3 Mariners predictions we already know we're wrong about
Mariners Prediction #2: The Mariners would have the best bullpen in baseball
Last year, there was some ridiculously dumb stat that went something like "The Mariners were 57-0 with a lead heading into the 8th inning" before blowing a game against the Guardians in Late August. They blew a lead in the 5th and 7th innings in game 4, which doesn't quite qualify, but it was a precursor to what was to come.
The Mariners blew a lead in game 10 not once, not twice, but three times against the Guardians. Maybe Cleveland just has our number. It seems like the bullpen hasn't been as effective... although part of that may fall on the offense's inability to score late.
It actually hasn't been terrible for the bullpen, as they have a 3.18 ERA so far, despite walking 42 hitters. That's the reason for concern here. Sure, Munoz is going to come back soon and that will 100% strengthen this team. But when you hand out that many free passes, it's impossible to be the best bullpen in baseball. Los Bomberos... we need you to step it up (even if that's a big ask).