The Mariners were 8-15 when they started last week’s road trip. Now we’re 13-16 and only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL West.
Not that I believe this cures all of our earlier ills, but it’s nice to see we’re not the school bus fire we looked to be just last week. Yes, Detroit and Boston have some problems, but they’re not bad teams. They’re just playing badly right now. And to our credit, we didn’t assist in turning around their seasons for the better.
The game on Saturday was a masterful performance of getting into and subsequently out of jams. Doug Fister used more smoke and mirrors than I even knew existed to get through nearly 6 innings! In the end, the bullpen held it down and we shut out Boston in Boston for the first time in a long time.
Yesterday’s game was just as exciting, until it got real fucking disappointing. Once AGAIN the sun has come into play, disrupting an outfielder’s ability to catch a ball. What’s worse, this one bounced off Ichiro’s leg and let the batter get to third base. Honestly, I don’t see how that’s not an error, but whatever. We have to lead the league in fly balls dropped due to the sun. This has got to STOP!
This week we’re home against Texas and Chicago. Tough break with us having this amazing road trip, then coming home to play a team like Texas that is CLEARLY better than us. Look for this 3.5 game deficit to be 6.5 on Friday morning.
How many teams end their seasons with better road records than home records? I’m not gonna lie to you, this might be one of those times.