When the Mariners win, I cannot get enough of it. That's a cliche but, honestly, I'll read/watch about anything I can on it. I'll constantly refresh Lookout Landing for Jeff's take, I'll constantly refresh Geoff's blog at the Seattle Times so I can get the quotes on that evening's impactful plays and, in the meantime, loop highlights of key plays on the iPad for like 30-45 minutes on end. You could be a 6-year-old, but if you wrote 500 words on Michael Saunders' late grand slam the other day, I'd read it.
When the M's lose, it's the opposite. I don't read anything, I won't watch even the positive highlights on the At Bat App and I'll avoid SportsCenter for the evening, just because I don't want even a glimpse of that night's failures. So, it comes as quite the challenge then when I not only have to read/watch the postgame coverage after a loss—and a pretty dull one at that—but also produce it.
The Mariners lost 3-1 to the Rays. Think about that sentence, apply whatever expected narrative you will, and it's probably not far off. There were not tense moments in this ballgame. There weren't hopeful moments. This was not last night, where the Mariners lost "in dramatic fashion" and you
shrug your shoulders get annoyed with Brandon League for ruining another enjoyable story.
This is a game in which the Mariners went down 3-1, you got the feeling that it'd be tough going, and then the two teams didn't score in the game's final six innings. Yeah, it was a hoot.
You know what? I'm going to write some bullets on this. I can't intro it anymore, there just isn't enough to it.
- Honestly, I'm the kind of person most advanced stat-friendly bloggers may hate. I'm a huge fan of the human element, I believe every environment is dynamic and people perform differently with regards to the context of the situation. So, when I see that the Mariners are 0-30 with runners in scoring position, I don't believe it's a product of bad luck, line drives finding gloves or the previously statistically-allotted number of hits not running consecutively—it's a product of a bad team. I know we all hate results-based analysis, and it can be terrible in providing commentary on individual decisions/actions, but pennants are decided on results. Not what could've or should've statistically happened—results.
- With that in mind, I think there's more to Jesus Montero's hitting tear as a catcher than small sample size. He's now 13-for-24 (.542) while playing catcher. It obviously isn't enough of a sample to make any definitive judgements on him being a better hitter at catcher than designated hitter, but it's enough to wonder, and enough to make a concerted effort to find out. Seriously, you play Montero over league-average catcher and you get an extra half to full position player in your lineup. There's so much value in Montero hitting well (and catching well) from the catcher position. He was seeing the ball well tonight and, though not every hit was struck well, he had that single deep to center and a respectable double to left. You see the ball, hit it forward with some resemblance of authority, and you're going to be alright.
- Hector Noesi was Hector Noesi. Since he got shelled in Texas, I've seen a number of people [in my 'mariners' search column on Tweetdeck] express borderline hatred for Hector Noesi. It's odd. What were you really expecting? Sure, I had hopes for a flamethrowing groundball-luring control freak, but I expected about what we got. A young, somewhat live arm with control problems. Noesi at one point retired nine batters in a row but he at no point had me confident he wasn't on the verge of hanging about a 4-spot for any given frame. From my perspective, he wasn't hitting his spots and lucked into a borderline-respectable line. That's your Mariners #3 starter. Get excited.
- At some point, Kyle Seager has to see some time at short. Geoff Baker pointed out what everyone was thinking awhile ago, and it feels a bit like a kid playing a video game (I miss MVP Baseball), but 0-for-22 is just that. Wedge may believe the look in Brendan Ryan's eyes and his supposedly disciplined at-bats will lead to some hits, but this is getting ridiculous. Ryan is a glove man, but a glove man can't be this bad at the plate. I'm all for team defense but unless Seager is embarrassingly bad, you have to give him some burn at shortstop.
- Michael Saunders hit a home run. I almost forgot to mention the only run the Mariners scored the entire night. And honestly, I'm almost jaded towards Saunders' pull production at this point. He ripped a dinger out to right—he could do that before, right? Maybe?. This perspective is terrible, and Michael Saunders' turnaround seems to have some legitimacy to it, but that's where I am.
- This is random, but I have a couple things on USS Mariner. First off, it's become almost ridiculous how closely the Root Sports broadcast follows the content on USSM. Dave just had a post on Alex Liddi's contact rate and, sure enough, Root shows a graphic on just that. I don't know what I'd like to see here, maybe an ounce of credit. Maybe mix in ideas from other Mariners blogs? I'm not saying us but, man, USSM isn't quite what it used to be, nor is the rest of the Mariners blogosphere, and that's a good thing—for the latter part of that statement. Sometimes when I feel as though I've used too many commas in a sentence, I'll toss in an em-dash. Good times.
Second, who in the hell is running the USS Mariner twitter feed? I'd like to think it's a drunk Dave, but it's as if Alex Akita had a notepad for every Mariners joke he wanted to make, only tweeted out 1/20th of the ones he jotted down, and the rest went on this Twitter feed. Yeah, it's obnoxious.
- The Mariners have now lost four in a row, after winning four in a row. This comes after they lost four in a row before that. To say this team is inconsistent would be kind. At this point, this team doesn't deserve your kindness.
Tomorrow it's Blake Beavan against James Shields. Get excited.