The Mariners lost the first two games of the weekend series against the Rockies, and it wasn’t even close. Losing 7-1 and 5-1, only to win the finale 6-4 is a big reason why we’re only +17 in run differential in spite of the fact that we’re 23 games over .500.
Of course, in the two defeats, we had injuries to contend with. Mike Zunino is on the DL, which makes an already-bad position a million times worse. The Mariners have to be among the worst in all of baseball in offensive production from the catcher spot, where our mostly-everyday starter is hitting just .189. It’s somehow this bad and Mike Marjama still decided to retire from the game of baseball, which is a mind-blowing revelation we just learned about recently.
Anyway, Mike Haniger was also out on Friday, when we lost 7-1. Felix wasn’t great (lasting only 5 innings, giving up 3 runs), the bullpen was worse, and there you go. A Denard Span solo homer was the only thing keeping us from being shut out.
We got Haniger back for Saturday, but had to sit Dee Gordon with a hip issue, and the bottom third of our order was John Andreoli, David Freitas, and Andrew Romine. They absolutely lived up to expectations as the Mariners lost 5-1. James Paxton was on the hill and the game was a 1-1 tie heading into the 7th inning; then after a 1-out walk and bloop single, he made a mistake with his cutter in the middle of the plate that was turned around for a 3-run home run. They tacked on another run in the 9th, but that was really all they needed. This time, it was a Jean Segura solo homer preventing us from being shut out.
We got Gordon back for Sunday and were back to mostly full strength. Ryon Healy had a 2-run double and a 3-run homer to lead the charge, as Wade LeBlanc muscled through 6 innings (giving up 4 runs) and the bullpen locked it down to give him his 5th win of the season. Edwin Diaz got his 35th save of the season.
This series was a classic example of how this team could be in trouble if we run into too many injuries down the stretch. You could say that about every team, but I think it’s especially tenuous with this M’s team and how we’re winning ballgames. We need everyone, working in perfect harmony, to account for all these close wins; take even one man out, and it starts to break down.
Also, this series was a classic example of the Rockies straight up murdering bad pitches. It seemed like not a single mistake went by them. I mean, shit, their backup catcher hit TWO triples on Friday! That’s a .153 hitter!
We play them again next week, in Colorado, and then God willing that’ll be the last time we ever see this team, so whatever. In the meantime, the M’s have a day off today, then it’s 6 more road games until the All Star Break. Time to go down to Anaheim and further bury the Angels, then see what we can do against the Rockies.