Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/30/12
Where’s Wild Thing when you need him? It’s only the second game of the season, and the Seattle Mariners bullpen is already looking shaky. They completely imploded Thursday morning, giving up 3 runs—on 3 home runs— across 1.2 innings. With such an ugly game, against such a weak defense, it’s hard not to worry. Here are five more reasons why we should be scared. 1. No Setup Man The M’s complete lack any kind of setup man. They’re relying on Shawn Kelley and Tom Wilhelmsen in that role, with George Sherrill ready to support. Kelley has always looked to have good stuff, but it’s never transferred to the MLB level. At 27, this is a make or break season for him. Wilhelmsen was great in Wednesday’s game, but the 28-year old has never had much of a ceiling. Sherrill is a total pipe dream. He had a bounce back 2011, but that was pitching for the Braves in a weak hitting NL East. 2. Where’s the Swingman? The back end of the Mariners rotation is not designed to eat up innings. Blake Beave...
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