In the last 7 days, I missed 7 games. In the last 7 days, I missed 3 wins; it’s not quite the best stretch of Mariner baseball over a 7-day period, but it’s damn close. In the last 7 days, I missed back-to-back shutouts! That hurt. That hurt deep down, where I’m tender like a woman. And, to further make matters worse, I missed a game where the Mariners scored 13 runs and just totally dominated from opening pitch to final out.
First of all, prediction: the Mariners will never match or surpass 13 runs the rest of this year.
Secondly, in spite of all the awesome that happened this week, I’m still glad I did it and everyone should look for it to happen again in late May.
The reasons why should be clear. Yes, if the Mariners went 3-4 (in every 7-game stretch) the rest of the way, they might actually be halfway respectable. But there’s no way in HELL they’re going to keep up that pace. See: the final 2 Oakland games this weekend. Or, for that matter, see: 5 of the 7 games last week!
For the official record, I’m going to define “Run Support” from now on as: scoring 4 or more runs in a 9-inning game. That’s support. If your starting pitcher gives up more than 4 runs, then by definition he’s not “Keeping Us In The Game”.
Well, the Mariners managed exactly 4 runs in the Pineda shutout (and, of course, they clobbered home 13 runs against Detroit). But, every other game last week, the Mariners went 3 or less! On the season, the Mariners have scored 3 or less 15 out of 23 games.
To keep things balanced, that whole “Keeping Us In The Game” thing isn’t really working out either. In 12 of 23 games, we’ve given up 5 runs or more. For this team, that’s suicide, plain and simple.
One of those suicide bombers, Josh Lueke, has finally been let out of the noose he’s been hanging himself with all month. He made 8 appearances this month and has been a total trainwreck in half of them. Here are the reasons why his Major League ERA now stands at 17.05:
- 0.2 IP, 4 ER
- 0.1 IP, 1 ER
- 0.1 IP, 4 ER
- 1.0 IP, 3 ER
If you took out his other four appearances where he somehow managed to not give up a run, and JUST counted his ERA from those four appearances, he’d have a whopping 46.29 ERA. That’s … that’s perfect.
In his place, Dan Cortes returns. The same Dan Cortes who couldn’t settle down enough in Spring Training to keep a job on the club. I guess we’ll see. If he hasn’t lost his fastball like Lueke has, I’ll likely be content. If he’s the second coming of Joe Table, then we’ve got a problem.
In happy news as I end this: NO GAME TODAY! What did I ever do to deserve an 8th Mariner-free day?