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September 30, 2007 at 3:01 PM

M’s end season with win

Make it five wins in a row by the Mariners to finish off the 2008 campaign with 88 victories. That’s not a bad way to go out, though it will leave fans wondering what might have been. This 4-2 win here today over the Texas Rangers was typical of how these meaningless season-enders go. It was a game that took roughly two hours to play, with everyone swinging fast and sloppily.
Felix Hernandez went 8 2/3 innings on 106 pitches before coming out. Yes, Hernandez could have pitched a complete game. Could also have done it a few more times when it mattered this season, as well. This was a meaningless exhibition game and while having Hernandez get a complete game under his belt would have been nice, there were other things to consider. This move was all about giving J.J. Putz the freebie one-out save to pad his season-ending total and I see nothing wrong with that. Putz deserves everything he gets from this team. He carried the M’s in the first half and it’s not his fault the team feel apart when it counted.
We saw Adam Jones leg out a triple and score on a suicide squeeze. I want to see more of the “gunslinger” John McLaren managing next season. Maybe this was a sign of what’s to come? Yes, having Jamie Burke up in that situation was key, since he’s probably the team’s best bunter. Jones looks like he’ll be an exciting player to watch in 2008.
An interesting season. As I wrote before, the M’s could have used this five-game win streak a lot sooner. They’ll have all winter to ponder that.

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