06/11/08 9:37 AM PDT
|Seattle Mariners||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ichiro Suzuki - CF||David Eckstein - SS|
|Willie Bloomquist - 3B||Joe Inglett - 2B|
|Jose Vidro - "DH"||Vernon Wells - CF|
|Raul Ibanez - "LF"||Matt Stairs - DH|
|Jose Lopez - 2B||Lyle Overbay - 1B|
|Jeremy Reed - RF||Kevin Mench - LF|
|Richie Sexson - 1B||Brad Wilkerson - RF|
|Kenji Johjima - C||Marco Scutaro - 3B|
|Yuniesky Betancourt - SS||Curtis Thigpen - C|
|2008 - Felix Hernandez||4-5||13||13||1||0||0||0||88.0||85||33||30||7||36||74||3.07||1.38|
|2008 - Shaun Marcum||5-3||13||13||0||0||0||0||85.2||59||26||24||9||24||71||2.52||.97|
We've talked a lot about how the Mariners' bad team defense makes the pitching staff look a lot worse than it is. But while you'd think the opposite would be true for the Blue Jays, make no mistake - their rotation is awesome. tRAs by starter: Burnett (3.76), Halladay (3.11), Litsch (4.97), McGowan (3.94), and Marcum (3.55). For the sake of comparison, the best on the Mariners belongs to Felix, who comes in at 4.68. Toronto is using the recipe the Mariners thought they had to play like one of the better teams in the AL, and unless something goes awry, they should be around for the long haul. The AL East is a complete monster.
Marcum, by the way, totally rocks despite a fastball that couldn't touch 90 in a fighter jet. Change speeds, Felix. Your heater isn't as good as you think it is.