tradedollarnut, on 12 May 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:
And another today...
Meanwhile, the M's suck. Their hitters suck, their starters suck, their relievers suck, their bench sucks. Other than that - what's not to like???
The M's record
may suck ...
not that anyone with any realistic expectations expected it to be fabulous (with 7 or 8 rookies ~I've lost count~ and thirteen players on the Opening Day roster that have never been on one) but, there's plenty to like for those who understand learning is happening on-the-job and evaluations are being conducted in-season. Not the optimal situation but, we are where we are, so not much to do but accept in and enjoy the kids' progress ... or find another interest.
Ackley (coming around since moving to lead-off), Jesus (fun to see if/when he'll live up to the hype), Carp (starting to heat up since coming of the DL) Seager (showing he's a capable and versatile major leaguer), Saunders (started off hot with his new approach - hopefully he can get back to it), Liddi (shown some flashes), Wells (need to see more)
while a team ERA under 4 isn't stellar, it doesn't suck
Felix and Vargas definitely
Bevan is off to a rough start
Noesi is making good adjustments in his first year as a big league starter.
OK, Millwood sucks
ERA as a group than less than optimal but, most who have at least 10 IP have more K's than H's (something to build on)
Luegte, the rule 5 guy, has yet to allow a run
League has been inconsistent but, still has 8 saves for a team with only 15 wins
Liddi and Jaso most definitely haven't sucked (both hitting nearly .280)
Kawasaki's never going to light it up with the bat but, he's very useful as a PR and isn't scary to put at SS
Wells hasn't had a lot of chances with the bat (but great late inning defensive replacement with a great OF arm)
DEFENSE has been sterling
love, love, loving it!
From here, we see who learns, who progresses, who succeeds and who fails.
Then they call upon then next round of hopefuls from the farm and keep culling.
Then there's the draft...
This coming off season may be the most important one of Jack Z's career, as he uses the evaluation of a year-full of youth to access and fulfill need via signings and trades.
This post has been edited by lisa mariner: 13 May 2012 - 10:27 AM