Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/12/12
It’s the little things that count, that matter, that build things up so that they can’t be taken down. I mean, no one can stop an earthquake, or a tsunami, but bunts typically advance runners, having your manager reach your game on time is a plus, and strength and conditioning workouts in between rotations keep your pitchers fit. These “little things” were called into question this week in regards to the Mariners and their opponents. For instance, it was reported that Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was late to a Giants game recently and Felix Hernandez, who garnered his 2nd loss of September this week, leads the Majors in innings pitched, so some were arguing that he might have been fatigued. Furthermore, missed opportunities to advance runners with a bunt might have been why the Mariners didn’t come away with a clean sweep against the imploding Sox. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more nitpicking that can be done against the M’s youngsters. September seems to be falling away from...
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