Game 34, Mariners at Orioles
Hernandez vs Millwood, 9:35 AM.
Happy Felix Day. I hope.
I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but if the Mariners lose this game, we’re going to have to deal with the potential reality that the season might be just about over. Following this match-up, they head to Tampa Bay for three, and realistically, winning one of those games will be an accomplishment with this roster. Bradley apparently won’t return to the team until some point during the next home stand, which means the team is probably looking at another week of makeshift ridiculous Triple-A line-ups.
Meanwhile, Texas just added Derek Holland to their rotation and look like they could be on the verge of running away from the Mariners. They are already 5 1/2 games up, and if the M’s lose this one and can’t overcome Tampa this weekend, they could easily start next week seven or eight games out of first place. At that point, they’d have to play something like .620 baseball the rest of the way to catch Texas. This roster isn’t capable of playing .620 baseball for four months straight.
It’s May 13th, and the Mariners are facing a game that is pretty close to “must win”. Lose today, and we get precipitously close to the point of asking what the team could get for Cliff Lee rather than trying to figure out what bats the team could add to fix the offense. The Mariners need this one. Badly.
Josh Wilson, SS