Yes indeed, it was a walk-a-thon here in Tucson, Ariz. today, but the only charity recipients were the Arizona Diamondbacks. M’s pitching yielded 10 — count ’em, 10 — walks today, to go along with 13 hits by Arizona in a 14-6 drubbing. Combined with the split-squad’s 8-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., that’s a combined 22-7 score on the day. Looks bad in football, as well.
Anyhow, that’s five losses in a row for the M’s down here and their first sub-.500 record this spring (6-7) after a great start. But it’s spring training, where winning records often mean poor regular seasons, so, the M’s now have everyone right where they want them. Depth is becoming an issue for this team with so many players at the WBC. Not sure we can read all that much into what we’re seeing, so I’m not going to bother today.
Instead, here are some comments today from John Wetteland on new Mariners acquistion Chad Cordero. Wetteland was Cordero’s bullpen coach with the Washington Nationals a couple of seasons ago.
Hear our conversation by clicking right here.
“He’ll start hitters off at the knees,” he said. “He’s a guy that can change speeds. He pitches back and forth real well. He can change in any count. He comes up for effect great late in the count for strikeouts. And that’s how he really misses bats.”
March 13, 2009 at 4:57 PM