steroid Posted April 2, 2006 Share Posted April 2, 2006 Hitters Must Be Consistant Seattle WA. - Over the last few months of the off season, the Mariners have been dumping payroll as much as possible. Unloading major busts like Adrian Beltre and Raul Ibanez to the Indians for prospects Andy Marte, Frank Marotta and J.J. Bies. But they didnt stop there, no way. They kept up the frantic pace as veteran after veteran were traded away for prospects. Now we all know that prospects are just that, prospects, right? There is no guarentee that you have a keeper in any trade. As there is the case that the guy you trade away becomes a Major League All Star. The Mariners are counting on the latter. J.J. Bies gets a triple in a spring training game against the Indians earlier this month. J.J. Bies: "I think we will be fine. I just wanted a chance to start everyday. I cant compete with Grady, hes a much better all around player than I am. Im not a power hitter, Im an all gaps hitter. I like to hit to all fields, steal bases and bunt. I think for us as a team to be succesful this year, we are gonna have to play small ball." The Mariners are counting on Bies to set the table so the big bats can knock him in. Most problematic for the Mariners this year will be run scoring. A lot of talent, but unproven talent. With speed burners like Bies and Johnson, they will have base stealing threats. Power from both sides of the plate with Elliott, Gunn, Valentine and Takacs. Defensively, they will be as solid as any team in baseball. Pitching will be the question mark that has to be answered this spring. They have loads of talent in the pen, but will it be enough to tame the likes of the Rangers, Angels and the A's. All 3 teams have improved immensely this year, so it will take alot for the Mariners to compete in a division this strong. The 4 Hosemen: Robert Gunn - Upper, Chris Takacs - Upper bottom, Ronnie Valentine - Lower top, David Elliott - Lower bottom The bright spots this spring have been the surprise power from the Four Horsemen. If the Mariners are going to score runs, they will need production from these young hitters. Robert Gunn: "We are only as good as our last game, baby! We need to keep a focused mindset when we go out each and every game." Chris Takacs: "Not much we can say about anything until the first pitch is thrown. Then we can start to see what we need work on, and what we are improving." Ronnie Valentine: "You guys and your nicknames. I just have to laugh because I've never had a nickname or belonged to such a group of guys like these. Its just a good feeling to know that we are going to be together for a while and watch how each other developes." David Elliott: My main concern is our 2 strike hits, and can we get the clutch hit to drop in. If we can do that consistently, we should be able to compete with anyone." So from Mariner camp, signs are telling us that we might be in for a long season. We will just have to wait and see how these guys play. As much as i have liked the trades and watching this team take shape, I would hate to see the confidence break after a 10 game losing streak. Elliott said it best, consistency will be key and can they get the big hit when they need it most. I just hope they are not an over glorified AAA roster. - T.B. Seattle Times Sports Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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