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September 8, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Mariners vs. Tigers, Game 2

Been a while since we’ve seen two pitchers give runs right back to the opposition the way Jeff Weaver and Nate Robertson have tonight. The last time the M’s scored a run in each of their first five innings? Aug. 6, 2001.
Robertson is single-handedly keeping the Mariners in it. Well, he was. He was taken out of the game in the fifth. Seattle led 1-0, trailed 3-1, tied it 3-3, trailed 4-3, tied it 4-4, trailed 5-4, tied it 5-5 in the fifth, but now trails 7-5 after Weaver served up a two-run homer in the sixth to Brandon Inge.
Weaver is done and Sean Green is in the game.
We’ve already seen Curtis Granderson notch his 22nd triple tonight, the most by a player since Dale Mitchell in 1949.
But I’ve got some better history for you that I’ve been compiling most of the night. If the M’s lose tonight, they will be the first team in the modern era, dating from 1901 to present, to go 1-13 after sitting 20 games over .500 this late in a season. Think about it. The M’s played their 127th game two weeks ago tonight and are 1-12 since.
Two other teams have sat at least 20 games over .500 by their 127th game of the season. Four of them besides this year’s M’s went on to go 1-12 after that point.
1951 Boston Red Sox
1964 Philadelphia Phillies
1983 Milwaukee Brewers
1995 California Angels
Boston was 75-51 before winning their 127th game to move atop the AL standings. But the Red Sox went 1-12 between Sept. 18-30 and finished in third place.
The NL-leading Phillies were 77-49 heading into Game No. 127, suffered through a 1-12 mark, also from Sept. 18-30, and finished third.
Milwaukee, as we told you earlier today, was atop the AL East with a 73-53 record, but went 1-12 from Sept. 7 through 19 and placed fifth.
California was 65-41 heading into Game No. 127, but went 1-12 from Aug. 21 through Sept. 3 and wound up blowing the division to the Mariners in a tiebreaker.
No other team has been at least 20 games over .500 by their 127th game and gone on to post a 1-13 mark over any 14-game stretch the remainder of a season. M’s are knocking on history’s door here.
SEXSON BACK IN
Here comes the cavalry…a look at tonight’s lineups…
DETROIT (76-65)
CF Curtis Granderson
2B Placido Polanco
DH Gary Sheffield
RF Magglio Ordonez
SS Carlos Guillen
C Ivan Rodriguez
LF Timo Perez
1B Sean Casey
3B Brandon Inge
LHP Nate Robertson
SEATTLE (74-65)
CF Ichiro
DH Jose Vidro
RF Jose Guillen
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Richie Sexson
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Jeff Weaver
Hey, look on the bright side. At least now the M’s can pinch-hit Ben Broussard for Jose Lopez in the seventh.
In other news…the Mariners are still third in the wild-card. In the “duh-no-kidding” category, this writer likes the Yankees’ chances. To be fair, it was written before Seattle dropped another game last night to fall four back.
Going to go down to talk to John McLaren right now.

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