Mariners Floundering at Sea lose 3-1

I played two softball games today, we lost them both. I couldn’t throw strikes and kept grounding out all day. I have an excuse I’m 51 and I pay to play. The Mariners are out of excuses. Doug Fister threw 8 innings of shut-out ball only to have David Aardsma and Mark Lowell give this one to the Texas Rangers today in extra innings. Our offense is basically non-existent and we havent had a home-run in over 60 innings.

At some point Don Wakamatsu has to take some responsibility as well. For instance why not let Fister stay in and finish this game? Is it the holy grail of the pitch count? Fister only had thrown 100 pitches and he wanted this one more than anyone today. Perhaps Aardsma was a fluke last year as his control since spring training has not been sharp when we needed him to be.

  This Division is up for grabs, but with the Tampa Bay Rays then the Angels coming in next something has to give. If it is too early to make a trade, lets call up one of the hungry players down in Tacoma and give them a shot. I have resisted getting on the dump Griffey bandwagon so far as I don’t think you can put all the blame on him and think he has  enough class to know when it is time to hang them up. However we may have to get rid of a starter or two to get a power bat or maybe even pick up Jermaine Dye.  Well Happy Mothers day and one to my Mom Suzanne who loved Baseball.

2 Responses

  1. I was at that game and agreed with pulling Fister after 100 pitches. He led just 1-0 but was under a lot of pressure during the seventh and eighth innings, and got defensive support that had everything to do with maintaining a shutout. Eventually, you have to rely on someone to close the game, and you should expect some run support, something the Mariners’ hitters have not done for the pitching staff since playing the Orioles and Royals. Now they are playing good teams, and the lack of run support is crippling the team. You almost celebrate that they scored three runs against the Rays. Of course, that will never be good enough against the best team in the league, or any other top tier teams, such as those they play in their own division. It is an absolute shame that a team with the Mariners’ pitching staff is losing so much. Waiving Byrnes was a start for the team, and Rob Johnson may be next. Trading defense for hitting may well be in the team’s best interest at this point.

    • Thanks for the comment and welcome aboard! Not sure where to go with this team at the moment as its really not trading season so it looks like we will have to handle things internally for now……Jeff

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