Prospect or not, he's the first guy the Mariners have trotted out this year that's gotten the respect of opposing pitchers.
After he took Sabathia deep Saturday, next at-bat CC walked him on four pitches with the bases loaded .
With the ship going down, the M's will give Bucky a shot the rest of the way. Hey, if you've got a bench spot just gathering dust anyway ...
Whoa! Calm down everyone. This reminds me of the Matt Riley Hype Machine. How many people picked up Matt Riley after the lengthy Matt Riley thread, only to see him currently at 1-3, 8.39 ERA, 2.04 WHIP. I'd suggest calming down a bit on Bucky and waiting to see what he does against a good pitching staff. Cleveland is 12th in the AL in ERA, 25th in baseball. It's only 3 games.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'
biju wrote:I really, really hope he's the answer to the Mariner's problems. I'm trying to not get too worked up about him, but with this season absolutely in the gutter why not give these guys a chance?
Oh, and to the guys that are saying he's too old to be a "prospect": I agree, but I believe the man he's going to replace was also a little old when he started full time in the majors.
his line from the minors is great:
AVG G AB R H RBI HR BB SO
.314 80 290 57 91 86 26 48 87
First the bases-loaded walk Saturday. Then, after an RBI single to start Sunday's game, Scott Elarton throws one at him (the pitch actually went behind Jacobsen), and four pitches later Bucky takes him outta the yard.
Hey, I wouldn't urge anyone to go Matt Riley with him, either (that was Elarton, after all). But he's having a big year, has a lot of confidence and has the cult-hero backing of the crowd. His 84 RBI in AAA are more than any two Mariners put together. Like I said earlier, if you have a bench spot that's being wasted ...