Look for my post later this week: Are The Mariners REALLY Going To Blow Their Playoff Spot To The A’s Again?
The Mariners are 3-8 in their last 11 games following that 8-game winning streak, which followed their 3-7 stretch against the Red Sox & Yankees. I think we all understood why the M’s went 3-7 against two of the three best teams in all of baseball; but 3-8 against the Angels and Rockies? I know those teams are okay, but they’re nowhere near as good as the Sox & Yanks!
The first half was punctuated by a 3-game sweep in Colorado over the weekend. On Friday, it was an underwhelming spot-start by Christian Bergman. The offense had it, but the pitching was terrible, and we lost 10-7. Then, on Saturday, the pitching was okay – LeBlanc was far from spectacular though – but the hitters did nothing and we lost 4-1. Finally, on Sunday, mediocrity across the board! Leake had a quality start, but Nicasio gave up our 1-run lead, and Vincent allowed the Rockies to walk it off in the bottom of the 9th. The hitters were once again terrible with RISP (3/11) and it was a 4-3 loss.
Tough breaks all around. Yeah, you could say the Mariners are in desperate need of a half a week off. You could also say I’m in desperate need of half a week off from the Mariners, so let’s enjoy ourselves, everyone!
I’ll be back on Friday to talk about the M’s & A’s, now 3 games separating one another from that second wild card spot. Wouldn’t it be so Mariners to have such an awesome record and still find a way to miss out on the playoffs?