||10.4 (7th)||5.1 (9th)
This is not a must win series per se, but it is a pretty important one. Get swept and Zduriencik should start making trades for 2010. Sweep and we even up records with the Angels and probably gain a game on Texas leaving us still long shots but long shots with a soft June schedule.
Of course we are far more likely to neither sweep or be swept which would not change much at all, though a 2-1 series loss still knocks at least one foot over the edge. We are pretty big underdogs in this series and research has shown that for underdogs to win, they need to play their own game and take more high variance risks so I think we should go for it on every 4th down of this series and pull the goalie. Rob Johnson sucks anyways.
Remember last series when I remarked how we played the Giants at home and managed to still perform at a below average level? Well, we just played the Athletics and managed to still perform at a below average level. We faced the Athletics offense and our pitchers got worse.
It's too early in their seasons to talk much about either John Lackey or Ervin Santana, though Jeff did point out something worth paying attention to on Sunday afternoon.
With the end of the month approaching and an installment of the report cards looming, I'm going to pass on looking into the Mariner starters this series as well.
That leaves Matt Palmer. Matt Palmer isn't very interesting. Sorry.
THIS SERIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Company. Petaluma, CA
Lagunitas' 12th anniversary brew. Has a clear auburn body with a nice thick slightly off white head with great lacing. Aroma is clear and unambiguous hops paired with an expectantly bitter taste, well balanced with malts to give a creamy palate.