Mariners need to bounce back with two wins against the Orioles

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 28: Manny Machado
BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 28: Manny Machado /

2017 has been the ultimate roller coaster for the Mariners. At times it’s been a frustrating season, and other times it’s been a magical one. Monday night it was more of the former, and the Mariners are left floundering at .500 and 2 games back of the second wild card spot.

As we get to the home stretch of the 2017 season. The Mariners desperately need to snatch the next two games of the series. The Orioles are slated to start Dylan Bundy and Ubaldo Jimenez. The two have 4.18 and 6.57 ERAs respectively, and the M’s need to capitalize on that.

Monday, the pitching was bad, but that’s nothing new, and other than that, Seattle just kind of got unlucky. A lot of hits just went to the right spots for Orioles to make great plays. They hit the ball hard and just didn’t find the holes. The good thing for the Mariners, that won’t happen forever. Keep getting solid contact and eventually you’re gonna get a break.

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On the mound for the Mariners will be Erasmo Ramirez and Ariel Miranda respectively, and oddly enough, I really like Seattle’s chances with Ramirez on the mound. He’s pitched very well as of late, and it seems like he could be a nice help for the M’s to get back above .500 here.

Miranda has been very, very shaky for Seattle recently, and I don’t think any of us are too stoked for Thursday afternoon with him on the mound. That said, Jimenez has also been abysmal this season, so they’re throwing Miranda at the right time.

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If the Mariners can’t win the two games, they risk falling way back in the standings and almost out of contention completely. We are almost to the last month of play, and every win is critical to the team’s chances. So let’s hope the team can snag two big wins in the next two days.