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The Mariners asked for this...

I was just going to lurk these last 3 games, but today's performance has me wanting to write this. It doesn't even matter if I finish this after the game and they lose or win, what I will write will still apply. I also wanted to avoid being a neutral/negative nelly as well, but I guess I can't help it.

The Mariners asked for this...

When we had last left the Mariners, they were sitting a half game out of the wild card. But a day off found the Mariners taking the field tied for the 2nd wild card spot (at least temporarily).

It is one thing to be the person chasing as opposed to the person trying to protect...

It is one thing to play to a half-full stadium where sometimes people cheer at the right things, it's another to have a stadium (almost) full of people cheering every single thing that happens...

It is one thing to be quietly confident and win games, it's another to ask people to come down to the stadium and support them...

The Mariners asked for this...

While what we saw a good performance from our "ace" (I suppose you could say it's someone else but he was the guy before), he also appeared to be tiptoeing through the 3rd inning where his slow tempo really indicated that he was overthinking things and not challenging the batters.

We saw multiple times when batters were pressing to the point of just looking silly at the plate. The 7th inning was especially telling when Kelenic yelled expletives after striking out that were caught by the microphones.

The Mariners got what they asked for, these games will be telling to see if they were really ready.