Washburn went up vs Ervin Santana last night. Washburn pitched well enough for his team to win. He went 6 innings giving up 4 earned runs. From your #4 pitcher that is pretty decent in my opinion. What is NOT decent is getting only THREE hits through 8 innings against the other teams #4 starter. THREE hits people, that is just not acceptable against a guy like Ervin Santana. Johan Santana? Absolutely. But not Ervin Santana. Washburn gets a bad rap from people, me included. But let's give credit where credit is due. The guy has gotten ZERO run support in his last 2 starts.
This game was a disgrace in every aspect. The defense was terrible, namely Brad Wilkerson who made TWO completely ridiculous throws from right field he never should have made in the first place. One of those throws directly led to a run for the Angels. I will admit I was one of the people who really thought the Wilkerson signing could work out for the M's. And who knows, it still might. But for now the site of him makes me squirm. In 40 at bats so far this season he has only 6 hits and 4 rbi's and his batting average is sitting at a pretty gross .150. Time to sit the guy for a while don't ya think? His offense is terrible and his defense clearly isn't much better. While we don't have anyone offensively to put out there at least Willie B has good defensive skills and won't make boneheaded plays.
The only form of offense in this game game on a solo shot from Beltre in the 7th inning. Good for him, but what was the point really? 4 hits means nothing in this game. And if the Mariners don't start hitting with some consistency up and down the lineup they are going to be in trouble. They are a better team than this and I wish they would start playing like it so I can stop using photos like the one below to describe their effort.