I didn’t make it to the scrimmage at Husky Stadium today and I didn’t feel like devoting a full post to the Mariners loss so I’ll just combine the two keep things brief.
First, the Huskies. It should come as no surprise that the freshman running back, Deontae Cooper, was the star of the day. He has been the Huskies best running back the entire spring (Chris Polk is sitting out with a shoulder injury). Today he rushed 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries. The backup running back job won’t be decided until the start of the season but Cooper has the early edge in my opinion. His style is similar to Polk’s in that he’s a downhill runner.
Locker had a decent day in ugly conditions. The backups appeared to struggle but sometimes stats don’t tell the whole story.
Jesse Callier, Nate Fellner, and Alameda Ta’amu sat out today. Unfortunately, Callier may be out for the rest of the spring. He also has impressed this spring.
Now, for the Mariners. I was okay with last nights loss because they really didn’t deserve to win that game. Today was a little different. I don’t get to up and down with my emotions throughout a baseball season but today would have been a nice game to have. The M’s fought back and, to their credit, got 2 runs off a pretty good pitcher, Jenks, in the 9th. Then, Aardsma came in and showed why some people don’t want him to be our closer. I think he threw more fastballs down the middle than Fister threw all game. Granted, Aardsma throws harder than Fister but he doesn’t get a ton of movement and was facing major league hitters. Just because you throw hard doesn’t mean you don’t have to locate your fastball. He didn’t and he got beat. I think he’ll be okay going forward and I’m not jumping ship yet but he scares me and will continue to scare me no matter how many saves he gets.
Hero: Doug Fister. Yep, he was fantastic again. He needs to be in the rotation. Right now he looks like Greg Maddux. Seriously. He’s throwing his fastball a ton and why not? He’s putting his fastball exactly where he wants it and is getting some good left to right action on it. Right now that’s a well above average pitch.
Goat: David Aardsma. Read the paragraph above. He was pretty awful.
- After I called for Wak to move Lopez out of the clean-up spot the other night he’s done some good things. I’m still not crazy about him there but at least he’s had a few decent at-bats.
- The play where Byrnes kept the ball in the ball park caused a mix of emotions. On one hand I’m thinking, dang it Byrnes , why didn’t you just catch it. On the other hand, that was an incredible play just to reach the ball. He was high on that fence and did save a run. All in all, it was a good play but really weird.
- I hope Milton Bradley comes back soon.
- I saw Byrnes drop more F-bombs today than I’ve said in my life. He’s annoying but at least he cares. He did get screwed in the 9th inning when he beat out the throw to first but was called out. That really wasn’t very close.
- Don’t get too down about this. There is another game tomorrow. And Cliff Lee has a rehab start in Tacoma! Take the good with the bad, things are still looking up in Mariner country.
- Casey Kotchman keeps hitting the ball hard. That double in the 9th was smoked.
That’s it for today! Thanks for reading.