Felix Hernandez and Jarrod Washburn were humbled in their last starts, and now the Seattle Mariners are set to unveil their well-rested weapon – Jeff Weaver – against the San Diego Padres on Saturday.
No one, from the Mariners to the Padres to Weaver, knows quite what to expect.
Best case scenario is he pitches well into the seventh inning and becomes what the team hoped he’d be when it signed him in January – a dependable inning-eater who keeps you in a game.
Worst case scenario? A mediocre start that is neither good enough to win nor bad enough to take him out of the rotation.
Weaver is confident, and has reason to be. He’ll be paid a lot of money whether he pitches well or not, and if he’s released by Seattle, another team will likely take a chance of taking him for the major league minimum, pro-rated.
The Mariners are more curious than confident.
Unless Weaver shuts out San Diego, it’s unlikely he’s going to win back many Mariners fans.