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May 20, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Getting offensive

Nice to see the Mariners put up seven runs again, even with a full third of the regular offense sitting out. Make that “especially” with a full third of the offense sitting out. One thing I’ve noticed since coming over here last September is that the Mariners use their bench a whole lot less than most teams in the majors. I mean, it would be hard not to notice.
There were times last week when I wondered why the Mariners had even bothered making the Jason Ellison deal. I mean, Ben Broussard already plays less than the average Ellisons of the world and if anything, I’d be looking for ways to work him into games more.
At this stage, I’d rather have kept Rey Ordonez to spell Yuniesky Bertancourt at shortstop a little more. Betancourt is not the same guy I saw in the field at the end of last season. He makes spectacular plays, but he’s also missed quite a few more than would have seemed routine — in his class at least — at the end of 2006. Glad he got a night off. He’s been hitting for more power and he certainly bulked up in the off-season. Wonder if that’s had anything to do with it. Still a fine shortstop, but should not be playing seven games a week. Maybe five.
Bottom line, the Mariners have too many consecutive days coming up and they will have to start employing the backups more often. I wouldn’t mind seeing Richie Sexson sit two days a week if it means he’ll hit .262 instead of .162. We’ll see how this little experiment plays out in the short term. Just keep in mind, most teams do it this way.
The Mariners will need to keep that offense consistent since the first place Angels have figured out how to score runs. Remember that thing about a five-game win streak? They’re getting close. M’s have to win behind Felix Hernandez today. They really have to.

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