M’s Add Reliever…
Posted by Jason A. Churchill on July 31, 2006
Did Seattle Sneak One Through?
Seriously, the Seattle Mariners may have snuck one through.
You see this guy to the left right here? The photo? Yeah, that’s the M’s new reliever.
That’s Julio Mateo.
I’m sitting here watching him throw tonight, not happy about it, either… until I notice he’s using a completely different arm slot than he’s ever used before in the big leagues.
He’s much more 3/4 now, creating more movement on his fastball and it appears to be giving him some more zip as well. His slider looks like a true slide piece instead of the slurvy style he’d been using.
If Julio Mateo can somehow turn into being useful again, the Mariners bullpen is going to be sickening.
Just for fun, catch Mateo if you can. He sure looked good in the 6th inning tonight, which means he didn’t look like Julio Mateo.
Maybe he needs a nickname.