Mariners beat Angels 9-8February 25th, 2013 by terrybenish
There are many things to observe and even more things to talk about re: blogging and linking to Mariner stuff.
After four games the Mariners are 3-1 and the one loss was given by Hector “leaving Seattle in a cab to Tacoma” Noesi who could not get out of the first inning last Friday.
There was a great piece about spring training results over the weekend in the UssMariner blog by Dave Cameron…the results do not necessarily track with season stats and results. So far though there are some fun guys to watch. This should be said though before all other things are said, noted and rosters put together.
There is more talent in this spring training camp since the early 90s. I wish to shout that Zduriencik would let go of who’s been paid what and let them play to make the team. Just so much talent…one more time, just so much talent, ready and nearly ready. Plus we have all Jack’s winter bashers here too.
Zunino and Hicks are very, very good. Club has more money invested in Zunino obviously, but Hicks can really play, better arm. On the flip side to this Jesus Montero is struggling. Gained weight and really is markedly different as a receiver. Shoppach is a good major league catcher, with experience. Paulino reminds me of a Macy’s Day float.
Smoak is hot. He’s in the fight of his life. So it bears watching.
Ackley had a triple today, bp video’s look markedly different than last summer. Seager is the best of the group already to majors. It is my humble opinion that both Brad Miller and Nick Franklin will be better shortstops, all around than Brendan Ryan. Yet Ryan hit a bomb today. Nice battle.
Saunders is a Bavasi hold over and I think he might have a monster year. Wells is doing well.
Bashers are good, mostly Morse and Ibanez and Morales will do well. Bay I’m not sure about. Had a great first game, scuffled today, so it will be good to see how he comes back.
Of the young pitchers all have done well or especially well, Walker, Paxton, Maurer, Ramirez, Hultzen and Beavan. The power relievers too are off to a good start.
Old guys: Bonderman was bashed around today. Jon Garland and Joe Saunders coming up.
No conclusions yet, but lots of guys that bring smiles to your face.