I suppose one way to do this would be to simply nod your head, cross your arms, and think job well done, boys. But that's the problem with an emotional encounter with things like seven-game losing streaks, especially when certain seven-game losing streaks have the opportunity to sink the entire season as well as send the boys upstairs into a hissy fit before trading for Carlos Pegueros and Willy Mo Peñas. Because when you're smack dab in the middle of that situation, you can look at a very typical Felix Hernandez line like
and still check to see if the sky is coming apart in chunks and falling down on top of your head like the Sistine Chapel in some doomsday blockbuster that has yet to be made. That's because this team has conditioned us to that bleak nothingness over the years, and while I know many have taken solace in the fact that every five days we can see a performance like the one above, it's starting to get to that point where you have to worry how much longer we'll even get that. I mean, someone suggested trading Felix again in the response to Friday's pathetic pile of digested spaghetti noodles sent back through the other end. And right now you aren't thinking about how gross that metaphor is, you're thinking what trade Felix are you kidding me?
Boy, you'd think the Mariners lost last night with an opening like that. But just for the hell of it, let's take a look at this game from the same cracked boat we've been sitting in for the past week, simply because I believe if you're gonna do that when it's bad then you had better not jump ship to the nicer raft downstream and pretend you had been there all along. Let's see, we had
- Mariners hitters going 2-9 with runners in scoring position.
- Three walks from Felix in what might appear to be a growing problem for the King.
- Cano, Seager, and Trumbo combining for zero hits and a single walk, in what should be a trio with a 4.000 slugging percentage like, every day.
- Willie Bloomquist manning short on a team with playoff aspirations.
- Mike Zunino striking out on three 92-mph fastballs right in the middle of the plate.
- Yes, 2-9 with RISP, but the reality is that that number could have been zero oh so many times and you know it.
- Three walks from Felix? Well, yes, it seems like he's been walking batters more these days, but he's also shifting his game to suit his aging curve, allowing runners to reach first so he can get a quick double play or pitching to contact so he doesn't tax his arm, please, please god keep that shit in bubble wrap (and send some to Guti while you're at it).
- Cruz, Jackson, Morrison, Smith saving the day.
- Willie? Ha. Barring injuries, it seems safe to say he'll will be off this roster by the trade deadline.
- Eh............catcher defense.
Today it's Montgomery on the mound and for once I think we have more to look forward to than what's behind. So in lieu of any more negative energy, I say,