In the last week, the Mariners have lost two games they should have won, and if I’m being overly critical, I’d say they lost three games they should have won, because God damn are the Angels and Brewers terrible.
In the last week, the Mariners have gone 4-3, but they’ve also won 12 of their last 16 and have gone 14-6 in the month of August, either winning or tying every series, as they clawed their way back to within a single game of the 2nd Wild Card spot.
The Mariners are playing well, AND they’re fucking leaving wins on the table.
In the 4 wins this past week, the bullpen pitched 11.2 innings and gave up only 4 runs, all of which were inconsequential (though, some of them were scary, as Edwin Diaz has barely gotten his last two saves, which would make it appear that his first blown save is creeping right around the corner).
In the 3 losses this past week, the bullpen pitched 7.1 innings and gave up a whopping 11 runs, including meltdowns by Vincent, Caminero, Vincent, and Wilhelmsen.
Part of this, I guess, you could argue is on the offense not taking advantage of earlier scoring opportunities. But, in the three losses, the Mariners are averaging over 5 runs per game. That SHOULD be enough!
Likewise, some of this also has to do with our rotation being in shambles again. I love what Ariel Miranda has brought to the table since the Wade Miley trade, but he has yet to throw over 86 pitches in any of his starts, and seems to turn into a pumpkin in the 6th inning. When you combine him with Wade LeBlanc (meh) and now Cody Martin (SUPER meh), you end up putting too many games in the hand of a bullpen that has proven to be shaky at best.
Yeah, Felix and Iwakuma have been great this year! But, it would be nice to have Paxton and Walker healthy and pitching effectively. Maybe, oh, I dunno, have a prolonged stretch where all four of those fuckers are healthy and we are able to slot LeBlanc into the #5 role where he belongs, as opposed to the #3 role he’s been thrust into! Could that fucking happen for one fucking month of the season, please?
There are still a lot of games with a lot of beatable turds on the schedule, so we gotta stop gagging these things away! It would be foolish to expect a bullpen to be perfect, but it is abso-fucking-lutely acceptable to expect to save every 3-run lead in the 9th! I’ll tell you that for one! Tom Wilhelmsen, you save that shit for when you’re employed by the Texas Rangers! You keep that bullshit out of our locker room! And Leonys Martin? Nori Aoki? Let’s work on our defense and catch the fucking balls we’re supposed to catch, huh? You blew that just as much as The Bartender, so don’t think you’re getting off easy.
Focus! 6 weeks to go! I want playoff baseball and I want it right fucking now!