There was a lot to go on in this category from Saturday and Sunday’s game, but we’ll try and narrow it down to just three for the sake of this article.
1. The defense
Yikes. That’s about the only way to sum up the Mariners defensive weekend. They had 6 errors in the three days. Granted five of them came in the first inning of Sunday’s game, but that’s a sloppy weekend for a Mariners team that hangs its hat on stellar defense.
In 2017, the Mariners are a game over .500 because their subpar pitching can afford to more mistakes thanks to better defense, but when Albers took the mound Sunday, he got no help from his fielders and that led to a really rough game.
It’s hard for the Mariners to stomach a loss like that, because Albers gave them 5 innings of three-(earned)run ball, and if he gives them that on a normal day, the team might just pull out a win, but thanks to a lot of mistakes in the field, the game was pretty much over after the first.
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2. The outfield bats
The hitting weekend was abysmal for the Mariners outfielders. They went a combined 4-for-36 over the three games, and if you remove Heredia, they went 1-for-26. Gamel and Haniger really struggled. The potent offensive outfield the Mariners once boasted has rapidly faded drastically. Who knows when, or if they’ll be able to snap out of it.
3. The Mariners rotation
It feels impossible to write an article about this team without bringing up the starting pitching, and here we are, yet again, talking about how the Mariners are always going to be one step behind the teams they are chasing when sending out Miranda, Gallardo, and Albers.
Even though it’s a little too late to drastically fix this, something is better than nothing it seems, and it doesn’t appear Dipoto really cares too much about it, and that’s a little disheartening.