The Seattle Mariners on Sunday had a lead of 6-3 going into the top of the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers who have lost eight games in a row. I don’t think anyone including manager Scott Servais could believe that Tom Wilhelmsen who started the ninth inning and Vidal Nuno could blow a lead like that. Even after Miranda left the sixth inning with two outs and have given up two runs that inning. Steve Cishek came in and got the batter out without problem at all. Whether Mariners scored another run or not I figured they still had the game in hand. The bullpen had been doing well though Diaz gave up some runs on Friday night but he wasn’t going to pitch because Servais believed he need at least another day off even though Cishek pitched on Saturday night to close the game for Felix Hernandez. Wilhelmsen had been pitching pretty well of late so I didn’t think he would give up two home runs and struggle. Leonys Martin did miss a catch in centerfield that he should have made and the game probably been tied but still I can’t blame him for the loss because Wilhelmsen should have still gotten out of the inning.
What really makes me shake my head because it has happened so many times over this season the bullpen has given up a lot of home runs in Safeco Field. If it were not for the home runs the bullpen would give up very few runs. Safeco Field is supposed to be quite a home field advantage for the Mariners although they have done well lately. It is hard to figure out why so many more home runs have been hit out Safeco Field than ever before. It could be the weather or the pitchers are throwing the ball where the hitters can hit it out. I know a few weeks ago Ryan Rowland-Smith said on radio broadcast that the hitters are looking more for hitting the ball out of the ballpark and it looks as though he is right. They are waiting more patiently for the pitcher to make a mistake so the pitchers have to look at what they are doing especially keeping the pitch count down. The more the pitches the batters are seeing the more advantage they have against the pitcher. The pitching coach can say as much as he can but the pitchers still have to their job. I understand to if the pitchers were throwing a lot of innings however recently they all have been rested. Can’t use any excuses go out and not give up home runs.
The New York Yankees come into town with a younger looking group of players. The Mariners should win at least two out of three in the series as well but since the starting rotation has been out of order it is hard to truly know what will happen. James Paxton is not expected to pitch in this series but he is says that his rehab assignment went well and he is ready to go so the Mariners plan to start him on Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox. Cody Martin is expected to start the game Monday night against former Mariner Michael Pineda. This should be an interesting pairing since Pineda is struggling and who knows what the Mariners get out of Martin. The important thing though is that the Mariners win at least two of these three games against the Yankees. The Yankees have a much different looking team so hard to know what we will see though did well against the Angels but who doesn’t. Go M’s.