Mariners Roller Coaster Dips, Lose Five Straight

Week 11 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
6/9 Mariners 3 Rays 0 W
6/10 Yankees 3 Mariners 2 L
6/11 Yankees 4 Mariners 2 L
6/12 Yankees 6 Mariners 3 L
6/13 Rangers 1 Mariners 0 L
6/14 Rangers 4 Mariners 3 L
6/15 Rangers 1 Mariners 5 W

The pendulum swung the other way for the Mariners this week. We finished our series with the Rays with a win over David Price. We came home to begin our eight game homestand and proceeded to lay an egg against the Yankees and Rangers, losing five straight. One of those losses was a 1-0 defeat where Felix threw 8+ innings of shutout ball but the bullpen–and a Robinson Cano error–coughed up the loss. A five game losing streak isn’t the end of the world, especially with how close the race for the Wild Card is at this point in the season. If we’re able to hang around .500 into August, we’ll have a good shot at contending for the Wild Card in September. All we need is another swing of the pendulum back towards the positive side and we’ll be fine.

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Mariners Winning!? Yes They Are!

Week 10 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
6/2 Mariners 10 Yankees 2 W
6/3 Mariners 7 Braves 5 W
6/4 Mariners 2 Braves 0 W
6/5
6/6 Mariners 0 Rays 4 L
6/7 Mariners 7 Rays 4 W
6/8 Mariners 5 Rays 0 W

If the season ended today, the Seattle Mariners would be participating in a one game Wild Card playoff against the California Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Los Angeles. We’re into mid-June and the Mariners are playing playoff caliber baseball. The last time we we’re this many games over .500 at this point in the season was 2007. That team featured Jose Vidro, Jose Guillen, Yunieski Betancourt, Miguel Batista, and Jeff Weaver. It was also a year before Bill Bavasi was fired and the “success” of the team in 2007 led to a number of failed decisions in 2008 (one name, Bedard). Who knows if 2014 will be Jack Zdurencik’s version of 2007. Maybe this will be the start of a long and healthy run of success for the Mariners. Maybe it’s all a mirage and we’re going to come crashing down in July and August. All I know is that the Mariners are winning and its been really fun to watch.

  • According to FanGraphs, the Mariners playoff odds sit just over 33%. 1 in 3? Sounds good to me!
  • The only two current Mariners who were on that 2007 team: Felix Hernandez and Willie Bloomquist. We’ve come so far.
  • The Mariners rode a 5 game winning streak until losing on Friday. Those five wins were against the Tigers, Yankees, and Braves, all competitive teams with playoff aspirations. After the single loss on Friday, we beat the Rays twice in a row over the weekend.

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Mariners Tame Tigers in Bizarro Week

Week 9 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/26 Angels 1 Mariners 5 W
5/27 Angels 6 Mariners 4 L
5/28 Angels 1 Mariners 3 W
5/29 Angels 7 Mariners 5 L
5/30 Tigers 6 Mariners 3 L
5/31 Tigers 2 Mariners 3 W
6/1 Tigers 0 Mariners 4 W

Well, that was an interesting week. The Mariners split a four game series against the Angels, pretty normal stuff. Over the weeked, the Mariners took on the best team in the AL, the Detroit Tigers, and won two of three. We’re a third of the way through this season and this team continues to surprise.

  • The win on Saturday featured Chris Young holding the Tigers to just two runs and significant contributions from Willie Bloomquist and Cole Gillespie. Of the eight position players who started on Saturday, just three of them also started on Opening Day–Smoak, Seager, and Zunino.
  • The win on Sunday featured a complete game, shutout from Roenis Elias who was making just his twelfth major league start. The lineup included Endy Chavez starting at designated hitter and a Brad Miller home run off the reigning Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer.

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Mariners Wrangle with Teams from Texas

Week 8 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/19
5/20 Mariners 6 Rangers 2 W
5/21 Mariners 3 Rangers 4 L
5/22 Astros 1 Mariners 3 W
5/23 Astros 1 Mariners 6 W
5/24 Astros 9 Mariners 4 L
5/25 Astros 4 Mariners 1 L

Well, howdy there pardner. The Mariners had some BIG games against some BIG teams from Texas this week. But we ended up spinning our wheels like a lassoed bull and ended up right where we started.

Ok, that’s enough of that. The Mariners split both of their series this week. A promising start to the series against the Astros turned sour as Brandon Maurer threw a stinker on Saturday and we ran into Dallas Keuchel, a surprising top-10 pitcher in the AL. Robinson Cano continued his hot streak and actually hit that elusive second home run.

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Mariners Stumble Against Rays, Twins

Week 7 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/12 Rays 5 Mariners 12 W
5/13 Rays 2 Mariners 1 L
5/14 Rays 0 Mariners 2 L
5/15
5/16 Mariners 4 Twins 5 L
5/17 Mariners 3 Twins 4 L
5/18 Mariners 6 Twins 2 W

Well, we’re now more than a quarter of the way through the season and the Mariners sit just a game under .500. A rough week against the Rays and the Twins pushed the Mariners back in the win column but we’re still on the cusp of greatness.

  • After a twelve run offensive outburst on Monday, the Mariners didn’t score for 21 straight innings before scoring a single run in the fifth inning on Thursday. Woof.

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Mariners Play Well, Stay Above .500

Week 6 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
5/5 Mariners 4 Athletics 2 W
5/6 Mariners 8 Athletics 3 W
5/7 Mariners 6 Athletics 4 W/10
5/7 Mariners 0 Athletics 2 L
5/8 Royals 0 Mariners 1 W
5/9 Royals 6 Mariners 1 L
5/10 Royals 1 Mariners 3 W
5/11 Royals 9 Mariners 7 L

Now that was a successful week. The Mariners were able to take 3 of 4 from the Athletics and split 4 games with the Royals this past week. In the second game of the doubleheader on Wednesday, we were actually playing for the division lead. There were some stinkers mixed in over the weekend–the Mariners were shut out over seven innings against former Mariner Jason Vargas on Friday and our defense committed five (!) errors in a loss on Sunday. But overall, the team played really well with excellent performances in Oakland and a 1-0 shutout on Thursday.

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Mariners Finish April Strong, Approaching Tough Stretch

Week 5 Recap

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score Result
4/28
4/29 Mariners 6 Yankees 3 W
4/30 Mariners Yankees PPD
5/1 Mariners 4 Yankees 2 W
5/2 Mariners 4 Astros 5 L/11
5/3 Mariners 9 Astros 8 W
5/4 Mariners 8 Astros 7 W

Well that was a fun week. The Mariners scored 31 runs in 5 games on the road but the bullpen made three of those games more exciting than they should have been. It seems like that’s becoming a regular occurrence. “Sweeping (one of the games was rained out)” the Yankees in New York was pretty great and we won the series in Houston. Now, if only we could score that many runs at home.

  • The Mariners enter play this week with a better record than the Red Sox, the Rays, and the Indians–all preseason contenders. We’re tied for the seventh best record in the AL–right in the middle of the pack–and are just a single game back in the wild card race. This season is far from over, but its nice to see us make some positive steps especially after that eight game losing streak.

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