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August 12, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Weaver’s gem

Jeff Weaver was absolutely brilliant today. Hard to believe it’s the same guy we all wanted to run out of town, isn’t it? Other than Felix Hernandez’s one-hit masterpiece against the Red Sox at Fenway Park and Jarrod Washburn’s three-hit shutout against Oakland, that was the best-pitched game by the Mariners I’ve seen all year (although I didn’t see Weaver’s other shutout, a four-hitter against the Pirates).
This one, a five-hitter, was impressive because U.S. Cellular Park is a launching pad, and the White Sox have some big sticks in their lineup (and some weak sticks, too). Weaver mixed his pitches, had great control (no walks, two hit batters), and toughened up in the rare instances that he was in a jam.
As I mentioned earlier, I think we’ve got to view Weaver now as a definite asset to the Mariners. Since coming off the DL, he is 4-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 12 starts. That’s good pitching, and good pitching for two months, long enough to not be called a fluke.
Yes, Richie Sexson hit a home run, his first since July 25, and he had some interesting comments about coming home to Safeco Field tomorrow. Sexson recalled the harsh reception he received on the last homestand, and felt others were treated harshly as well.
“I think everyone wanted to get out of there (Seattle) at that time,” he said. “It got real boo-friendly there for awhile. It seemed like everything we did was booed. I think everyone just needed to get out of there for a little bit.
“Hopefully, that will change when we get home, and it will be a little more positive atmosphere.”
Sexson did admit that he brought the booing on himself with his poor performance. I wasn’t at the Boston series, so I’m not sure how much other players were booed, but he definitely believes they were.
The homestand begins Monday with maybe the pitching matchup of the year: King Felix against Johan Santana. If you’re a baseball fan, that’s as good as it gets.
This will be my last post as guest blogger. I enjoyed it, but I’m sure you’ll welcome back the Master Blogger, Geoff Baker. Thanks for all the great debate. Over and out — until next time, at least.

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