After a third straight blowout, the Mariners have hit pretty close to rock bottom. It was probably too much to ask for Seattle to stay at .500 with all that was happening, but it seemed reasonable to hope they’d be competitive night in and night out.
In order for us to look at how bad things are right now, we need to go back to when things were good. When the Mariners were sitting right at .500.
May 10, 2017 Game 2 of Philadelphia series
Seattle blew out Philadelphia 11-6 on Wednesday, after completing the most improbable of comebacks the night before. Seattle was 17-17. They had momentum, quite a bit of it in fact, and in that moment it felt like all the injuries in the world couldn’t stop this team.
Then as the icing on a sweet, sweet cake, Seattle got 4 games against the hapless Blue Jays who were at the time 14-21.
Things could not have been better for Seattle.
May 11-14, 2017 – 4 Games @ Toronto
The hype train hit a slight bump, promptly derailed, and blew up in a fiery inferno.
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As if getting beat by Toronto was bad enough, they let Toronto beat them two times, then three, then four. All of a sudden, a 17-17 Mariners team on the cusp of a breakthrough was 17-21 on the brink of a fire sale.
Things really couldn’t have been worse for Seattle.
May 15-17 – 3 Games v. Oakland
The Mariners fixed some issues, stole two of three, and they were 19-22. The Monday win was rocky, but they got it. The Wednesday win was beautiful, and things were looking up. They really were.
Then Seattle took on the White Sox.
May 18-21 – 4 Games v. Chicago
That’s where Seattle was after an oh so sweet walkoff win.
Yet then, they managed to talk every good thing and flush it down the toilet.
In the last three games of that series, the Mariners were outscored 26-3. In that was a 16-1 shellacking that embarrassed Yovani Gallardo, and the entire Mariners team.
That’s where Seattle was after dropping 3-of-4 to the White Sox.
And then, when things couldn’t get worse, they got to go on the road to face Washington.
The red-hot Washington.
May 22 – First game @ Washington
Nationals – 10
Mike Zunino – 1
In his first game back, the Seattle catcher made his mark. He showed that his time at AAA had served him well, and that should be celebrated. It really should.
That said, he was the only hitter to do something, and Christian Bergman had a meltdown for the ages.
20-26. That’s that.
So, that’s where the Mariners stand. They need to pull it together soon. The situation is dire. This Mariners team is on the verge of falling completely apart.
If they don’t fix things soon, we’ll be left hoping for a different outcome in 2018.