You want to know why I was so irate about the Mariners losing to the Brewers on Sunday? I mean, shit, look on the bright side, the M’s still won the series!
Yeah, except, you had to know the Mariners weren’t going to win every single series from here on out, right? At some point, the Mariners were going to run into just a dud of an offensive night, against an aging-yet-at-times-effective veteran pitcher, and follow that up by being manhandled by that team’s ace.
C.C. Sabathia didn’t look anything remotely like the C.C. Sabathia of old last night, but he was able to change speeds and work the edges of the plate and just generally be a pain in the ass all night. He was able to spread 3 hits and 1 walk across 7 innings while only giving up 1 run in a 5-1 defeat. Indeed, this was his best performance in over 2 months, which makes it all the more galling, but that’s the whole point: the offense isn’t going to dominate EVERY SINGLE GAME. Sometimes, you’re just going to have an off night. You just have to hope it doesn’t become a trend, but nothing about this season would suggest that’s happening.
What’s worse, and what makes Sunday’s abortion so unforgivable, is that today we have to go up against Masahiro Tanaka, who – in 4 career appearances – has manhandled the Mariners. There’s no reason to expect that to change, which means we’re going to need Iwakuma to be at the very top of his game and hope for the best.
In reality, it means we’ve already lost this series.
This series loss could’ve been mitigated if the bullpen and the outfield defense didn’t completely fall apart on Sunday, but that’s baseball, I guess.
Losing this series isn’t the end of the world, of course. But, for starters, it’s a bad sign that we can’t seem to play our best baseball against teams in contention. If THAT continues, then you better get ready for Texas to eat our lunch in the next couple weeks.
Here’s where it really comes to bite us in the ass. We hit the road this weekend for a 4-game series against the White Sox, where we have to see both of their studs in Sale and Quintana. Then, guess what, in Texas next week, we have to face Darvish and Hamels, two MORE guys we have a whale of a time trying to hit! If the Mariners don’t take advantage of these winnable games (like the one on Sunday!), then they have to work that much harder to try to get those games against the really good pitchers.
I mean, how many more miracle finishes could the Mariners possibly have left?