3B Carlos Guillen has more offensive tools than Bell but is erratic defensively. OF Stan Javier has no power and can be jammed, but knows his limitations. OF Raul Ibanez, a very good defender with a very good arm, can play either corner outfield position in the late innings. C Dan Wilson has lost a lot of bat speed and guesses a lot at plate. Arm used to be very good but now only average.
Freddy Garcia RHP (9-5, 3.91 ERA)
Has a very good fastball, very good change and good curveball, but makes mistakes in the strike zone. At times falls in love with change or fastball and gets hurt.
Aaron Sele RHP (17-10, 4.51 ERA)
Average fastball. Very good curve. Home plate umpire very important when he's pitching. Bad news if ump squeezes him and he has to come in with fastball.
Paul Abbott RHP (9-7, 4.22 ERA)
Fastball-changeup pitcher; was death on lefties last year because of changeup but hasn't had same success this year. Scuffled down the stretch.
John Halama LHP (14-9, 5.08 ERA)
Junkballer with below-average fastball. Needs hitters to chase a lot but in postseason will face better hitters who don't chase as much. A five-inning pitcher—has difficult time getting through order three times.
RHP Kazuhiro Sasaki has been lights-out down the stretch with 90 to 92 mph fastball and almost unhittable splitter. Now has equal confidence in both. RHP Jose Paniagua has a very good fastball at 92 to 94 mph and a good slider and a splitter. Now challenges hitters, something he hasn't done in past. LHP Arthur Rhodes has very good fastball and excellent slider, and throws strikes. Guys with average bat speed can't catch up to fastball. A major reason why this team is in playoffs. RHP Brett Tomko has great arm and enough quality pitches to be in somebody's rotation soon. Command can be problem. Good long man out of pen. RHP Jose Mesa still throws 93 to 96 mph but sometimes with no idea where the ball is going. He's Piniella's man when Seattle needs a strikeout with average hitter up. LHP Robert Ramsay is a starter in waiting. Has the pitches and knows how to pitch.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
Shut down A-Rod and Edgar. You play a four-inning game against Seattle: the innings when Rodriguez and Martinez come up. Seattle's bottom guys need to get on base to turn over the lineup, and their starters need hitters to chase stuff out of the zone. If hitters don't chase, Mariners have big problems.