giving up 4 earned runs, one walk and unbelievably, no strike outs. So Carlos has started the year, 0-2, 6.35 era and 6 strikeouts. The fabulous one has run his brilliant Mariners career to a commanding 4-17 record. That's right boys and girls 4-17. If you want to look at it a different way, he wins on a clip of 24%.
Carlos Silva made $7,000,000.00. This year, boy wonder is slated to make a sickening $11,000,000.00.
So, by simple math, last year, Carlos pulled in $45,751.63 an INNING. What's worse, is if you project his outings vs salary this year, it balloons to $71,895,42. An increase of $26,143.79. This is highway robbery. Now I know some of you are saying, that is a product of the old regime, and you are correct, but what is the purpose of continuing to run out a stiff that produces mixed results at best and cant be counted on. Is our minor league system that thin that we cant do something else? Can we not package one of our 57 catchers (preferably Clement) and package Silva and some Little Debbie's Cosmic Brownies? Shoot, we're in Seattle, if needed to seal the deal, we could turn those suckers into Magical Cosmic Brownies without any trouble.
Its been determined that Clement is not the catcher of the future. It was said they need to find another position for him, since, one of the better snowjobs that has ever occurred in the Mariners organization, Kenji Johjima somehow was given a three year extension. Although Clement is off to a slow start this year, he was the AAA player of the year for the Rainiers, finishing the season with a .337 ba. He has solid power numbers, 17 doubles, 14 homers and 43 RBI in 47 games with Tacoma. I dont want to lose him, but, to get some youth, get rid of Carlos, I'm for it.
I'm not saying that all is wrong in MarinerLand. The season is long and there are bumps in the road. But the organization has said there is a retooling happening, I am just giving my Monday morning help. I'm just sayin