The Most important thing to know about baseball is that you never know. Case in point are the last nine games of the Seattle Mariners.
How do you explain the last three series of the Mariners? They play the lowly Cubbies from Chicago, a team as bad as the Mariners, and play them at the friendly confines of Safeco Field, Seattle’s home sweet home. Yet they lose two of three to the Cubbies. Then Seattle travels to Texas, a team with two recent World Series appearances, a team that may get there again. Seattle wins two of three. Then Seattle heads to Cincinnati, a team vying for a playoff slot, a team far above the .500 mark and Seattle wins two of three.
The Rangers and Reds have teams full of all-stars, are among the elite winning teams, and the Cubs are. . . well they are the Cubs. How can any of this be explained?
It is easy. You never know. Never, ever. And that is the beauty of the game. The unexpected happens every day, every week, all spring, summer and fall. In football there can be upsets, even though the NFL claims parody, which is true to a point, but they love to talk about upsets. In baseball there are no upsets. The game is subject to the vagaries of a ball which can take funny bounces off outfield walls, off gloves, off umpires, off players and can stop forty feet from the plate just inside or outside the chalk. A baseball simply takes may funny hops and bounces, and how and where the ball bounces can determine the outcome of a game.
Players and teams run hot and cold and it all comes out of the same faucet, so you never know what you are going to get until you turn it on. So what you need to know is that you never know, will never know, even when you think you know, because baseball karma will bite those who think they know to prove to them that they don’t know. You know what I mean?