God bless you, you sad, pathetic Rangers. The Seattle Mariners are now 5-1 against the Texas Rangers and 5-10 against all other teams. So, that’s how the month of April has gone, with one game left in the chamber, tonight down in Houston.
In case you’ve somehow missed it or blocked it out, 20 of the 21 games the Mariners have played this year have been within 3-runs or fewer (with the lone outlier that 12-0 thrashing to the A’s). That’s a ridiculous number of close games and I think it would be best for all involved if we just blitzkrieg’d the Astros this weekend. MmmKay? MmmKay.
Something that’s trending in the right direction is our starting pitching. Let’s work our way backwards:
- Felix – 6.2 IP, 2 ER
- Happ – 6.2 IP, 1 ER
- Walker – 7 IP, 0 ER
- Elias – 5.2 IP, 2 ER
- Paxton – 4.2 IP, 1 ER (3 UER)
- Felix – 9 IP, 0 ER
- Happ – 7.1 IP, 2 ER
- Walker – 5.1 IP, 1 ER
The Paxton start was really the only sub-par outing, but we’re talking three errors that totally ruined his pitch count, so I’m more willing to just throw that one out. Either way, things are starting to level off. Felix is probably having the best April of his career, Happ has been better than we could have possibly dreamed (especially with his shit-stain of a Spring Training), Iwakuma is safely tucked away on the DL where he can’t hurt us for the time being, Walker has improved as his arm has gotten stronger, and I feel like it’s only a matter of time before Paxton is able to put it all together.
The Mariners in this Rangers series were the Mariners we all expected to get when this season started. Let’s hope the guys have gotten past their issues – whatever they are – and we can all settle in to a winning season of winning baseball (winning).