The Mariners like to tease, leading their fans on by playing great baseball, then smack, they slap you in the face like a trampy femme fatale. How else can one explain that going into Tuesdays action the Mariners had lost 11of their last 17 games after a win streak that saw them get within four games of .500?
Maybe it is coincidence, but this bad streak started when two things happened. Mike Zunino got hurt and manager Eric Wedge had his ‘minor’ stroke. But Blanco and Qunitero have hit 5 home runs with 18 rbis between them. Perhaps the M’s miss Wedge, the rudder that steers the Good Ship Mariner, or they are what they are, and that is not a good team.
Despite this recent nose dive, in which the Milwaukee Brewers, with fewer wins than Seattle, managed to score twenty runs in two games against the M’s at the Safe, no less, the Mariners are still in third place, one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels at Disneyland. Still in third place during this losing jag. And that is good news.
It shows how bad the Angels are playing. They have Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton, and Jered Weaver, to mention a few. The Angels roster is high rent, they are Boardwalk on the Monopoly board, the Mariners are an alley on the other side of the railroad tracks.
Yet the lowly Mariners maintain their hold on their place. Of course, had they been playing well, they might have gone a long way to secure third place, which may not be much, but it is something to crow about.
But it is nice, for the moment at least, to think that the Mariners with a K-Mart payroll are outplaying the Angels with a Tiffany’s payroll. I take delight in that during this downslide and in baseball you take what you can get, brief though it could be.