Notes from a box score… I think the early start caught us all by surprise. We all have jobs, or classes, or both. I caught the very end of the game on the radio and on the re-broadcast in the gym at work.
– Matt Tuiasosopo got the start at first. If they are going to play the versatile young infielder at first base they should have just put Mike Carp or Brad Nelson on the MLB roster, as it’s Tui’s versatility, not his offense that makes him valuable. Tui went 2-4 today, but also struck out twice.
– Brett Anderson gave the Mariners fits. He may be a good pitcher, but much like Felix Hernandez’s great opening day start, Anderson shouldn’t be judged in whole against an awful Mariners offense.
– Milton Bradley will hit lefties well, he got one of the Mariners seven hits today.
– Doug Fister came to the bigs with a scouting report akin to Carlos Silva. A high-80s “heater” with some movement, excellent control, questionable command. His three walks and 99 pitches in four innings are an indication that said scouting report may not make a successful MLB pitcher.
– The Mariners had no stolen bases, and didn’t attempt one. All that after six attempts (five successful) in their first three games.
– Thankfully, M’s lite, the Oakland As, are out of town.