A Paragraph With The Mariners – 70

No jinx for you! At 14-13, the Seattle Mariners have themselves a winning month of June … everyone, at your desks, let’s give them a round of applause! How did they do it, you ask? Well, in the 12 starts that featured Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez, the Mariners went 9-3. Doing the math, that puts the mortals at a meager 5-10. And that’s not even really all that fair, because in the Vargas starts, the Mariners were 3-3 (and, let’s face it, you EXPECT Vargas to be good for no better than 3-3), leaving the fucking losers at 2-7. A whole lotta Snell & Rowland-Smith stinking up the joint. Thankfully, we don’t have Snell to kick around anymore. Taken for grantedly, Rowland-Smith remains. HEY, if you took away May, the Mariners would be playing .500 ball! Of course, you can’t, and the Mariners went 8-19. Little known fact: in Lee/Felix starts in May, the Mariners went 3-8 (and that doesn’t count the loss we took on the chin in Lee’s first start of the season, on the last day of April). Of course, for those counting at home, Brandon League took the loss in 3 of those May games; he was a 1-man Sucking-Felix’s-Will-To-Live crew. I would say there’s a direct link between May’s Massacre and June’s deluge of Complete Games by Lee & Felix (psst: our bullpen sucks). Now, don’t take this to be Belief in some kind of Miracle that would propel the Mariners into the playoffs; I’m just spouting facts here. I’m also just appreciating a month for what it is: 27 games where the Mariners won more than they lost. At the time of this post, we’re still 13.5 games back of Texas, 10 games back of the Angels, and 4 games back of Oakland (the Rangers and Angels are playing one another right now). We’re 33-44. We’re any day now away from losing our best pitcher. So no, no miracle will be forthcoming. But, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to play for. There’s still a rooting interest in the Mariners to succeed (until we get to the last month of the season with a real shot at getting the #1 pick … damn you ’08 Mariners winning that final series in Oakland, thereby giving the Nationals Strasburg).

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