I am not a Utah Jazz fan, despite living in Salt Lake City. I am, however, very aware of a certain cycle that happens every NBA draft. Here’s how it goes: The Jazz come off a disappointing season, but all the irrational Jazz fans (which describes about 90% of them) stand up tall and talk about how awesome the future is going to be when they draft Player X in the draft with their lottery pick. The draft comes around, and the Jazz are in line to pick a solid player who fits their needs, and they end up picking some random central European who still wears ankle socks or a player they simply don’t need. A perfect example was the 2015 Draft when the Jazz, in need of a decent guard, could have picked up Kentucky’s Devin Booker. Instead, they picked Canadian Trey Lyles, also from Kentucky. Booker scored 70 points in a game this season, Lyles is merely a marginal contributor on the Jazz.
Even in that situation, however, the Jazz fared better than the Mariners did in the 2011 draft. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times Tweeted out a link to this article written by Larry Stone after the 2011 draft, when the M’s passed on Anthony Rendon and picked Virginia’s Danny Hultzen. I wasn’t sure if I was the only Mariner fan annoyed by the constant hype around Hultzen only to have him injured 100% of the time, to the point where he’s not even playing baseball right now, whereas Rendon just took it to Seattle last night.
I refuse to compare my beloved Mariners to the pitiful, laughable Jazz, but I do know that both teams need help drafting. @jerrydipoto Hire me.
Mariners Continue to Play Beer League Ball
The M’s have now been outscored 36-4 over a four-game losing streak, which really makes being a full-time Dodgers fan appealing to me (The M’s have my heart and soul, but I needed to cheer for an NL team part-time to maintain my sanity starting last year.) Robinson Canó didn’t bring the fire like we all wanted him to, but the Nats set fire to the light drizzle over the game in an eight-run fourth inning.
The bright spot of the game was Emilio Pagan, who stepped in to pitch four scoreless frames for Seattle.”Four good innings, but the main thing was saving the guys for tomorrow,” Pagan said. “That’s the biggest thing. The more bullets we save tonight, that we have for tomorrow.”
Pagan is definitely picking up that forward-thinking optimism from Servais. The M’s face Washington today, looking to snap a four-game losing streak.