Week #27 in Review
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends…
–T.S. Eliot, 1925
Wins: 68. Losses: 91. Games out of first place: 24.
The Angels clinch the division title for the second consecutive year, and the AL West repeats its same finish as 2004. And yes, that’s the Mariners in last place, again. This week they coasted another 2.5 games down the standings. But what’s another 2.5 games at this point, really? The slipped further away from the Rangers and third place, which is now an 11-game gap. According the third order wins, the M’s are 5.6 games below their expected wins. Interestingly, only the Mariners have fewer W3 than the Angels in the division, which will be something to watch in the playoffs.
Runs Scored: 689 (13th in the American League). Batting average: .256 (last). On-base percentage: .318 (last). Slugging percentage: .392 (13th). Home runs: 128 (13th). Bases on balls: 458 (8th). EqA: .258 (13th). The American league average is .268/.329/.425.
Runs allowed: 738 (7th). Staff ERA: 4.49 (8th, tied with Yankees). DIPS ERA: 4.66 (12th). Strikeouts: 875 (last). Bases on balls: 493 (9th). Home runs allowed: 178 (10th, tied with Baltimore). Starters ERA: 4.97 (11th). Relievers ERA: 3.49 (5th, tied with Los Angeles). Defensive efficiency: 70.2% (5th).
It was a run starved week as the Mariners drop four in row for the second time in two weeks. In their six games, they scored 4 runs only once and no more than 2 in four of their games. They went 2-4 against the Tigers and Rangers as they were outscored by a landslide 29-13. The Mariners drew more bases-on-balls than their opponents 23-17, but that’s the only positive in a week where the offense embarrassed itself to the tune of .214/.300/.286 and was out-homered 7-1.
Well, Rene Rivera hit 5 singles in 10 at bats (.500/.500/.500). Seriously, that’s the kind of week it was at the plate for the M’s. Richie Sexson hit the lone home run and went 4-for-15 (.263/.450/.533), drawing 5 walks on the week. Adrian Beltre also drew 5 walks in 24 plate appearances. Jose Lopez continued is double barrage with four more, bringing his double total to 11 on the month, tops in the AL for September.
As revenge for the dishonor of the previous week, King Felix demanded tribute from the boastful Rangers and held them to 2 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks as he finished the ninth inning for the first time of his career. He also struck out 7. Unfortunately, the Mariners similarly scored only 2 runs and lost the game in 11 innings.
Perhaps there was something contagious in the batters box. Or Mariners are just putting bad hitters in the lineup. Greg Dobbs was 3-for-17 (.176/.222/.176) with a walk. Raul Ibanez was 3-for-22 (.136/.240/.182) with a double and 3 walks. Ibanez has seen nearly a .100-point split in his SLG since the All-Star break. Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-10 with a walk.
Wednesday against Texas Joel Pineiro lasted just 3 innings, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits, including 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He’s allowed 17 runs over his last 3 starts. Not a good way to end out the season.
Coming to a stadium near you
The 2005 season comes to a close this weekend at home against the recently playoff-eliminated Oakland A’s. Their offense has been particularly challenged as of late, hitting .252/.315/.404 in September (compared to the Mariners’ line of .259/.328/.378). Still, their offense is 5th in the league in scoring runs, and 4th in the league in preventing them. Pitching matchups are Moyer/Saarloos, Harris/Blanton and Felix/Kennedy.
Yes, King Felix is pitching the final game of the season. Do you have your tickets yet?