Catcher Kelly Shoppach said that a number of Mariners were talking on Tuesday, saying that if they had won their four-game series in Cleveland instead of getting swept, they would have been the talk of baseball, not the Indians.
Wishful thinking? Perhaps. But the Mariners arrived in Cleveland as winners of five of their last six series, with their only non-win being a two-game split in Pittsburgh. And they could not have come closer against the Indians, losing three of the four games in walk-off style.
If the Mariners resume winning, they can dismiss the Cleveland series as a fluke, a simple case of running into a hot team. Alas, the M's lost their fifth straight game on Tuesday night, falling to the Angels, 12-0. They face the Angels again on Wednesday before returning home to face the Rangers, the team with the best record in the majors.
Who exactly are the Mariners? We may be about to find out. And if the answer is, "losing club," general manager Jack Zduriencik ...