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August Mailbag

I’ve wanted to do a mailbag ever since I started my website in April. The dream was obviously very slow to develop, since this is my very first one almost four months later. I’m excited to finally put one together! I’m hoping to do at least one mailbag a month from here on out.

I called for your questions yesterday and you responded…or at least a few of you did. You could have asked me anything, but you stuck to sports. That’s totally cool! That way I stay out of trouble.

Without further ado (no, it’s not adieu)…here’s the August mailbag:

I think the Seattle Mariners firing Don Wakamatsu is a joke. Jack Zduriencik is more responsible for the “baseball team” ( I use that term loosely ) they put on the field. Rant aside, what needs to be done to return the team to respectability?    — @CammyandCarter (Chris Hill)

I don’t think Don Wakamatsu deserved the axe either. The guy overachieved with a crummy lineup in his rookie season last year, leading the Mariners to a 85-77 record. It’s not mind blowing until you remember that the biggest bat in the lineup was journeyman Russell Branyan (.251, 31 HR, 76 RBI).

I know he wasn’t canned for his performance last year…it all falls on this seasons epic failure. Expectations were high after the M’s made some massive moves in the offseason, especially inking Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins to free agent deals. In theory, that gave Seattle a one-two punch in the lineup (Ichiro and Figgins) and in the rotation (Lee and Felix Hernandez). The whole thing never worked out though. Lee was injured for the first month of the season, Figgins never got his bat going (and he’s played really sketchy defense lately), Ken Griffey, Jr. finally realized how old he was and retired, and the Mariners quickly tumbled to a 42-70 record. I could have listed 500 more things that have gone wrong for the M’s this year, but not one of them would have mentioned Wakamastu. Unfortunately, someone needed to take the fall and he was the guy. I personally think Jack Zduriencik and the owners need to reassess how to build a winner.

I like the idea that pitching and defense win championships. In reality though, it should be really good pitching and flawless defense win championships. As of today, the Mariners pitchers rank 15th in all of baseball with a 3.98 ERA, 14th with 1,005 hits allowed, and 28th with only 678 strikeouts. As for the defense, the M’s are 25th in the league in fielding percentage (.981). They’ve committed 79 errors this year. Not nearly good enough to carry a team anywhere.

When you sacrifice offense to focus on pitching and defense, and the pitching and defense fail, you get the 2010 Seattle Mariners. The M’s rank dead last in almost every offensive category imaginable. The scariest stats: they’re hitting just .236 as a team with 67 home runs (they’ve played 113 games). That’s embarrassing.

So, in a very long-winded way to answer you’re question…the M’s need to change their philosophy to return to respectability. The starting rotation isn’t all that bad (thanks to Doug Fister and Jason Vargas shocking the world), but the bullpen needs to be destroyed and rebuilt. Keep Brandon League and let everyone else walk away for all I care.

Most importantly, the Mariners MUST bring some real power into the lineup. I’m not talking about the Milton Bradley’s of the world. I’m talking about an All-Star calliber bat or two. Take a look at the Texas Rangers. There’s danger everywhere you look in their lineup (Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, etc.). Russell Branyan leads Seattle with 14 home runs this year, but he’s only hit four of those with the M’s (the others came for Cleveland). Small ball worked in 1986, but it doesn’t work in 2010.

What Pac-10 team should dominate the conference this year? Who will occupy the cellar?    — @IdahoRocks1 (Rod Wieber) 

I don’t think one team will dominate the Pac-10 this year. I think it’s going to be a lot like last season with several teams in contention in the final weeks of the year.

I don’t get to fill out an official Pac-10 preseason media poll, but this is how mine would go:

I’ll take Oregon to win the title. They are overloaded with talent (even without quarterback Jeremiah Masoli) and they appear to be hard to beat. The big question is if Chip Kelly can keep control of his kids. The Ducks offseason was riddled with trouble. If they stay together, Oregon will play for the Rose Bowl this season.

