Well, we are three complete weeks through baseball season and the short handed M's have begun to falter already. Injuries and an inconsistent bullpen have been the catalysts of their recent slide.There must be good news, right? Well, it's a long season. The bad news? It has started off as badly as it could have been. Remember when everyone was excited about a 3-0 start? BOY OH BOY I wish we still had that. A horrendous road trip it was, but not all is lost Mariner fans. Not all is lost.
AT Texas 1-3 (7-8)
Seattle started the series in my new hometown with a convincing win against Colby Lewis. Here is where I legitimately get my hopes up, and the Mariners do everything in their power to make me feel foolish. At 7-5, I'm confident.
I was lucky enough to find a few $7 tickets to the Felix-Yu duel game in
Texas. While I'm (still) emotionally drained and still quite annoyed with
the Mariners and their utter lack of looking like a professional
baseball team, I'm not going to use this to vent. Instead, I'm going to
say something nice and move on.
Hernandez is a once in a lifetime talent. The man is not only the best
pitcher in the big leagues, but he battles for a team that isn't really
worth battling for. He was angry he got pulled out because he wants to
be out there. He deserves better. He deserves to be in Detroit, St.
Louis, or Boston. The man deserves to play on a team that will battle
with him. But he stays in Seattle. He doesn't complain, and he shows up
every outing with the same mentality. I'm glad I was able to see him in
person, because even with the way that game turned out, his performance
will last far longer than the loss.
The next two games in Texas pan out the same. For the series, Seattle at worst should have been 2-2. Unfortunately, this club doesn't like to show up and score runs. After scoring 7 the first game, they were shut out, scored only two, and finally scored six. The bullpen is a whole different ordeal. Texas needed a good series to infuse life back into their short season, and Seattle was the perfect team to do so.
AT Miami 0-3 (7-11)
How do you get swept by the National League's version of Houston? Well, play like Seattle. Friday night in Miami, the M's had a great opportunity to get a win but
the transfer rule would come back to bit the M's this time. That would
load the bases for Giancarlo Stanton who hit a ball that hasn't landed
yet for a walk-off grand salami.
Saturday night was a disaster. Roenis Elias pitched well enough early to keep
them in the game, but one inning would get away from him, issuing 5 walks, probably his least sharp outing thus far. The hitters
were of no help, held to just one hit by Henderson Alvarez, who was
brilliant, taking a perfect game into the 6th.
In game three the Mariners had some great situational hitting with two
leadoff doubles and sac flies to score and take a 2-0 lead. Starter
Brandon Maurer retired the first 13 he retired but was pulled in the
fifth after allowing two runners to reach and a run to score.
Miami would tie the game in the 8th, with the bases loaded a hard
groundball to Justin Smoak was bobbled and allowed speedy Christian
Yelich to score. Initially he was called out but after video review he
was clearly safe. The Marlins took a 3-2 lead going to the 9th.
In the 9th Corey Hart led-off with a double and was pinch ran for by
Brad Miller. After a groundball and walk by Smoak, Michael Saunders was
K'ed by Steve Cishek.
It leaves the M's 1-6 on the road trip and coming home for 6 games with
the Astros and Rangers.
You don't win many games without hitting. You don't win many games without pitching. Seattle is trying so hard to do both, to no avail. With Taijuan Walker and Hisashi Iwakuma coming back, the starting rotation looks to improve, but the hitting needs to increase. It's early, and Seattle tends to do this after the halfway point of their season. Here's me hoping that they're getting the growing pains out now and a winning ball club shows back up. Wishful thinking, I know.
Now onto the non-disappointing team in Seattle.
Seattle also acquired QB Terrell Pryor from Oakland in exchange for a 7th round pick. I don't necessarily dislike the move, but I'm confused by it. He comes in getting paid more than Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, but depth is always nice. He's also an impressive physical specimen, so while there are no current talks about switching him to a WR or TE, it's a possibility. Don't be surprised to see either Tavaris Jackson or Pryor cut before the season, as Seattle still has QB BJ Daniels.
How long until football season?
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