Opportunity lost as Mariners drop series to Astros

Photo credit  Elaine Thompson

The Seattle Mariners dropped a series to the Houston Astros, losing a golden opportunity to make up ground on the class of the division, rather they punted a glorious opportunity this week. Under a forest fire inducing smog, the Mairners started off with a strong win but seemed to run out of starting pitching when they needed it the most.

Regression to the mean is the technical term for what is happening to the Mariners. 16 games over .500, the M’s would be expected to have a healthy run differential. But the stats now show the Mariners -43 runs. The truth is becoming (if not already) apparent that their luck is running out. Considered a playoff contender, where the M’s are in actuality is in the bottom 1/3rd of the MLB. It is a tough pill to swallow but unless something drastic changes, it is true.

 

Aug 20  vs           Houston               W           7 – 4

A 3 run dinger by Robinson Cano highlighted game 1 giving Mariner fans hope that the True to the Blue could do some damage this week. A recently recalled Ben Gamel went 2-4 with 2 runs scored to spark the M’s to victory.

Of note, King Felix got the start after  being relegated to the bullpen last week. He went a solid 6 innings allowing 4 runs and striking out 6. While not the Felix of old, he kept the M’s in the game until Cano could pull his heroics with a 405 ft go ahead bomb in the 8th.

Aug 21  vs           Houston               L             3 – 2

The Mariners pulled a Tampa Bay Rays move by starting a reliever Nick Vincent in the 1st 2 innings. Low on quality starters, the M’s put the relief-starter in where he produced 2 shutout innings of ball. Newly acquired Ross Detweiler would take the long relieve and go 6 innings of 3 run ball, but he patchwork Mariner pitchers would get very little run help this day.

While the M’s would collect 9 hits, they scored just 2 runs. They left a whopping 18 runners on base and struck out 10 times.

Aug 22  vs           Houston               L             10 – 7

The Ms found their bats however, they would be betrayed by their pitching as Marco Gonzales hit the wall giving  up 11 hits and 8 runs in this disaster of a game. Marco compiled his 4th loss in a row now going to 12-9 on the season. Pulled after just 3 innings, he leaves many wondering “what is wrong with the former Gonzaga Bulldog?”

On 9 hits, the M’s scored 7 runs, 5 of which were in an explosive 6th inning highlighted by a Mitch Haniger 422 ft homer. Ryon Healy had yet another solid outing with a 5 game hitting streak that has seen him go 9-20 batting.

Standings

AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 77 50 .606 0.0
Oakland 76 51 .598 1.0
Seattle 72 56 .563 5.5
LA Angels 63 64 .496 14.0
Texas 57 72 .442 21.0

 

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.