The team looks sloppy. No other way around it. They’re playing, quite frankly, like a team that’s spent the entire offseason basking in the warm glow of the Mariners Hype Machine. We don’t need to try hard! We’re just going to come out and be better!
Maybe that’s unfair. Maybe the Angels, right now, are just a bad matchup for us. Maybe we’re just better off playing someone else, like Oakland. It would seem to me a 3-day trip to the Bay Area is just what the doctor ordered. I dunno.
There were a few bright spots coming out of last night’s game. Brad Miller and Kyle Seager both hit their first bombs of the year. That’s not nothing. The bullpen has been keeping it tight the whole first three games. And, for a team that spotted the Angels 5 runs in the first two innings, it was comforting to see us make it difficult on them.
Obviously, the key inning was the 8th. The Mariners had pulled to within 5-3, Ackley singled and Cano doubled to lead things off. We were RIGHT THERE, in the heart of the order, with the Angels on the ropes. Then, Nelson Cruz struck out and the whole thing went in the toilet. Kyle Seager was intentionally walked – because seriously, why would they pitch to him in that situation? – then Weeks struck out (getting the start over Seth Smith, who’s dealing with a pulled groin from Opening Day) and LoMo flew out.
On the one hand, it’s pretty God damned frustrating. Runners on 2nd & 3rd with no outs should get you a minimum of two runs! That’s two sac flies, bada bing, bada boom. And, we’re supposed to have this top flight offense now, you’d THINK we’d be able to get the job done in that situation.
But, it is only one game and yadda yadda yadda. On the plus side, between now and late June, we only play the Angels three times, down in Anaheim in the first week of May. They might be the best team in the American League, so taking a nice long break from them will do us all a lot of good.
Thankfully, the scheduling gods graced us with a cheesy month of April. Three off days on three consecutive Thursdays, starting today. Let’s put this first series behind us and move on to teams who are better matchups.