The Mariners may have been swept in Cleveland, but is the team still going in a positive direction? Tom says the losses this weekend can be pinned on a bad Felix start, a shaky Iwakuma start, awful relief pitching and some poor defense. The long struggling offense came to life and it lack of run support wasn't the soul reason for losing (but Colin points out their RISP average could still be improved). Also, how do we rate GM Jack Zduriencik's evaluation of hitting prospects? It appears only one hitter has panned out at this point (or the others are taking way too long to develop). Does he have a "type" when it comes to drafting hitters?
Colin looks at the Indians roster and sees many similarities between what they are doing and what the Mariners are trying to accomplish. They don't have any real breakout all-stars, but a bunch of solid everyday young players supplemented in the right areas with veteran free agents. Plus a caller rips Tom.
The veteran players the Mariners brought in are probably not a long term option for the team moving forward, but is there something that can be taken from having that veteran presence on the team? After a disaster of a series like this in Cleveland, can the veterans keep it cool in the clubhouse and turn things around in Anaheim?