After the fours game home series against the Yankees, the Mariners could only muster out one game from it. Right now the M's are 10 games under .500. We needed to sweep the White Sox and win this series against the Yankees if we wanted to still stay in contention, but the question is, how will the Mariners play the rest of the season? Will they just completely start tanking, or keep this ten under pace. Here's this series recap of the good, the bad and the ugly.
The Good: Jeremy Bonderman/Seeing Mariano Rivera
It makes any M's fan happy when we see success out of the 4th and 5th spot of the rotation. After a horrific first start for Bonderman, he made a redemption start against the Yankees. He went 6 innings with one earned run and only one walk as well. This is Bonderman's first win since Sept 25, 2010. With this win it could really help him out for the rest of the season getting a win under his belt and the confidence he was lacking in his first start against Minnesota.
Next is seeing Mariano Rivera for what is most likely the last time at Safeco Field. This Hall of Famer should actually thank the Mariners for being the reason he moved from being a starting pitcher to a closer. The Mariners were the last team Mariano Rivera started against at Yankee Stadium, and gave up five runs in 4.1 IP. Then on, I'm sure you know how he has become the most successful, feared closer in baseball history. Even though when he comes into the game you know the M's are more than likely to lose, it's really cool to see a All-Time great do what he does best for the last time in Seattle.
The Bad: Injuries to the Roster
The question being asked a lot is why didn't Morse hit during a 2-1 game on Sunday against the Yankees or have a pinch runner for Raul late in the game? Well the answer to that is injuries. Mike Morse can't even run bases right now. The reason we got these veterans like Morales, Ibanez, and Bay is to play ball, but not on a consistent basis. Morales can play first, but he is an everyday DH. While Ibanez and Bay have been a great surprise, Ibanez is 41-years-old, the man should not be playing in the field every day. It all roots to injuries and the trio, Montero, Smoak and Ackley not producing and leaving holes to fill when they get demoted. The ball club also has Gutierrez, Sucre, Morse, Smoak and Morales hurting right now.
The Ugly: Making 40-Year-Old Pitchers Look Like All-Stars
Andy Pettitte went 7.1 IP and gave up only one run. He is 40-years-old! We love to make pitchers look a lot better than they really are. We should at least score 3 against him. Granted Andy Pettitte is a great pitcher especially for his age, but this isn't the only time he has done this against the M's. He is an automatic win for the their team every time a downgrading pitcher faces the Mariners. We need to capitalize on these older pitchers, they shouldn't get shutting the M's out or giving up just one run and making quality starts.