Friday, May 13, 2005

DGS Thru May 12th 

Yikes!!! Since my last update of Mariner "Darned Good Starts" on April 30, the Mariners have proceeded to turn 12-11 into 13-21. Suffice to say, darned good starts have been few and far between during this stretch. Joel Piniero had one in a 3-2 loss to Oakland. Gil Meche turned in a debatable one in a 5-2 loss to the Angels and a Quality Start in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees. Ryan Franklin's Quality Start won us our lone game. Jamie Moyer(3) and Aaron Sele(2) have become synonymous with Ugly Start in this period.

Pitcher (Darned Good / Quality / Ugly, M's record DGS , M's record QS, M's record US)
Ryan Franklin (4/4/2, 2-2, 2-2, 0-2)
Bobby Madritsch (0/0/1, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1)
Gil Meche (4/3/3, 2-2, 2-1, 0-3)
Jamie Moyer (5/3/3, 4-1, 2-1, 0-3)
Joel Pineiro (3/1/2, 2-1, 1-0, 0-2)
Aaron Sele (4/3/3, 3-1, 2-1, 0-3)
Mariner Total (20/14/14, 13-7, 9-5, 0-14)
So, from having 16 out of 23 darned good starts, we have fallen to 20 out of 34. The totals truly indict the offense, in that we have not won a single game if the Mariner pitchers don't put in Darned Good Start, and even those we are only winning at a .650 clip (a little LESS for Quality Starts).

The good news is that Gil Meche seems to be turning his season around, and Ryan Franklin is doing a commendable job. With the slide that Moyer and Sele are on, it may be worth a rotation shakeup, if for no other reason, then to have these two avoid the Yankees and Red Sox again.

Bring up Jorge Campillo for a start, or heck, give Ron Villone a spot start. Another thing that would be nice is to change it so that there was someone who threw a little more smoke between these two. But please don't subject your fans to another Aaron Sele vs the Yankees matchup on Monday.

Frankly, its time for Aaron Sele to go. These statistics through seven starts are pretty telling.
IP: 35.2
H: 44
BB: 18

That is nearly two baserunners allowed every inning he pitches. Even his darned good starts have been fraught with peril. The Aaron Sele of 2001 left his stuff on an operating table. It is time to move on and see what the future holds. Both Felix Hernandez and Jorge Campillo have shown that they can handle AAA hitters. Campillo has further shown that he has mastered his control with 6 walks allowed in 36 innings, and with 27 strikeouts).

Call up Jorge Campillo for Monday's start against the Yankees, and designate Aaron Sele for assignment. Its time to move on, and get back to winning and Jorge Campillo is ready to help.

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