• Did anybody notice that Delmon Young can hit? Neither did we. The most impressive thing is his ability to take what is given to him. Lots of power hitters refuse to give in to pitchers, waiting for their pitch. As with many young hitters, Delmon is agressive, and most pitchers and managers take advantage of that by feeding them a healthy dose of breaking pitches on the outside half of the plate. Young just keeps pounding those pitches into right field. It usually takes a player two years to learn how to do that and many players never learn it. Is there a whole in his swing? Only time will tell, but we don’t see one yet.
  • Joe Maddon hopes the home crowd won’t boo Delmon when he makes his debut at the Pit.
  • After having Freddy Garcia hit Delmon Young and being critical of the stares coming from Young, Guillen gave Delmon the ultimate praise, calling him a “future hall of famer.
  • Did anybody notice that the Rays stole a bullpen from another team yesterday? After Jason Hammel gave up a 2-run home run to A(ss) J(ack) Pierzynski, the bullpen came in and retired 13 of the 14 batters they faced. Where the hell did that come from and did it turn back into a pumpkin at midnight?
  • Ty Wiggington missed his final rehab test as both games of a double-header were rained out in Durham, but he is expected to rejoin the team and be in the lineup for tonight’s game. No word yet where he will be in the lineup, but our guess is either second base (to give Jorge Cantu a day off) or first base, with Kevin Witt at DH.
  • Joe Maddon used Carl Crawford at DH and may do so more down the stretch to give him some rest. He also may have Delmon Young sub in centerfield for Rocco Baldelli.
  • The rotation is full of AAAA-level talent, and the bullpen’s down to…a bunch of guys who probably couldn’t pick themselves out of a lineup. The downside of this is that the team’s going to allow a bunch of runs before the end of the year. The upside is that we’ll learn a lot more about certain guys than we would’ve if things were different. Sound familiar? That is not a quote about the Rays pitching staff. It is a quote about the Mariners staff
  • Another similarity? The Mariners are the second youngest team in baseball.
  • The Mariners have won 7 of 9 despite their loss to the Angels on Wednesday night. Of course Tuesday’s win was more painful as Rafael Soriano took a line drive off the head from Vlad Guerrero. We aren’t sure how pitchers don’t shit themselves when standing that close to Vlad the Impaler.

Probable Pitchers
Friday, 7:15 et
Seattle Gil Meche, RHP (9-8, 4.56)
Devil Rays James Shields, RHP (6-6, 4.59)

Saturday, 7:15 et
Seattle Cha Seung Baek, RHP (1-0, 4.22)
Devil Rays J.P. Howell, LHP (0-1, 7.53)

Sunday, 1:15 et
Seattle Felix Hernandez, RHP (11-12, 4.54)
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (6-6, 5.33)



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