Seattle has playoff fever. I don't want to say that three-figure attendances for the PCL playoffs are embarrassing, since this is an unusual situation with the Rainiers playing their home games away from their home stadium, but it sure seems embarrassing. That few people care? That few people care about seeing some almost- play meaningful baseball? I'd much rather go to a Rainiers game at Safeco than go to a Mariners game at Safeco. I'd rather go to a grass-mowing competition at Safeco than a Mariners game at Safeco.
- Jason Vargas missed 12 Angel bats this afternoon and had his best outing in more than a month, somewhat reassuring me that he isn't running on fumes. It is interesting, though, that he's now gone ten consecutive starts without striking out more than four batters.
- 55-88. The Mariners need to win at least eight of their remaining 19 games to avoid 100 losses. Their opponents: the good , the good , the good , the great , the good Rangers, and the decent A's. It's pretty easy to see this team ending up with a worse record than the 2008 edition. Fun fact: only three of the games the rest of the way stand a chance of being meaningful, and by that I mean the M's might be able to hurt the Rays' chances of finishing in first place. They're still guaranteed to make the playoffs, though. We barely even get a chance to play spoiler.
- Meaningful things the 2010 Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jeff Francis, the now-injured Aaron Cook, and a crazy September hot streak. It's tempting to say "man, there's just something about those Rockies," but so much of their roster has turned over that that hardly makes sense. This might be one of those situations where the human brain tries to find relationships where relationships don't exist. Yes, the Rockies have pulled off some incredible late-season runs of success, but that doesn't mean there's something about the team that makes them especially prone to these things. It could just mean that, hey, lucky fans. have in common with the 2007 Rockies:
- Ryan Langerhans doesn't have a hit since August 10th.
- How many people do you think paid attention to the Mariners game today? The Sounders are great news for Seattle, but their success might be bad news for their neighbors, as the M's threaten to slide into local..."irrelevance" is too harsh a word, since people will always care, but when you give people more options, they'll naturally shy away from the worst. The M's need to get people excited. Which means the M's need to win. Because I don't think people are going to buy offseason excitement anymore. At least, not for a while.
- Director of Pro Scouting Carmen Fusco apparently will not return to the Mariners, and rumor has it this is because of the way the whole Josh Lueke situation played out. I don't have any new information at this time. The way it comes off is that Fusco is being scapegoated for the whole PR nightmare, but we don't know. We don't even know if Lueke's the actual story. I know many of us are biased in favor of Fusco ever since he sat and talked about the Mariners for four hours while passing a kidney stone at the January 2009 USSM event, but it's probably best not to take a position on this until or unless we actually learn something. It's impossible to know what's going on. All we know is that it's unfortunate. This was not supposed to be a team that cost so many people - so many good baseball people - so many jobs.