Mariners Try to Win In Cleveland

When the Mariners were on there long winning streak it was hard to know what to write next without repeating what I had already said. Now that they have lost six in a row losing by one-run two times in a row to the Cleveland Indians. 

The Mariners did get out of the slump hitting wise in a way. They hit four home runs on Saturday, however, they were all solo shots or they may have won big otherwise.

The final score was 5-4. The game went back and forth a little bit. It looked like the Mariners may end the five-game losing streak but Carlos Santana played a different tune and hit a two-run homer off of reliever Connor Sadzeck.  This was after Roenis Elias was relieved after giving up a hit. Two games in a row the bullpen didn’t do their job.

The Mariners acquired right-handed reliever Austin Adams from the Washington Nationals. He is reporting to triple-A Tacoma to begin with. He only has nine games in three years pitching in the major leagues. He seems to be another of the relievers Dipoto has picked up recently like Connor Sadzeck with possible upside. I wish he would find a way to pick up someone with major league experience. 

I know the Mariners are in a re-imaging where they don’t expect to compete though they have so far I certainly like to get some competent relievers though. I don’t want to spend the whole season losing games by one run. 

Erik Swanson will go for the Mariners Sunday to see if he can end this six-game losing streak for the Mariners. It would be good to see him record his first career win. I see him being a good part of the Mariners rotation or in the bullpen if it is better for him and the Mariners.

I came up with a thought yesterday that the Mariners should not only have five starting pitchers but they should have five of the eight relievers backing up the starters on specific days. For example, they would have someone going in pitching two or three innings after Erik Swanson comes out of the game today. The pitcher would no this is the day he is going to pitch for sure.  The three remaining relievers would pitch twice during the five games going one inning or two max. Everyone would be on the same schedule. 

Dylan Moore will be playing third base again today in place of Ryon Healy. It looks like Healy will be available in New York tomorrow. He took fielding practice today. 

Braden Bishop is going to start in center field after not starting the first two games in Cleveland.  The Mariners are giving Domingo Santana the day-off so Jay Bruce will be starting in left while Mitch Haniger will be back in right field. Speaking of Haniger he got out of his mini-slump Saturday getting two hits. One of the hits a double hadn’t bounced back to the left fielder Haniger might have had an inside the park home run.  Something to think about can make a difference in the game when losing by a run. 

Felix Hernandez will be taking the ball on Monday in New York after having a couple outstanding games his last two times out. Unfortunately, the Mariners didn’t win either game. He will be facing veteran lefty CC Sabathia. Should be another good matchup. We just hope the bullpen does their job this time.

We hope Marco Gonzales will be able to rebound on Tuesday for the Mariners after having his worst outing against the Cubs. Go M’s. 

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