I think USC will finish second. I don’t have much faith in Lane Kiffin until he really proves something to me as a head coach. I think the Trojans can fall off the map if they run into some early losses this season. Without the potential to play in a bowl game, many of the players might not have the drive to finish close games.

I’ll pick Oregon State to finish third (they always seem to be hanging around late in the season), Washington fourth (all the hype surrounding Jake Locker has to be for real, right?), Stanford fifth (even without Heisman Trophy winner Toby Gerhart (I refuse to accept that he didn’t win college football’s top award last season)), Arizona sixth, California seventh (I almost picked them to finish above Arizona), UCLA eighth (maybe just because I hate Rick Neuheisel), Arizona State ninth, and, as much as I hate to say it, Washington State to end up dead last again.

There are way too many question marks for the Cougars. With that said, I think Wazzu will be much improved this season. They have more depth than they’ve had in several years, stability at quarterback (Jeff Tuel will be the starter…I just pray he can stay healthy behind a weak offensive line), and a head coach that finally has his own players in place (this is Paul Wulff’s third season in charge…we’ll see if all of his recruiting has paid off). The result: four wins for WSU in 2010 (Montana State, Southern Methodist, UCLA, and Washington).

I love the college football season and I can’t wait for it to start. We’ll see how much of a prognosticator I am in December.

How do you think Gonzaga will do this year?   — Cori

This is why I love Gonzaga basketball fans. The college football season is just getting started and all they want to do is talk about college hoops (even though the season doesn’t start for months). That’s passion!

The Bulldogs have lost a lot over the last two seasons, but they always seem to reload just fine. Many people thought last year would be rocky, but the Zags made it into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

I have some questions about this year’s squad, but I think they’ll be just fine once again.

My biggest question is…who is going to be the leader on this team? Elias Harris will lead with his play, but he’s a quiet kid and he can be hard to understand at times (he’s from Germany). Steven Gray (the only senior on the roster) can light up a scoreboard, but he’s less vocal than Harris. That leaves Robert Sacre. I think he can carry the load, but he needs to stay healthy and be more consistent on the floor.

Another huge question mark is depth. Grant Gibbs (Creighton), G.J. Vilarino (Appalachian State), and Bol Kong (he moved back to Canada) all transferred this offseason. There are just 11 players on the Bulldogs roster right now. Of those 11, only six saw significant minutes for GU last season.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of potential though. Sam Dower used his redshirt last year. I think he has talent flowing out of his ears. He scored 15 points in an exhibition game against Alberta last season. That’s not bad a showing in his one and only game. Junior college transfer Marquise Carter appears to be pretty dangerous as well. There’s speculation that he’s a big reason Kong decided to walk away. Freshman Keegan Hyland is a top-notch shooter, but I don’t know how much Mark Few plans on using him.

In the end, I don’t know how much depth is going to matter. The Bulldogs have a solid eight-man rotation with Elias Harris, Steven Gray, Robert Sacre, Demetri Goodson, Manny Arop, Kelly Olynyk, Sam Dower, and Marquise Carter. Looking at it like this, it almost seems like there won’t be enough minutes to go around. 

I almost think Gonzaga could make it to the NCAA Tournament with just one player on the floor. Elias Harris is one of the best players in the country. He can carry this squad as far as he wants to. No one seemed more heart broken after last year’s loss to Syracuse in the tournament than he did, so I know Gonzaga means the world to him. That doesn’t mean he won’t make the jump to the NBA after next year though, so enjoy him while you can.

I think it’s safe to say Gonzaga will win another West Coast Conference crown and they’ll make a decent run in the NCAA Tournament once again. A national championship? I don’t think so. A run to the Sweet 16 seems realistic though.

That’s it for the mailbag, remember you can ask me questions at anytime about anything. I love interacting with you. Please email me at tim@timlewissports.com, on Twitter @lewissports, or leave a comment below. I’m working on a new setup on Facebook. I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.

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