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Ladies and gentlemen, this weekend we got an opportunity to see exactly how far away the Mariners are from the class of the American League. Seattle got swept in 3 games, all the while managing just 3 runs and found a way to get no-hit by the Houston Astros. This is exactly what a rebuild looks like and it isn’t pretty.
The Mariners are now 47-67, 26 ½ games out of 1st place, and 18 ½ out of the wild card. After having a nice 6 game winning streak, the M’s have now lost 4 in a row and have a run differential of -109. With 3 more errors this series, the M’s have `107 errors in their 114 games—good for dead last in the MLB with 23 more than the next team. Seattle now has a team batting average of .246 and leads the league in strikeouts.
On the bright side, the M’s are on a pace to miss losing 100+ games and are only the 6th worst team in the MLB by record.
8/2 @ Houston L 10 – 2
The series started off on a bad note, then kinda snowballed from there. Yusei Kikuchi got rocked for 6 runs in 4 innings as he would take his 8th loss of the season. The M’s would lose to former Mariners Wade Miley who would earn his 10th win by going 6 innings of 2 run ball.
Mariner batters seemed to just watch the game more than participate as they went 3-30 on the night. They walked an amazing 8 times, but struck out a ludicrous 10 times.
8/3 @ Houston L 9 – 0
For the 2nd time in 3 weeks, the Mariners got no-hit—and a no hitter by no committee to boot. Newly signed pitcher Aaron Sanchez was a superstar in 6 no-hit innings for the Astros. The former Toronto Blue Jay has had a miserable year losing 14 games. But he seemed to find a cure for his slump by taking on the M’s who he shut down by striking out 6 and walking just 2 batters. He would be ably backed up by 3 relievers who had no problem shutting down the M’s for 3 straight innings to complete the no-no.
Marco Gonzales got lit up in the 1st inning for 3 runs before settling down. The loss would send his totals to 12-9 on the year. Marco has 25% of the M’s wins on the season. I am not sure if that is a testament to him pitching well on a bad team or a fact that very few other M”s pitchers are doing anything worthwhile—maybe it is both.
The M’s batters went 0-26, what else is there to say?
8/4 @ Houston L 3 – 1
The Mariner’s pitching finally pulled their heads out as they put a combined effort that saw them limit the mighty Astros to just 3 runs. The M’s used the opener Sam Tuivailala for an inning—Tui got into a little bit of trouble allowing 2 walks but pulled out of it to close out the 1st inning. Tommy Milone piggybacked and found some success with 7 Ks over 5 innings, faltering in the 4th and 6th where he allowed a run a piece.
Kyle Seager would give the M’s some hope in the 7th inning as he lined a solo shot to deep right. Unfortunately, that would be the only run as the M’s would be unable to get off the ground, striking out an incredible 15 times.
A lot of that has to do with Justin Verlander—one of the best pitchers of his generation sending 10 batters to the bench with a K. Verlander would surrender the solo shot. That solo shot by Seager was actually the first of just 3 hits he would allow. His reliever would shut out the M’s for 3 straight innings allowing just 1 hit, giving Verlander his 15th win of the year.