Thoughts, lists and other compulsive bits about baseball from comedian filmmaker television producer/Red Sox fan Paul Francis Sullivan....
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It's nice to see the Mariners in full "Wreck the rental" mode
It's safe to say nobody is monitoring Cliff Lee's innings. The Mariners know they are putting their ace out there for the highest bidder and what better way to up the asking price than showing he can give 9 innings and kick some butt?
That means 4 of his last 5 starts have been complete game victories. Hell, if the Mariners trade him to an American League team, he might wind up winning the AL Cy Young award.
The Mariners are going to squeeze every inning out of him. He's in full "What do we care? He's just a rental!" mode.
Ironically the last time I saw "wreck the rental" from a team, it was the Milwaukee Brewers when they had Cliff Lee's ex teammate and fellow Cy Young winning Indians lefty C.C. Sabathia and seemed to pitch him 5 times a week.
Enjoy the Pacific Northwest, Cliff. You'll be somewhere else in 3 weeks.