The Mariners Are Officially In Second Place

I don’t know how many more times I’ll be able to say that, this year or EVER, so I’m tossing this post into the Internet ether before the inevitable losing streak.

Second place!  Yeah, the Mariners are 7 games behind Texas, but SECOND PLACE!  The Mariners are a half game better than Oakland and a whopping FIVE games ahead of Anaheim!  You know, the team that spent an ungodly amount of money on players, the team that saved us from the wretched mistake that is Josh Hamilton, the team that still has eight more seasons of the very-adequate Albert Pujols …

I don’t know how the Mariners have done it.  They are now 12-6 since the infamous Closed Door Meeting following that embarrassing series defeat down in Houston.  They’ve yet to lose a single series since then!  And they’re still populated with the same set of below-average Major Leaguers (and Felix, Iwakuma, & Wilhelmsen).

The Mariners are now 20-21, with a four game set in Cleveland that will feature our top two starters to close things out.  As Mariners fans, we may never be as content as we are right now, so enjoy it.

Going forward, it’ll be interesting to see what this team is able to do.  Will Kyle Seager and Michael Saunders continue to shine?  Will Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley continue to inch their productivity towards respectability?  Will Jesus Montero and Brendan Ryan forever reside at or below the Mendoza Line?  I have to believe that those last two guys will show SOME sort of improvement, as they’re most definitely not as bad as their numbers currently indicate.  But, if we expect positive regression from our most inept players, should we also expect negative regression from those who we currently tolerate as On The Right Track?

It’s a little unnerving to see this team being carried by players who most likely won’t have a future with this team.  The odds are pretty strong that the Mariners can re-sign Michael Morse to an extension – either during the season, or after its conclusion – but that’s not a done deal (especially if the organization cleans house should the season take another nosedive).  Kendrys Morales is a near lock to be playing in another uniform next year (if not by the Trade Deadline).  Raul Ibanez is a part-time player and Jason Bay is a nice story, but he too is on his last legs in the league.

But, at this point, I’m not going to complain.  Not one little bit.  If these Mariners can keep things interesting, I don’t care who is leading the charge.  I’ve had enough last place finishes to last me a lifetime; the kids developing at the expense of veterans on one year contracts getting the job done is of little concern at the moment.  For too long, we as Mariners fans have had to live in the potential of future success.  Right now, I just want to live in the present and watch some entertaining fucking baseball.  Is that too much to ask?

It’s been a shitty week.  Football is still a little over three months away.  Right now, it’s all about the Mariners.  I need a distraction from everyday life, not a reminder of how soul-crushing it can be.  Help me, Seattle Mariners, you’re my only hope.

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