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May 4, 2007 at 10:48 AM

Mariners getting chances

Think that first-inning near-meltdown by Daisuke Matsuzaka last night was a break for the Mariners? It sure was. They didn’t capitalize, but the New York Yankees have handed them several more opportunities this weekend, especially when it comes to the mound.
Seattle fans are fretting about Jeff Weaver getting another start tomorrow. But things aren’t so great for the Yankees in this series either. Tonight, they’ll be forced to trot out Kei Igawa, otherwise known as the poor man’s Dice-K (impoverished is more like it) from this winter’s Japanese auctions. Igawa was so bad at spring training, there were thoughts of shipping him off to Class AAA after $46 million was spent on his services. He was demoted to the bullpen a week ago, then saved his butt with a stellar relief outing. Can he keep it up? Who knows? but he’s no Mike Mussina. Yes, the Mariners tried very hard to get Igawa. Jason Schmidt as well. Some things work out for the best.
Moving on, after the M’s are forced to suffer through Chien-Ming Wang on Saturday in a real mismatch against Weaver, the level of difficulty subsides considerably against none other than Darrell Rasner. Who? Yeah, that Darrell Rasner. Joining the likes of Ron Guidry, Catfish Hunter, Don Larsen, Whitey Ford and other arms to don Yankee pinstripes, we have Rasner. Rumor has it he tossed five innings in a major league start once. Here’s a brief summary of his young career to date. Yeah, he’s had his moments. But he’s no Andy Pettitte.
Then, we’ve got the guy pitching Monday’s finale, the one, the only Matt DeSalvo. Sure, he’s been highly touted at some stages. But I’ll use this mention from one of those “Fire Joe Torre” blogs to let you decide. The “mental problems” part grabs your attention in a hurry. Hey, best of luck to him. But he’s no Phillip Hughes.
So, cheer up Mariners fans. Things aren’t all that bad. The team is 12-11, a half game out of first place and that stinker last night only counts for one loss. Let’s at least wait and see what happens tonight before hitting any more panic buttons.

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