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This Is Not What We Had in Mind at All

by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Apr 8th 2008 3:35PM by Josh Alper
George Sherrill was an afterthought in the offseason blockbuster that sent Erik Bedard to Seattle. Toolsy outfielder Adam Jones was the real prize and Sherrill, until then a lefty specialist, wasn’t expected to have anything resembling the impact of either centerpiece. We’re just six games into the season but the deal’s been a boon for Baltimore and it’s all because of Sherrill.
He’s four-for-four in save opportunities, three against Seattle, and hasn’t allowed a hit thus far. The Seattle bullpen, meanwhile, has racked up a pair of losses while trying to cover for the injured J.J. Putz and Bedard had to be scratched from a start thanks to an inflamed hip. Surely this wasn’t what the Mariners, mired at 2-5 in the early going, had in mind.

The biggest question about the Bedard deal was if the Mariners were really as close to contending as they thought. They outperformed their expected record by a wide margin last season and may have misinterpreted their win total for their actual ability. It’s a small sample size, of course, but the Mariners don’t look markedly better than last year’s team.

The Orioles, on the other hand, should be quite chuffed. Again, small sample size, but their offseason makeover has borne some sweet early returns. Luke Scott leads the AL in hitting, Sherrill looks set as the closer and they’re 5-1.

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