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Wilhelmsen makes Mariners final 25

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 29, 2011 at 11:01 am with 13 Comments »
March 29, 2011 11:03 am

General manager Jack Zduriencik just made a press-room appearance to clarify the last roster move setting up the Seattle Mariners opening day 25-man roster.

In: Rookie right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, who has never thrown a pitch above Class A – and who didn’t pitch professionally for nearly six years.

Out: Left-handed pitcher Cesar Jimenez, who had such a poor spring (9.82 ERA) that he sailed through waivers and has now been outrighted to the Tacoma Rainiers.

That makes it 25 – and here they are.

Rotation (5) : Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Doug Fister, Erik Bedard, Michael Pineda.

Bullpen (7): Brandon League, Chris Ray, Josh Lueke, Tom Wilhelmsen, Aaron Laffey, Jamey Wright and Daid Pauley.

Catchers (2): Adam Moore and Miguel Olivo

Infielders (6):  Justin Smoak, Jack Wilson, Chone Figgins, Brendan Ryan, Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriguez

Outfielders (4): Milton Bradley, Michael Saunders, Ichiro, Ryan Langerhans

DH (1): Jack Cust

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  1. FewWords111 says:

    Well…this would not be the first no-name line up to really make some noise in the west. That being said it is going to be a tough year, not as tough as a 100 loses but we are going to struggle for a .400 year in a REALLY great west division. Weakness abounds…catcher, bullpen, closer. Since pitching is WEAK we are going to need to generate a lot of offense…not so much looking down the list. Strengths…starting pitching. Really great to see Bedard in the line-up it has been a long time coming. I like him more and more everytime I see him. Early season is going be TOUGH until pitching gets off pitch counts and we can keep the bullpen out of the game. Hitting, clutch hitting, hitting with runners in position is all going to suffer mightily.

  2. Larry Larue says:

    few – can’t disagree with anything you’ve said. come back more often!

  3. jchawks08 says:

    I see about 6 or 7 ‘If’ scenarios that could possibly pull this team to near .500.
    I like Olivo being a veteran catcher anchoring down the pitching staff. And he can actually hit. Outside of Safeco..
    Some new exciting talent; Smoak, Pineda, Lueke, Kennedy (LOL), j/k about Kennedy.
    I am trying my best to remain optimistic here. Go M’s.. sigh..

  4. Larry Larue says:

    jc – hey, it’s close to opening day, and the mariners haven’t lost a game that matters yet. will they be better than a year ago? marginally, yes – but they should improve as the season wears on and changes are made. can they be .500? odder things have happened …

  5. scottftlc says:

    I have to agree that it appears as if last place is already penciled in…though I don’t the West is all that great a division. I think Texas is weaker this year and I’m not sure that L.A. is all the way back from its down year. Oakland looks, surprisingly, like they could be the best team in the West. The West is obviously weaker than the East…but I think they could be weaker than the Central as well, with Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit all looking as if they have some potential.

    Bedard is a key, if he is healthy and Pineda is ready then the Mariners have as good a rotation as there is in the division. Man, they need Aardsma back desperately though to deepen the bullpen, which looks overmatched without him there. Chris Ray could be a surprise sleeper…and with Aardsma back could work out as the 7th inning guy.

    But that lineup is going to strike no fear in anyone’s heart…not even Silva would fear them. Pray that Smoak develops and is for real. Pray that Saunders can figure it out. Pray they can find a way to de-humidify Safeco…I dunno. They aren’t going to score very many runs.

  6. Hey Larry. So who is the odd man out when Franklin Gutierrez is back and healthy?

  7. scottftlc says:

    …oh…and Ackley – they need him up, and HITTING.

  8. Larry Larue says:

    chi – depends who’s hitting. if saunders is hitting, it helps his case. ryan langerhans, is a dependable fourth outfielder more used to the job than saunders. just hard to see them moving saunders down if he’s finally hitting.

  9. gonefishin69690 says:

    .500 or not. I just want to see them actually PLAY this year. 2009 they didn’t win the division but they were at least fun to watch! Last year was dismal!

  10. BigSwingingRichard says:

    The Mariners look like a team that could somehow finish worse than fourth in the division. The real pennant race for the Mariners will be with the Pirates for the worst team in all of baseball.

    It’s gonna be close…..

  11. Here’s my take on the upcoming season (and RIDICULOUSLY excited that Opening Day is just a couple days away!)…

    The starting pitching should be even better than last year, IF Bedard can stay healthy and give them 6+ innings each time out. Vargas and Fister should match, or better, their numbers last year. Felix will be Felix, and Pineda (although on an innings limit, I’m sure) will have good and bad moments, and probably end up around .500 with an ERA around 4.00. That’s going to put them in line to be the best SP staff in the AL West (I’m not sold on Oakland’s young kids just yet, esp. with injury history).

    The bullpen is going to be a question mark, but if they can keep their heads above water until Aardsma and Kelley return, I like their chances to be a good ‘pen in the second half.

    Offensively, well, things CAN’T get any worse than last season, right? Going down the list, Ichiro will have a “typical” year for him, which is All-Star caliber. Figgins looks to be more comfortable, probably a combo of moving back to 3B and being in his second year with Seattle. If Figgins can combine with Ichiro at the top of the order to occupy the basepaths and create some havoc with their wheels, things will look a ton better for the M’s offense. A wild card, as usual, will be Bradley. I just don’t know what to expect from him, and therefore have no expectations. Whatever he gives us is a bonus, in my opinion (for $12 million…but still better than having Silva!). Cust should be pretty much in line with his career numbers, so somewhere around 25 HR’s and a threat in the middle of the lineup, with tons of walks and strikeouts. I can live with that, at least pitchers fear him enough to pitch around him a lot. Smoak is going to have a good year I think. .280, 20 HR’s, 85 RBI’s…you heard it here first. Olivo is going to be marginal, which is lightyears better than the production they got at the position last year. Ryan/Wilson are going to be similar players offensively, and both should be better than average defensively. Maybe Ryan’s injury last year hurt his numbers and he rebounds to where he was in ’09, which would be nice, but we’ll see. Saunders, I think he is the key to what this offense can do this year, especially early on. If he hits, they should be able to be at .500, maybe a bit above. If not, then we are looking at .500 being a good season.

    I hope they figure out the deal with Guti asap. He’s a GREAT defender and seems like a really good teammate. Stomach issues are tough though, and when he eventually comes back he will almost certainly take awhile to get up to full strength. When that happens, and as long as they don’t expect him to be a 3-4-5 guy, he should perform well.

    My prediction is that Bradley and Wilson perform well enough to draw interest at the trade deadline, Saunders hits enough to lock up the LF job when Bradley gets traded, and Ackley takes over at 2B sometime around June 1st…and promptly hits .300 over the second half of the season!

    Go M’s!

  12. docpepsi says:

    There is no way this team is as bad as the Pirates. The west will be pretty competitive though so I can’t predict making the playoffs. I do see a .500 team here which will be quite nice after last seasons fiasco. Go Mariners!
    How ’bout them Blazers, heh!

  13. I expect the starting pitching to be the team’s strength, & the bullpen the biggest weakness; even more so then the lack of offense.

    .500 is not out of the question, but i expect that would be case case scenario.

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