After last night’s home loss to the Giants, our Mariners move to 26-13 in contests decided by a run. There are plenty of positives to the fine art of winning one-run games.
First, it means your team is clutch and therefore has ice water in their veins.
It also means you don’t just have an effective closer, but a really good pitching staff as a whole.
Coming out on the correct end of a one-run game will do the opposite of coming back to haunt you. These types of wins separate the playoff teams from the ones who sit at home watching.
So why is this being brought up? Because the Mariners have been the kings of one-run wins this season but it could all backfire in a hurry.
Of their 26 one-run wins, a fair amount have been against teams who you would think they should pound. Considering their 60-41 record, it’s shocking to notice that they’re barely scraping by bad teams.
If you play in enough one-run wins like the Mariners have so far (39), you begin to question if the team is just as much lucky as they are good.
There is no doubt that for all sports teams, most games will resort to a close margin. But if these Mariners are supposedly right there with the American League’s top tier, they’ll need to start blowing teams out or win by at least three or four runs, a margin fans can breathe a bit deeper with.
Winning 26 one-run games before August is nothing short of impressive and gritty, but last night was an example of how the fortune can reverse. It’s not a sustainable kind of success when a large portion of your games can be decided by one swing the other way.
Is the loss to the Giants the start of a backfire? Hopefully not, and as fans we shouldn’t think this way. But when it comes to a reality check, it’s that our home team needs more convincing wins.
Which is why the hitting needs to step it up a notch or two if they want to stave off anyone behind them and play in October. Luckily, the hitting can’t get any more mediocre than it has been this month with already 11 games scoring three runs or less. The hitting is better than this and they showed it in the first three months of the season.
Something is going right for the Mariners if they’re 19 games over .500 as of Tuesday’s final score. But if they want to stay in their wild card spot, the offense needs to rack up more on a regular basis.