3 reasons why the poor start shouldn't worry Mariners fans

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Heading into 2023, hopes were high for Mariners fans. The team had a bit more experience under their belt, the rotation was supposed to be one of the best in baseball, they'd added some good pieces on offense (on paper), and were looking to build off of their first playoff appearance in 20+ years. Baseball was back in Seattle... and people are already acting like the season is over after an 4-8 start to the 2023 season.

Maybe it's just the vocal minority of the internet. People tend to get loud when they're upset, whereas those that are content (or reasonable) seem to stay quiet. It can make for a rough mental day when you go online and see endless streams of "This team sucks, the season is over"... "Fire Servais, Hollinger, and Dipoto"... "Julio isn't good enough"... and "The Mariners are done".

That being said, it's amazing how quickly people can forget what happened in 2022. No, I'm not talking about the amazing win streak, fighting the Angels, or the great run they had in the second half of the season. I'm talking about how they started 11-6 and then proceeded to lose 10 of 11 games. Teams go through rough stretches. It happens. That's baseball. It just hurts a bit more and gives you a worse feeling when it's the start of the season.

It's a long year. We've had some bad games and dumb decisions. 12 games are just 7.4% of the season. Things aren't over yet. Yes, it's tough to hear things are okay after the embarrassing loss to the Cubs and blowing that massive lead, but it also makes it the best time to talk about it. Here are three reasons why we need to take a step back and remember that things are going to be okay.