Dylan Bundy. Grandmaster D. Plenty of teams have scored off of him. In fact, in MOST GAMES teams have scored off of him. But, with the Mariners in town – CLEARLY exhausted from this punishing road trip in this ridiculous August schedule – he was able to shut us out over 9 innings, allowing one infield hit, walking 2, and striking out 12.
I’m sure having Bundy throw 116 pitches will have no effect whatsoever on his arm, given his extensive injury history.
Yeah, I just think the Mariners are tired. I think a 2-week East Coast road trip for a team from Seattle this late in the season is patently absurd and Major League Baseball should be ashamed. Say what you want about the NFL, but at least they go to great pains to try to make a fair schedule for everyone; this bullshit where the Mariners have to play 21 out of 28 games on the road is some fucking next-level schedule trolling.
Still, the M’s picked a pretty shitty time to waste a quality start. Erasmo Ramirez is on the roll of his life, with this his fourth game where he’s gone 6 innings while giving up 3 runs or less. To wit: 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, 7 strikeouts. I don’t want to know how the sausage is made; I don’t want to hear about how unsustainable it is; I just want to sit here and enjoy it. Obviously, it won’t last, but given the state of this rotation – where we’re about to go a full turn without a win – you have to try to appreciate the little things or you’ll lose your fucking mind.
But look, the pitching staff is what it is. I hate to give another spin to this broken record, but this team is obviously only going to go as far as the offense will take it. I get that sometimes you just don’t have it, but this is absolutely a game the Mariners should have won. You’re telling me you can’t get three runs across on Bundy? I know the game ended up 4-0 in favor of the Orioles, but if you push across three runs in six innings, then you’re looking at the teeth of the Mariners’ bullpen, not the likes of James Pazos and Casey Lawrence. This is absolutely a missed opportunity, and one of the many games we can all look back on when the M’s miss out on the second Wild Card by a single game.
The Mariners try to salvage a 6-6 road trip this afternoon with Ariel Miranda going on get-away day. Ubaldo Jimenez is as bad as it gets, so if the M’s can’t score any runs today, then I fucking quit.