Don’t Look Now, But The Mariners are .500Cap'n Brendan
Remember about a month ago when The Mariners had started off the season 2-8 and all seemed lost? Well don’t look now, but after yesterday’s drubbing of the Philadelphia Phillies to complete the sweep, the team is now 17-17, and back to .500 for the first time since Opening Day. In the month since hitting that low point, all the Mariners have done is go 15-9 with a roster that’s currently missing its top four starting pitchers, its top setup reliever, and the everyday right fielder who was garnering a little Rookie-of-the-Year buzz before getting injured. We even spent a couple of weeks without top offseason acquisition Jean Segura.
And yet here we are, playing good baseball despite the holes in the roster. It’s been a game of next-man-up, with unexpected contributions from the likes of Taylor Motter, Ben Gamel, and a seemingly endless stream of relief arms shuttling back and forth from Tacoma keeping the ship afloat. Imagine having your music expert out sick for a quiz, and finding yourself still solidly in the running at the end of the first scoring break because you discovered you’ve got experts in other topics who buoyed you up through rounds 1 and 3… That’s a little what it feels like to be where we are.
The M’s now head to Toronto for a four-game set effectively starting the season anew (albeit looking up at an Astros team that’s looking every bit the legit powerhouse we feared they’d become last year). The Angels, Athletics, and especially the Rangers are looking murky at best, with 128 games still to play. That’s a lot of baseball left on the calendar, and I don’t know about you but I’m getting pretty excited for what this team could look like if and when it gets whole.
Congratulations to this week’s winners: Sky’s Out Thighs Out, 4 Out Of 5 Lawyers, and in next-to-last place, The Hudbergs. Be well, have great weeks, and I’ll see you next time!
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