After a nine game homestand, the Seattle Mariners hit the road for nine games with the first six being against World Series contenders in Philadelphia and Toronto.
After an impressive showing in game one in Philadelphia, the Mariners proceeded to have one of the worst four game losing streaks I can remember. If not for an epic comeback victory to salvage the Toronto series, the Mariners might be in one of the darker places we've seen this club in nearly a year.
More 1 run losses, extra innings struggles, and blown leads
Painful. That's the best way to describe this season so far for the Mariners. Injuries have cost players games, Robbie Ray his season. The 1 run losses continue to pile up, losses in which the Mariners held the lead is now up into the double digits.
Thanks to Big Dumper's huge game winning home run on Sunday in the 10th inning, the Mariners finally won an extra innings game, now sitting at 1-4.
You can look at this two ways. The negative viewpoint is that the luck Seattle has experienced the past two seasons is catching up to them. Considering how thin the margin for error had been in 2021 and 2022, the luck pendulum has swung completely the other way and the M's are paying for it. The positive side is that while the Mariners are 12-16, they've been extremely competitive in almost every single one of those losses. A few tweeks and things could turn around quickly.
Julio hurt, or taking a break?
Things will not get better if Julio Rodriguez is out for an extended period of time. Julio missed Sunday's game with a back injury, although he did do some activities before the game. After a rough start to the season, hopefully feasting on some Oakland pitching will get him and others on track.