With the half way point of the season closing in, the Mariners fans really aren’t any closer to having a contender this year than they have in the past decade.
Unkept promises by management, veterans who can’t perform at a high level, and sophomore slumps have kept this supposed rebuilding team in the cellar.
The team has shown some life recently, but the decisions to keep some key players out of the lineup in favor of others has kept the Mariners from developing a winning identity.
Besides the fact that injuries, especially to Erasmo Ramirez, Franklin Gutierrez, Kevin Millwood, and Mike Carp, have limited Eric Wedge to finding any sort of lineup that can gel on a regular basis.
Half way point or not, I was promised a better quality team on the field this year, and frankly, I’m getting pissed at the fact that my team is going on it’s second straight decade of sucking!
With that, I give you my top 10!#10: LA face with an Oak-Town booty
Leave it to the Mariners to play to their opponents level.
Coming off a horrid inter-league season, the M’s had a chance to get back on track with the three game set against Oakland. Though all three games were decided by only 1 run, we still only managed to score 4 for the entire series.
Games like this are supposed to happen against the Angels, not the A’s.#9: The Wedge has been removed
M’s skipper Eric Wedge held a team meeting prior to Saturday nights game against the Red Sox informing his team that he is fed up with their lack of run support.
Good job Eric, it only took you a year and a half to do it!
But it must’ve worked, as we went on to win the game in extra innings.
The lone Seattle All-Star; Felix Hernandez#8: Guti is back
Franklin Gutierrez is back to his familiar spot, the DL.
Only a 7 day stint, but still not where the Mariners want him to be.
Guti suffered a concussion while trying to steal second base, and the throw from the plate struck him in the side of the head.
This guy just can’t buy a break.#7: Erasmo goes down
Erasmo Ramirez was enjoying quite a little outing Saturday night, that was until he was forced to leave the game in the third inning because of an elbow injury.
After retiring the first eight batters he faced, Ramirez left with two outs in the third. The M’s did go on to win the game, but only after using six relievers in the extra inning affair.#6: Gettin Figgy wit it again
Okay here it is, Chone Figgins hit the go ahead sac fly to win the game on Saturday. That is all I will say about him.#5: Don’t go breakin’ my heart
As mentioned above, the M’s lost two out of three to the A’s by a one run margin, and again to the Red Sox once by the same thing.
We obviously have been getting better results from our pitching corps, but it’s the offense that isn’t carrying its weight as usual.
These games are tough to swallow.#4: King Felix goes to KC
As predicted, the Mariners are sending only one player to next weeks All-Star game. It’s pretty sad when the minor leaguers in the system outweigh the MLB all-stars.
With his last few outings looking like he is back on top of his game, Felix Hernandez gets to hold King’s Court at Kauffman Stadium next Tuesday.
The original staff ace; Mark Langston (photo nashvillegman.hubpages.com)#3: The original staff ace returns
I’m sure many of you younger readers don’t even know who Mark Langston is, but he was one of the greats of the early years of Mariners baseball.
It broke my heart as a child when I heard he was being traded to the Montreal Expos for some guy named Randy Johnson, whom I’d never heard of.
Turns out, that was probably the biggest deal in Mariners history!
But thanks for the memories Mark, you were a childhood idol. He returned to Seattle to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday.#2: Noesi back to his old self
Hector Noesi is fastly becoming the man I wish would be sent down to AAA Tacoma. When I see his name called as the starting pitcher, it’s more like NO-esi Wedge!
After giving up four homeruns on Friday, in a place that isn’t supposed to be easy to hit them out of, it’s time to explore some options of possibly bring up one of the young studs.
It’s not like we’re going to lose any more games, we already have one scheduled every fifth day when Hector takes the mound anyways.#1: My boy Casper doing work!
In the 9th inning on Thursday night, John Jaso came to the plate with two on with only one out in a 0-0 game.
With a swing of his bat, he knocked the ball between the first and second basemen into right field.
Charging home from second base was Casper Wells as the game winning run. The throw beat him to the plate, but was dropped, leaving Casper with his best Superman slide going for nought.
For more on this check out this weeks My oh My! segment here.
Well that’s it for this week kids, check back next week for more on your favorite ulcer causing baseball team.
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