One win in a week. The Mariners are 7-13 and at the bottom of the division, and they’re both much worse and much better than that. What’s wrong? Dave wrote that up.
As fans, I think we watch the games too closely some times: it’s easy to watch Meche struggle and think “When will it end?” even when, by some miracle, he gets out of a game only giving up three runs or something. That’s a small victory, even as we can be unsettled knowing that given the same kind of performance, the next time he probably gives up seven and is yanked before the third inning. Not that Meche isn’t a bad pitcher. Because he is.
The team hasn’t been that bad. To look at the positive:
Carl Everett hit really well last week overall. Betancourt’s charging the ball. In a particularly good sign, Ichiro hit like Ichiro! Even Beltre hit .333 (with no power).
The bullpen’s been strong: Rafael Soriano continues to impress, Sherill had a week of being lights-out and not lit-up.
I know it’s easy to say this about every week (“…a couple hits drop in, we get that call from the ump on Tuesday, and Ibanez snags that line drive on Thursday to stop the rally, we’re 5-2…”) but three losses by a run, two losses by two runs — this wasn’t a week when the team got routed over and over.
That said — if they keep playing like we’ve seen so far, they’re not the .500 team I’d hoped for. They’re a 70-win team, and that would cost a lot of people their jobs (and not necc. the right people). The team’s off to a strange start, but they’re not 100-loss bad. They’re better than this.