The Mariners had an off day, and I had an off day of sorts as well. That won't be happening much again soon. So big thanks to my bosses at the TNT for giving me a little time today.
Jeremy Bonderman didn't have an off day. He threw in a minor league game to keep on his normal rest.
Here are his numbers ...
- 5 innings pitched
- 24 batters faced
- 1 run allowed
- 5 hits
- 4 strikeouts
- 76 total pitches
Jackson Generals radio announcer Chris Harris was at the game and postedthis blog
I have no idea what this does for the race for the starting rotation. Eric Wedge just isn't dropping any hints about this race.
If I had to pick it ... I'd go with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Erasmo Ramirez and either Blake Beavan or Jon Garland. I would try and convince Bonderman to start the season in Triple A with a contract buyout on May 1 if he's not on the big league team.
It will be a big night on Thursday with Jon Garland pitching against the Cubs. This could be an important start for him in this competition.
Meanwhile down in Miami, Chone Figgins has been released. My guess is Figgins will have to sign a minor league deal and go to Triple A if he wants to keep playing. But he will also be making $8 million this season. For as petulant as he could be, I really have no ill will toward Figgins. He wasn't good. He didn't know how to handle it. But he also made $36 million from the Mariners for doing almost as much as a batboy does for them. I hope he figures it out. It doesn't seem likely though.