Seattle has finalized its 25-man roster in time for the regular season. The team will go with a five-man bench: Willie Bloomquist, Miguel Cairo, Jamie Burke, Mike Morse and Charlton Jimerson. Burke is the backup catcher, Bloomquist the versatile utility infielder and Jimerson the speedy defensive outfielder.
Cairo is a caramel version of Bloomquist and thus a complete waste of space on a major league team. Morse, who hit a sizzling .462 during Spring Training, is expected to platoon against left-handed pitchers for RF Brad Wilkerson.
Memo to the Mariners: Wilkerson, a left hander, hits better against left-handed people.
vs RH: .245/.351/.449
vs LH: .265/.363/.456
Meanwhile LF Raul Ibanez struggles against southpaws.
vs RH: .293/.355/.497
VS LH: .261/.313/.395
These points have long been made by the M's blogopshere. Management continues to ignore them. Fans will suffer as a result.