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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Grading Wakamatsu's first month


Dave Cameron with the early returns on Don Wakamatsu: No arguments here.

Perhaps, though, it's worth mentioning that the M's are currently 12th in the league in scoring, and that among their everyday players, only Ichiro, Russell Branyan (cough) and Endy Chavez (cough) are playing well, at all.

The bullpen's been solid, but the Mariners' success is primarily due to one thing: Erik Bedard, Felix Hernandez, and Jarrod Washburn are 8-2 with a 2.87 ERA. Bedard and Hernandez might keep it up; Washburn almost certainly won't (unless you believe Jonah Keri).

Does Washburn's likely regression mean the M's can't win? Not at all. Adrian Beltre and Jose Lopez are going to regress the other way (the good way), and I'm as optimistic about the Mariners' chances as just about anyone. Especially considering their division. And I don't think Cameron would argue with me. He's not saying he likes Wakamatsu because the M's are winning; he likes Wakamatsu's process rather than his product.

But of course the process always looks a little better when the product turns out nicely.