Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 10/3/12
The Seattle Mariners had one of their worst weeks in these past two September series against AL West rivals Los Angeles Angels (88-71) and Oakland A’s (91-68). This was when we wanted them to break some hearts—cause some tears—since they aren’t going to be competing in the playoffs. However, even though the Mariners lost 2 of 3 to the Angels, they outscored them in the 3 contests, 12-9. Run production is what I like to see. Against the A’s, the Mariners were swept. The Mariners struck out 20 times in Game 1, on their way to losing, 5-4. That many strikeouts in a 9-inning game had only been done previously 3 times—once by then Cubs-rookie Kerry Wood in ’98 against the Astros, and twice by Roger Clemens with the Red Sox, first against the Mariners in ’86, and then against the Tigers in ‘96. (Too bad Clemens had drug issues—he was so good.) The Mariners have been the culprits of 2 of the 4 20K games. To put it in perspective, the Mariners struck out 18 times in their 18-inning Orioles loss
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