Game Twenty-Three Recap
There are way too many things to talk about, but I’m under the weather, it’s 1:30 in the morning, and there’s another game in a few hours. I’ll do a longer recap tomorrow.
Let’s put it this way, though – here are the main problems we have with this team right now.
1. The bench is a joke, and forces the team to continually face bad match-ups late in games, making it easy for the opposing manager to make decisions.
2. The line-up doesn’t make any sense, and bad hitters constantly have to try to drive in the few guys that have the ability to get on base.
3. The catchers are fundamentally awful behind the plate.
4. The starting shortstop can’t hit, and regularly gets pinch hit for, but the backup shortstop can’t play the position.
5. The team’s third best relief pitcher just got optioned to Tacoma so the team could keep a guy they don’t use.
6. Okay, this is really #1, but we’ve beaten the drum enough, so I buried it down here – the organization chose two designated hitters who can’t hit because they’re fun to be around. It was a terrible decision.
All of those things manifest in critical situations tonight, and conspired to cost the team the game. The team has a tiny margin for error, and the roster and line-up decisions swallowed all of it tonight. Fix any of the above problems, and the Mariners probably win this game. These are not hard changes to make – the Mariners just need to man up and make them.
Screw team chemistry. Give us a team that can play baseball.