This rough stretch is a good test for the Seattle Mariners

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 22: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres scores as Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners loses the ball. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 22: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres scores as Justus Sheffield #33 of the Seattle Mariners loses the ball. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
Seattle Mariners Manager Scott Servais makes a pitching change.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 18: Manager Scott Servais #9 of the Seattle Mariners walks to the pitcher’s mound. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

I was listening to the Seattle Mariners postgame show on the radio and Ryan Rowland-Smith said something that really resonated with me. He talked about how this rough stretch for the Mariners will be a great test of character for the staff and players, and I concur.

The best teams in any sport are the ones that can battle and succeed no matter the circumstances, and now is a great time for the Seattle Mariners to rise to the challenge. The team has been plagued with injuries, controversy at the beginning of the season, and now COVID-19.

The Seattle Mariners are on a six-game losing streak

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The Mariners have been swept in back-to-back series and have lost six games in a row. First, the Seattle Mariners lost three against the Detroit Tigers at home. Although they were all relatively close games, the Mariners offense was nearly irrelevant and was no-hit in one of the games. Then the M’s went to San Diego to take on the Padres and were whooped.

The M’s are now 21-26 and are fourth in the AL West, behind the Texas Rangers. Seattle has a narrow one-game lead over the last-place Los Angeles Angels. During this rough stretch, the Mariners scored 10 runs and allowed 46 runs.

Can the Seattle Mariners rise up to the challenge?

Seattle’s offense has been one of the worst, if not the worst in major league baseball. Injuries haven’t made it easier on the inexperienced Seattle Mariners lineup either. Yesterday, the Mariners had Donovan Walton hitting leadoff, Jose Godoy hitting fifth, Jacob Nottingham hitting seventh, and Jack Mayfield hitting eighth.

It’s not an ideal lineup against a powerhouse team like the San Diego Padres but it’s what we have to work with. We could go on and on about what the Seattle Mariners should do in terms of roster moves, but at the end of the day, it’s not something we can control.

I bet these new names in the lineup are fired up to have the opportunity to play so it will be interesting to see what kind of impact they can make while our starting players get healthy. It’s the “next guy up” mentality right now for the Mariners and we will see where it gets us.

Seattle has a tough matchup ahead of them as they head to Oakland to face the first place Athletics. We need our main guys like Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seager, and Kyle Lewis to lead the team while the complimentary players figure it out.

As I said earlier, situations like these test the players’ grit and it could really tell us who’s made for the big leagues and not. Based on what the Seattle Mariners have gone through, 21-21 isn’t terrible. So, once we get healthy, and the offense starts to pick it up I think we could be in a good spot. To start, let’s hope we can take the series from the Athletics to finish off the road trip.

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