The Mariners just went 2-5 in the last week. Home games, all. Losing two of three to the Mets, followed by three of four to the Orioles. The Mariners are now 54-51, 11.5 games back in the AL West, and 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card (and also a half game behind the Yankees, but that’s neither here nor there).
The big news of the week was the trade for Kendrys Morales. He played in the last three games and already has a couple RBI. Too early to say for certain whether or not this was a good deal for the Mariners, but I’m struggling to find anything wrong with it.
The Mariners are 9-13 on the month, with three games to go, meaning they’re guaranteed to have just their second losing month of the season.
As usual, it’s the hitting that has gone to shit this month. The Mariners have scored 62 runs in 22 games, for an average of 2.82 runs per game. Obviously, that’s not going to get the job done. No matter HOW good the pitching has been. Indeed, the Mariners have only given up 67 runs this month, which makes for just a hair over 3 runs per game.
Since July 4th – which is when everything started to go to shit – the Mariners have scored three runs or less in 16 of 20 games (going 4-12 in those games). Nobody’s perfect, not even Felix. You can’t keep wasting these great pitching performances! Because, there’s nothing that says these great pitching performances have to continue.
Take this Baltimore series, for instance. You saw them score on our bullpen in each of the final three games. Granted, some of it wasn’t their fault – there were three unearned runs thanks to a Kyle Seager error in the win on Saturday – but it proves they’re mortal. Things could go haywire at anytime.
Today is July 28th. Thursday is July 31st. Three days and a few hours from now, we’ll run into the trade deadline. Or, I guess the “non-waiver trade deadline”. Because even though no trade of significance has ever been made in the month of August, we could still THEORETICALLY make a trade for someone who has passed through waivers. Meaning, we could make a trade for someone literally no one else wants.
Yeah, that’s bullshit. If you’re writing about the Mariners, and you’re trying to peddle this insane notion that the Mariners could get a real upgrade after July 31st, I’m going to call bullshit on you and dismiss your whole fucking operation.
The Mariners have three days to make the improvements needed to turn this into a playoff ballclub. Or, they have three days to punt the season away. Either way, they kept me interested in talking about sports through the start of training camp. If we’re looking forward to two more months of this bullshit, then I’ll gladly check out and focus all my time and energy on the upcoming football season.