Mariners need their managerial revolving door to keep spinning
The Mariners suffered their third crushing loss in as many days due to poor bullpen management on Saturday night. Scott Servais had a two run lead in the seventh, but instead of tossing Zych, Vincent, and Diaz in that order, he decided to pitch Casey Lawrence who gave up a two-run game tying homer. Then Zych the next inning let three more score.
This has become a disturbing trend with the Mariners and Scott Servais. Poor bullpen management dooming Seattle in must win games. The same scene happened in Thursday’s game when the M’s erased a 3-run deficit in the eighth, but saw the Angels score three in the ninth off of Edwin Diaz. As much as I love Diaz, that was not the time to use it.
Friday was the same way. Servais pulled an effective Marco Gonzales after just 64 pitches, and replaced him with Pagan, then Andrew Moore who blew up and ruined the Mariners chances of winning.
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All Servais needed to do in either case was to pitch Nick Vincent who has been stellar all year, and then pitch Diaz when they got/still had a lead.
God forbid, when the game is on the line, we risk tiring out our best pitcher by using him like we should.
But seriously, Vincent does no good from the bench. Why wouldn’t you pitch him?
This is the fourth time I can think of just off the top of my head that Servais has botched his bullpen against the Angels alone. The worst of those four instances being the worst loss in Mariners history.
Now, some would say that they’re sick of the Mariners just blowing through managers, and at the end of the day, Servais is a winner so why not keep him?
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Here’s the problem. While Servais’s overall record is solid, he is not an effective manager and has squandered the talent the Mariners have. Think about just how good this team is and would be if they won the games they should. Like it’s not too much to ask to win a game in which you have a four run lead. This team deserves better. The fanbase deserves better.
It is time for Scott Servais to go. For the betterment of this down the road, they need someone with real managerial experience. They need a new skipper.