George Sherrill’s elbow mystery and Bartolo Colon’s dominance

The Seattle Mariners put George Sherrill on the DL with a bad elbow and have brought up Charlie Furbush.

Charlie Furbush

Charlie Furbush (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Mariners say that Sherrill has a strained flexor. That may account for his poor performance this season. In  1.1 innings he has allowed 6 hits, a walk and 4 runs with an ERA of 27.00. But that does not account for their statement that his elbow has bothered him since spring training. If he had a bad elbow then, why did they continue to pitch him? In the spring he pitched 5.6 innings, 6 hits, 4 walks, but 7 strikeouts, allowing 5 runs for an ERA of 8.44.

It may be a bad elbow, but then it could be the Mariners, like many teams, are playing games with the DL. Teams have used the DL in the past to hide players who are struggling. Bad elbow sounds good. Again it could be true, but why did the Mariners wait so long if they knew about his elbow?

On the other hand, in this case the right hand of Bartolo Colon, Mariner fans were frustrated by the home opener as Colon, a nearing 40 pitcher with a barrel chest and sagging stomach dominated the Mariners.

Bartolo Colón

Bartolo Colón (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But it should not surprise when you consider Colon has 16 career victories against Seattle, more than any active pitcher. And what is really impressive is that in Safeco Field Colon is 10-1 with an ERA of 1.91. So Seattle’s lack of production Friday night was not the problem, they just can’t hit this guy, no matter what year, or what team they put on the field. They need a new scouting report.

As far as Seattle’s lack of production and hitting this year, which seems much like 2011, it is not as bad as one would think. Consider that as I write the batting average of all American League teams is .239 and that Seattle is hitting .238, which means they are an average hitting team. At least at the moment.

There will be plenty of time to panic, complain, moan and groan later. I will let you know the appropriate time.


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