I’m really struggling to maintain my want-to when it comes to watching the Mariners. Is it because the season is insanely long? I think that certainly plays a part in all of this. If this were the NFL season, we’d already be 3/4 of the way through, with the month of July left to decide playoff standings. Wouldn’t that be great? If the baseball regular season ended at the end of July? Knock out the MLB playoffs in August, and then BOOM, NFL season is here? Wouldn’t that be something?
Instead, we’re not even fucking halfway through the God damn regular season, with the playoffs/World Series stretching into cocksucking November!
I would also fancy to guess that had the Mariners not completely shit the bed in the month of June, my interest would be a little more focused. As it stands, the Mariners went from bona fide contender to Middle of the Pack over the last four weeks, and now it’s time to see what this team is really made of.
The Rangers are running away with the A.L. West, the Indians have started to separate themselves in the Central, and the Orioles are up a good chunk in the East. Those are your teams to beat in the respective divisions. Then, for the two Wild Card spots – for a chance to play an inane 1-game playoff to get into the REAL playoffs – you’ve got 8 teams all within 2.5 games. Out of the 15 teams in the American League, there are only 4 that you could argue are officially out of the playoff hunt (at least 8 games out of the Wild Card), but any of those teams could run into a hot streak and make a case for contention.
It makes the July 31st trade deadline especially premature and especially stupid, but what are you gonna do?
The Mariners, for their part, tried to stem the tide of sucking by taking 2 of 3 against the Cardinals this weekend. Friday’s game required a miracle 3-run homer by Lind in the bottom of the 9th inning to walk it off; Saturday’s game required a Herculean effort out of the bullpen to keep it scoreless over the final four frames. Which made it not-at-all shocking that the team had nothing left in the tank on Sunday, whose over-used bullpen (rocking an extra arm thanks to the ineptitude of the starting pitchers this month, at the expense of Nori Aoki, who somehow still had options left) gave up a whopping 6 runs to keep the game out of reach.
Today is a much-needed home off-day before the stand continues with a short series against the Pirates and then a long series against the Orioles. We’re just a couple weeks away from a VERY much-needed All Star Break, and a month of July that features three other off-days.
Time for Felix to get healthy.
Time to send Karns down to Tacoma to work on NOT blowing his wad in five innings every start.
Time for Walker to get his calf muscle right for the rest of the season.
Time for everyone to hitch up their big-boy pants and start winning some ballgames!